WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

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WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #1 by sunnbobb » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:11 am

One of the most noticeable features of any vehicle is its wheels. The Honda Goldwings of 1975-1984 went through several wheel changes as technology and fashion changed. Several after market companies also jumped in, creating quite a variety of choice for the old girls.

While there are many different wheels, Honda also changed the brake setups almost yearly. In a later article I will list the various brake calipers, rotors and master cylinders that were used during the golden age of Naked wings. I will be adding to the descriptions as time allows.

For now, here is a presentation and brief description of Goldwing Wheels 1975-1984. -SUNNBOBB

STOCK WHEELS

1975-1977 GL1000 SPOKED FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 3.50H-19)
gl wheel 75-77 front.JPG


1975-1977 GL1000 SPOKED REAR WHEEL (TIRE 4.50H-17)
gl wheel 75-77 rear.JPG


1976 GL1000 LTD SPOKED FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 3.50-19)
gl wheel 76 ltd front.jpg


1976 GL1000 LTD SPOKED REAR WHEEL (TIRE 4.50H-17)
gl wheel 76 ltd rear.JPG


1978 GL1000 COMSTAR FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 3.50H-19)
gl wheel 78-79 front.JPG


1978 GL1000 COMSTAR REAR WHEEL (TIRE 4.50H-17)
gl 1000 78 comstar rear.jpg


1979 GL1000 COMSTAR FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 3.50H-19)
gl1000 79 front wheel.jpg


1979 GL1000 COMSTAR REAR WHEEL (TIRE 4.50H-17)
gl wheel 78-79 rear.JPG


1980-1981 GL1100 REVERSE COMSTAR FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 110/90-19)
gl wheel 80-81 front.JPG


1980-1981 GL1100 REVERSE COMSTAR REAR WHEEL (TIRE 130/90-17)
gl wheel 80-81 gl1100 rear.jpg


1982 GL1100 REVERSE COMSTAR FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 120/90-18)
gl wheel 82 gl1100 front.JPG


1982 GL1100 REVERSE COMSTAR REAR WHEEL (TIRE 140/90-16)
gl wheel 82 gl1100 rear.JPG


1983 GL1100 CAST FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 120/90-18)
gl wheel 83 front.jpg


1983 GL1100 CAST REAR WHEEL (TIRE 140/90-16)
gl wheel 83 cast rear.JPG


1984 GL1200 CAST FRONT WHEEL (TIRE 130/90-16)
gl wheel 84 front.JPG


1984 GL1200 CAST REAR WHEEL (TIRE 150/90-15)
gl wheel 84 rear.JPG



AFTERMARKET WHEELS

The Lester Wheel was the first cast wheel to allow the Goldwing to go tubeless. Lester made a 18" and 19" front wheel, and a 16" and 18" rear wheel. Available in 6 bolt (75-77) and 5 bolt ('78-'79) rotor patterns.

For more info on Lester wheels see:
History of the Goldwing Lester Wheel

1975-1977 GL1000 LESTER CAST WHEEL FRONT (6 hole pattern)
gl wheel 75-77 lester.JPG


1978-1979 GL1000 LESTER CAST WHEELS (5 hole pattern)
gl wheel lester front and rear.jpg


lester ad 1.JPG


lester ad.JPG


gl wheels lester lit 1.jpg


gl wheels lester lit 2.jpg


gl wheels lester lit 3.jpg


gl wheels lester lit 4.jpg



GL1000 INVADER REAR WHEEL
gl wheel invader rear 1.jpg


gl wheel invader rear.jpg



GL1000 HENRY ABE REAR WHEEL
gl wheel Henry Abe rear.jpg


GL1000 STAR WHEEL FRONT
gl1000 75-77 star front wheel.jpg


GL1000 STAR REAR WHEEL (3.00 x 16)
gl wheel star rear.jpg



CUSTOM WHEELS

MODIFIED 78-79 GL1000 COMSTAR FRONT
gl wheel comstar custom.jpg


75-77 HUB LACED TO HD 16" RIMS
gl wheel 76 laced with 16x3 harley rim1.jpg


gl wheel 76 laced with 16x3 harley rim rear.jpg



POWDER COATED GL1000 LESTER RIMS
gl wheel powder coated lester.jpg


POWDER COATED 83 GL1100 RIMS
gl wheels 83 powder coated.jpg


GL1000 CX500 TURBO WHEEL FRONT
gl1000 cx500t wheel front.jpg


GL1000 CX500 TURBO WHEEL REAR
gl1000 cx500t wheel rear.jpg


POLISHED COMSTAR WHEELS (Not on a wing)
polished comstars.jpg


Yet another rare custom aftermarket wheel was produced by "RC Components"

