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Hello fellow 1100ers! (okay, I won't use that term again...)

Well, with Billy's help I found a beautiful saddlebag mount. Now here's the thing, it doesn't have the helmet holder tab, and the one on my bike does. Mine looks to be a factory job, but it could have been welded on after I suppose. Here's why I say that - I looked through my parts fiche, and at several pics I could find on eBay and such, and no other left saddlebag mount has the handle bar mounting plate.

Do any of YOU have helmet mounts on the left saddlebag mount/guard?

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I didnt know for sure so I went out and looked and no none on the left but I have one on the right:cool: I have an 82 GL1100A
 

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I forgot to mention mine is an 83. I did just find one pic in about 50 that shows another with the left side helmet holder, but that's it. Must be sort of rare. No matter, I was looking to add a better helmet holder in a different location.

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Hi Jack,

I have a helmet lock in front of both my saddlebags. I'm not sure if that's your question or not. Mine is an '83 also.

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My '81 Interstate parts bike has the helmet holders above the engine, just under the false tank. My '83 Interstate has them on the bar in front of the saddlebags.

So it appears you got a saddlebag bar from an earlier bike is all....

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Well guys, if truth be told, I won't really miss that lock very much. I found that with the bags attached to the mounts, the helmet was hard to attach anyway, and tended to lie against the exhaust pipe. With the saddlebag bar in place and the bag removed, I could swing the helmet around to the back side of the "loop" and all was well.

It just seems that the bike's helmet locks just weren't placed well. Don't fret...I'm not bashing Mother Honda - I was doing a search just now for helmet locks and found that a great many bikes have locks in odd and often almost useless locations. I did find some neat ideas, though. Did you know there is a lock that attaches to the handlebar end of your Kuryakyn ISO grips? Very cool...but for those with fairings it could be a problem.

I think I've decided to try a simple solution that others have already done. A simple aluminum bar attached across the license plate mounting bolts (or other suitable location) with holes drilled to accept the old helmet lock from the crash guard. There's one on the "Net sold as "The Guardian" that's similar, but whooo! $50. I can make one for about $5.

Man, I sure do seem to get sidetracked easily. Well...off I go then!

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I have left and right helmet locks on my83 Aspencade as well. I agree the locks are almost useless where they are mounted. I took a piece of 1/4"aluminum and cut it into the shape of a "T" about 4 inches long and two inches wide at the top. Then I drilled a hole at the bottom of the "T". I slide the "T" through the D-rind of my helmet and then lock the "T" to the helmet lock through the hole in the bottom of the "T". Works great! I made one for each side.

Maybe I should post a pic?

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AZWinger wrote:
I have left and right helmet locks on my83 Aspencade as well. I agree the locks are almost useless where they are mounted. I took a piece of 1/4"aluminum and cut it into the shape of a "T" about 4 inches long and two inches wide at the top. Then I drilled a hole at the bottom of the "T". I slide the "T" through the D-rind of my helmet and then lock the "T" to the helmet lock through the hole in the bottom of the "T". Works great! I made one for each side.

Maybe I should post a pic?

Bob :11grey:

Hi Bob,

I bought a set of those at the Honda shop. They call them "helmet lock extenders". Sorry old bean, someone beat you to it. :) Still, it's hard to get the helmets not to lie on the pipes.

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I got a set of the extenders too, only $5 or so at a show. My helmet has been all dinged up due to the helmet holders. I like to ride without a helmet once in a great while, and my helmet has been all scratched up, hit the road during a turn, and some of the rubber melted from laying on the pipes. Yeah, the location sucks.

Extenders here:

http://www.twowheelcorp.com/catalog...&PartHeaderNumber=152748&ManufacturerCode=300

(gotta work on my HTML skills)

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jsmith24 wrote:
AZWinger wrote:
I have left and right helmet locks on my83 Aspencade as well. I agree the locks are almost useless where they are mounted. I took a piece of 1/4"aluminum and cut it into the shape of a "T" about 4 inches long and two inches wide at the top. Then I drilled a hole at the bottom of the "T". I slide the "T" through the D-rind of my helmet and then lock the "T" to the helmet lock through the hole in the bottom of the "T". Works great! I made one for each side.

Maybe I should post a pic?

Bob :11grey:

Hi Bob,

I bought a set of those at the Honda shop. They call them "helmet lock extenders". Sorry old bean, someone beat you to it. :) Still, it's hard to get the helmets not to lie on the pipes.

Jack

It was not an original thought of mine! Wish it were though. I saw one on another bike and thought "what a neat idea". I went to every motorcycle shop in town (3) and no oneknew what I was talking aboutso I thought it was something the guy had made. It would have been a lot easier to spend $5 than cut and file the ones I made! lol

Oh well, it kept me busy for a little while!

Bob :11grey:
 
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