New GL1100 owner


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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Chivol
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Location: Aurora, IL
Motorcycle: 1981 Gl1100

New GL1100 owner

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I Just purchased an 81 GL1100 and have already really learned a lot on this forum. My question is if you can remove the rack that the rear storage box is mounted to without also removing the rear side units. Thanks


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Joneszy
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Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100A Aspencade Stripped
1999 Valkyrie CT
1978 Gl1000 "Trickster"
1979 Suzuki GS850(current project)

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My recollection is (at least on my 83) that to leave the side supports (stays) in place you will have to do a bit of creative cutting to get rid of all traces of the trunk support, and that is kind of a final decision. So if you want a true "bagger" look you are going to have to cut the stays a bit and plug the cuts with plastic or other type plugs. I have seen pics of some that had done this and it looked ok. On my 83 when I stripped it I took everything off but to be honest there are times I wish I could remount the bags for weather protection etc. for my belongings and to carry more stuff. That being said I also have a Valkyrie that I use for longer rides so really no big deal to me.
Chivol
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Very helpful, thanks. The look with just the frame is growing on me and, as you say, the finality of those mods takes away the option to use the storage. Thanks
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Joneszy
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Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100A Aspencade Stripped
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1978 Gl1000 "Trickster"
1979 Suzuki GS850(current project)

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Just to be clear, I was not trying to disuade you from losing the trunk. I was just saying that to rid the bike of the chrome support you have to cut it. You would still retain the side bags. That being said, I really enjoy riding my 1100 with all the "tupperware" removed and have bought a soft taibag to strap on should I need space to put a rain suit, gloves etc. I never use this bike on long hauls tho. If I come across a bagger pic I will post it.
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Joneszy
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Location: Manitoba Canada
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100A Aspencade Stripped
1999 Valkyrie CT
1978 Gl1000 "Trickster"
1979 Suzuki GS850(current project)

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Here is a pic of the one I was referring to. If you google "gl1100 bagger image" it will bring up
lots of pics and you will get an idea before you take out the hacksaw :D




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