1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200


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1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby jrcminnesota » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:15 pm



I want to find out how to turn the guages on and off on the bike so the battery does not run down while parked. How do I do this. I was told that you can simply unplug one of the maine cables in the gas tank compartment but ?


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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby willboy57 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:49 pm

If you're battery is running down while parked you've got a "leak" somewhere. Is it running down overnight or after a long period of time (weeks)? Are you using a battery tender?
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby seabee_ » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:13 pm

Everything should shut off when you turn the key to the OFF position. Like willboy said, you have something draining your battery. If that is the case, get a digital volt meter. (harbor freight has them really cheap) Disconnect your positive battery cable and hook the meter in series from the cable to the battery terminal. Make sure the meter is set to amps. You should read very little if anything. If you have .35 miliamps or more, something is causing a drain. You can then start pulling fuses one at a time until you see the reading drop. Then you have narrowed down the search for where it's at. Then start looking at things tied to that fuse. Has the previous owner installed any aftermarket items? That is usually a cause for a battery drain. Let us know what you find.
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:46 pm

The goldwings normally have a parasitic draw for the radio and clock memory(when equipped),but usually take a few weeks to drain the battery down to a noticeable level.If you have a battery going dead in just a day or so,then I'd be looking at the quality of the battery and charging system or a electrical problem tested as described above.
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby jrcminnesota » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:11 am

I will be taking this feedback and trying them over the next few days as the weather is calling. I will also try to post a hphoto,... Thank You
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby BOSNBOB » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:14 pm

I HAVE AN 86 SEI AND WHEN i TURN THE KEY OFF THE CLOCK AND WHAT EVER TIME ZONE YOYR IN WILL STAY ON. YOU CAN UNPLUG THE PLUGS UNDER THE TRAVEL COMPUTER IF YOU HAVE ONE. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RUN YOUR BATTERY DOWN. IF YOU HAVE A CLAMP ON AMP METER YOU CAN CLAMP IT ON WITH THE KEY OFF AND THEN UNPLUG ONE FUSE AT A TIME UNTILL YOUR AMPS DROP THEN CHECK THAT CIRCUIT THAT DROPPED WHEN YOU PULLED THE FUSES.
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Postby ucboo » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:45 pm

You can also disconnect the negative side of the battery and put a test light between the battery post(-) and the cable (-) and if it burns bright then you have a ground draining battery. Then as everyone else has said start pulling 1 fuse at a time until the light goes out or dims. Good Luck!
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby boogieman » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:50 pm

i have the 85 limited and something is wrong with it it acts like its not getting fuel it wont start it will turn over if i spray eather into it i just put a new fuel pump on it and new spark plugs but still no change can anyone plz help me with what might be wrong with it
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby Phunnybone » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:02 am

boogieman wrote:i have the 85 limited and something is wrong with it it acts like its not getting fuel it wont start it will turn over if i spray eather into it i just put a new fuel pump on it and new spark plugs but still no change can anyone plz help me with what might be wrong with it


Saw a post in one of the sections that pointed a finger at the 'run/off' switch being gummed up and stuck in the off position even when set in run.
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby mbul2439 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:49 pm

Check your courtesy light in the rear trunk . If it does not cut off it will drain your battery quickly . This happened on my LTD
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Re: 1985 limited edition honda goldwing 1200

Postby AWLKRSN » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:59 am

Trunk light GOOD PLACE to start. I keep mine switched off for that very reason :P


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