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by SlowTyper
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 23
Views: 1414

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

After seeing the latest post, I found myself re-reading this article/question. While doing so, I noticed some confusion regarding my earlier post about frying the auto-volume unit. Let me try again to explain. If you measure the voltage coming out of the (+) speaker wires of the replacement head uni...
by SlowTyper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: What Trailer can i really tow?
Replies: 30
Views: 1711

Re: What Trailer can i really tow?

I suspect the answer is: it depends... How well do you handle a panic stop? Any trailer is going to increase your stopping distance, and the heavier it is, the longer it will take to get stopped. Thus, I would say if you cannot already stop on a dime, think twice about towing much weight in a traile...
by SlowTyper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Strange electrical problem
Replies: 35
Views: 1595

Re: Strange electrical problem

Double check that the battery cable terminals are rigid tight against the battery posts, and absolutely will not move when you pull them. I have seen a case where the battery post screws were a hair too long, and bottomed out before the connection was super tight. This made the connections appear to...
by SlowTyper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Why did he crash ?
Replies: 40
Views: 2457

Re: Why did he crash ?

While a few accidents can be deemed unavoidable, I think the vast majority could be mitigated veto some extent or even avoided altogether. I believe the vast majority of motorclysts are unable to execute a panic stop. Some will even avoid the front brake altogether, fearful they will lock the front ...
by SlowTyper
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 26
Views: 6191

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

I used regular silicone. I used it because it seemed like a good choice to me -- but I don't know enough about it to know if it was a good choice or not.
by SlowTyper
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 26
Views: 6191

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

If the resistor value is too high, it does not pull the voltage high enough to register a signal. And has been indicated, if it is too low, than the rating of the Hall is exceeded. What value exceeds the rating of the Hall, depends not only the current rating of the device, but also the voltage invo...
by SlowTyper
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 23
Views: 1414

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: 23
Views: 1414

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: 4441

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: 1478

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: 1478

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: 4203

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: 4203

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: 4203

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: 4203

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: 1153

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: 2664

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: 4146

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: 256
Views: 11770

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: 26
Views: 6191

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: 26
Views: 6191

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: 256
Views: 11770

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: 2941

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: 2941

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: 91
Views: 3259

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...