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original ... or not?

Postby krazni » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:18 pm



I've been browsing a lot of for sale sites recently, and have noticed something interesting. Most 1100's that have pictures of the instrument clusters show speedometers that go to 85 mph, but every once in a while I come across one that goes to 140 or 150 mph (definitely not kph).

Were there really three different gauges on the 1100's or are the higher-speed gauges transplanted from the GL1000 bikes?



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Re: original ... or not?

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:09 pm

As I recall,my gl1100 standard had the 145 MPH spedo

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:28 pm

In 1979, the NHTSA mandated that speedometers highlight the "55" on the speedometer, and that the speedometer not read higher than 85 mph, so Honda complied. Near the end of 1981, the NHTSA realized this made no difference in road safety, and the mandate was repealed. As a result, in late 1983, Honda switched GL1100 Standard back to the 150 mph speedometer. So all GL1100's except for GL1100 Standards manufactured in late 1983 have 85mph speedometers.

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby krazni » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:20 pm

ah, makes sense -- kinda After all, more legislation make for more safety, right?? :lol:

And thanks for the specifics! Honestly, the sheer amount of general and specific knowledge that the members have here continues to astound me, and as I continue to read this forum, I'm pretty convinced that if I had a good thesaurus that listed GOOGLE SEARCH, it would include "Wingadmin" as a synonym ;)

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:50 pm

krazni wrote:ah, makes sense -- kinda After all, more legislation make for more safety, right?? :lol:

And thanks for the specifics! Honestly, the sheer amount of general and specific knowledge that the members have here continues to astound me, and as I continue to read this forum, I'm pretty convinced that if I had a good thesaurus that listed GOOGLE SEARCH, it would include "Wingadmin" as a synonym ;)

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I don't know if it's specific knowledge as much as a tremendous capacity for remembering trivia. :)

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby krazni » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:00 pm

I hear you, but ... the only difference between "knowledge" and "trivia" is in the label. Knowledge implies value and trivia implies lack of value (as in "trivial"), but the content can be identical. However you want to label it, accurate GoldWing-specific information on this site is priceless -- THANKS

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby Overdog » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:30 pm

My 83 Interstate has a 150 speedo....

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby krazni » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:31 pm

so ... maybe a dumb question ... is the gearing the same on all the 1100 wings? I mean, if you were to wind them out, is the 150 speedo hugely overkill, or would the 85 speedo be pegged long before top speed? I guess in the USA we theoretically never have occasion to find out what the top speed is... I know mine is smooth and with good power into at least the low 80's.

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby Overdog » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:20 am

I'm a new old wing owner but I believe that the 83 is geared taller than the earlier 1100s. Mine is turning about 2000 RPMs at 40 MPH...so, at redline (8000) that would be 160 MPH. I found an old road test online and they got an 83 up to about 130 top speed...that's as fast the available HP would let the bike get up to

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:02 am

Overdog wrote:I'm a new old wing owner but I believe that the 83 is geared taller than the earlier 1100s. Mine is turning about 2000 RPMs at 40 MPH...so, at redline (8000) that would be 160 MPH. I found an old road test online and they got an 83 up to about 130 top speed...that's as fast the available HP would let the bike get up to


That's correct. On the 83 the first gear is shorter (faster off the line) and the fifth gear is taller, which gives it longer legs/higher top speed, but hurts acceleration a bit.

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby David-Mantle » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:16 am

I have an 83 GL1100AD and top speed is 113mph - according to my sat nav. Contemporary magazines , that gave a road test , show top speeds in the region of 115mph. I think that the theoretical top speed should be in the 130 region providing the bike hits the red line but the top gear red line is actually slower than when riding in 4th gear. The bike will not rev more than 6500 in top whereas in the lower gears it will hit the red line ( 8000rpm ) with ease.Top gear is an overdrive which gives a lazier drive and better fuel economy.
Not sure but I think the gearing for this particular machine is unique and the Interstate version is geared differently and could be the faster model of the two.

I used to own a 1980 model that revved at 5200 when traveling at 70mph - my present ride shows 4100 for the same speed.
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Re: original ... or not?

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby serensct » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:11 pm

I must have a late 83 model then as my speedometer reads 150 mph.

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby 1fastgl1100 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:39 am

funny thing My 82 GL1100 had a 150mph speedo and my 83 has a digital dash that can read up to 999..
were the round speedos actually used on the 83 GL model?

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby 82aspen » Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:24 am

1fastgl1100 wrote:funny thing My 82 GL1100 had a 150mph speedo and my 83 has a digital dash that can read up to 999..
were the round speedos actually used on the 83 GL model?

for 1100, only 83 aspy was digital

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Re: original ... or not?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:11 am

1fastgl1100 wrote:funny thing My 82 GL1100 had a 150mph speedo and my 83 has a digital dash that can read up to 999..
were the round speedos actually used on the 83 GL model?


If your 82 GL1000 had a 150 mph speedo, then the speedometer was not original. 82 speedos were 80 mph only, they didn't reintroduce the 150mph speedo until partway through the 1983 model year.




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