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Hi guys!!

Just bought my first GL1800, its an 06 base model. Nothing is heated and no nav/abs. I love It! Nothing to distract me from riding but the sound of the engine and occasional music.

I am 6'1 and the bike was set up for a 5'9 guy. I need a taller 1-seat, 2-handlebar rises, 3-windsheild and 4-side-air deflectors.

Don't care if they are used or new. Just nothing too out there. I am still new to GL owner/rider. Been riding for ten years now. Thanks in advance! Oh and if it works out I will handle shipping.

Side question, just for peace of mind, is it worth or even possible to add abs to a non-abs bike. Thanks again.
 

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Welcome and congratulations on your Wing.

With different harnesses, and needing the control modules ($$$), sensor rings and other parts, it would probably be cheaper to set the non-ABS bike on fire and go buy a different one with ABS. ;)
 

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Welcome and congratulations on your Wing.

With different harnesses, and needing the control modules ($$$), sensor rings and other parts, it would probably be cheaper to set the non-ABS bike on fire and go buy a different one with ABS. ;)

WHAT!!! Ok so I had no idea with would be like that. Sadly I am not setting anything on fire. I love this bike. It might be old but man its smooth and so comfortable. Not to mention with dual-cross-ventalled front rotors i don't think it will lock up. Unless I am being careless or stupid. Thanks for the info. I am still learning about this bike and and its potential.
 

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Welcome to the GWOF and as @tamathumper has said not likely.

1800's are great bikes but taller riders do have to make some mods most times.

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Welcome to the forum. You can modify or replace the seat. A rider's seat back, risers, and cruise pegs will help a lot.
 

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Welcome to the forum. You can modify or replace the seat. A rider's seat back, risers, and cruise pegs will help a lot.
Thanks! I know they will help but I am not sure about how to go about buying them. As in what product ID or keywords.

Let me share an example and I have been reading this forum trying to figure this out as well. I am trying to put H7 LED light on the bike. Because must on them on Amazon come with a bulit in fan they won't fit.

I don't want to get the Pathfinders cause they are kinda expensive for my budget, and since I have the time I am trying to do the research and see if I can use a H7 bulb without a fan or would I need a resister. I watched a LED video on CNET, well actually on youtube but it was from cnet.

Using that video and few other videos I have successfully changed the lights on my car, Honda Ridgeline, my gf a Nissan Murano. My moms a Toyota Rav4 and my friends Honda civic.

But When I look for videos on GL1800 all of them are how-to install and none off them talk about the fitting issue. Would appreciate if someone has a cost effective measure. Or if Anyone can Just tell if I need a fan/resister. Thanks!
 

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Welcome from Alberta, Canada. Check out Wingstuff.com, if you haven't already. They don't have everything, but they certainly have a ton of aftermarket accessories with fitment info. I'm not as tall as you, but FWIW the risers and backrest I installed on my '06 were these:

 

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Welcome from Alberta, Canada. Check out Wingstuff.com, if you haven't already. They don't have everything, but they certainly have a ton of aftermarket accessories with fitment info. I'm not as tall as you, but FWIW the risers and backrest I installed on my '06 were these:

Thank you! You are awesome! I just checkout wingstuff.com and found the seat and handlebar riser. They are in my cart.

Followup, do you know if wheel balancers are important?
 

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I would not bother with "affordable" LED headlights. So far people's experience with other brands is that they don't last more than a few hours or weeks, and they spray photons all over the place.
 

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Followup, do you know if wheel balancers are important?
I've never read about anyone not liking them, but I've never been too tempted to part with the cash to have'em. I do put balancing beads in my front tire, so I guess get some of the same benefits but maybe not to the same extent. I'd suggest not rushing into it, but that's just me.
 
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Welcome from Alberta, Canada. Check out Wingstuff.com, if you haven't already. They don't have everything, but they certainly have a ton of aftermarket accessories with fitment info. I'm not as tall as you, but FWIW the risers and backrest I installed on my '06 were these:

Hi! Thank you, I bought the handlebar risers. So excited to put them on. .Thank you.
 

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I've never read about anyone not liking them, but I've never been too tempted to part with the cash to have'em. I do put balancing beads in my front tire, so I guess get some of the same benefits but maybe not to the same extent. I'd suggest not rushing into it, but that's just me.
Amen you are right, they are expensive. But I learned yesterday that the bike needs a new steering joint. I don't recall the correct word. But its some kinda of ball-baring that connects the steering to the fork and tire. The local mechanic told me to hold off on the balancers until after the steering has been fixed.

He believes that will take away the little play in the steering that I thought was from the wheel. Thanks for helping out.
 

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I would not bother with "affordable" LED headlights. So far people's experience with other brands is that they don't last more than a few hours or weeks, and they spray photons all over the place.
Yes, I have read the same. I am holding off on the lights until I fix a steering issue that has come up. Plus air filter and spark plugs. Thanks for the input.
 

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I'm 6' and added the handlebar risers and the peg lowering kit. Both helped but the biggest help was the adding Mick-O-Pegs. Mick-O-Peg Models Available

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Thanks for the input. I got the handlebar risers, they are on their way. The pegs don't work for me cause my problem is with the gear lever and foot break. The highway pegs that bike came with, I already readjusted those. Thanks.
 

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Welcome to you from Mississippi. I'm the same height as you. I had a modified seat by Wingsoft that moved me back a couple inches and it made all the difference in the world. http://www.bikesolutionsllc.com/
Improved the seat and gave me just enough room to ease the knees. Then I also added the risers you bought which let me sit back. A few years later I added Hwy pegs which I do make good use of during long rides.

Baker wings under the mirrors are nice in hot and cold riding to deflect the wind out away or in as needed.

Enjoy the ride!
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Welcome to you from Mississippi. I'm the same height as you. I had a modified seat by Wingsoft that moved me back a couple inches and it made all the difference in the world. http://www.bikesolutionsllc.com/
Improved the seat and gave me just enough room to ease the knees. Then I also added the risers you bought which let me sit back. A few years later I added Hwy pegs which I do make good use of during long rides.

Baker wings under the mirrors are nice in hot and cold riding to deflect the wind out away or in as needed.

Enjoy the ride!
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Ah Thank you!! I emailed John and we are currently working on it. Would you know if the Utopia back-rest would work with the the new seat? BTW I installed the handlebar risers last week, and yes they are awesome!! Thanks for the help.
 

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Ah Thank you!! I emailed John and we are currently working on it. Would you know if the Utopia back-rest would work with the the new seat? BTW I installed the handlebar risers last week, and yes they are awesome!! Thanks for the help.
Yes the Utopia back rest works. I believe he installed it on the seat for me.
 
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Another accessory to consider for a tall rider - Kuryakyn mini boards. They replace OEM pegs and have a drop of maybe an inch or so (not exactly sure how much). That helps your knees not to be too bent. Also you can adjust them forward or backward as well as tilt.


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