'80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate


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'80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by OldguyGlen » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:09 pm



My '80 GL1100 is a Standard with Vetters plastic. It has fairing, panniers, passenger backrest, and trunk.
What is the essential, or practical difference between this setup and a true Honda Interstate?
How does the difference relate to market value, performance, convenience, comfort, durability, or maintenance?
I initially thought this was an Interstate. The plastic is still in storage at the PO's home, so I didn't examine it carefully. I was new to the details of Goldwings at the time. The rebuild effort is near completion, but I was going to get some road miles on the bare bones before I decided it was all good. I didn't want to cover everything up, then find out I needed to back in for more fixing or tweaking. My plan is to keep the bike for my personal use. Is the Vetters version still considered a quality setup, worth keeping?



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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by redbug » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:50 pm

send us some photos. Are you talking about the one in your avatar? oh do you have honda emblems on your shelter?
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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by OldguyGlen » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:04 pm

The avatar pic is the bike, but the saddlebags and some fairings are already removed. I have a couple more pics, but they are poor quality and show the bike mostly stripped already. They do say Vetters on some of the parts. The body work is not accessible just now, as it was left in storage at the PO's home until I finish the rebuild on the basic bike. The gas tank shelter does say HONDA.

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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by redbug » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:30 pm

Pretty much a standard with the vetters as ad ons. std. are priced less so vetters added. so you have a std or a dresser.Are you thinking of selling? Prices vary, condition of bike. A matching set of vetters really do look nice. Its great nostalgia.
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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by Wilcoy02 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:37 pm

If the vetters are in good shape then use them. Ride it a year or two and look at others wings you see in parking areas. You can then decide if you like the vetters or the honda. You can spend money then rather than now. If you like the Honda's you can switch them then.
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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by DaveO430 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:59 am

An original standard is worth more. I like the looks of an interstate over a vetterized bike. The Vetter stuff always looks like it's been added on, not natural.

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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by patbrandon1 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:22 am

DaveO430 wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:59 am
An original standard is worth more. I like the looks of an interstate over a vetterized bike. The Vetter stuff always looks like it's been added on, not natural.
I concur with Dave about this on a personal taste level. I like the look of original standard better as well. So when you are making your decision Wilcoy02's reply is great. Try it a while and compare the looks.

I had a buddy with the Vetter setup on his '82 Wing. On a practical note, I don't have the specs on the capacity of the side bags and trunk, but they didn't seem to hold as much as the Honda did. And he said they felt a bit more flimsy compared to mine. I wonder if anyone knows the thicknesses of Vetter vs Honda plastics?

In the big scheme of things, I love to ride. I do keep my bike pretty clean, but don't spend a bunch of time shining it up. Some people do enjoy keeping their bikes shinny and spotless, and I enjoy seeing those at shows and stuff and I respect their efforts. So it depends on what YOU like in the long run. The cost difference is a couple hundred bucks, so probably not the big issue for you. I see you are in MN and that gives you a shorter season to ride just like me here in MI. But that also affords you plenty of time to change it to the Honda line in the Winter without losing any riding time.

Please keep us posted on what you do. This info could prove useful to others. And as mentioned, pictures help. Not sure why some of us enjoy seeing pictures more in a post. I just do.

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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by OldguyGlen » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:17 pm

Thanks for the replies. It seems to be a "personal taste" type question. And there's always the cost factor. The bike is still stripped down in my basement, but nearing completion. I am anxious to get it outside. The Vetters plastic is still in storage at the PO's house. I want to ride it a bit, bare bones, to thoroughly road test my repairs before I cover everything up. Might need new tires or fork & shock work, etc. But I'll need to at least add the front fairing to have a headlight & turn signals. I might eventually restore it to its naked status just to keep weight down. But I need some storage to make it useful for local errands, work commute, or gear for day cruises. I'll post some pics when i get it outside and cleaned up.

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Re: '80 GL1100 STD/Vetters vs Interstate

Post by dingdong » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:17 am

A Goldwing with Vetter equipment, well, looks like a Goldwing with Vetter equipment. To my eye it just looks very odd compared to OEM. Like they just don't fit together. JMHO.


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