Front:
gl1000 wheel rc components front.JPG


Rear left:
gl1000 wheel rc components rear.JPG


Rear right:
gl1000 wheel rc components rear2.JPG
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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #2 by 77Pinto » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:41 am

Great info.

Just want to add that the early Comstars had plastic covers on the rim mount rivets, and the reverse Comstars came in two different sizes. Also, the photo of the Lester wheels for the GL1000 shows a front wheel with 5 mount bolts for the rotor which is for the 78-79, where the earlier GL1000 has 6.



BTW: If anyone knows where I can get new gold spokes for a LTD please let me know.


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Post #3 by Roady » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:43 am

What a great collection and reference. Thank you, Richard.

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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #4 by brianinpa » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:27 pm

Great info! I think mother Honda, after going away from spokes, got it right in 84.
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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #5 by sunnbobb » Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:08 pm

Thanks Pinto, I will refine this as time allows. Appreciate the feedback
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Post #6 by aussiewingman » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:38 pm

awesome stuff...
Sunnbobb, i reckon you should add reco wheels to your list of offers...
love to get a pair of 16 inch spokes...

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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #7 by Grumpy_Chef » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:54 pm

Nice.... as I was scrolling down looking at the pics, I thought the Lester Wheels looked a lot like the old Invader wheels.. And low and behold, a pic of Invaders shows up... Never know they made them for the old Wings... Had a set on an old Sportster I have, but traded them for some parts I needed LOL
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Post #8 by NewWinger » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:12 pm

Nicely done SunnBobb.
Now I know the difference between a Lester and a Comstat.
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Post #9 by rogue1000 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:43 pm

This is SO Cool!! Thanks Sunbobb!!! (I really don't care about the beer bet...till next game!!)
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Post #10 by RB » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:23 pm

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Post #11 by pierce » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:37 pm

So cool! it's like porn for motorcyclists.
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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #12 by sunnbobb » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:55 am

Updated:
1. differentitiated years for lesters (still looking for info on different sizes within the same year)
2. differentiated sizes for reverse comstars between 80 and 82
3. added stock tire sizes.
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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #13 by gltriker » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:45 am

Well Done, Sunnbobb!



(not trying to hijack your thread.)
I'm particularly interested in knowing more about the powdercoated alloy Lester wheels.
My front Lester wheel, which was at some time in its life painted blue, needs some attention to the peeling paint. Powdercoating looks an attractive option.
But, I have wondered whether structural issues, that may result from the heat required to cure the powdercoat material, might unfortunately occur during that process? Thanks!!
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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #14 by rod willis » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:18 am

Hey Sunbobb I have a 1980 and a 1982 with the black reverse constar wheels
and the 80 has a 19in. on the front and a 17ln. on the rear and the 82 has
a 18in. on the front and a 16in on the rear , I do not know the width of
any of them but can get that info if you need it hope this helps you
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Re: WINGIPEDIA - GOLDWING WHEELS 1975-1984

Post #15 by Toehead » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:15 am

gltriker wrote:Well Done, Sunnbobb!



(not trying to hijack your thread.)
I'm particularly interested in knowing more about the powdercoated alloy Lester wheels.
My front Lester wheel, which was at some time in its life painted blue, needs some attention to the peeling paint. Powdercoating looks an attractive option.
But, I have wondered whether structural issues, that may result from the heat required to cure the powdercoat material, might unfortunately occur during that process? Thanks!!



It's certainly possible.... Powder typically cures ~200C, which is about the same temperature as the aging step in precipitation hardening of certainly aluminum alloys. It really depends on the material is. If it a solid solution strengthened material (5000 series), it shouldn't have an effect. If it is a precipitation hardened material, (6000 series , a356, etc) I would expect an overgrowth of the precipitates (depending on cure time) leading to a small degradation of strength.
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