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JustinLonghorn
06-16-2015, 11:27 AM
So, I picked up this GL1000 Rat Rod thing a few months ago. I am finally getting around to working on this little beast.

When I first picked it up, it looked like this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150403_153127_zpssqltmxwo.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150403_153127_zpssqltmxwo.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150403_153950_zpsgcgfi8lt.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150403_153950_zpsgcgfi8lt.jpg.html)

I have been working on a fuel tank to go under the faux tank. This is what I have so far, 2.85 gallons:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150614_000937_zpsvjoncirw.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150614_000937_zpsvjoncirw.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150614_001647_zpsbn0tcpud.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150614_001647_zpsbn0tcpud.jpg.html)

And mocked up a battery tray as well, starting to look like a real motorcycle again.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150614_005738_zpsseaykmjm.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150614_005738_zpsseaykmjm.jpg.html)

EVILBLACKSABRE
06-17-2015, 10:11 AM
Interesting. I'll be curious to see what you do with it.

Shacknasty
06-18-2015, 4:27 PM
Hard to make one of them beasts into a decent motorbike but it looks like yer off to a good start. Didya know that here is a curious connection between Harley and Honda pertaining to the Gold Wing? When Honda wanted to use the name Gold Wing they had to buy the licensing from HD because their subsidiary, Aermacchi, owned the rights as they previously had a model named Ala d'Oro and when HD bought Aermacchi they got the rights to the name as well.

Now ya have sumpin' to tell all the Honda folks that will hate on your custom motorsickle.

JustinLonghorn
06-18-2015, 8:00 PM
That's rad. I had no prior knowledge of the Aermacchi connection. Guess I picked an appropriate name, eh?

JustinLonghorn
06-25-2015, 5:26 AM
Got a few minutes to work on this beast, so I fabbed up a battery box. Still need to fill a couple of pinholes, but not bad for a slag thrower and no metal brake.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150624_211032_zpsg1z0obal.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150624_211032_zpsg1z0obal.jpg.html)
Yep. I can dig it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150624_213702_zpsvrwuzhpv.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150624_213702_zpsvrwuzhpv.jpg.html)

JustinLonghorn
07-09-2015, 8:15 AM
Picked up a new headlight for the GL.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150708_183149_zpszmfajpki.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150708_183149_zpszmfajpki.jpg.html)

Might mount it vertically, like so.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150708_185504_zpsrczlzebp.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150708_185504_zpsrczlzebp.jpg.html)

JustinLonghorn
07-15-2015, 5:27 AM
Also picked up a taillight at the Mid-O swap meet. Welded up a quick mount.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150714_145019_zps631kidy7.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150714_145019_zps631kidy7.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150714_144959_zpsr7fypkf8.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150714_144959_zpsr7fypkf8.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150714_145208_zpsl47za6gm.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150714_145208_zpsl47za6gm.jpg.html)


Not pictured, but I grabbed some engine guards from the same swapmeet for $15.

Magnificentbastard
07-15-2015, 6:27 AM
I like were this is going!

JustinLonghorn
07-18-2015, 8:46 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150717_161802_zps8acalfta.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150717_161802_zps8acalfta.jpg.html)

Biltwell bars and oury grips. Dig it.

JustinLonghorn
08-10-2015, 5:47 AM
Did some more work on this thing over the weekend.

Reworked the seat foam:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150809_150205_zpsximpivtw.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150809_150205_zpsximpivtw.jpg.html)

Threw on a coat of satin cream paint (which I am totally on the fence as far as color is concerned). Bodywork needs some serious attention, but it is looking pretty good.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150809_183441_zpsk2pokfn1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150809_183441_zpsk2pokfn1.jpg.html)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150809_183450_zpsopknc8hr.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150809_183450_zpsopknc8hr.jpg.html)

Also mounted the headlight:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150809_183530_zps0q1qo1oj.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150809_183530_zps0q1qo1oj.jpg.html)

JustinLonghorn
08-11-2015, 7:30 AM
Black flag inspired Honda wings:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/Alas-de-oro-paint_zpsgiiqx84u.jpg

Or Regular Honda Wings:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/Alas-de-oro-wings_zps6cnng55r.jpg

What say you?

Higgy
08-11-2015, 5:05 PM
I like the regular Honda wings. I don't like the seat. That bike would be hot with a sportster solo seat and a custom rack straight off the back of it. Then it would take on the post-apocalyptic thing, like Darryl Dixon's new bike. You already got the tires and the bars. Ace that fucking seat and get a comfortable solo.

thatdamnoakley
08-12-2015, 3:59 AM
X2 with the sporty seat and rack. it will look meaner and cleaner

JustinLonghorn
08-12-2015, 5:47 AM
A new seat will be in the works this winter.

