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by SilverDave
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: windshield scratches
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: windshield scratches

For large scratches and lots of of ugly marks ... here is the plan : http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-polish-a-Lexan-windshield-for-under-4/ For smaller scratches, I have done this same procedure over a 2x2 in area with good success . Have Fun SilverDave
by SilverDave
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: air compressor 'DESICCANT' for my 1984??
Replies: 13
Views: 300

Re: air compressor 'DESICCANT' for my 1984??

I dried mine at medium power for about 6 to 8 30 second microwave bits .. You wanna sneak up on it. http://qqjky.qjhbf.servertrust.com/v/vspfiles/info/Silica%20Gel.pdf . but you can also buy it from Amazon.com : https://www.amazon.com/Gallon-Premium-Silica-Desiccant-Indicating/dp/B014VM9V70/ref=sr_1...
by SilverDave
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 34" GL1500 windshield on a GL1200 ?
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: 34" GL1500 windshield on a GL1200 ?

Depends where you ride, I guess . I often leave the vent closed, even on a summer day . The two side Wind Wings move more air than the vent ever does. But why would you have to change the holes at all ? Mine fit perfectly , with NO mods . Is it really a GL1200 Slipstreamer ?? SilverDave
by SilverDave
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: SEi fuel filter
Replies: 43
Views: 1639

Re: SEi fuel filter

One of the most used tools on MY toolbox is a small handle "inch-pounds " torque wrench. Its a 1.4 inch drive . Coupled with a 6" extension, its perfect for all those tiny bolt problems : Like Starter fasteners ..... Fuel filter clamps ... Carb tops .... tiny bolts and screws everywhere.. I think 15...
by SilverDave
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Japanese Industrial Standard Screwdriver - How to make
Replies: 74
Views: 19511

Re: Japanese Industrial Standard Screwdriver - How to make

So two questions : I assume that 1980's Wings ( Like my 1200) had JIS screws, even though they were manufactured in Marysville, USA . What about modern GL1800's ?? ( made in Japan)... and if different ... in which year was the break point ? ............................ Secondly , I often use just sc...
by SilverDave
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: heat shiled for 1984 Goldwing
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: heat shiled for 1984 Goldwing

The GL1200 series is hotter than later Wings with different rad setups ... and hotter than other styles of big cruisers as well And it does get quite hot, some summer days , even up North here in the interior deserts .... maybe not 113 , but still well above 105, some days.... If its that hot that m...
by SilverDave
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Reference Information
Topic: Helmets 101
Replies: 13
Views: 1994

Re: Helmets 101

Great article . I would add just one thing ... WA said : << I'd recommend going to a motorcycle store (or better yet - a show) and try on several helmets until you come across one that fits well and feels good. If the store will allow it, try wearing it around for half an hour, to make sure that it ...
by SilverDave
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: rear trunk dimensions
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: rear trunk dimensions

Those numbers are correct , if the two sections were rectangular boxes . They give a volume of 1.916 cu ft or about 55 litres . ....................... Be aware that the shapes are quite complex , with rounded corners, and two trapezoidal cross sections , top and bottom. Some objects ( Like even a s...
by SilverDave
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: How is attached the driver backrest on a GL1200,1984?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: How is attached the driver backrest on a GL1200,1984?

Here is a brand new one : Very Very pricy because its from Kuryakyn ... https://www.jpcycles.com/product/446-543/kuryakyn-plug-in-driver-backrest-for-touring This would give you some idea of what you need to look for , in extra parts when at a used bike graveyard . You might even find a seat and bac...
by SilverDave
Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: How is attached the driver backrest on a GL1200,1984?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: How is attached the driver backrest on a GL1200,1984?

Well, the "hole" in my seat was cut by a pro seat upholstery person , and taped , sewn and covered with a secure sewn covered flap.. Short of driving your Wing thru a flood, not much water gets in there .. and the secure sewn edge prevents " chafing " and wear from the centre bar, sliding in and out...
by SilverDave
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: How is attached the driver backrest on a GL1200,1984?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: How is attached the driver backrest on a GL1200,1984?

Mine was a Markland design, I think from mid-80's .. a single 1/8" bar goes thru the seat into a channel bolted or welded to seat pan . The minus is for adding a sheepskin, one has to cut and re-inforce a 1" by 1/4' slot in any sheepskin cover . The plus is its easily removable( If your passenger is...
by SilverDave
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Going back to OEM from floor board & heal/toe shifter
Replies: 17
Views: 1133

Re: Going back to OEM from floor board & heal/toe shifter

You are right : Threads on darkside, oil and floorboards bring out ALL the comments !!! but ... if I can speak for the other side : When I got this heel-and-toe equipped Wing ( in my 60's I had ridden a lifetime on pegs, and it took over a month to get used to strange setup. At first I hated it ... ...
by SilverDave
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Adding driving lights to a 1984 GL1200 Aspencade
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Adding driving lights to a 1984 GL1200 Aspencade

