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Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:05 am
Location: Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 Interstate

New to the Goldwing

Post by Skbbuilding » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:06 am

Hello to all, I'm a first time Goldwing owner, 1985 Interstate, and must say what a ride! I found the bike on Craig's list for under 2K and decided to chance the expense. After 2 tanks of fuel treatment the motor smoothed out and seems to be fine. Currently 56K on the speedo. The bike is in great shape and should be receiving my new Russel Daylong seat. I live in the NE and plan on riding most of the winter when roads permit it. Any cold weather info/issues on these GL1200's? I will be taking a couple of weeks this winter to go front to back on her, deep cleaning, touch ups, full service etc. Anyone have some good info or tricks to the trades to share? Happy and safe biking. Steve

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Re: New to the Goldwing

Post by littlebeaver » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:49 am

Hey Welcome to the site, I do not have a 1200 but I know some fella's that do, I avise to you on day one is to go get you a battery maintainer, hook it up to the battery when not in use...Battery tender jr.'s are good...I have a Schumacher type I got from Walmart, same thing pretty much....winter's are hell on batteries.. also the members here will advise you to change you're timing belts first thing if you are uncertain of the age of them,,,If one of them were to break on you the valves can damgae your engine or pistons..Don't get all nervous just remove the timing belt covers and check to see if the last mechanic wrote the date in the inside of the cover the way they are supposed to... The members will advise you to check the three yellow wire plug that comes out of the stator, it has been a problem in the past[melting issues]...You will read about it for sure...Good luck with you're new to you ride...There are some really sharp guys here to help you with your 1200... :D
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Re: New to the Goldwing

Post by seeberluca » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:57 am

Hi welcome in the forum. :D
I had a 1200 several years ago, the only things I remember was a very sensitive battery during cold days ( below zero Celsius degrees) and tires problem : like plastic due to cold temperatures ;)

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Re: New to the Goldwing

Post by pudd750 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:09 pm

yes the 3 yellow wire stator plug - its immediately forward of the battery on my 86 -is a weak point , not able to carry the amps the stator outputs- mine melted and i discontinued it and soldered the connections there

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