USA vs. Canadian model 1980 Gl1100?


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USA vs. Canadian model 1980 Gl1100?

Postby DetroitWingnut » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:18 am



I bought a 1980 GL1100 standard this past summer that is in fairly good condition, but it came without any p.o. information as to use or maintenance. New water pump: done. Ditto new belts, oil change, filter. Have been perusing info about front and rear suspension, and one link led to another and I realized I had overlooked changing the spark plugs! Read link about plugs (glad I did, or probably wouldn't have thought to use anti-seize) and found that spark plugs should be changed every 4000 mi. About this time the owners manual I had bought off ebay arrived, and I looked up what spark plugs Honda recommends. Surprised to see different plugs recommended for extended high speed driving dependent upon USA vs. Canadian model. I read site admin remark that 1979-2009 Goldwings were all made in Marysville, OH., so how would one know if they had a USA or Canadian model? Just wondering what's the difference, also wondering why different spark plugs for extended high speed driving vs just driving to work and back? Also, have read that many suggest changing spark plug wires and caps...what are your feelings about doing so (necessary?)...if I should change them, can I buy replacements ready to install? Thank-you for any thoughts or information!



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Re: USA vs. Canadian model 1980 Gl1100?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:22 am

I don't think there is actually a physical difference between US and Canadian models. The spark plug differences are for temperature compensation.

Cold-running plugs shed heat well, and resist detonation/pre-ignition, perfect for high-speed (highway) operation or in hot temperatures.

For stop-and-go or riding that doesn't involve a lot of highway use, cold plugs might not get hot enough to burn off deposits, and end up fouled. Same goes if they are being operated in a cold environment. So for these cases, hotter burning plugs are indicated.

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Re: USA vs. Canadian model 1980 Gl1100?

Postby ct1500 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:30 pm

The different plugs recommended for high speed use between the two countries might have been influenced by fuel supply available. I think the two used different methods for rating octane content so they were not an even comparison of final product.
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Re: USA vs. Canadian model 1980 Gl1100?

Postby SteveB123 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:29 pm

DetroitWingnut wrote: Also, have read that many suggest changing spark plug wires and caps...what are your feelings about doing so (necessary?)...if I should change them, can I buy replacements ready to install? Thank-you for any thoughts or information!


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Re: USA vs. Canadian model 1980 Gl1100?

Postby Bigbiker0 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:02 am

When I ride in USA i switch to premium gas ,My bike doesn't like your regular gas at all.Poor millage and signifiant lost of power.
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Re: USA vs. Canadian model 1980 Gl1100?

Postby 82aspen » Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:05 pm

speedo main display is kl/hr eh




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