Convert to a Naked 1100


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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Normk
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Convert to a Naked 1100

Post by Normk » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:27 pm



Been reading here for quite awhile but just started to work on this older GL1100 I have had that has been waiting for other projects to get finished. I have a 83 1100 interstate, I would like to turn it into a naked bike. Will the head light ears and the headlight bucket from GL1000 fit? Also how about the rear fender. What else do i need to think about to make it look good. It will need a complete going thru from one end to the other. Does have good compression and was running 2 or 3 years ago. I just finished a 1986 GL1200 Interstate and learned a lot during that project. Thanks in advance for any advice.



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Re: Convert to a Naked 1100

Post by Wilcoy02 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:18 pm

I do not believe the 1000 and 1100 are interchangeable. The ears are probably the hardest part to find for an 1100.
Take pics on your progress.

While you are looking for parts--get the part number and then check the auto Honda for stuff. Moly grease, oil, anti freeze,...Same parts for cars and bikes in some cases.

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Re: Convert to a Naked 1100

Post by Normk » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:37 pm

Thanks for the help. The Moly grease is very expensive from Honda Motor Sports. Never thought about getting it from an auto dealer. Have used a lot of it over the years. Will take some pixs.

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Re: Convert to a Naked 1100

Post by Joneszy » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:00 am

The bucket may work but I think the ears would be different. The earlier 1000's up to 78 had round turnsignals but the 79 were sort of rectangular with different mounting tabs. The tabs on the ears are necessary to mount the turnsignals on the gl1100. That is if you are going for a stock naked bike. You will also need a different taillight for the same reason as the taillights in the I/S are in the saddlebags. I have stripped my 83 Aspencade and tried to achieve a stock standard look, you at least won't have to worry about switching out the digital gauges/speedo cable/tach drive etc. as I did. Bought the front turnsignals and bucket made for Bikemaster through Fortnine (in Canada). The rear ones were off Ebay included with the new brakelight/bracket assy. Ebay was "my friend" in locating necessary parts.

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Re: Convert to a Naked 1100

Post by Joneszy » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:10 am

Get used to going to a site like Honda Parts Nation or Partzilla and get used to using the fiche for parts numbers. I see the ears off a 79 Gl1000 (left side) are #51606-431-780 while the 83 Gl1100 are #51606-MB9-000. The right side are diff as well. Lots of folks have used generic tube clamp/brackets rather than stock ( my friend did that on his 82)so it makes a big difference if you are doing the stock thing or going a cafe bike style

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Re: Convert to a Naked 1100

Post by Normk » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:11 pm

Again thanks for the help. I did check the parts manual for the 2 bikes and noticed the different numbers. Just thought maybe someone else had tried. This bike will be a repeat of the 86 interstate I'm currently finishing up. Breaks, both master cylinders, carbs, fork seals, wheel bearings, all fuel and vacuum lines, all fluids, new tires, service the final drive. I am hoping the stator is good as the PO had no idea. I decided to make it naked as the bags, trunk and faring are not in great shape, chrome is pretty ruff too. Again thanks, I have learned a great deal by following this forum.

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Re: Convert to a Naked 1100

Post by ekvh » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:28 pm

The 1000 ears are for 37mm forks, the 1100 has 39mm forks. They can be made work by slightly enlarging the openings and using o-rings to cushion the mounting places or cutting down 1100 bushing to suit.

I have also seen people slit them and spread them. I cannot recall how they attached them.

Probably cheaper to just buy aftermarket ears.



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