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    Senior Member Casey Stangle's Avatar
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    Is it feasible to upgrade a 1980 CX500 to a GL ish Model? Would be looking to add a windshield and hard bags, crash bars and a larger tank? I am thinking that it would be better to sell what I have and buy a GL or Goldwing. Any thoughts or has anyone tried this?
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    Since I don't have a GL bike to compare to the CX, I would say it could be quite a bit of work to make it all fit. For me....



    I have found and installed a Vetter V on the bike to take care of the front. You can see the cheap Rubbermaid container that is the trunk (gotta love KLR owners - they know how to farkel cheaply!!) in my photo below.



    Hard bags for me (next project) is a set of cases (think Pelicans) that I got from a guy in New York that I will custom build up a bracket mount for each to hang on the back. Winter project, get ready for some long weekender trips.



    Crash bars - I am open to finding a good set when they show up here (maybe fleabay).



    Tank - since you have a Custom, maybe adapt a Deluxe tank. Or build a Blindstitch Supertanker?



    GL or Goldwing - I would take either one, though I tend to lean more to the Goldwing.



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    Well that's your decision and how much time you want to put in. But if You want to do it right I actually have the hondaline fairing mounting bracket. Not the vetter one. And this piece is rare. In fact so rare that nobody believes it exists.



    Also knowing you and how you got crazy about the color of a thin line tank sticker when you had the tank painted. I tend to lean in the direction of you selling the bike and buying whatever you really want because there's no such thing as a stock bike in the configuration that you're questioning.



    If you do want to go that way the Cheese has done the same thing to his ex bike except the bigger tank and it looked good.



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    David has 3 gl500's in his garage for sale.
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    1983 Honda Gl650I Falcon-killer 78,000 miles.
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    It's certainly feasible to hang accessories on a CX to make it like a GL. But why not simply get a GL? They are not that expensive and are not hard to find.



    Blindstitch made an excellent suggestion. It will be hard to find a better value than one that David from Wisconsin has gone through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveF View Post
    It's certainly feasible to hang accessories on a CX to make it like a GL. But why not simply get a GL? They are not that expensive and are not hard to find.



    Blindstitch made an excellent suggestion. It will be hard to find a better value than one that David from Wisconsin has gone through.
    Not to mention that the GL's have a beefier frame as well as better suspension front and rear which yields less flex and better handling.
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    I would just get a GL. I love my CX and tour with it a lot, but you can only do so much to make it comfortable before you give up and get a GL instead
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    I am thinking that it would be better to sell what I have and buy a GL or Goldwing.



    Buying a GL or Goldwing makes sense but why sell what you have? Keep 'em all.



    There's much to be said for having a naked bike in addition to one loaded up with all the touring stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveF View Post
    I am thinking that it would be better to sell what I have and buy a GL or Goldwing.



    Buying a GL or Goldwing makes sense but why sell what you have? Keep 'em all.



    There's much to be said for having a naked bike in addition to one loaded up with all the touring stuff.


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    1968 Honda CT90 Trail-Yellow Monster project
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    1983 Honda Gl650I Falcon-killer 78,000 miles.
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    IIRC, the GL500 has a slightly longer frame than the CX500C. Dad had a '82 GL500 with a Vetter fairing when I got my CX500C. I know you can modify a CX500D tank to fit on a CX500C, but I don't think it would work with a GL500 tank. I'm in the camp that says if you want a GL500, then buy one, there are plenty out there.
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