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by SlowTyper
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 673

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

One thing to keep in mind about all this is: The signals going in & out of the auto-volume are unbalanced. The signals going to the speakers are balanced. What does that mean?! Well, an unbalanced signal has one grounded wire, and one signal wire. A balanced signal has one (-) wire, and one (+) wire...
by SlowTyper
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 18
Views: 673

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

I would like to change out my head unit, but definitely don't want to lose the three functions: autovolume, mute, channel change. Forgive me if I am wrong - I am just going by memory, rather than looking stuff up... The Mute & Channel change are switch connections to the head unit. Mute is a On/Off...
by SlowTyper
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Passenger Buffeting
Replies: 39
Views: 4113

Re: Passenger Buffeting

Many years ago, I needed a replacement windshield for my GL1200. Since Tulsa (long gone now) had a great reputation and my wife had been complaining of wind, I bought the Tulsa 'Extra Tall' Windshield. With the extra tall (about 3" taller), I found the wind pushed against the back of my helmet rathe...
by SlowTyper
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]
Replies: 17
Views: 1308

Re: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]

I was glad to hear of a tester that remembered the purpose of the exam, rather than his ability to puff up his chest over the power he had. I personally would question whether the riders 'lost traction' since they clearly did not loose control over their bikes or have to put a foot down. In reality,...
by SlowTyper
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]
Replies: 17
Views: 1308

Re: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]

All I had at the time was my GL1100, so that's what I took the test on. I barely passed - not because I made mistakes, but because the wheelbase of the bike was so long that it was physically incapable of making some of the turns inside the lines that were prescribed on the ground! There were two 9...
by SlowTyper
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life
Replies: 28
Views: 3993

Re: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life

I think every bike is different. I know my GL1200 is much different from the 1800 I test rode one day. And they are both different from the Indian I test rode last week. And I suspect even the same bike is different when different tires are used. What was extremely different was the simulator out at...
by SlowTyper
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life
Replies: 28
Views: 3993

Re: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life

We all change our direction of travel by counter-steering, whether it be done instinctively, consciously, or sub-consciously. As kids learning to ride bicycles, we would told to "lean" in order to turn. But because you can't actually turn by leaning (try riding 'No Handed' in a cross wind!), we figu...
by SlowTyper
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life
Replies: 28
Views: 3993

Re: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life

I went back to the video to see if it explained how to counter-steer to the right when holding a cellphone to my ear with my right hand. Hmmm.. I might have to Google that one. Seriously, I did notice something more significant the second time I watched it. The comment was made that the rider was go...
by SlowTyper
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life
Replies: 28
Views: 3993

Re: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life

Riders know how to steer around a corner. The problem is that during an emergency, in their panic many do the wrong thing -- as though they were steering a car (as documented in the video). I have heard that in an emergency, in addition to focusing on the need to counter-steer, you should focus on w...
by SlowTyper
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 different voltmeter install
Replies: 1
Views: 690

Re: GL1200 different voltmeter install

My neighbor wanted a voltmeter on his GL1200 so that he could constantly monitor his charging voltage, and thus get advance notice if his stator failed to charge. (He has had three stator failures, and two bad connections have gotten him in trouble in the past. He rides a lot!) He ordered this meter...
by SlowTyper
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: Warranty Failure of GL1200 replacement stator
Replies: 8
Views: 2246

Re: Warranty Failure of GL1200 replacement stator

Yes, there some relatively simple tests you can do to evaluate the stator itself. 1. The stator usually fails due to a short to ground. So if you disconnect the stator completely and then measure the resistance to ground on any of the three yellow wires, it should be an open circuit. If there is con...
by SlowTyper
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Understanding the Charging System
Replies: 41
Views: 3830

Re: Understanding the Charging System

No, solar panels would not have sufficient output to charge the bike in lieu of a working stator. The actual current requirements vary with differences between bikes, but you would want about 10x the amount of solar panels you mentioned. Remember that the solar panel wattage rating is for high noon ...
by SlowTyper
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The idiots are out there
Replies: 248
Views: 9899

Re: The idiots are out there

While distracted driving is a growing and increasingly serious problem, I don't think that outlawing certain specific behaviors is the best solution. Legislation cannot predict what technology will come on the scene tomorrow, and thus will always be a 'day late and a dollar short'. Outlawing certain...
by SlowTyper
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 20
Views: 5222

