Is it possible to fit a 17-18in wheel to the rear of a GL1500


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Is it possible to fit a 17-18in wheel to the rear of a GL1500

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I know that this may seem like a stupid or crazy question, but I have a crazy idea for a spare GL1500 I have sitting around. Is there a 17-18in wheel that would fit a 1989 GL1500?
The reason is, I want to install a particular type of tire to the rear and it is only offered in 17in and 18in sizes.
Is there a wheel that Honda made from another bike that would fit? Or would this have to be custom made?
Anyone ever done this?



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Re: Is it possible to fit a 17-18in wheel to the rear of a GL1500

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I have my doubts - the GL1500 wheels are a pretty unusual design inside their drive hub. There won't be much out there that would hook up to the drive system....

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Re: Is it possible to fit a 17-18in wheel to the rear of a GL1500

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That's what I was afraid of. A custom wheel would take what is supposed to be a cheap project and turn it into a very expensive one. However, I might be able to find a car/LT tire that has the tread pattern I want and it will work.
The idea is that I have a GL1500 that is mechanically in good shape, but high miles and a cosmetic disaster. There are very few plastic parts on it that are not broken, cracked or just plane missing. It would cost more than the bike is worth to fix it into anything that I would ever want to be seen on.
However, if I strip it down to bare nothing/naked, put a different seat on it, add a skid plate and add some lift to the suspension, it could be a fun ADV style bike. I know it would be a beast to handle and would not work for any serious off road stuff, but for gravel roads and mild off road stuff it would be fun. And, by stripping all that weight off of it the bike would really move.
It could never go where a GS1200 or KLR650 could go, but as long as it didn't cost me an arm and a leg to do, it would be a fun toy. Its that or it a junker parts bike taking up space in my yard.
See this thread for pictures of what I am thinking. viewtopic.php?p=259991

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