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What if any, are the differences in the 81 and 82 GL 500? Just wondering, because 2 of our riders are 82s and the parts bike is an 81. I read somewhere that the forks are different, but they look the same to me.
 

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i have both in front of me at the minute.there is not a lot of difference.

handlebar l/h side switch gear does not have a pass button

air-forks fill is on the r/h,not on the left as the 82,[could be a PO switch]

mm,cant see a lot more
 

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What if any, are the differences in the 81 and 82 GL 500? Just wondering, because 2 of our riders are 82s and the parts bike is an 81. I read somewhere that the forks are different, but they look the same to me.




Isn't the ignition different? From CDI to TI?
 

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Unlike the CX's, all GL's have TI ignitions. Even 1981.



There are some other subtle differences, one being the mounting hardware for the center stand.



I don't think the 81 had the electrical accessory connector under the seat.



Of all the GL500 engines that I've seen, the 81's have the smaller mechanical seal bore and the 82's have the larger bore.



But the bikes are indeed very close to being identical.
 

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I just checked mine, and is indeed an '81 AND black. Although, the fuel tank is different, but it's black as well. But, the BIG downside to mine, is that it has a vetter fairing on it, so is not naked.So, I don't have the headlight/brackets or turn signals. But, I still have the original back seat, and shorty trunk, but they have been switched for the tall trunk in place of the rear seat.



Bottom line I guess, is, it's a MUTT.just like its owner...........
 

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I just checked mine, and is indeed an '81 AND black. Although, the fuel tank is different, but it's black as well. But, the BIG downside to mine, is that it has a vetter fairing on it, so is not naked.So, I don't have the headlight/brackets or turn signals. But, I still have the original back seat, and shorty trunk, but they have been switched for the tall trunk in place of the rear seat.



Bottom line I guess, is, it's a MUTT.just like its owner...........
my 81 is black as well,whats plural for mutt.lmao
 

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Well, that pretty much answers my question. So, basically most if not all parts should be interchangeable from 81 to 82 and vice versa. Thanks everyone.
 

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[awe come on now bear. Far from a mutt. Goin to be back in town may 7th. Mark it on the calendar. We ride!



quote name='bearman1' date='27 April 2011 - 06:53 AM' timestamp='1303908807' post='65683']

I just checked mine, and is indeed an '81 AND black. Although, the fuel tank is different, but it's black as well. But, the BIG downside to mine, is that it has a vetter fairing on it, so is not naked.So, I don't have the headlight/brackets or turn signals. But, I still have the original back seat, and shorty trunk, but they have been switched for the tall trunk in place of the rear seat.



Bottom line I guess, is, it's a MUTT.just like its owner...........


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In the HOPES of you bringing some warmer DRYER weather with ya?.........."bring it on"!!!........
 
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