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Hello from Canada

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:17 pm
by Bytown Bandit
Hello, and thank you for accepting me into the group. I'm looking forward to learning more about the 1977 GL1000 that I'm working on.

This bike belonged to a close friend who passed away a couple of years ago. He built the bike in 2001, 2002 and only put 5,000 miles on it. In 2003 it was taken off the road and stored in bins in his basement. Around 2015 he put some of it back together and put it in his living room.

I acquired the bike from his family, and I want to put it back together as a tribute to the former owner, and do a few upgrades along the way.

It has a single carb (Holley), Dyna S electronic ignition, Jardine pipes, Progressive Rear Shocks, and a Corbin Seat. A lot of the stock parts are gone so I want to continue with a resto-mod cafe style bike.

Back in 2001 the bike was totally stripped down and the frame painted and detailed. The bike is in amazing shape with the front forks rebuilt, aluminum parts polished,(I will be re-doing) and the motor freshened with new pistons, rings, and clutch in 2002, and more that I don't know about.

I'm looking at upgrading the wiring. (m-gadget?) Brakes (front) without changing the front forks. If I need to change the front end I will but I want to keep the spoked front wheel. As well I want to install LED lights and turn signals.

I will be looking for some advice on my plans, and where would I go to get GL1000 parts.

Pictures 1 taken in 06-15-2002
Picture 2 Taken in 08-23-2015
Picture 3 & 4 taken 04-11-2021

I'm sure you have some good advice...

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:35 pm
by Track T 2411
Welcome from Wisconsin, USA. Looks beautiful! As far as upgrading the brakes, a relatively easy upgrade is going with later model two piston calipers and a matching master cylinder. The '82 Standard and Interstate (not Aspencade) calipers (with brackets) are basically a bolt- on. There are a few threads about the swap, and at least one list of other Honda models and years that used the same setup.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:15 pm
by Rat
Welcome to the 'Wingdom.
Always good to see another Canuck.
Lots of good info in ShopTalk too.


Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:41 pm
by 5speed
welcome from the east coast. beautiful looking wing.
I too have one that belonged to a friend that passed away.
it's on my list to restomod.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:45 am
by AZNGW Rider
Welcome from the desert of Arizona.

Nice looking wing. I can't imagine what it must be like to have a bike that belonged to someone you were so close to. Might happen to me one day.

Good luck with the project.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:11 am
by Sandy
Hello from Barrie Ontario.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:41 am
by MikeNTexas
Welcome from Texas. Nice looking bike. It deserves to be back on the road.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:57 am
by Rednaxs60
Welcome from the west coast rock of Canada. Enjoy your new ride. If it runs and is roadworthy, ride for the summer months, wiring projects are good fall/winter work items.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:53 am
by Gowing
Welcome, you sure got your hands on a good lookin wing.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Wed May 26, 2021 10:34 am
by Sidecar Bob

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2023 10:04 am
by Fred Camper
Congratulations on the September 2023 BOTM. Great build story and excellent bike.

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2023 5:18 am
by Bytown Bandit
Thank you for choosing my 77 GL1000 for September Bike of the Month, and for all the help I’ve received from members of this forum when I had questions.

The bike was built as a tribute to the former owner who tragically died of suicide in 2018. Since 2019 I have been organizing an annual ride to bring awareness to Mental Health, and raise money for the Royal Ottawa Hospital and Mental Health Foundation. I use the bike when I can, as it’s a symbol for the Mental Health challenges people face. (this year’s ride is on September 17, 2023)

Thank you again, I’m humbled, and it means so much to me.

John Armstrong

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2023 6:34 am
by pidjones
Over-all a well deserved recognition and a great honor to your friend's memories. Even better, it will be on the annual calendar - she's a calander girl!

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2023 6:04 am
by LastMohawk
first congratulations on the great bike and the BOTM.

A question, what you have for a front fender installed. I like it very much.

Greetings Harald

Re: Hello from Canada

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2023 1:27 pm
by Jonesz
Very deserving bike. Congrats, looks gr8