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Ok, I warned you folks I will post a ton of questions!



So, in searching for information on cleaning my GL1200, repairing info came up, as well as painting info. When it came to painting, one of the suggestions was to contact the local Votech schools as it provides a good learning experience for the kids as well as getting a low cost, high quality paint job done.



Well, I did and they loved my idea! I am a volunteer fireman, and though fire engine red with a silver reflective tape trim and the department insignia as an inlay would look cool. They did too!



So, it brings me to my question. How much effort/risk is there in removing the bags, trunk, side covers, front fender and fairing?



Will I destroy my bike in doing so?



Can I get away without taking off the back fender?



(ps - I attended this school as a kid and the kids who created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were in the graphics art class at the same time, working on the TMNT as a class project.... They ended up with an above the curve salary after graduating from a tech school....)
 

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Pulling the bags and trunk is a fairly easy project, just a few bolts and disconnect some wires. In fact, pulling all the plastic except the main fairing can be done in less than hour once you've done it a couple of times. Shouldn't be a problem at all.
 

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Thanks Gary, I suspect I will find out soon enough. I let the director of the program know I was not in a hurry, so unless this is a curriculum schedule thing I would just assume wait 'till snow flies!!
 

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the 1200 was pretty easy to take apart. put the screws back in the hole they came from and take pictures, lots. you will be amazed at how great it will look when your done. i did mine and it was amazing. good luck
 

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I know how you Texans are Gary... a buddy of mine (Former NFL player Mike Baab....) comes out here for a competition every year and even though he spent 12 years between the Bengals and the Pats he seems to forget that the weather gets below 60!! I envy the heck out of you guys, being able to ride all year :(

But hey, we need to maintain our rides sometime!

Beachbuddy.... Where can I see a larger picture of your bike. That looks SWEET but I can only see the avitar.
 

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I painted my 87 1200 last winter and turned out great. I think I had 20 pieces and removed all the hardware, badges, etc. Repainted them too. You can give the bike a really good cleaning with everything off. The ONLY thing I didn't remove was the top part of the rear fender. It takes a little time but not hard to do.
 

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You can do it! Last fall I took off everything with a painted surface, took it to a painter and it came back beautiful. I changed colors also, silver to blue. The only problem I came across had to do with the Pin striping. Some of the old indention of the stripe showed through on the trunk.The old pin stripewasn't quite sanded all the way smooth and level.

Good luck!

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Wow... pictures did not do *MY* GL1200 any justice at all.

Painting this bike would be a crime!! Too bad to, because it is a good deal the votech school is offering but I will have to pass.
 

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seen this happen a lot. You really have to totally sand down/off the old stripes, prime and block it out before sealing it and adding color...
 

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dannyeod wrote:
The only problem I came across had to do with the Pin striping. Some of the old indention of the stripe showed through on the trunk.The old pin stripewasn't quite sanded all the way smooth and level.
I have two words for you: Sanding Putty.
 

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Hi McDonl,

I take the plastic off mine every 10,000 miles to do a tune & clean. The only tricky part is the fairing because it's heavy and awkward. Stock wiring is all plug-in & color coded so it's pretty easy.

First time, I suggest you take your time andtake notes too. And someone suggested pics...that's not a bad idea either.
 

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Bike...and Dennis wrote:
dannyeod wrote:
The only problem I came across had to do with the Pin striping. Some of the old indention of the stripe showed through on the trunk.The old pin stripewasn't quite sanded all the way smooth and level.
I have two words for you: Sanding Putty.
that's another reason you might as well strip one to the plastic time you got the old strips sanded out your to the plastic anyway
 
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