GL1200 Aspencade facelift.


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Goofaroo
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GL1200 Aspencade facelift.

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I thought I’d give a quick update on my 1200 Aspy project. I’m really enjoying this bike and I can’t wait to take it on a few trips this fall and winter but since the day I bought it I’ve been planning how I could do some simple cosmetic upgrades and give the bike a bit more modern look. I wasn’t a big fan of all of the gold badging so I started by searching online for options. Then I removed all of the original badges. In the end, I eliminated some of the badging and replaced a few with silver instead of gold. I also eliminated the two tone paint and badges on the front fender and the side covers and had the silver piece in front under the windshield powdercoated in satin black and painted the silver panels on the mirrors satin black. I’m really pleased with the results and the whole project cost less than $100.

I just finished it this morning and I was planning to roll it outside and wash the dust off and take some pics but it’s raining so I just snapped a few crappy pics in my shop.










Anyway, I just wanted to share this with the Wing community. To my eyes, it really gave this scooter a more serious and more modern look. If anyone has any other ideas I’d like to hear some suggestions or see some pics of what others have done.



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Cool ! I like the black windshield garnish !

Small( 2 inch ) LED driving lights , and a HID headlight would make it look, at nightat least , more like a recent model "Big Bike " and be kinder to your stator.
As well,fork booties , and some LED bars across the back would bring it into the 21st century.

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2002 Kawasaki KLR250
1992 Kawasaki KDX200
1987 Kawasaki KDX200
1985 Honda XR350R
1971 Honda CT90
1984 Honda NH125 Aero
2008 Yamaha Vino 125

Re: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.

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I definitely plan to upgrade the headlight at some point. Other than that I’m happy with the rest of the lighting.

I looked online for fork boots when I had the front end off the bike but I got in a big hurry to put it back together and didn’t order the boots. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t take my time and put them on.

If you know of some fork boots that fit nicely I’d like to hear from you. I’d like to install some next time I replace the front tire.

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Re: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.

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That looks really sharp, nice job!
Winging it every chance I get 8-)

19,119 miles when I got it from dad Oct 15, 2017 --- 28,659 miles and counting as of Sep 11, 2020!

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Re: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.

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If you need a set of fork booties that can be added AFTER the front is all bolted up.....

In April, a member of this board described a nice set of easy to make DIY booties that are removable :

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=42192

As it happens , I am on pretty good terms with this user, as I look at him every morning , as I shave ...

LOL LOL LOL

You will need some velcrow strips, and some ( Black ) leatherette rectangles.
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I can also speak for the ease of making these, and also for how many years they will last ( about 2 decades )

Have fun!!

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Location: Guthrie, OK
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 Aspencade
2004 Kawasaki Concours
1978 BMW R100S
1971 Honda CB500/4
2007 Kawasaki KLR650
2002 Kawasaki KLR250
1992 Kawasaki KDX200
1987 Kawasaki KDX200
1985 Honda XR350R
1971 Honda CT90
1984 Honda NH125 Aero
2008 Yamaha Vino 125

Re: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.

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Thanks for the replies. I finally took it out for a ride and snapped a couple of pics. I went to a place called Pop’s on Route 66 and there were a few other bikers there. Before I could get off the bike a couple of guys came over asking about it and gave their approval on the changes I made. I’m not sure if I’ve captured it in the pics but it really does have a much more modern and sporty look when viewed in person. I was trying to figure out what kind of badge I could put on the side covers but I don’t think I’m going to add anything else to it. I’m calling this project complete. Anyway, here’s a couple more pics.







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