Customising my first Goldwing

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #46 by Sugs » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:04 am

You can check out my thread and take a look at what I've done to my seat for some ideas, scroll to the bottom. viewtopic.php?f=16&t=57962 I started using a belt sander with coarse grit to get it where it is now, it does get thin real quick on the sides so go easy. Still have to get it covered but haven't had much time lately to work on the bike, will get to it eventually.
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #47 by UK_Andy » Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:01 am

Fitted my new cam belts this weekend, slightly scary but it all turned out good and the engine runs smoothly.

Seat is on hold while I decide on wether to trim the plastic sides down to get a narrower seat.

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #48 by UK_Andy » Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:32 am

Got a Triumph seat off ebay for the princely sum of £1.20 ($1.74) +£8 ($11) postage so even if I get it completely wrong it will not matter much.

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Question is...where do I cut the front to make it fit?

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #49 by wingrider » Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:02 pm

Good price on the seat! If I remember correctly, Octane showed the cuts he made when he was building the Bulldog. Have to look into that myself, as I have one to hack up too!
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #50 by wingrider » Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:12 pm

About the best picture I could find is in the first page of one of Octane's threads...bit down the page located right here.
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #51 by UK_Andy » Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:10 pm

Iv been looking at some new shorter shocks for the bike and found some in my local shop. Unfortunately it doesn't say what bike they are for but heres the specs.

Are these strong enough for a gl1100 with pillion

Dimension:
Total Length:315mm (12 3/8")
Length of Eye to Clevis Eye Core:280mm (11")
Clevis Hole Diameter: 8mm
Clevis Inner Width: 20mm
Clevis Maximum Tensile Strength: 2,000 Kgf
Spring Thickness: 7mm
Spring Width: 60mm
Spring Stiffness: 110 kg
Maximum load: 150kg (≈330 lbs
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Air Reservoir: Adjustable
Factory Air Pressure: 0.4 Mpa
Maximum Air Pressure: 0.5 Mpa

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #52 by UK_Andy » Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:57 am

My seat is coming along nicely, took it to a local car seat company. Oxted Trimming Co. in Oxted, Surrey. UK. They make all the seats for the Caterham range of cars in the UK so they know what they are doing.

So, this is the final shape and it will get covered this week in a nice vintage style distressed brown vinyl with diamond stitching.

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You can also see in the fist two pics that I bobbed the rear mudguard

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Hope ya like it :-D

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #53 by CYBORG » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:34 pm

Brown seat on a black bike???
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #54 by UK_Andy » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:52 pm

CYBORG wrote:Brown seat on a black bike???


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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #55 by CYBORG » Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:15 pm

O.K.
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #56 by ericheath » Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:50 pm

Looks awesome.
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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #57 by 230Rocket » Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:39 am

Andy,

Looks like your seat came out really good, I screwed up a little by cutting too much off the baseplate at the front where it needs to meet the tank and subsequently I then took too much foam out. Luckily these seats aren't rare so I have another to play with. Do you have any additional pictures of the foam or baseplate cutting you did? I'd like to follow similar lines of yours.

Great job on the whole bike, it's good to see the vision coming together.

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #58 by UK_Andy » Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:41 pm

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I didn't take any pics after but I made these cuts, about 5mm off the bottom edge and the other two cuts to shape it

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And rounded off the back edge a bit more.
When I get the seat back Ill take a few pics for you.

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #59 by 230Rocket » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:40 am

superb! exactly what I shoulda done! I'll keep an eye on things here...

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Re: Customising my first Goldwing

Post #60 by Steevensi » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:54 am

Do you have pictures of your new seat??
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http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=59312

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