Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.


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PedroTQ
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Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by PedroTQ » Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:01 am



I bought this 90SE early last year, the more i delved into her the worse things got (cosmetically), the engine has done a mere 100,000 miles and most of the mechanical side is fine, just lots of broken plastic and holes drilled everywhere.

What to do?????????????

Strip her down naked and basic, get rid of all the stuff not needed. I am keeping the reverse though.

Probably take me a year or two but i have to have something unusual to keep my mind active with the end result being something unique and fun to ride.

Peter.
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The starting point.
The starting point.


75 tank side covers.
75 tank side covers.


The seat needs a chainsaw.
The seat needs a chainsaw.







#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - RIP
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Soon to have sidecar fitted
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie
#8 - 1990 GL-1500 SE Soon to be Flagship

KerryConnieZuppicich
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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by KerryConnieZuppicich » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:24 am

When my husband bought his GL1800 2001 we discovered that panels were held on with......... BLUETACK. Cringworthy. Good Luck with your project. :)

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by Metal Mangler » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:07 am

I am looking forward to following your post. Good luck!
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"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Post by BadMonk » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:37 am

To be honest, I cringed upon seeing the second pic compared to the first. However, there are many good looking naked creations out there...LOL. Will be watching the progress.

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Post by Rwilkerson » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:21 am

I bought my 02 and found many items were put to well let's say fucocked up! cowling tabs broken missing wrong screws, missing clips trunk lid post were stripped along with the post for the latches windshield was screwed into the front cowl (could not figure why I could not adjust the up or down.) The usual broken front (rear) fender. Any way did some reading purchased some materials and did the corrections my self. Found that you can purchase vinyl used in heat forming in a abs bead mixed it with acetone and mek to make a slurry, using it to fill stripped screw post holes (allow to dry 24 hours) then using warmed screws reform the threads. On the missing post I just used the screw and slopped the slurry around the allow to dry then removed the screw was not factory or even pretty but the trunk liner hid it any way. For the tabs I removed the old tabs and made them with some scrap abs sheet (if you check the phone book) you can find abs fabricators in your area mine gave me a strip and used it to form new tabs for my cowling (some shaping and grinding) now have the cowling properly screwed down. The work is easy and the repairs are permanent. If you want a cafe racer then strip your touring bike down if you want a true Goldwing then leave it as it was made to be.
Some like to follow the masses but many lose the "m"

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by Metal Mangler » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:54 am

Very interesting. Will have to keep those trade secrets in my filing cabinet.
Marvin (Shep) Shepard
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by mprinsen » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:11 pm

I'd be interested in seeing a video of how he got the cycle so far off the ground and supported using the centerstand on what looks like a step stool. Maybe I'd even tackle some of the tough job on my Goldwing if I could get it that high without having to buy a lift.

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Post by rdurost » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:46 pm

You are the wind beneath my wings.

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Post by Alesco » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:59 pm

I'd just love a shed like that to play in with my bikes !! :D

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Post by GL1100Mike » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:07 pm

Do your thing. It's your creation. Enjoy the process. Looking forward to seeing the finished ride.

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by PedroTQ » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:13 pm

G'day to All :D :D :D

I am lucky enough to have a "H" beam in the roof of my workshop and a couple of "Block & Tackle's" My knees and ankles suffer too much grovelling around on the ground so I either lift it up onto the stand to work on electrics and top stuff or onto the bench for the lower stuff.

The "Naked 90" project is going to take a while as I need to finish my 75 which has been in bits for over 5 years, then sort out my 76 outfit for relocation to another owner. But I will be dabbling in the Naked 90 from time to time.

Happy and safe riding to All, peter.
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The 90 up on the bench.
The 90 up on the bench.


The 88 up on the bench.
The 88 up on the bench.


How to get them up there.
How to get them up there.


Easy to work on underneath.
Easy to work on underneath.

#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - RIP
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - RIP
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Soon to have sidecar fitted
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie
#8 - 1990 GL-1500 SE Soon to be Flagship

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by rdurost » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:54 am

Damn, the wheelbase on that thing! It's got to be at least a foot longer than my '77 GW.

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Post by rdurost » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:58 am

Is the transmission behind the engine, vs. beneath like the early GWs?

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by newday777 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:53 am

rdurost wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:58 am
Is the transmission behind the engine, vs. beneath like the early GWs?
The transmission is still within the engine case on the 1500s and 1800s.

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by newday777 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:57 am

rdurost wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:54 am
Damn, the wheelbase on that thing! It's got to be at least a foot longer than my '77 GW.
Yes the 1500 is longer than your 1000. You can put your 1000 in an enclosed 8' trailer if needed. A 1500 and up you'll need a 10' trailer. Yes @a foot longer.

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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by mr green » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:44 am

Nice to see someone else reinventing the wheel like I did .It can be a lot of work but can also be very rewarding .Hope I can give you some inspiration my videos.




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Re: Cringe, Cry or Laugh. ......... I am doing it.

Post by newday777 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:57 pm

Very impressive from another woodworker. ;)
mr green wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:44 am
Nice to see someone else reinventing the wheel like I did .It can be a lot of work but can also be very rewarding .Hope I can give you some inspiration my videos.






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