1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #61 by Easter » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:35 pm

Looks sharp.
Bikes at present:
80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #62 by Rednaxs60 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:56 pm

Elegant way to split the front brakes, and not have linked brakes.
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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #63 by desertrefugee » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:54 pm

A lot of folks have presented "builds" here and elsewhere. Sometimes these builds aren't really "builds" at all, but rather a compilation and reassembly of off the shelf or re-purposed bits. Many of these "builds" turn out really nice.

But, once in a while, we're treated to a ring-side seat to a real "build". This one, sir, categorically qualifies as a top-tier effort. Nothing too radical that will detract from the original utility of the machine, but solid, tasteful modifications. Fun to watch craftsmanship at work. I'm also getting anxious to see how it turns out.

And, man, is that puppy red or what? Get ready to draw a crowd. (Surely, you'll run it for a while before it goes).

Great "build"!
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Post #64 by Wolfie666 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:59 pm

Thanks for the comments! especially desertrefugee !
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Post #65 by Wolfie666 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:06 pm

Was going to wait, because the "tank" isn't quite finished yet but it looks (to Me) just so good!
This has Basecoat, Tinted Clearcoat, Clearcoat, the decal, more clearcoat...

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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #66 by Easter » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:59 pm

Beautiful work. I can tell this isn't the first bike you have painted!
Bikes at present:
80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #67 by desertrefugee » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:45 pm

What are the chances we'd have two red monsters going together at the same time?
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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #68 by Sugs » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:17 pm

desertrefugee wrote:What are the chances we'd have two red monsters going together at the same time?


I was thinking the same thing. Kinda weird.
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Post #69 by ericheath » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:14 am

Nice work and thanks for sharing.
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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #70 by Track T 2411 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:39 am

Looking VERY nice! I wish I had some skill at painting...
I'm curious about the steering stabilizer. I've read a few accounts of the 1200 being a little 'cumbersome' at slower speeds, especially with lower bars. I see your other wing has one, do you find it an improvement?
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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #71 by Easter » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:57 am

desertrefugee wrote:What are the chances we'd have two red monsters going together at the same time?


That's the way it works, this time last year I was doing a dark green bike and another poster was also doing one. My luck to be out classed both times! :IDTS:
Bikes at present:
80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #72 by Wolfie666 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:07 pm

Track T 2411 wrote:Looking VERY nice! I wish I had some skill at painting...
I'm curious about the steering stabilizer. I've read a few accounts of the 1200 being a little 'cumbersome' at slower speeds, especially with lower bars. I see your other wing has one, do you find it an improvement?


I have no problems at lower speeds, however it really does help at those times when one gets rather aggressive!
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Post #73 by Wolfie666 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:42 pm

Just a couple of additions...
I'm sure everyone knows that if you remove the little insert from the rear master cylinder brake line bore, it is already threaded for a banjo fitting - just the fine thread one, you can run stainless hoses.

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removed the front air hose fittings and lines, threaded the holes for 1/8"NPT-27 and plugged them.

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Bracket for the radiator overflow tank.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #74 by Wolfie666 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:43 pm

Rear Caliper and SS hose...
Drilled the Caliper bracket in case I decide to add a speedometer later.

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Cut the radiator neck, so I could rotate it 180 degrees.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 Limited, time for a new project.

Post #75 by Wolfie666 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:16 am

Sigh...
Alas, the Pittsburgh temperatures have taken a fall from the 50's to the 30's.
I have not got around to getting the last three sheets of plywood up on the ceiling so
no furnace for me again this year. So... now have to wait for warmer weather. I HATE THAT.
Every year around now I kick myself for not getting the garage finished, but when the warm weather
comes round, I seem to forget all about it. So close but so far...
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