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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to mount a spoked 17" wheel from a '75 GL1000 onto an '83 GL1100 Aspencade?
If so, is it a straight swap or are there mods that need to be made?
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No, it won't fit. But I have to ask why would you go from a nice cast aluminum tubeless wheel to a spoked wheel you have to use a tube with?
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No, it won't fit. But I have to ask why would you go from a nice cast aluminum tubeless wheel to a spoked wheel you have to use a tube with?

I'm looking to set it up as something of a dual sport...was having trouble locating a 16" rear tire but I think that's sorted itself out.


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No, it won't fit. But I have to ask why would you go from a nice cast aluminum tubeless wheel to a spoked wheel you have to use a tube with?

In what way(s) won't it fit? The wheel to the final drive? If that's the case is it possible to mount a final drive from a GL1000 to my GL1100?

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In what way(s) won't it fit? The wheel to the final drive? If that's the case is it possible to mount a final drive from a GL1000 to my GL1100?
It won't fit the final drive, I tried it just to know but don't remember exactly what the problem was. No idea if the 1000 final will fit the 1100 swing arm.
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It can be done if you use the 1000 swing arm and engine output shaft. The 1000 swing arm is about 2 inches shorter than the 1100. The geometry of the rear shock will need to be changed. I have to ask why you are considering this? There are a lot of bikes that are better offroad than a Goldwing.
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I have to ask why you are considering this? There are a lot of bikes that are better offroad than a Goldwing.
I agree. I had a KLR650, built for off road and it was too heavy for the purpose. I can't imagine hefting a 500 lb monster around in the woods.
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I don’t recall how rideable your “inspiration” bike is. It is a cool build and looks great. It is lifted enough to get the jugs up out of the way, but the angle of the driveshaft looks like it would go through u-joint knuckles left and right. It looks like it might not even work. Maybe with rider weight.

If you’re just going for tracker looks and some occasional jaunts off-road, it might be okay. A guy from Largo, Florida built an adv bike from a wing. If I can recall his name I’ll link his build and thoughts about it.
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It can be done if you use the 1000 swing arm and engine output shaft. The 1000 swing arm is about 2 inches shorter than the 1100. The geometry of the rear shock will need to be changed. I have to ask why you are considering this? There are a lot of bikes that are better offroad than a Goldwing.

Thanks for this info!!I get that there are "better" bikes out there for this...however I'm not really looking to go offroad...I'm into long distance rides that find me occasionally running on roads where the road goes on but the pavement ends...and want to mount dual sport tires for this reason.


The GL1100 has a 16" rim and (so far) I have found exactly one tire that will fit. The GL1000 has a 17" rear rim and there are scads of tire available for that.


And besides, anyone can buy a bike that already runs!!

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