Engine design

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Engine design

Post by littlebeaver » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:45 am

I noticed that the gear ratio changes, the 80 and 81 are different than the 83 models, if I remember correctly back then the speed limit was set at 55 mph, and I also noticed the 55 mph marking on the speedometer is in red , does this mean these engines are designed to travel at 55 rather than 70. Am I going to screw up my engine traveling 70mphs all the time rather than 55. Is this why the gear ratio changed....???? She rides nicely at 55 that's for sure, seems like shes working at 70..

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Re: Engine design

Post by goldtr6c » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:30 pm

Well I tell ya.... if I had to ride across this country at Tricky Dicky's 55, it would be on my 82 GL. The 85 LTD is cushy but not happy at 55. Honda obviously cut the cams and geared the powertrain for that speed.

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Re: Engine design

Post by dingdong » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:11 am

That 55 mark is just to indicate the speed limit. Any Goldwing regardless of year will travel any distance at any speed without problems or damage to the power train. They thrive on high rpms.
I bought an 83 1100i new back then and found myself in 4th gear more than in 5th when the speed limit was 55 mph because the gearing so high in 5th. Also got a lot of tickets when the limit was 55.

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