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by aladdin
Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Fork rebuild
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Fork rebuild

at JCmotors, the progressives are on sale for $69 + shipping. A heck of a deal for great springs I hear you Wilmo. Over here in NZ we really get hit hard with shipping, import duty, Gov tax etc.. The springs I have been quoted are around $370, the valves another $320, with seals and bushes its up t...
by aladdin
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: HID Lights
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: HID Lights

I ordered a 2 in 1 bulb HID motorcycle kit for my GL1200 from DDM Tuning. What they sent me was a double bulb car HID kit that has no way of moving the bulb for dipping the lights. Despite my emailing the original order back to them and showing the wrong part number on what they sent, they refuse to...
by aladdin
Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Standard Front Forks??
Replies: 11
Views: 190

Re: Standard Front Forks??

Right on. I hope you find the parts you need Dogsled. :)
by aladdin
Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Standard Front Forks??
Replies: 11
Views: 190

Re: Standard Front Forks??

Dogsled wrote:My original problem was the bushings.....the diaster that happened afterwards belong to yours truly himself in my case. Ride safe brother
what happened?
by aladdin
Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Standard Front Forks??
Replies: 11
Views: 190

Re: Standard Front Forks??

Hey Dogsled, thanks for that advice. In fact the old girls already booked in for just that with a bike mechanic who specialises in Wings. We're just going to clean the forks and replace the oil (seals and bushes if worn) and see what that does, and take a look at the springs and see if they're stock...
by aladdin
Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Standard Front Forks??
Replies: 11
Views: 190

Re: Standard Front Forks??

And it appears that someone needs to be a New Zealander......... funniest thing is, its only Aussies who go on and on (and on) about sheep - can't figure out why :lol: But here in New Zealand we do have lots and lots of twisting blacktop, which does not suit any bike that does not handle well. I am...
by aladdin
Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Lowered handlebars GL1200
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Lowered handlebars GL1200

The other thing I liked about higher bars on the 15 and I'm pretty sure on the 12 also is that if you hit the right spot the mirrors will block a lot of wind off of your hands and you can still see in them. Hi Fatwing Chris. So are your forearms angled upwards or downwards from the elbow? Mine are ...
by aladdin
Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Barn Find
Replies: 10
Views: 316

Re: Barn Find

seasicksid wrote:Can the rear air shocks be replaced by conventional spring shocks?
I'm interested to know this too. Also, what fork upgrades has anyone here done on a GL1200? I understand the later 1200s are one of the best of the Gold Wings for handling as far as chassis and swing arm, forks etc..go.
by aladdin
Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:02 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Lowered handlebars GL1200
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Lowered handlebars GL1200

The bars on the 1500 are angled in to much to suit me. Keeps my wrists bent if I hold the grips correctly. Adjusting the height doesn't help. Yes, I think the amount of pull back and the angle of the handgrips is what is critical to improving the stability and handling of the bike. I lowered my bar...
by aladdin
Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Standard Front Forks??
Replies: 11
Views: 190

Standard Front Forks??

Hi. I am looking for advice on front forks. I have a 1987 GL1200 which I bought a year ago. It has done around 100,000 miles. Most suspension articles describe standard Gold Wing forks as sagging as soon as you sit on the bike, and wallowing and juddering when pushed on corners. Mine don’t, there is...
by aladdin
Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: slick teflon
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: slick teflon

I have a GL1200 (1987). This bike had done around 100,000 miles when I got it a year ago, and I did not know how recently it had been serviced. As it was only going to be a temporary bike to ease me back into it as it were, I did not want to do an oil change and service, so I added Moreys Heavy Duty...
by aladdin
Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Fork rebuild
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Fork rebuild

I was going to rebuild my forks with Traxxion AK20 cartridges but they don't make them for the GL1200. As an alternative the suspension specialist suggested I use Race Tech 'emulators' instead. I was just wondering if anyone has the used the Race Tech 'emulators' to replace the standard valves when ...
by aladdin
Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Lowered handlebars GL1200
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Lowered handlebars GL1200

