Customising my first Goldwing

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #31 by fish » Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:59 pm

improvise..
slip the joint apart, wrap a couple turns of this around it & reassemble
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #32 by UK_Andy » Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:59 pm

Im looking at getting some lower rear shocks, about an inch or 25mm if you prefer. Can anyone recommend a set?
We have Hagon in the UK but Iv never used their shocks.

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #33 by UK_Andy » Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:20 pm

So I finally got the rear boxes off, no point keeping them if one side has a missing lid :-(

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and I fitted some small indicators to match the front, they are hard to see in the pic.

Can I get your thoughts on keeping/discarding the front scoop/plough?

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #34 by 230Rocket » Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:35 pm

Andy,

To me it seems like it's having a battle of looks with the long front mudguard (fender). And if it were mine, I would either chop the mudguard right down and keep the snow plough, or lose the plough and keep the 'guard as is.

Only my 2 pence worth, I've just posted a recent pic of my build with a severely chopped down standard Interstate front fender over on Fat Turtle...

If your box lid event had happened some weeks ago I coulda sent you a lid! Looks better without though, and I love those mirrors ;)

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #35 by UK_Andy » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:46 pm

230Rocket wrote:Andy,

To me it seems like it's having a battle of looks with the long front mudguard (fender). And if it were mine, I would either chop the mudguard right down and keep the snow plough, or lose the plough and keep the 'guard as is.

Only my 2 pence worth, I've just posted a recent pic of my build with a severely chopped down standard Interstate front fender over on Fat Turtle...

If your box lid event had happened some weeks ago I coulda sent you a lid! Looks better without though, and I love those mirrors ;)

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The mudguard will either be chopped or replaced. Fish has a nice one on warbird and I like what you did on fat turtle.

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #36 by UK_Andy » Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:43 pm

Took the foam off the seat base, gonna use this base for the new seat as it makes life easy.

Style of seat Im going for is a bit brat, bit cafe, slimmed down but still long enough to seat two.

So, any ideas on where to cut the back off?

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #37 by 230Rocket » Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:44 am

I did exactly the same! Page 2 of the fat t build thread has some pic's of both the seat pan chop and the foam.

Sharpie. Keyhole saw. I've yet to get mine recovered coz I need to find a decent saddle upholsterer here in Dallas but I have very definite ideas on how I'm going with it. Also you may need to rethink the fixing method once you cut it down.

On reflection I would use an electric breadknife for the foam trimming if there's one in the kitchen and I've learned a little more about foam and upholstery along the way but maybe not enough to do my own!

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #38 by UK_Andy » Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:24 pm

230Rocket wrote:I did exactly the same! Page 2 of the fat t build thread has some pic's of both the seat pan chop and the foam.

Sharpie. Keyhole saw. I've yet to get mine recovered coz I need to find a decent saddle upholsterer here in Dallas but I have very definite ideas on how I'm going with it. Also you may need to rethink the fixing method once you cut it down.

On reflection I would use an electric breadknife for the foam trimming if there's one in the kitchen and I've learned a little more about foam and upholstery along the way but maybe not enough to do my own!

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Yep, looked at yours and with a very deep breath, measure twice, cut once I cut it. Pics to follow

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Post #39 by UK_Andy » Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:31 pm

So with careful measuring and a deep breath I cut the seat base down.

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Also, as I removed the rear foot boards I picked up these footpegs off ebay for £9.99, not fantastic but they will be ok for the short journey any pillion does with me

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Oh, and I went to cut this part of the exhaust off but I think I had the wrong saw :IDTS:

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #40 by UK_Andy » Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:38 pm

Budget to date spent as I know people like to know these things

Handlebars £10
Handlebar grips £7.99
Mirrors £20
Rear footpegs £9.99

Sub total £47.98 - Original handlebars sold for £13.45

Total £34.53...not bad

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #41 by digschopper » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:42 pm

Not sure what direction you want to take the bike,but I've cut up or restyled quite a few,as I'm a custom painter.I'm restyling a gl1000 right now. I'm more than willing to help if I can.

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #42 by UK_Andy » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:47 pm

digschopper wrote:Not sure what direction you want to take the bike,but I've cut up or restyled quite a few,as I'm a custom painter.I'm restyling a gl1000 right now. I'm more than willing to help if I can.


Thanks man, there is no style or real plan being followed, just kinda slimming it down, a bit bobber, a bit brat.

Gonna have the bodywork wrapped and maybe the wheels powder coated and I'd like to fit a couple of rorty cans either side.

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #43 by UK_Andy » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:07 pm

Need a bit of insight with the seat, not sure wether the trims the sides of the seat base off to narrow the overall look?

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Post #44 by robin1731 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:25 pm

That's up to you since you know the exact look you want. But remember, as you pull the cover tight it will pull the sides in some.
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #45 by duke182 » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:27 am

Seat work is looking good.
Just remember, its easier to tske of than put back on.
Think and measure and sit on it before you cut anymore.
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