Love that bike, bought one new in 1996 and put nearly 50.000 miles on it:Wanted to start a thread for this model. Interested in hearing from other owners, and learning more about its history, it’s quirks, and it’s technical resources. Didn’t see a thread come up for this here.
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(I know this has a business logo, but it’s the nicest photo I’ve seen anywhere of this model, no plug intended.)
The 1987 VT1100C model took on a brand-new look with a lower seat (660 mm (26 in)), a longer wheelbase 1,700 millimetres (65 in), a 13.0 litres; 2.86 imperial gallons (3.44 US gal) fuel tank, and an 41 mm (1.6 in) extended front fork. Both exhaust pipes were now run along the right side of the bike, with the horns being relocated to the sides of the engine. The engine, while the same 1099 cc displacement as the previous model, is rated for approximately 60 horsepower due to shorter stroke and larger pistons. It also now had a four-speed transmission with a hydraulically actuated clutch. The "VT1100C" model was not manufactured in 1991 (to sell off excess stock of 1990 models), but returned in 1992 with a "Made in the USA" stamp on the seat.
Visually, the VT1100C matched most of the styling cues of the Harley-Davidson FXDWG. This styling continued through 1996.
Is that true that it was “Made in USA”?
Do you think it a bad idea to fabricate a extension that replaces part 16? Either angles steel or solid aluminum the housing could bolt directly into.
I've done nearly 100 GS front and rear tires. The GS front has a narrow rim, but the tire is nearly always narrower. My three suggestions are:
*Make sure you do not have the schrader valve in the stem.
*Make sure both sides of the tire have some lube (water and dishwashing liquid if you don't have tire lube).
*Lastly, lay the wheel on it's side and push the tire around so that the tire is evenly spaced around the wheel on both sides.
This is important because it makes sure the sidewall of the tire is touching all the way around. You only need a tiny bit of contact to get the tire started. I have done the other methods on the GS wheel, using a strap, bouncing it, etc., and none work as consistently as ensuring the tire is evenly spaced around the rim.