I'm not sure what the angle of the bars was before, but it now measures about 40 degrees forward from a line across to the other grip. I guess is was previously around 50 degrees or more. The pullback is now around 9", the width across the bars is 32 1/2". This is all measured to the approximate cen...
by aladdin
Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Lowered handlebars GL1200
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Re: Lowered handlebars GL1200

Yes, its a personal preference thing. I had a Harley with really, really high handlebars, which I found made handling the bike difficult and at times scary, but many guys like those high bars. What I am looking for is to see whether I can get the 1200 to feel as intuitive and responsive in handling ...
by aladdin
Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:56 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Lowered handlebars GL1200
Replies: 13
Views: 702

Lowered handlebars GL1200

Having had the steering head bearings replaced, which improved the ride and the handling, I was wondering what else, if anything, I could do to improve the handling on my GL1200. These bikes are not particularly good at changing direction on curving, windy roads like we have here in NZ. I decided to...
by aladdin
Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: new GL1200
Replies: 1
Views: 63

new GL1200

I have had my 87 GL1200 almost one year and was never happy with the handling, nothing alarming, just not that nice to ride and did not inspire me to go out for a ride just for the enjoyment. I had it serviced and the bike shop mechanic showed me the steering head bearings were notchy - they were wo...
by aladdin
Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: More stable without windshield
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: More stable without windshield

Hey Tom I had a '78 1000 back in 1984. My recollection of that bike is that it handled fantastically and went like stink. this was after having several 750s and a 900 Honda. I used to throw that that thing around like you would not believe, and the handling was just so stable and neutral. I have slo...
by aladdin
Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:08 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: More stable without windshield
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: More stable without windshield

I did some more experimentation as my screen has a crack, so I decided to see what effect bending the top of the screen around further each side to match the approximate curve at the bottom of the screen would have - it was quite flat across the top. Doing this by hand with a hot air gun it is not p...
by aladdin
Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Opinions please
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Opinions please

Hi Jefferson I have added Moreys oil stabilizer to the engine oil, never thought about its effect on the clutch - I didn't realise they shared the same oil. Moreys makes the oil stickier and smoother - the engine is noticeably quieter and smoother, but the extra 'stickiness' would explain the slight...
by aladdin
Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: More stable without windshield
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: More stable without windshield

I was talking to an owner of a GL1500. He commented that his windshield is flat across the top too, and has no front end wandering either.
by aladdin
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: More stable without windshield
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: More stable without windshield

I checked the rear swingarm but found no movement at all, also wheel bearings are A-OK, but I appreciate the advice. Since the problem was a lot better without the windscreen on, and I have discovered I really don't enjoy looking either through or just above the top of a screen, I tried some radical...
by aladdin
Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Opinions please
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Opinions please

Hi Jeferson I love the bike and it is finally starting to shift smoothly. Changed the oil about 3-4 times a year for 3 years now. It has finally cleaned the damage done by previous owner running the wrong oil (enviromental). I tried all different oils thinking it was just not the right match for the...
by aladdin
Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: More stable without windshield
Replies: 8
Views: 555

More stable without windshield

Hi all, I have an 87 Aspy, in reasonably good condition, first bike I have owned since 1991. I noticed the tendency for the bike to go off course if you take your hands off the handlebars, especially at town speeds, but no shaking or shimmying. Nevertheless I had a mechanic check the front wheel bea...
by aladdin
Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Main fairing & windscreen rattles
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Main fairing & windscreen rattles

great advice, thanks
by aladdin
Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:37 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Main fairing & windscreen rattles
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Main fairing & windscreen rattles

A quick update - a previous owner had crashed this bike on the RHS and the entire right side of the fairing was loose and moving up and down around 5mm (1/4 inch). I don't know whats broken inside the fairing itself (mounting brackets etc) so as a quick fix put some quick dry glue in the joint betwe...