Honda gl1000 adventure bike build


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Dragsten56
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Honda gl1000 adventure bike build

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Hi I have a 1976 honda goldwing gl1000 I want to swap my forks and rear suspension for longer travel such as put dual sport forks on the front and make something that can compete with the likes of the bmws in my area and just wanting help with finding a good set of suspension options for this because I do t want to relocate my tank or chop up the frame or anything if anyone can give me info on a good set up I would appreciate the help


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A 1500 example.


Dragsten56
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I've seen that one that's what gave me my idea because not many people do it but here in arizona our trails aren't very forgiving sometimes so I'm wanting .ore ground clearance because I'm going fabricate some high mount exhaust for it also when I get around tk buying a decent welder
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I love that look but what about the weight of the bike if it falls or gets stuck?
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I'll figure out a system to assist with that when it gets done I have a full restoration of the frame I'm doing right now I was thinking a hydraulic system mabey for if it falls over not sure yet but I'll figure it out
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I don't think you will have trouble finding some long travel forks that will fit the triple tree. Perhaps new trees to change the rake angle might be in order; but still doable. might think about some frame reinforcement though.

My concern is the rear and keeping a reasonable angle for the U-Joint. One thing for lifted Jeeps is vibration due to over angled joints and they have two. If you over lift a chain drive, nothing really changes.

Some weird ideas that I haven't really thought through yet:

-Change the angle the engine sits in the frame to point the output shaft more downward.
-Change the U-Joint to a double one for greater range of motion.
-Change the final drive to a top loader like a military style truck. Maybe a single side swingarm as well.


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Previously: GL1200 standard, GL1200 Interstate, GL1500 Goldwing, GL1500 Valkyrie Standard, 2000 Valkyrie Interstate, many other Hondas
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