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Hello my friends!

I am going to be obtaining an 83 GL650 that won't have the front fairing.

From what I gather, I'll need to figure out replacements for the headlight, headlight mounting brackets, and front turn signals.

Can someone who's done this before point me in the direction of suitable replacement parts? I've read that the GL650 has thicker fork tubes and that CX/GL500 parts won't fit.

I don't care if the parts are OEM or aftermarket as long as they function properly. Evidently, GL650 headlight brackets are a rare commodity. I have found all kinds of turn signals on Amazon and Ebay, but don't know how I would attach them to the fork tubes.

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Hello my friends!

I am going to be obtaining an 83 GL650 that won't have the front fairing.

From what I gather, I'll need to figure out replacements for the headlight, headlight mounting brackets, and front turn signals.

Can someone who's done this before point me in the direction of suitable replacement parts? I've read that the GL650 has thicker fork tubes and that CX/GL500 parts won't fit.

I don't care if the parts are OEM or aftermarket as long as they function properly. Evidently, GL650 headlight brackets are a rare commodity. I have found all kinds of turn signals on Amazon and Ebay, but don't know how I would attach them to the fork tubes.

Thank you!
I bought those for my GL650 naked conversion. They fit well and you can attach the turn signal directly to them.

 

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For ideas from a related bike, here's what the front end of my Goldwing looks like after removing the Vetter fairing. Headlight and mounts are aftermarket from 4into1, signals are from an early Shadow
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Motofaction.com has a breakdown of parts to convert a Silverwing Faired to a naked un-faired

Take a look around, lots of good info there.... here too
 

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Motofaction.com has a breakdown of parts to convert a Silverwing Faired to a naked un-faired

Take a look around, lots of good info there.... here too
I agree. I've done some searching of the forum and most of the posts I've found are ancient with broken links. I'm also familiar with the Motofaction site - it's where I got all my info to complete a quadruple bypass on my CX500 Custom. If you can tell me where the info about a Silverwing naked conversion is hiding, I'd be in your debt!
 

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Much gratitude! I have an AliExpress account....could I ask you for the product title so I can search for them?
It is: "Motorcycle Headlight Bracket Mount Clamp 37-41mm 49mm 54mm Fork Tube Holder Black For Harley Cafe Racer Chopper Bobber Universal"

You should be able to find it. Take the 33-37mm one, it'll fit the GL650's 37mm fork tube without any of the rubber shims they include.

I'll try another link: 20.32US $ 22% OFF|Motorcycle Headlight Bracket Mount Clamp 37-41mm 49mm 54mm Fork Tube Holder Black For Harley Cafe Racer Chopper Bobber Universal - Headlight Bracket - AliExpress
 

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Does this mean you’re going to be looking to do some touring?
Heya Doug! I would sure like to! As you recall, I'm still a pretty new rider and our trip on Highway 55 in Idaho was breaking new ground for me....felt kinda wild to be going consistently 65 mph! I love my CX500 to pieces, but as a bigger boy, I'm hoping that the GL650 will give me just a bit more "oomph" to haul my rotund carcass around! The interstate that runs through Boise hits 80mph when you get out of the city, and I just don't think my 500 is up to that task. I hear that the 650 has quite a bit more snort. Be interesting to experience!
 

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danroy323, I really appreciate your reply! Unfortunately, the link you supplied seems to be broken. :-(

sacruickshank, the look of your goldwing is exactly what I'm shooting for!
I've used those headlight mounts on another project as well. They look good, quality is decent, and come with multiple sleeves to fit various fork sizes.
Here's the matte black version on a CB350 .. i do a lot of projects
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Heya Doug! I would sure like to! As you recall, I'm still a pretty new rider and our trip on Highway 55 in Idaho was breaking new ground for me....felt kinda wild to be going consistently 65 mph! I love my CX500 to pieces, but as a bigger boy, I'm hoping that the GL650 will give me just a bit more "oomph" to haul my rotund carcass around! The interstate that runs through Boise hits 80mph when you get out of the city, and I just don't think my 500 is up to that task. I hear that the 650 has quite a bit more snort. Be interesting to experience!
Yes I recall, but I didn’t see anything in your riding skills that would tell me you’re new to riding. Definitely good to ride your ride in your comfort zone. I was thinking more along the lines that you will have more than 100 mile range on a tank of gas. As far as Interstate travel, I hate it! Even on my beemer that can easily handle the speed, it is boring and no fun. Always fighting the wind blasts from the semi’s and getting stuck behind one in the fast lane that takes 10 plus miles to make the pass and get back to the right lane. Simply not fun touring in my book. I always set the gps to plan routes avoiding the Interstates and while they might take a little longer, they are so much more enjoyable. I know it is a little ways from you, but it is for me too, I am hoping to ride Lo Lo Pass this summer. We should plan it together and get Nolimitz to come.
 

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Yes I recall, but I didn’t see anything in your riding skills that would tell me you’re new to riding. Definitely good to ride your ride in your comfort zone. I was thinking more along the lines that you will have more than 100 mile range on a tank of gas. As far as Interstate travel, I hate it! Even on my beemer that can easily handle the speed, it is boring and no fun. Always fighting the wind blasts from the semi’s and getting stuck behind one in the fast lane that takes 10 plus miles to make the pass and get back to the right lane. Simply not fun touring in my book. I always set the gps to plan routes avoiding the Interstates and while they might take a little longer, they are so much more enjoyable. I know it is a little ways from you, but it is for me too, I am hoping to ride Lo Lo Pass this summer. We should plan it together and get Nolimitz to come.
Doug what is your time frame for Lo Lo pass. By the way Luke is acquiring my 650 that has been sitting unused for too long.
I was going to leave it to him if he did not want to buy it. Its taking up space in my garage and I'm delighted he wanted it.
 

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I have no time frame. I am open on that. I have a few weekends taken like my daughter getting married next month, but if you guys wanted to do this it would be a priority for my scheduling. Of course, anyone on this forum would be invited to come. I would be camping for this and I love camping and motorcycling.
That is awesome Luke got your gl650! It is looking like a simple procedure to make it a naked one.
 

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Nothing against your 650, Luke (I'm really starting to enjoy my 650 Interstate), but your 500 is easily capable of doing 80. With a small spitfire windshield, a rear seat full of luggage, and even a weak ignition, the Grub has done the Ton.
Of course, that was years ago. I'm not quite that reckless these days.
 

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I love coming here and learning so many cool things. Randall, you're right - I've taken my CX500 to about 80 before, but I think I was pushing 7000rpm (I think? Seems like when I'm running at about 65mph that I'm around the 6000 rpm range). I've read here on the forum that the mighty little CX500 can do 6000rpm all day without breaking a sweat. Is it safe/healthy to go above that as long as you're not red-lining? In any event, I'm excited to compare/contrast the feel of the 650 vs the 500.
 

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The 500 will easily run at 7000 rpm’s all day long. I have with my bike on many occasions and it still runs like a top, or maybe sewing machine better describes it. Just need to stay current on oil changes and checking the oil level daily. I honestly believe that keeping these motors spun up is far better than lugging it at under 4000 rpm’s.
 
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