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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Just cant do it!

Well tonight I actually rebuilt the starter on the GL1200 I got. It fired right up and sounded great. I got the thing to build a bobber since the fairing was totally garbage and bags were not with it. Needless to say I just cant do it to the lady. So now the hunt begins I guess to find all the stuff its missing, UGH!! Now the wife is really going to get my ass when I start spending money! Note to self dont buy stuff when wife is around!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 12:14 AM
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I have all the plastic and MOST of it will be cheap. Fairing is scraped up a little but doable. PM me if you want to discuss it.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 12:30 AM
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It's good to see another classic GL that isn't falling victim to the "I got the thing to build a bobber" crowd. The rear of the frame is there for a reason.
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Thank God you're not going to butcher the Goldwing.

I'm going to raze you a bit first then give you some advice.

Raze: I see so many nice bikes, (at least they were) being chopped up by idiots without a clue. You see them on Craigslist half finished or just started with the back frame loop chopped off. Most of them lack any design skills or even common sense.

Advice: Buy a SMALL POS bike to experiment on first. This will give you practical experience making your vision come true. An older CB400 (the twin) honda is a good place to start. Lots of them around cheap. Painting should be the last step after all other modifications have been done. Take some pride in your painting. Rattle can flat black just looks like you were too lazy to do a good job. A well designed nicely painted "Bobber" can be a thing of beauty.

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I see bobbers of all types fpr sale and I just don't see what people see in them. Take a nice bike, cut it up and make a piece of junk out of it. I just don't get it.



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This bike, { 1200 Sportster }, was on it's way to the chopping block to become a Bobber!
I bought it before it was totally ruined, and this is what I did to it!



I think I saved it, but that's my opinion!
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Restore the Wing.
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I like it, I dont care for the ones without any type of rear fender. Something like this. I've done a few smaller Honda's and Yamaha's in the 600-750cc range. I think everyone just has a style my son has went from Crotch rockets to a Cruiser now he wants a touring bike. So as we grow we change I guess.
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I can appreciate the workmanship that goes into something like that. It looks awfully loud though. That's a deal breaker for me.

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 10:22 PM
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Another option would be to find the appropriate parts and convert/restore it to an '84 1200 Standard.
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