R E V I S E D ! ! !
- - - Ride Report - - -
I will go over what problems i have found, One big problem that was all my fault.
I want to say My 83' GL1100 With this Single Carb. Conversion is MUCH FASTER!! Than I first thought.
The previous Test Ride Report almost needs to be thrown out, do to Substantial Performance Increase.
Let me start,
I will admit to my stupid over site, that could have got me hurt.
Especially as Fast!! as this bike is Now!!
Color me Stupid,
Started bike, was ready to go for second ride (Note to self, Don't let Enthusiasm cloud your judgement).
Was going over in mind a pre-flight check list, that I usually, always do.
When i got to air in tires, i said you missed that yesterday, then said well tires are new should be ok, they could not have lost that much air, WRONG!!!.
Then i realized, I have not checked the Tire pressure on this bike since before i moved to the new house, More than 6-months ago.
Front tire 19-lbs
Rear tire 18-lbs
Have you ever driven a car when the tires are really low, feels like the get up and go, has been lost, that is the comparison here.
I was doing 90mph, Yesterday, on way to Low tire pressure, i was lucky.
I thought the bike handled much better Before, like 6-months ago, anyway it is back and handle's great now, Very sportie handling with 38psi front, & 40 psi Rear.
Went and got Premium fuel topped off, as gas was also more than 6-months old, but had a stabilizer in it, and is stored in side, and out of the weather.
Temp out said 65 degrees,
Roll on performance with properly inflated tires is like Day & Night!!
This bike actually scared me a couple times, so i can put it into that category, because it is Much faster than before.
Performance has gone From good to GREAT!!!.
My suspension set up is;
Progressive Fork springs, 2ea fork, spacer/Washers to get rid of suspension Sag, & Redline High Temp Synthetic ATF,
Rebuilt Stock Air shocks, with Redline synthetic ATF,
All balls tapered bearing, head stem bearings
Now that bike is Handling great, like it should, I took some Fast turns at much faster than posted speed limit and powered out of the turns.
I dont want to over rate it, But at the same time I dont want to under rate it either
Is it faster Now! than my 83' GL1100 was stock with the (OEM 4 carb Cod Catcher) YES!!!
I Noticed that Bike really set me back when i got on it.
I did a couple of standing starts, and revved the bike like a fast run with the bike in Oem configuration
I revved the engine up to, well it was close or to Redline.
I took it through the gears, revving it high all the way up.
It Moved Out Very Nicely!!, this is a performance Enhancement for sure.
Through out the rev range this bike with the 32DFT really impressed me.
I want to do a comparison
I want to ride my;
83' GL1100 with the single 2bbl. then after about 30 minutes, jump on my 86' GL1200
I would like to do another back to back comparison between my 98' GL1500 & GL1100-2 to see differences.
Back to Riding the GL11-2
Riding the GL11-2 today, It is much more powerful, & Much Faster than it was Yesterday.
Torque, Power, & Acceleration are Much Better today than Yesterday.
Down in the low range MORE Torque is a definite Increase to like GW 6cyl engines.
Mid range, the same, higher torque like a 6cyl.
High end is much better than yesterday.
This bike will really run, I am very Impressed!!
I had a nice straight long run, bike flew up to 100+ maybe closer to 105-110mph still had a lot to go.
If i had to guess, 120mph maybe, 5th gear on my 83' GL11-2 is a freeway flyer, gear, some of my roll on info from yesterday was in 5th gear and 5th gear is a freeway flyer, but a down shift to 4th gear, rev it up and your gone.
Going through the gears reeving the engine to 6k, or 7k + provides extreme acceleration.
I would hazzard to say that my GL11-2 is a much better ride in every way, as it is Mildly mannered, very easy to ride, yet really fast now, very smooth & More powerful over the Oem steaming pile o bull stein4.
Maybe with the GL12-2, seeing that it now has more torque, I wonder if I will have more parts breakage occurring.
I did install New Clutch plates 2 years ago, glad i did, now!
Only thing i can think of is, the OEM 4-carb Cod catcher , maybe De-Tuned from the factory? the reason of getting Rid of all that torque, maybe to keep the buying public safe, and there law suits, Much less.
More torque Makes more sense, with a big touring, heavy hauling bike, that may tow more weight.
It had to be the MFR's lawyers were involved in decision making, legal reasons?
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