carguy123 Dork
11/1/09 12:00 a.m.

I'm looking for a complete Goldwing engine and tranny for a Locost and I don't have a clue where to begin looking.

I tried the dealers and they don't know where to send me either.


airwerks New Reader
11/1/09 12:39 a.m.

Look on ebay. I just checked and can't beleive how many of them are on there!

benzbaron Reader
11/1/09 1:02 a.m.

You might be able to find a complete bike for cheap then strip it for what you need and sell of the rest. I've seen some ratty ones listed for around 1000$.

914Driver SuperDork
11/1/09 7:37 a.m.

oooooo purdy.

carguy123 Dork
11/1/09 7:53 a.m.
914Driver wrote: oooooo purdy.

OK, that one is literally up the street from me so tell me why I wouldn't want to use a 1984 model in a Locost.

Carbs are one thing, but I'd learn to live with them.

Grtechguy SuperDork
11/1/09 8:31 a.m.

seems like that engine is a reverse rotation if I recall...

carguy123 Dork
11/1/09 8:36 a.m.

It's different than later models?

All I'm concerned about is what way the driveshaft rotates. That old a model does have shaft drive doesn't it?

mistanfo Dork
11/1/09 9:03 a.m.

All production Goldwings were shaft drive from the factory. The only reason to avoid the earlier engines were due to lower displacement, and therefore, lower power.

xci_ed6 Reader
11/1/09 4:31 p.m.

The carbs are a bitch, I would recommend converting to a single 4-bbl carb. On the bikes there is concern with icing, but in a car you could run a intake heating pipe off the exhaust for cold weather.

I don't think I'd use a GL engine anyway. They are heavy (engine from my 1100 was ~300lbs), underpowered, and I know the 1100's only had 5 gears, IDK about the 1200. A sport bike engine can easily be run as a shaft drive by replacing the output sprocket with a yoke, and turning the engine 90*.

Tom Heath
Tom Heath Marketing / Club Coordinator
11/1/09 9:27 p.m.

I think the packaging and the availability of a reversing function are what make a Goldwing donor attactive to me.

neon4891 SuperDork
11/1/09 9:46 p.m.

all wings are 5 spd. 1800's are the only factory FI models

xci_ed6 Reader
11/2/09 12:54 a.m.

I check for my gl1100.

914Driver SuperDork
11/2/09 5:52 a.m.

I'm confused, intrigued, aroused, suspicious all at once.

HappyAndy Reader
11/2/09 7:21 a.m.

why not a V-Max engine? Make the fake scoops funtional and have them sticking out the top of your locost and make sure that it has a stiff frame. No need for reverse, just do a burn out to turn it 180*

andrave HalfDork
11/2/09 8:56 a.m.

IIRC the goldwing reverse is electric, not mechanical... or am I off base?

44Dwarf HalfDork
11/2/09 9:59 a.m.


mistanfo Dork
11/2/09 8:25 p.m.

Goldwing reverse is electric. Starter motor.

Tom Heath
Tom Heath Marketing / Club Coordinator
11/3/09 8:43 a.m.
mistanfo wrote: Goldwing reverse is electric. Starter motor.

It's more effective and reliable than some solutions.

44Dwarf HalfDork
11/4/09 8:36 a.m.

Let me know if my contact works out for you.


pinchvalve SuperDork
11/4/09 11:11 a.m.

Q: Where can I find a Goldwing Engine?

A: Sit on a Goldwing. Look between your legs. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

OK seriously, the engine in my Honda CX500 was often used as a car engine (odd British Trikes) because of its small package, shaft drive, and insane power levels. (kidding) A Goldwing motor would be an interesting motor for a similar project.

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