I'm starting to plan my effort to make a 1st rate touring bike that doesn't weigh 900 lbs. plus.
Plan is to take a GL1100, do suspension upgrades and aftermarket electronics and luggage.
1st step is suspension upgrade. Seems like the easiest option would (might) be to buy a complete front fork ass'y from a newer bike. More of these around than you might think due to racers and track day fanatics upgrading their suspensions.
could easily be cheaper than a simple upgrade of internals and I'd be able to upgrade the brakes at the same time.
So ... can anyone out there that knows a lot more than I do suggest how I might identify likely candidates for donor bikes? My fab skills are relatively modest so I'm not planning any frame cutting or welding.
You could maybe go from a 37mm (84-87) to a 41mm tube by swapping the tripple clamps from a GL1500 (88-91) ... (upper and lower bearings are the same; I'm not sure about the spacing though)
I seem to remember toying with putting the inverted forks from the '02 VTX1800C on an early 1500 at one point - stem bearings may be the same... but I can't speak to the spacing (length of the head tube)