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Old March 24th, 2014   #11
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Hi Mick,

That's actually a very simple and quick way to do it and it looks pretty good too.

I used to put my Valentine 1 Audio adapter under the dash shelf but, I didn't think to put a long piece over the whole thing. I just put some on top of the adapter and stuck that to a piece under the dash shelf. Unfortunately, it didn't hold very well and I was continually having to fix it.

Your way seems a lot better.

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I don't screw with cutting body panels to mount the Datel on my ST. I just velcro that puppy on in a spot where it's easily seen with a quick flick of the eyeballs. The dash shelf I have allows me to velcro just about everything I need to it.



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That's actually a very simple and quick way to do it and it looks pretty good too.
The thing I really like about it is that it is easily seen. I don't have to take my eyes off the road to look at it.

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I used to put my Valentine 1 Audio adapter under the dash shelf but, I didn't think to put a long piece over the whole thing. I just put some on top of the adapter and stuck that to a piece under the dash shelf. Unfortunately, it didn't hold very well and I was continually having to fix it.
When I first began to use a Datel on my 2nd ST1100, I attached the meter like you did with your V-1 adapter. Eventually however, it would begin to droop on one side. My fix was as you see it in the picture below. I first completely wrap it in velcro. This allows attachment to the bottom of the shelf which is completely covered in Velcro. Then I put that velcro support strap beneath the whole mess. After attaching that strap, I put on many traveling across the US and it stayed firm.

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You do not cut into body panels on a 38 year old restored bike.



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Circa 1976 stock Wing, nice. I liked them a lot back then before they became rolling heated couches. In 77 I tried out a Wing three/four times, a Kawa 900 twice, and ended up trading my 72 Duc 750GT for a 78 900 SS.
Man that Wing was the smoothest machine barring none back then but lacked a bit in the handling department, and the Kawa did 60 foot burnouts with ease.
Went cross country twice on the 900 SS.
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A 1976 Gold Wing has no fairing to install a dash self, in fact it has nothing to install anything. Back in the day they were all naked bikes.
They made Vetter fabulously wealthy before they decided to attach plastic everywhere. Aftermarket pieces for the Wing before Vetter consisted was a short list of one, luggage rack.

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Paul, is that yours? LOVE that color! That's a really nice looking 'Wing.
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My, how far they've morphed.
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That is one of a pair of 1976 Wings I own.
Bought as a wreck I restored it to it's original glory, and color.
I'm managed to put right at 135k on since the restoration.
It was my touring bike until the ST came along.
The other is a Limited Edition, #114 of 2000.
Balanced/Blueprinted from Honda.
One of the first Honda's to have the frame powder-coated.
All the welds were ground smooth then powered.
High polish aluminum. Gold anodised rims and spokes all stock.
Not crashed but neglected and abused when I got it.
Took Best in Show 2004 Wing Ding.
A true collectors item.
Retired from show competition I managed to put about 120k on it.
It has been semi retired due to the fact that LTD replacement parts are few and far between and I'm afraid of getting it hit by the crazed car drivers in the area.
It comes out for special occasions and such, the Deming BBQ when it was still going. It does draw a crowd. Honda dealers love it and most have never see one.


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The LTD in all it's glory.
Candy Chocolate Brown, original paint the photo does not do it justice.
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That is one of a pair of 1976 Wings I own.
Bought as a wreck I restored it to it's original glory, and color.
I'm managed to put right at 135k on since the restoration.
It was my touring bike until the ST came along.
The other is a Limited Edition, #114 of 2000.
Balanced/Blueprinted from Honda.
One of the first Honda's to have the frame powder-coated.
All the welds were ground smooth then powered.
High polish aluminum. Gold anodised rims and spokes all stock.
Not crashed but neglected and abused when I got it.
Took Best in Show 2004 Wing Ding.
A true collectors item.
Retired from show competition I managed to put about 120k on it.
It has been semi retired due to the fact that LTD replacement parts are few and far between and I'm afraid of getting it hit by the crazed car drivers in the area.
It comes out for special occasions and such, the Deming BBQ when it was still going. It does draw a crowd. Honda dealers love it and most have never see one.


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YIKES! Dedicated man.
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Back on topic.
The YellowWing is Datel equipped, it may not be in that picture.
I put the Datel in a aluminum bracket just larger than the meter and it resides between the handle bar clamps. A stator not known for high output but known to eat the 4 pin plug connector needs to be monitored at all times. The connector was removed years ago and the stator is "hard wired" to the main harness, standard early Wing pre-disaster cure.
Easily transferable between the two. The LTD may inherit the Datel currently on the ST as a upgrade looks to be in order.
I did like the Velcro attachment idea and that would allow authenticity is seconds flat.
Just remove it before the gawkers converge.

At one time you could get the Datel meters in either blue or red readout.
I tried both. I prefer the red particularly at night.

Back off topic.
If you think the ST lighting is weak take a spin on what was at the time the state of the art in touring equipment. A light up nothing in particular 45/45 Seal Beam was the lighting of the day.
Quartz headlights did not become legal until 1978 in the U.S..
We toured with what we had in the day.
Didn't stop us from running over bunnies in wholesale numbers though.
You may notice the YellowWing has the "upgraded" flat glass headlight of the quartz persuasion but the LTD retains the 45/45 Seal Beam lighting for nostalgic sake.


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