On an Aspencade, right in front of the shark gills, there is a half fake air vent . The top three little panes of this vent are closed, and the bottom two are open. There is a big phillips bolt thru the middle small panel, used to hold that section of front lower fairing to the bike. I made a L shap...
by SilverDave
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Turn signal just stopped working
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Turn signal just stopped working

In Order : Fuse check ? ( rare ) Flasher dead ( even rarer ) Bad ground to flasher ( common ) FYI B wire on OEM flasher is 12 volt L wire goes to switch and "E" wire on OEM flasher goes to ground ( this green wire probably corroded somewhere ) Some people just add a second short jumper to a close av...
by SilverDave
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 1984 1200a wiring
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: 1984 1200a wiring

I MUCH prefer the Clymer manual : https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Clymer-Shop-Repair-Manual-Fits-Honda-GL1200A-Gold-Wing-Aspencade-1984-1987-/312044225059?hash=item48a7490223 My manual has both the Aspy and interstate colour diagrams The coloured wiring diagram matches the wire colours, and has enough space...
by SilverDave
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Electric Starter with a "noise",,look what i found!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Electric Starter with a "noise",,look what i found!!!

Hi :
I think I used a Napa 7733 radiator hose cut into two parts as the rad hose
( If you have a NAPA dealer near you ..)


SilverDave
by SilverDave
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Possible fuel issue?
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: Possible fuel issue?

Jtmcnees wrote : <<I would suspect a carb problem but she had run beautifully for the previous 800 Miles of my trip.>> Mine had been running perfectly as well for last several thousand km and it just happened suddenly .. 10% ethanol in gas can do strange things . Also some service station gas is pre...
by SilverDave
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Possible fuel issue?
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: Possible fuel issue?

My '85 aspy was doing something similar last summer: It would always start and idle perfectly, then cough and splutter at around 2000 to 3000 rpm. It still had power to pull, sorta ...and it smoothed out at higher rpm's, mostly .... After doing everything I could think of : opened gas cap, checked f...
by SilverDave
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Frozen battery ( safe to re-charge )
Replies: 15
Views: 576

Re: Frozen battery ( safe to re-charge )

Well I waited till the driveway was more or less clear of ice ... LOL... before driving to my battery dealer The battery came off the charger the last time at 12.98 volts, and after a day was down to 12.61.. The load test at the dealer passed, more or less, and his digital load tester said it had 23...
by SilverDave
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: best tire that has long life and best ride
Replies: 26
Views: 2339

Re: best tire that has long life and best ride

My go to favorite tire dealer has a tiny shop on the City border . I thought the Metzler 880' s "Read good " so, over the phone , I asked him to order me one , when my front got down to the wear bars. LOL He refused !! His explanation : " I've had to replace way too many of those in last 2 years. Th...
by SilverDave
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: 1982 GL1100 Seat Care
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: 1982 GL1100 Seat Care

Go to a leather jacket store and get something like Danier Defense spray : http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zCXmwMMv-Yc/UhLOWHZJuMI/AAAAAAAAAAA/fgG-lB-q1bY/s1600/untitled.PNG This is a waterproofing for hard leather jackets that leaves no surface white streaks ( Like most vortex waterproofing does ) and ma...
by SilverDave
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Frozen battery ( safe to re-charge )
Replies: 15
Views: 576

Re: Frozen battery ( safe to re-charge )

After 2 days of careful warming , and thawing , the voltage was 6.8 ( Ugh ) but after another 2 days of low trickle charging ( 2 amp ) It reads 13.05 this morning .. So I guess its down to the battery dealer to get it load tested .. That 13 volts might just be a surface charge . SilverDave
by SilverDave
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Frozen battery ( safe to re-charge )
Replies: 15
Views: 576

Frozen battery ( safe to re-charge )

My 1200 battery froze ( It was REALLY cold here !! ) .... so I moved it into basement to slowly warm up . The present voltage after warm up is now 8.1 volts . Case does not seem cracked . Is it safe to put it on a trickle charger for a day or two to try and bring it back to life ?? Or should I just ...
by SilverDave
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: What Trailer can i really tow?
Replies: 30
Views: 2483

Re: What Trailer can i really tow?

I have replaced several of the Trailer ( and Wing ) running lights with LED's ( Left the brake bulbs ... Incandescent " seem " brighter to me ) and added two 50 LED light bars from Harbour Freight . All the bike and trailer side running lights are quite bright LED's . and .. best yet My Back-Off mod...
by SilverDave
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well
Replies: 10
Views: 2326

Re: Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well

Yes, I agree ... a great set of books ! And ... not only does Hough's last book , "Mastering the Ride " have all the same great hints of the first two books, but its also in COLOUR !! Available at Amazon .. for about $20 ! ISBN-13: 978-1935484868 and .. it has two appendices : " TraveL " and " The A...