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

I think the slop in the gears is typical.
by SlowTyper
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 20
Views: 5222

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

My experience shows the '87 with cruise control is different. Not only does it use a slightly different output circuit, but it also uses a higher voltage. In addition, the connector is different. (Apparently, the cruise control needs more than a 5 volt pulse to work.) Thus, I think the answer to you...
by SlowTyper
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The idiots are out there
Replies: 248
Views: 9899

Re: The idiots are out there

I am glad to see the vengeful driver will be spending jail time (Justice is finally served. Idiot gets 15 years. http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/04/03/%20...%20sault.html ) But I also hope readers of this forum note that the accident video seems to indicate the motorcyclist locked his rear wheel wh...
by SlowTyper
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The "had to lay 'er down" myth debunked
Replies: 39
Views: 2777

Re: The "had to lay 'er down" myth debunked

I would have been tempted to ask the insurance adjuster why car owners don't just flip their vehicles on their side so they don't run into what's in front of them.
by SlowTyper
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The "had to lay 'er down" myth debunked
Replies: 39
Views: 2777

Re: The "had to lay 'er down" myth debunked

I have always said the only time you "have to lay it down" is when a semi turns left in front of you and you need to slide under the trailer to avoid being decapitated. Other than that scenario, I fully agree with the many others who point out tires provide much greater traction than chrome or plast...
by SlowTyper
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Brake system questions about my 86 Aspencade I bought a few hours ago.
Replies: 90
Views: 2405

Re: Brake system questions about my 86 Aspencade I bought a few hours ago.

Your problem with the speedo can be mechanical or electrical - you seemed to have looked over the mechanical side pretty well. One thing that happens on the electrical side is that the rubber boot and/or wire insulation cracks by the sensor, resulting in a broken wire and intermittent connection. Yo...
by SlowTyper
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Brake system questions about my 86 Aspencade I bought a few hours ago.
Replies: 90
Views: 2405

Re: Brake system questions about my 86 Aspencade I bought a few hours ago.

I fully agree with the first post... I do not like the linked braking on the GL1200! It prevents me from stopping in the shortest possible distance under emergency conditions. It also makes it very hard to quickly determine which wheel is starting to squeal under hard braking conditions. Having to s...
by SlowTyper
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Scary moment
Replies: 43
Views: 1667

Re: Scary moment

My thoughts… 1. Congratulations to you, WingAdmin, for a successful panic stop. Unfortunately, way too many riders flunk that test miserably. 2. I wish many of my riding friends would practice abrupt stops until they master it. I tell them to start slow in a parking lot, and as they become more adep...
by SlowTyper
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 20
Views: 5222

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

What OHM resistor did you use along with the omnipolar hall effect switch, and did you also pull the white plastic cover off from the back of the board? Also, what type or brand of epoxy do you use to repot the board? Yes, you will need to pull the white plastic cover off in order to solder to the ...
by SlowTyper
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 20
Views: 5222

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

Here is how my repair looks like. Glad to hear you were helped by the post... I am also glad to see that you posted a picture of your repair. I am sure it will help others to see exactly how the repair should look, just prior to filling the thing back up with epoxy. I should probably caution others...
by SlowTyper
Sat May 21, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to fix stator wires on GL1100 - Three Yellow Wires
Replies: 14
Views: 3810

Re: How to fix stator wires on GL1100 - Three Yellow Wires

I have a couple suggestions for your first attempt at soldering... 1. Be sure to cut the wires back far enough to get to good copper wire. As was pointed out earlier, near the burnt connector the copper wire will appear black (or at least discolored) due to corrosion from the battery acid. Solder wi...
by SlowTyper
Mon May 02, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: How to Predict Catastrophic GL1200 Stator Failure
Replies: 38
Views: 9386

Re: How to Predict Catastrophic GL1200 Stator Failure

Checked the stator this morning. Continuity between all phases - no continuity to ground, and less than 1VAC on each phase when engine running. It is the lack of VAC, and the consistency between each phase that is stumping me. It seems a bit odd to me that all three stator phases have completely sh...