This happened last night:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150811_164019_zpsb3rbqm5r.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150811_172354_zpsqlx7d9p7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150811_212320_zpst4zm6thp.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150811_214043_zpsliwmmong.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150811_214420_zps6yfmwber.jpg

BrokenSprocketGarage
08-12-2015, 7:13 AM
I also did up a GL1. I have a thread here and also on IG #trashbagger and #brokensprocketgarage
Couple tips. For improving the front brakes, install a larger bore, modern master cylinder, such as from a CBR F4i or similar and also braided stainless steel hoses. Well worth the money for the improved braking.
As for wiring that pig, start from scratch. All those relays, resistors, and lighting controllers are completely unnecessary.. These bikes have points ignition and upgrading to a combined regulator/rectifier is well worth the money. I could even build a harness for you if your interested.
Like the paint scheme, bars, tires. Keep going!

JustinLonghorn
08-12-2015, 7:26 AM
Cheers man! I Love the Trashbagger.

A good buddy of mine runs a custom wiring harness business (Sparck Moto), and hooked me up with a brandy new simplified harness with combo Reg/Rec.

I will look into the F4i master cyl. Thanks for the tips, man!

JustinLonghorn
08-14-2015, 8:19 AM
Shot the fenders last night.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150813_183315_zpshttxfugf.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150813_183315_zpshttxfugf.jpg.html)

Also, started the paintwork on my fender ornament.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150813_184818_zpsb1vkulol.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150813_184818_zpsb1vkulol.jpg.html)

JustinLonghorn
08-17-2015, 5:47 AM
Finished the paintwork on my fender ornament :
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150816_173247_zpsmy6osges.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150816_173247_zpsmy6osges.jpg.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150816_173234_zpsdd2t8bkm.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150816_173234_zpsdd2t8bkm.jpg.html)

Remounted the taillight :
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150816_184207_zps5x5q5thd.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150816_184207_zps5x5q5thd.jpg.html)

Let my five year old daughter paint on the battery box:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150815_154224_zpskygpm16p.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150815_154224_zpskygpm16p.jpg.html)

JustinLonghorn
08-19-2015, 4:13 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150818_212543_zpsakwiwwzz.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150818_212543_zpsakwiwwzz.jpg.html)

JustinLonghorn
08-26-2015, 2:31 PM
Tires were low. Smokes a bit on the left side. Brakes are awful compared to my ZRX. But hit 100 mph. Pops hard on decel. Didn't find any consistent flat spots or bogs.

Not bad for a first ride.

Oh, and it looks pretty good in the sun, eh?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150826_133155_zpsuinggj49.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150826_133155_zpsuinggj49.jpg.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150826_133133_zpsqaarcttx.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150826_133133_zpsqaarcttx.jpg.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20150826_133120_zpsuwbrtxly.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/wetherbe/media/20150826_133120_zpsuwbrtxly.jpg.html)

JustinLonghorn
10-02-2015, 12:15 PM
This showed up today. Mini GPS speedo to go where the old fuel gauge was.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20151002_094349_zpsmpkgaqsy.jpg

JustinLonghorn
01-07-2016, 11:03 AM
Mounted GPS speedo:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20151013_155104_zpsubtv5n7b.jpg

Threw on some new to me shocks:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20151229_213900_zpsiez8knrq.jpg?1452186033449&1452186033992&1452186036835&1452186050714&1452186051599

And this is the new headlight. An LED Fog/Spot light. Should be able to signal little green men with this thing.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20151229_211021_zpsy2fghszx.jpg?1452186033449&1452186033992&1452186036835&1452186050714&1452186051599

Duttry98
01-07-2016, 5:37 PM
Damn man, pretty slick lil wing! That headlight is nuts.

JustinLonghorn
02-01-2016, 9:50 AM
So, I lowered the rear fender a bit and hacked/rewelded the seat pan into a solo seat. Still cleaning up the upholstery, and then a buddy will be sewing up a new cover.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160131_153133_zps5tzo3etq.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160131_153113_zpsih1b1yyz.jpg

I will post up pics of just the pan tomorrow.

JustinLonghorn
02-07-2016, 9:21 AM
Had this rack hanging in the rafters. Hacked and welded to fit.

Now I need to paint it and the taillight housing black.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160206_233717_zpstmplxbsc.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160206_233731_zpst4owxiqn.jpg

JustinLonghorn
02-11-2016, 10:05 AM
The seat went out to be upholstered yesterday.

I also picked up these micro signals:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160209_160936_zpsx7cwlwgm.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160209_163652_zps3ksgvxkv.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160209_163747_zpssgnt9gje.jpg

And they are bright enough to contend with my LED headlight.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160210_145946_zpstuilrhwl.jpg

JustinLonghorn
04-18-2016, 5:35 AM
Got it out for a ride over the weekend. It is a fun motorbike. I still need to adjust the dampening on the rear shocks, and drill the front rotors and change the master cylinder.

I might raise the front of the seat about an inch as well.

Still looks good in the sun, though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160415_151815_zpswbnltrno.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160415_151926_zpsuekzkqia.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160415_151912_zpsgrpo2qp7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/wetherbe/20160415_151827_zpsnbw5m787.jpg