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That's a lot of work with great workmanship in it.
Keep it coming, I'm getting a few idea's already.

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Thanks for your continuing interest in my project, I didn't know if anyone still cared any more about the project.

The bags that I may use came from one of four Goldwings I bought from out of a old building that was used for
storage and the owner decided to sell the building. All of the bikes were there about 10 years.
It was also one of the four bikes that I actually got running with out any major problems.

Please look past the bird doo, I haven't done any cleaning yet,
they will be repainted.

The bags are Shoei, I picked these because they were the smallest I had.
They also have some lines to them.



Left bag with bracket

There are some brackets with them but they are pretty rusted and I think I want the lines as smooth as I can get them,
so I don't think I will use the brackets. Then again now that I see them in the photos I like them more and they can be
adapted and painted - - more thinking.

This next picture is of the bag without the frame and also the side toward the bike when installed.



I don't think it will be much of a hassle to make a set of brackets that will bolt to tabs on the frame.

All this is still in the think process.

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Actually, with the way you're doing this bike those bags oughta look pretty good with it. I gotta tell ya though, the hot rodder in me is dyin' to see those markers replaced with '59 caddy lights

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Ah yes, years ago I owned a 59 Caddy beater.

Although the points may stick out too far on the lights,
and then I would also need fishtail exhaust.

Well you never know, More think stuff, my head is going to hurt.

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I am following this thread avidly. I look for your post every day. I think you're doing a great job and it's really looking good. Keep up the good work.

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I too look forward to reading your updates with my morning cup of Java. Please keep posting.
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Thank you everyone for the response to my lowering forum.

I guess I was a little worried that no one was watching and that I was doing it for nothing.

I looked at the views on the post and knew that people were going to the forum,
but no one was responding back either positive or negative to it.

I do now know some are out there watching it on a daily basis and I plan on running it to the end.

I enjoy the ideas that come back on what I am doing, I think about everything you say about the build.

I have given a lot of thought to the suggestion by skip20 of changing the upper frame,
but decided it was a little beyond my skills as a bender and welder.

Kimswang suggested changing the tank to get away from the boxy look. While I am worried about
welding on the tank (I am afraid of cutting a hole in it that I can't fix) I am thinking
about making a sheet metal panel to go between the tank and the frame just to dress
it up a little.

So - - - thanks for the ideas and keep them coming, I really appreciate the input.



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1980 GL1100 Naked and Low
(1) 1975 GL1000 (being lowered)
(5) 1975 - 79 GL1000 Parts bikes

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Wednesday 12/28/2011

Seems I am having to take more days off, I over worked Monday
and felt it on Tuesday morning.
I have to learn to do these things in moderation.

"Too soon we grow olde to late we grow smart".

Before going to the garage I called "forks by Frank", very nice people there.
I asked about making new tubes that are 2" shorter, no problem.
They told me they had made them for lots of bikes and never had a
problem with the shorter front end geometry, and never got any complaints.

More to think on.

I also bought a square tubing die to go on my bender, that is made to be adjustable
for 3/4" to 2" square tubing, And I ordered a Carburetor rebuild kit to fit the VW solex
I am planning on using on this bike. I almost forgot there was a gel cell battery on
sale on e-bay Wednesday only so I ordered one of them also.

I got out to the garage about Noon, a good day to be inside with the winds blowing
the first snow fall of this year. Yuck!!!

I worked about 6 hours but the results seemed like it should have taken me about two hours to do.

I removed the tail light and cut & ground the rear fender at the tape line, then decided to make
plates inside the fender to strengthen the area where the light mounts.

I also wanted to tap these so that I didn't have to try to get my hand
between the fender and tire when bolting the fender on.

I cut & ground down the fender bracket to match the tail light bracket, and
started to weld and grind the corners of the fender bracket to smooth it out.
This is going to take a while, I have to weld, then grind, then weld again to
fix the little holes and smooth it out.



I started with a 1 1/2" piece of channel iron and made some
inserts to accept the threads.



I welded the inserts in the channel, drilled and tapped them, then welded
the channel on the inside of the fender.



I had to make two of them to cover the top and bottom of the tail light bracket.

That was it for Wednesday.





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(5) 1975 - 79 GL1000 Parts bikes

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I think it is looking great. You could change out the tank later if cosmetically needed. I might wait until the motor is back in to see how it all looks.

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It's nice to see the progress you're making. I like the way you think and work out the details. I think it's going to be quite a nice bike.

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