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As you can see on in my photo, I've go an aftermarket fairing on my '77 Wing. I guess Honda didn't make one till '78 or 9. This one says, "Eliminator II" on it and I don't like it. It's to wide and heavy. Some of the fairings I've seen on slightly newer Goldwings are at least more aerodynamic...the look thinner, too! Where could I find such a fairing other than ebay? I'd think it'd go without too much problem.

Anybody got an idea?
 

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Well I've seen a few GL1000s with fairings from the GL1100 fitted. You need the brackets and subframe as well. I'm not sure that the tank panels will open very far with this setup but it's a while since I seen one and I can't remember.
 

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honda did not make fairings until the 1100 in about 80-81. Before that, they were all aftermarket, with several manufactures. Probably the best and the best known were vetter fairings and they are still available on ebay, and the mounting brackets for 1000's and 1100's come up from time to time (I actually have a spare.

I think the frames are pretty similar from the 1000's to the 1100's, and so you might be able to find a honda-line fairing from the era on ebay as well.
 

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The only GL1000 with a Honda fairing out of the box was the Executive in 1976
 

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Did you get the bike from Smitty? I have bought a few parts from him too. Nice guy... If you are in San Antone, I am in Austin, let's go riding some weekend...

Raymond
 

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FitzAl, what is a '76 Executive? I've never heard of one. I've seen many '76 SE's with gold rims and all but never an Executive.
 

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Honda first started putting fairings on the 1980 (1100)"Interstate" model, interestingly enough 1984 (1200)was the last unfaired Gold Wing sold.

Never heard of the "Executive" sure it wasn't put together by some aftermarket company.

As far as putting a fairing on a motorcycle that it wasn't designed for...hmmm...

Let's see, first off get a baseball bat and hit yourself in the head repeatedly, if that doesn't discourage you, be prepared to fabricate a lot of pieces.

You'll need the fairing mount for the fairing you'll be installing, through '83Hondas Gold Wing mounts are all the same, you may need to cut it and reposition it on the earlier frame, don't worry about the shelter side pods, you won't be able to open them without removing the fairing. Wiring is pretty straight forward, just take your time and document what color wire goes were.

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Weren't there fairings from Bates, Califia, Pacifica, Vetter, and I am sure dozens more? And I am sure many were bracketed to fit a Goldwing. Once the Hondaline came out in '80, and Vetter sold out, the rest of the competition withered away...

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Sounds about right Raymond.
 

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As far as putting a fairing on a motorcycle that it wasn't designed for...hmmm...

Let's see, first off get a baseball bat and hit yourself in the head repeatedly, if that doesn't discourage you, be prepared to fabricate a lot of pieces.
Hey, this'll be a simple project compared to some of the things I do. I can find, modify or fabricate any of the braces I need. The alternative is to build a mold, which I can do, but it's too time consuming.
 

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As far as putting a fairing on a motorcycle that it wasn't designed for...hmmm...

Let's see, first off get a baseball bat and hit yourself in the head repeatedly, if that doesn't discourage you, be prepared to fabricate a lot of pieces.
Hey, this'll be a simple project compared to some of the things I do. I can find, modify or fabricate any of the braces I need. The alternative is to build a mold, which I can do, but it's too time consuming.

Wish you were closer for when I need thay special part...where'd I put that file.
 

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The real problem is the time. I'm always doing 5 or 6 things, and besides all that...I hate not being able to ride the bike at the very least, every other day!!!! When it cools off, I try to ride both the CB and the GL every day. That's the best!!:D
 

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The GL1000 K1 Executive was a limited edition model only available in the UK. Honda (UK) commissioned Rickman who fitted a type 5 fairing, Lester alloy wheels (with a 16" rear instead of the standard 17"), enginebars, luggage rack, VDO clock mounted on top of the instrument pod, re-upholstered seat in brown Naugahide, and re-painted the bikes in black with gold airbrushed pinstriping and special numbered "Goldwing Executive" side panel decals. Only 51 were made, and each one came with a signed, numbered certificate of authenticity from Honda (UK). Number 001 was the prototype, and was made as the first prize in a Motorcycle News competition. When new they were priced at £2300. From what I can gather, there are believed to be only six of these bikes still in existence. I have recentlyacquired number 23, which was built in 1976 and first registered in August 1977. (Photograph attached).
 

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This post started not too long after I got my GL (or at least in the first year)....and after more experience and research, etc....this fairing I've got is outstanding!!! However a bit wide and a good 3/8s" thick, at 90 and sitting straight up, it's like 40mph and perfectly stable. The only minus if you're crazy, is it limits the top end to about 98 or so (I've been to 95 in fairly heavy winds, and it didn't have a lot more). That's ok though..80-90 is as fast as I want to go.

I'll keep it!!
 

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