Intro and GL1000KZ

Information and questions on GL1000 Goldwings (1975-1979)
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Intro and GL1000KZ

Post by lmg »

Hi, I'm Leigh from the UK and I have just purchased a 1977 GL1000KZ as a project bike. I have a few others bikes (two Triumph Rocket IIIs, a Honda Varadero and in Phoenix, AZ I have a 1998 Honda Valkyrie).

Back to the Goldwing. The bike is currently wrapped in a fairing, a set of panniers/hardbags, a topbox/trunk, and a frame around the panniers/hardbags. I have never seen a GL1000 like this:

Is this a standard GL1000KZ or are these "aftermarket" bits of kit on it?

I am currently flipping a coin as to whether to put the bike back to a standard undressed GL1000 or turn it in to a Cafe Racer style bike similar to this:

I am on the hunt for an electronic version of the GL1000 workshop manual as I plan a complete strip down of *everything* prior to building its final incarnation. Does anyone have a copy or know where I can download one from?


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Post by dingdong »

Welcome, Leigh.
Those are aftermarket accessories. None of the gl1000s came with bags or fairing. That is also a Gl1000k2 Good luck with the rebuild what ever direction you decide to go with it.
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Post by thrasherg »

As stated, the panniers, top box and fairing are all aftermarket items. The stock GL1000 didn't come with any of that stuff as Honda had not yet decided to turn it into a cruiser.. :D

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I'd love to have those Lester mag wheels. They're getting pretty hard to find. Probably scarce as hens teeth over in the UK.
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Post by moffat »

Leigh, I am also inthe UK and use David Silver for spare parts for my Goldwings.
Your GL1000 has been fitted with a number of later machine parts such as the wheels and seat. The fairing may be a Vetter but am not sure and I don't know about the panniers ( saddlebags). The rear top box (trunk) is the same as on my Gl1000 but as I bought it via ebay I have no idea of its origin.
As the early Goldwings had no fairings at all , yours are retro fitted.
Visit a GL1000 dedicted website and you should be able to download a free manual, I have done this and have bought a HAYNES manual off ebay as well
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Post by scotterichmond »

The saddle bags are Bates. mine are white. I don't believe they made differentcolors
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Post by Fred Camper »

Lester mags are a great period accessory. I have one on my 1977, and it was cast in 1977. My vote is go custom, these are not rare bikes.

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