Dumb caseguard question


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Dumb caseguard question

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I'm 6'-6". Love riding my '81 GL1100, but most of the time I rake my shins on the caseguards every single time I come to a stop. More than annoying, it could potentially be a safety issue.

Are there different caseguards available for a bike this old? Kind of hate to completely remove them, too.

Ideas? Attaching a larger pic of my profile pic, so hopefully you can see what I'm talking about.

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I just had to live with having bruised shins from my GL1100.

My eventual solution was to buy a GL1500. :)
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Before I sold my '77 GL 1000 I swapped the engine guards with the '80 GL1100. They fit, no problem. I liked the GL1000 guards much better, no busted shins.

GL 1000 engine guard on GL1100


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DenverWinger wrote: Sun Aug 01, 2021 10:58 pm Before I sold my '77 GL 1000 I swapped the engine guards with the '80 GL1100. They fit, no problem. I liked the GL1000 guards much better, no busted shins.

GL 1000 engine guard on GL1100
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Now THAT I could live with!

As to the original post, I'm 6'4" and have the same issue, right now my left leg has a nice scrape and knot on it. In another thread just a few days ago I'd mentioned swapping out the handlebars on my '83 to a set of generic 70's-early 80's style UJM handlebars. It changes the orientation of my hips since I now sit more upright and getting my size 14 hiking boot down to the pavement is MUCH easier not to mention a heck of a lot less strain on my thumbs and wrists that the pullbacks tend to cause. It's like riding a motorcycle instead of steering a couch and my confidence in the twisties is vastly improved.
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Owner complaints about the engine guards were common for the 80-81 models. They got better for 82 and 83 was the best. If you want an OEM set, try an 83, I’m sure eBay has a few. Although, I’m 5-10 with a 32 inch inseam and they still get in my way. Aftermarket guards for the gl1100 will be harder to come by. The 83 was also the stiffest and bend least with a tip over....

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Look for GL1000 guards. They fit, and function well. Prolly hard to find, though.
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Scored a set of '79 caseguards off ebay. Just need to clean them up a bit and install.

Appreciate all the help, gents!
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How about pic's after you got them mounted?
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I will! Probably be a week or two, considering getting them blasted and powder coated first...
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At 5' 7" I complain about the guards on my 83.
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I'm 5' - 8", with an '80 GL1100. I've never hit my shins on the guards.
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I found it all depends on how your leg reaches down to the ground. If you tend to swing your leg forward to touch down then maybe this is not the bike for you. I have to move my leg to the side more than forward to avoid the guard. On narrow bikes forward works but not this machine.
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bruce swaybill wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:15 am I found it all depends on how your leg reaches down to the ground. If you tend to swing your leg forward to touch down then maybe this is not the bike for you. I have to move my leg to the side more than forward to avoid the guard. On narrow bikes forward works but not this machine.
Bruce S.
For us taller guys the reaction is to put your legs forward since we tend to be a bit cramped feeling, especially with stock pegs.
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Hi,
I'm 6'1 but 34" legs and I ride a 1983 GL1100 and I have never hit the case guard yet.


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