85' GL 1200 Customization


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H3RO1
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85' GL 1200 Customization

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I have recently been gifted an 85' GL1200 from my grandfather. I am wanting to customize it to have more of a bobber or streetfighter look. I will not cut the bike or damage any of the original parts because it has a fair amount of sentimental value. I am a fairly knowledgeable mechanic but I have not worked on a Goldwing before. I was hoping someone might have or know where I can find a full video of someone doing this.



oldmopars
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Re: 85' GL 1200 Customization

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I do not know if there is any video like you want, however there is a complete forum dedicated to the Naked Goldwing. https://ngwclub.com/forum/page/Welcome

I am building a 84 Goldwing and doing the Naked route. Lots of removal of stuff, wiring, custom stuff. Every bike is different, but look at that forum and see if it is the direction you want to go. You will find that there are not as many 1200's being customized as the earlier ones, but they are there. It takes more work to make the 1200 look good as there were only a few Naked 1200's and it was an 84 only bike. So, you are stuck with the whole ugly fairing and having to get creative with the tank. It can be done, just a little more work.
I think in the future we will see a lot more custom 1200's as they are still reasonably priced and a great bike and solid platform to work with.

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Re: 85' GL 1200 Customization

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Thanks for the input! I seem to get a lot of negative response about wanting to customize the motorcycle. I have gotten it completely torn down now. I'm just trying to decide what to start with.

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Re: 85' GL 1200 Customization

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1100 adapts without too much work. Others have used various tanks and removed what’s needed to cover the stuff under the shelter. A Valkyrie tank will fit and give you top mounted tank as will an early 2000ish Mean Streak tank.

Next is finding a decent looking seat for your purpose. I chopped the horns off for the bobber look, but I kind of regret it as it’s a bobber only now. I wish I’d kept the back so I could carry a rider once in a while.

I have another bike I kept for passengers (wife) but insurance here in Oh Canada is expensive and you get no break. It would be over $300 per month in the summer.

oldmopars
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Re: 85' GL 1200 Customization

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You should post pictures, I for one would like to see what you are doing.



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