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I have 1977 GL-1000. It is my pet bike. I feed it, groom it and take it out to stretch its legs a couple times a week. It is kind-ah nice to have around, but those spoke wheels have got to go. Both wheels (19” front and 17” rear) look really good on the bike, but it is time to replace them and I don’t want to go back to spokes. Does any one have any good suggestions on what to go to? I checked for previous discussions on this subject and didn’t see any. If I over looked them, kindly give me a heads-up.



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I never had a problem with my spoked wheels. And spoked wheels areusually stronger than cast wheels.

In '78 Honda put Comstar wheels on the Goldwing, but the front wheels were recalled for cracks. Iassume they got it right after that. If you use Comstar wheels you'll have to also use the brake discs that came with them because yours won't fit. I think the speedo drive might also be different - not as sure about that one.

Lester, an aftermarket company,also made wheels for the GL1000. They're sometimes found on ebay.
 

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Not to mention the Comstars also have the occasional rivet working loose.
 

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Ever wonder why dirt bikes all have spoked wheels? They're lighter and they're stronger. Spoked wheels flex under stress, cast wheels crack under stress (and give a harsher ride).
 

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.... and if you count  the Comstars, the new brake disks, probably the new caliber unit(s), , and possible fabrication of a  new Caliber mounting bracket/forums/images/emoticons/sad.gif ,  (at least on the rear   ), and the new Speedometer gear ... (Whew !!).. this little experiment might cost you upwards of $1000/forums/images/emoticons/shock.gif, and a lot of hassle until you get  at least the brakes working perfectly... Enjoy your Spokes./forums/images/emoticons/big_grin.gif. they look classy/forums/images/emoticons/wink.gif, and are stronger, better/forums/images/emoticons/big_grin.gif.... a friend had a rivit work loose on his '78 or '79 .. and even to get it re-rivited was a pain... Silver Dave /forums/images/emoticons/emoticonsxtra/cooldj.gif
 

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the speedo gear on the comstar is on the opposite side compared to the spoked wheels. Lester rears (even new ones) can still be found on ebay. Occasionally, there are front lester wheels, but they sell very high... and as mentioned the rotors are different an many ways.
 

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You can still get wheelmakers to make a new wheel from ally rim and spokes. They just use your old hub. No more rust problems.
 
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