1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #16 by 5speed » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:21 pm

robin1731 wrote:
5speed wrote:what brand mufflers are those?



Look like Jardine full exhaust.

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ah. unicorn exhaust. lol
looks like MAC makes a similar style.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/MAC-Turndown-Full-Exhaust-System-fits-Honda-GL1000-Gold-Wing-1976-1979/312185268475?epid=171230622&hash=item48afb128fb:g:l6QAAOSwKJhbRA15:rk:1:pf:0&vxp=mtr
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #17 by CrazyJerry » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:38 pm

5speed wrote:what brand mufflers are those?

These are an older set of Mac Turndowns (the give-a-way is in the triangular shaped mounting tabs). The more desirable Jardines I've seen, have more of a "U" shaped tab on the muffler. At any rate they have enough sound to be interesting!
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #18 by Jonesz » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:07 pm

Did you make your own seat-tailpiece or are they available on-line. The treatment on your bike is very nice, maybe one of the best I have seen on a cafe 1000. Give us some details on that if you would.
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #19 by leggman » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:07 pm

Awesome bike, I am running two goldwings, a 77 and a 79 both have a single carb setup. I am using the datsun carbs sold on ebay
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They seem to run great right out of the box using a gl1200 electric fuel pump.
I love the paint on your bike. Good work. Dave
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #20 by CrazyJerry » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:19 pm

Jonesz wrote:Did you make your own seat-tailpiece or are they available on-line. The treatment on your bike is very nice, maybe one of the best I have seen on a cafe 1000. Give us some details on that if you would.

Hi Jonesz,
A few of the items are below, none of which I can obtain locally so online purchases are required.
The seat/tailpiece is available online and fits very well with the exception of lowering the rear fender by drilling it just above the stock mounting holes and using a separate nut/bolt on each side. This new seat also has an included 1157 bulb brake/tail light (no signal lights in that housing). There may be other places to purchase one but here is a current eBay link to the exact model:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Honda-Gl1100-Goldwing-cafe-racer-flat-track-street-tracker-bobber-seat/163306652283
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The bullet style turn signals are steel casing and also available on eBay. These are single filament bulbs/sockets so you lose the running lights that were previously in the factory turn signals. On the front, I welded the new supplied mounting nuts right over the factory signal light threaded holes and then easily mounted the signals. These are the ones I used for this project.:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4X-Black-12V-M ... 3010100133
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The amber high-low sealed beam headlight was a must-have to further accent the burnt copper trim and they are quite reasonable and a direct fit in a stock 7" GL1000 headlight housing:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/7-Sealed-Beam- ... 2527908845
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #21 by CrazyJerry » Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:28 pm

leggman wrote:Awesome bike, I am running two goldwings, a 77 and a 79 both have a single carb setup. I am using the datsun carbs sold on ebay20180619_142337.jpg20180619_142313.jpg
They seem to run great right out of the box using a gl1200 electric fuel pump.
I love the paint on your bike. Good work. Dave


Thanks Dave,
Although I've done two Solex conversions I also had an eye on the carb you used. I would like to do some more reading about that setup so any info you have would be greatly appreciated, or if you have a thread on it that would be great! I actually worked on one of these many years ago when it was in a Datsun but wasn't into Goldwings back then.
I have a GL1200 with the stock setup and it works well but I do like the simplicity of the single conversions. That Datsun carb is especially interesting!! type1
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #22 by FrontRunner » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:48 pm

That's a very nice ride you've got there! I'm loving the look of the wheels
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #23 by leggman » Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:51 am

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I am fast becoming a fan of the single carb conversions. The datsun carbs are even set up for cable operation so there is no wonky linkage to fabricate. All I had to do is shorten the throttle cable some and it works great. I had even toyed with the idea of manufacturing the manifolds but until I can get a bike on the road for extensive testing I don't want to get too committed. As I am now set up to do my own powder coating I could offer a quality product.
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #24 by Sugs » Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:29 am

Which Datsun carb is it? Looks like the 16010-H1602 carb?
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #25 by CrazyJerry » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:16 pm

FrontRunner wrote:That's a very nice ride you've got there! I'm loving the look of the wheels

Thanks FrontRunner!!!

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #26 by CrazyJerry » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:17 pm

leggman wrote:20180926_144345.jpgI am fast becoming a fan of the single carb conversions. The datsun carbs are even set up for cable operation so there is no wonky linkage to fabricate. All I had to do is shorten the throttle cable some and it works great. I had even toyed with the idea of manufacturing the manifolds but until I can get a bike on the road for extensive testing I don't want to get too committed. As I am now set up to do my own powder coating I could offer a quality product.

That manifold looks really nice!!! action1

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #27 by leggman » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:11 pm

I don't want to hijack this post so for any questions about my build please go to 1977 barn find in members restorations and projects. Thank you

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #28 by mTeryk » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:53 am

Pretty bike. I like the matte orange on the engine cases.

What shocks do you have on the rear and did you do anything to the front suspension to match?

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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #29 by Boxer4 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:45 pm

That bike is gorgeous!!! Awesome work.
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Re: 1978 GL1000 Cafe Racer

Post #30 by CrazyJerry » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:30 pm

mTeryk wrote:Pretty bike. I like the matte orange on the engine cases.

What shocks do you have on the rear and did you do anything to the front suspension to match?

Teryk

Hi Teryk,
The stripes show interesting color depending on light, etc... The color is actually called "Burnt Copper".
The rear shocks are some inexpensive RFY's and the front suspension is stock (although there is a fork brace.
The ride quality is good on some of our no-so-good-roads down until about 40 degrees.
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