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by canuck623
Sun May 01, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: GPSinput device.
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: GPSinput device.

Disconnecting the GPS had no effect on the unit. Yes the bike does have HID headlights.
by canuck623
Sun May 01, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: GPSinput device.
Replies: 3
Views: 237

GPSinput device.

Couldn't find an email address so I will ask here. I have installed a couple of GPS input devices that I purchased through this site and they have both worked fine but I have a question about the second one. When it was hooked up the GPS worked through the intercom but there was a very audible hum t...
by canuck623
Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Rear Wheel Alignment on GL1800
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Rear Wheel Alignment on GL1800

The easiest way to check if anything is wrong is to get a hose and wet the pavement for about 10 feet then ride through nice and straight. There should only be one track on the other side. If there is 2 or it seems wider than it should you either rode through a bit off or something is out of alignme...
by canuck623
Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 1602

Re: Tires

The Stones get noisy in tight turns after about 10K too. Not as loud as the Dunlops but they do growl quite a bit. I got 15K out of a set of Stones but they were totally trashed and almost showed cords on the rear. I have to add that this was very sudden. At 13K they still looked pretty good but by ...
by canuck623
Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:07 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Tires
Replies: 22
Views: 1602

Re: Tires

I just took off a set of Stones. They were my second set but I bought a new EIII with the MT compound. Not many miles on them yet but I like the way the bike feels with the on compared to the Stones. The Bridgestones were nice tires on the freeway but i didn't like them in tight maneuvers. The Dunlo...
by canuck623
Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: 2003 gl1800 starting problem
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: 2003 gl1800 starting problem

Make sure the reverse switch is fully disengaged. If it sticks in a little bit the reverse light will go out but it may not crank. Also try lightly tapping the kill switch. I have had a couple that had loose connections in the switch and tapping it would cause the engine to quit.
by canuck623
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

Honda's recommendations for shift points have pretty much been the same since the 60's. Short shifting is not something I want to do. Yes there are times when it is advantageous but for most situations the higher RPM works best and that "clunk" when shifting seems to go away for the most part too.
by canuck623
Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

There is this one. http://ido-endeavor.com/ And this one. http://genesgallery.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=972 As far as knowing much about them, I don't. I have seen one with the skin off but haven't looked into the mechanicals or costs. It does solve one thing that has always bee...
by canuck623
Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

As far as you guys are up the experience scale on transmissions, I'm even further on the other end. Even though I don't know what you are talking about, I REALLY appreciate the conversation. I'm not one who skips 1st gear, but after reading this thread, I'm pretty sure I'm someone who rides in to h...
by canuck623
Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

My point was that I have seen the type of wear on a syncro that lugging can cause and I only cautioned against it. I'm just curious, if the gears are already past the syncros and locked up together (which they should be if you're accelerating), how can lugging the engine wear them? The gears the sy...
by canuck623
Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

No bows needed. You slung the experience stone first. I just replied. We are alike I am sure. I have received just about every conceivable automotive bag of parts just like you. Not bragging or trying to one up but I once was given a complete car. It came in many boxes and bags and I think there was...
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

Ok. According to Honda warranty repair stats the biggest cause of transmission wear and damage (not clutch) is from lugging the engine in too high a gear for the situation. Lugging the engine causes gear vibrations and excess pressure against the syncro and this can and does bend shift forks. I am ...
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

Ok. According to Honda warranty repair stats the biggest cause of transmission wear and damage (not clutch) is from lugging the engine in too high a gear for the situation. Lugging the engine causes gear vibrations and excess pressure against the syncro and this can and does bend shift forks. I am n...
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Bleeding Brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 1096

Re: Bleeding Brakes

I had no problem doing mine myself. For the rear and front right, I could reach the brake levers, but for the left, I just used cord and wrapped it around the break lever. Smart...but I think you mean the "brake" lever. Since "break" means it is broken or you are having a coffee. You do realize, th...
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Start off in 2nd gear ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1889

Re: Start off in 2nd gear ?

Technically second is not ok. Sure the bike will do it but you have to understand what happens inside the transmission and engine when you lug it excessively. Second gear is fine for slow riding like a parade but not for pulling away from a stop. Your proper shift RPM should be 3500 and this is near...
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Budding Electrical Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Budding Electrical Problem

Definitely a ground issue. The fact it doesn't happen at a stop is odd for sure. If you can get a friend to ride behind you and in front of you so you can see if the exterior bulbs are doing anything funny when you are moving. A shorted to ground bulb could cause what you are describing and it may o...
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Advice for a new windshield
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Advice for a new windshield

In my humble opinion the National Cycle VStream is the best windshield if you are concerned with your passenger comfort. These big shields like the F4 etc. all only do one thing. They punch a bigger hole in the air and hope it doesn't close up before it gets to the passenger. Usually the passenger i...
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Led light
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Led light

I have them on mine but used the amber color. Yes they are very visible to cars that are beside you or just behind. They may be to close to see your rear lights but they will be able to see these.
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Bleeding Brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 1096

Re: Bleeding Brakes

Marine wrote:I had no problem doing mine myself. For the rear and front right, I could reach the brake levers, but for the left, I just used cord and wrapped it around the break lever.
Smart...but I think you mean the "brake" lever. Since "break" means it is broken or you are having a coffee.
by canuck623
Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: A louder muffler
Replies: 35
Views: 8447

Re: A louder muffler

Ah Oh... I guess I'm in trouble then... I have ran open pipes on ALL of my bikes dating back to 1971. This includes several CB750's, Gl1100, Gl1200, and my GL1500... Even while drag racing in the 70's on the 750... NEVER had an engine problem... I guess it pays not to listen to the experts... Ahhh ...
by canuck623
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: A louder muffler
Replies: 35
Views: 8447

Re: A louder muffler

That's a great description that confirms what I said but with more words. The Wing engine, as designed is the best it can be. I have a friend that spent a bucket full of money putting V & H pipes on his wing. Did away with the cat converter and all. End result was that he likes the sound (not many o...
by canuck623
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: A louder muffler
Replies: 35
Views: 8447

Re: A louder muffler

You will be welcome, and you know that, as you have family here. There is a chapter in Owen Sound, and one in North Bay, with a third in Sault Ste Marie. These are the only ones close to Parry Sound, and North Bay would be the closest. I am a GWRRA member, but no longer a chapter member in North Ba...
by canuck623
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: A louder muffler
Replies: 35
Views: 8447

Re: A louder muffler

Thanks for the validation WingAdmin. Your welcome Viking. Like I said I have been a go fast guy for ever and exhaust tuning is really a science. If you have a purpose in mind then you can tune to that. The folks that designed our beloved Wings spent millions of $$$ to get it right and all it takes i...
by canuck623
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: A louder muffler
Replies: 35
Views: 8447

Re: A louder muffler

It is common knowledge that reducing back pressure below design limits can have adverse effects on the valve train. I have been a mechanic and a go fast guy all my life. Back pressure is a bit of a misleading term when it comes to exhaust tuning. Rather, you set up standing sound waves in the pipe, ...
by canuck623
Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Fog Light Switch Replacement
Replies: 11
Views: 1873

Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

My lights are the Big Bike aftermarket version and the way it is set up is all plug and play. The relay is NOT to turn the lights on. It is to turn the lights off when you turn on your high beams. There is a bypass kit that removes the relay and allows the lights to remain on when the high beams are...