Highway speed question


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5oakseric
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Highway speed question

Postby 5oakseric » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:59 pm



The last bike I owned was a 1970 750 Four. that was 27 years ago. I recently purchased an 81 GL1100. I seem to remember the 750 handling highway speed rather easy without the R's too high. Maybe it's just me not being used to this 1100 but I don't feel comfortable cruising over 65 mph for any long period of time. At 4000 RPM just seems to be pushing it for an extended time. Is that just how these bikes are? Is there an aftermarket rear end change that is available? Is there a transmission modification? Do I just cruise at 60 and try to enjoy it while the world of truckers fly by at 75? Thanks for any and all help.



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Re: Highway speed question

Postby wing_newb » Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:20 pm

When I bought my GL1100 I had a good 3 and a half hour freeway ride to get it home. Luckily it didn't crap out till I got it home, but I was wondering the same thing. I thought that running that high the whole time was a little rough and I was nervous, so I did just as you said. I had to go 60 the whole way and let the trucks pass. I did some research and from what I could find everyone said that's just how it is. My bike runs about 4500 rpms at 70mph. It sounds to me like that's about par for the course with these 80-82 gl1100's. I guess in 83 they did a gearing change that helped bring the rpms down a bit at those highway speeds. I don't know much about it, but I don't think you should worry about riding it a little higher. Once I heard that everyone else did i was at ease.

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby RexAubrey » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:21 am

Yes, the 83's like to run with the RPM's higher than other bikes. Just remember this is a horizontally apposed engine like the old VW bugs. They also ran about 4500 rpms at 70 MPH. This is also a water cooled engine unlike the air cooled VW.
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Re: Highway speed question

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:12 am

Will run at 4000 to 4500 all day no problem.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:07 pm

These bikes do like to run at higher RPM than you think they should, the red line is up at 8000. dont worry that you think its turning too fast, I shift mine at 7000 on a regular basis( some would argue this is good for the engine, it certainly wont hurt it).

Yes I always look for 6th gear too

Just for fun try this some time.When riding along in 5th gear and you come up to someone doing 60mph, drop to 4th gear for a few seconds before passing them. now the fun part, as you put on your signal to pull out and pass drop to 3rd gear and twist the throttle hard. Dont worry its still under the red line, she will jump and pass with much enthusiasim, as you pass the front bumper you can shift to 4th and still have another whole gear to play with .

Bottom line is let her rev, she is built for it.Its a well balanced 4cyl engine not a V-8
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Re: Highway speed question

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:16 am

RoadRogue wrote:Just for fun try this some time.When riding along in 5th gear and you come up to someone doing 60mph, drop to 4th gear for a few seconds before passing them. now the fun part, as you put on your signal to pull out and pass drop to 3rd gear and twist the throttle hard. Dont worry its still under the red line, she will jump and pass with much enthusiasim, as you pass the front bumper you can shift to 4th and still have another whole gear to play with .


When on the highway, and I am passing, I normally downshift from fifth to third to accelerate, fourth just doesn't have enough pull to accelerate fast enough, and you've got lots of revs left in third gear at highway speeds.

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:48 pm

starting in '82 honda changed the gearing for 5th gear to bring the rpm's down compaired to the '80 and '81 wings. in '83 honda again changed gearing, this time 4th and 5th to bring the rpm's down
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Re: Highway speed question

Postby britman » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:56 pm

The higher the RPMs the faster she will fly and a big smile will be on your face

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:27 pm

Ok. You two guy's are nut's, WingAdmin. and RoadRouge, down shifting to 3rd going 60 :o :shock: Yeh I've done it and yeh it's fun... :lol: :lol: I don't make a habit out of it, Where do you guy's think you are on the flippen racetrack, Only in your mind... :lol:

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:37 pm

littlebeaver wrote:Ok. You two guy's are nut's, WingAdmin. and RoadRouge, down shifting to 3rd going 60 :o :shock: Yeh I've done it and yeh it's fun... :lol: :lol: I don't make a habit out of it, Where do you guy's think you are on the flippen racetrack, Only in your mind... :lol:


Not at all. If I'm going to pass someone, I want to get past and back in my lane quickly, leaving my exposure out in the oncoming lane as short as possible. 3rd gear at 60 mph is well within the rev range of the engine, and gives you FAR more torque to pull out and accelerate quickly than 4th gear.

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:29 am

Sure I was only funning you guy's, I had to do this a few times to get myself out of a bind on the interstate, your right if anyone tries this your gonna move and in a hurry..

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby biker4christ » Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:58 pm

our last long trip,(1900) miles,on the 82 asp,prob aroun 1500 miles of this was 80+ mph.no probs at all :D

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Re: Highway speed question

Postby tprender » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:27 pm

I asked this same question when I got my '81 this spring. This year bike was made to run at 55 mph, bacuse they dropped the highway speed down to 55 to save gas, and that is why it seams to run at higher rpm's when doing 65-70 mph and up. When they upped the highway speed back to 70 a couple of years later the Jap's changed 5th and maybe 4th gear to run at a less rpm's at 70 mph. Not sure of the excate years that were made to cruse at 55 instead of 70 mph. this is also, the reason that you will get a better gas millage at 55 instead of 70 on these yars bikes.




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