Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

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Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

Postby tubamanz » Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:48 am

I'm prepping for a road trip in late Sept - running from SE MN to Richmond, VA and back. The bike is running well as I've invested a fair bit in maintenance (new timing belts, rebuilt brake calipers and pads, final drive cleaned/greased, new tires, coolant flushed/filled, and probably a few others that I'm forgetting at the moment). I'm looking for advice on a couple of accessories that I'd like to have for my trip:

  1. A tank bag with a clear pouch on top for a GPS
  2. A throttle lock
  3. A 12v power tap to plug the GPS into

I've readily been able to find the items above on-line (specifically 1 and 2) but not able to confirm which ones will fit my 1982 Wing. Regarding (3) I'd also appreciate any pointers re: how best to tap into the bike's electrical to add such a thing.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Re: Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:51 am

If the only accessory you need is low power,the bike has 2 terminals at the fuse block marked ACC..
Both positive and ground screws..It's fused at 5 amp..Plenty to keep a GPS charged..Its switched on with the key too.
I actually mounted a outlet plug in the left pocket and ran 2 wires direct to it..
Be aware that vibration can loosen the charger adapter you plug into the outlet.Especially if it's mounted horizontal.
Halfway on the trip,the GPS goes dead...
I did use a strap to hold the adapter in tight.
I also had a "throttle lock"..hated it...It does not adjust the throttle so the speed constantly wandered up and down..
If you get one,the proper install should be made to allow the throttle lock to hold the throttle steady AND let the user move it a bit..There is a adjustment or "drag" setting for that..
I ended up using a throttle grip with a paddle on the end of it...I think there called "throttle boss"
Different variations are available...They allow your palm to hold the throttle steady rather than the finger cramp.
There the same..You position the paddle so your palm holds the throttle in the correct area for cruising.

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Re: Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

Postby spiralout » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:12 pm

I've never had a throttle lock on any bike that didn't let the throttle off gradually from vibration. That doesn't mean they don't exist but all mine have done that. They're great for occasional use to scratch your ankle, etc. and much handier than my cruise for that, too. Like virgil, I ended up using a crampbuster on my 1100 and it's much better than the throttle lock for extended riding, just lay your palm on it.

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Re: Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

Postby harvey01 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:32 pm

I use a Crampbuster on my 04 GL1800. Works real well when I don't want the cruise on.

As far as wiring the GPS, mine has a mount that is wired directly to the bike so I cannot comment on adding a plug. Just make sure the amp pull does not exceed the rating on the fuse or any wiring you install.

As far as map cases, I suggest you look at the offerings from Hopnel.
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Re: Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:01 am

You might want to double check your shocks before taking such a long cruise, would make it a little more comfortable. Throttle lock is a great idea, much easier on the hand.
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Re: Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

Postby Oldbear » Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:26 am

I have a throttle lock. And it is just that - it locks the throttle from twisting. Great for a break for the right hand. I also use a "cramp-buster". I switched to larger hand grips years back - now the fingers aren't as tight.

I bought one of those beaded seat covers - it makes a difference. Any thing you can do to change position and avoid prolonged position will help.

I have a 12volt power port installed in my fairing - it is on my short list to fix - it stopped working on my last endurance ride. Solder and re-enforce your connections as suggested above.

Invest in rain gear or textile riding gear - I use Joe Rocket Ballistics. Weather proof, road resistant, stylish... and a good helmet. Have tunes if you don't already - I got sick of listening to my own voice on long rides...
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Re: Road trip - accessories for 1982 GL1100

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:06 pm

I would suggest a tire repair kit, for obvious reasons. I have this one and it is compact, yet good to get you to a shop. ... conomy-kit

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