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GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:23 pm
by Bugmerc
I am restoring a 76 GL1000 and I need nipples for the wheels. I am trying to restore as much as I can and not just buy new parts if possible. The spokes are good and can be polished but the nipples are trashed. It looks like someone used vise grips on them at some point. OEM nipples are not an option as they only come with the spokes. I talked to Buchanan and their nipples won't fit OEM spokes.

Anyone know of a source for nipples? I see some on ebay for a CB750 and they are from Taiwan. Will these fit? Any better sources?

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:50 pm
by redbug
Not being a gl1000 driver, what do you mean by nipples? I am thinking valve stem and if so as originality as you are striving for didn't these bikes come with tubes or am I out of my league?

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:52 pm
by redbug
redbug wrote:Not being a gl1000 driver, what do you mean by nipples? I am thinking valve stem and if so as originality as you are striving for didn't these bikes come with tubes or am I out of my league?
uhoh nipples for the spokes I get it now never mine.

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:37 pm
by Aussie81Interstate
You mean the spoke adjusting nuts that fit over the end of the spoke and go through the rim - they are used to "true the wheel".

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:22 pm
by Bugmerc
Yes, those are what I'm after. Any ideas?

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:57 pm
by 97Aspy

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:02 pm
by Bugmerc
Tasked to them already, their nipples only fit their spokes.

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:06 am
by 97Aspy
Sorry speed reading and overlooked where you already talked to Buchanan. I can understand your trying to keep as much of the original bike as possible. One thing to consider is that spokes can either stretch out or become bent over time which can make it difficult to get a trued wheel when re-lacing a wheel using old spokes.

Re: GL1000 nipple source?

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:02 am
by Bugmerc
Good points, I may have to go with new spokes and nipples.