Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Travelers Rest, SC, USA
Model: GL1800, GL1200, GL1000
You have a few options to solve your problem.
First, there is the option typically called “landing gear” or “outriggers” or something similar. These are a set of small wheels that are normally retracted and don’t touch the ground while you are riding. They only come down when you stop or are moving under a certain set speed, say 2 or 3 MPH, to help you keep the bike up. Some of these are manual (you hit a switch to lower them) and some are automatic (a computer sensed speed and puts them down and up) but those are expensive.
Second, are the “Insta-Trike” and other such type kits that add an extra set of two wheels to the back outside of the back wheel on the bike. So you basically have a quad-wheeled vehicle. The bikes back wheel is the only drive wheel. These can be removed without too much effort to return the bike to a two-wheeled configuration. These extra two wheels stay down in contact with the ground all the time. So, no leaning into corners anymore.
Third is a true trike kit that adds a permanent two wheels to the back of the bike and removes the bike’s back wheel completely. You no longer have a two-wheeled vehicle, but a permanent three-wheeled vehicle. No leaning into turns, etc. This is NOT a good option for a large bike without a powered reverse gear. You rarely see triked GL1100s and GL1200s for that reason.
None of these things are particularly cheap. I would think that the cheapest route would be a manual version of the landing gear type.
I don’t know what to tell you about sourcing any of this stuff inexpensively. Maybe Craigslist or something. I’ll certainly keep a lookout for something for you and give you a holler if I see anything.
And, one more thing. Thank you for your service.
2006 Arctic White GL1800
1987 Black/Grey GL1200 Aspencade
1976 Special Candy Maroon GL1000 LTD
U.S. Navy SWO (1967-1976)