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84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:45 pm



Just wanted to first say hi nad glad I found this site. I just bought my 1st goldwing 84 GL1200 interatate and boy do I have questions...lol


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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:49 pm

I am use to riding v-twins and this is my first water cooled bike, there seems to be a lot of heat coming from the engine while riding, its not overheating. Maybe its just me, but I thought there would be less engine heat from a water cooled bike than a v-twin air cooled. If I am over thinking this please let me know or is there something I need to look for.
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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:24 pm

It's a 4 cylinder water cooled engine
It still generates heat just like a air cooled one.Mine runs just like a car.160-195 degrees.
Add the 4 exhaust pipes 3 inches in front of your toes.
The advantage is running slow without overheating the engine, but there still is heat.
Put on a set of foot rests out on the crash bars and cruise comfortable.

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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:53 pm

Thanks VM, thought it might be something along those lines, but as I said I'm still getting use to a water cooled bike. Thanks for the reply!
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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby seabee_ » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:21 pm

My 1200 is the same way. That's why I spend most of my riding using the highway pegs on the crash bars. I guess the heat is a good thing on those chilly rides. :D
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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:40 pm

Thanks SeaBee, I got a set of highway pegs, just need to get them install. Doing that tomorrow
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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby bwagner6 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:48 pm

Welcome to the family Bro... Anything and everything you need to know about your Wing can be found on here. I am fairly new myself and these fellas have been a great help! :D

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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:44 pm

Well, I found one of the reasons it seemed so hot when I rode, as I was fixing the battery issue (replaced dead batt) I noticed the radiator fan wasn't coming on at all. Following the troubleshooting and wires and found the fan fuse under the left side of seat was blown. I have it replaced, let ya know if thats all it was after I replace the battery later today when its not 107 in the shade outside......whew
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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:08 pm

Well, replaced the battery and fan fuse seems to have done the trick. Starter replay was stuck, due the the older weak battery I crossed the terminals for a second and then hit the starter switch and it started right up and ran good, charging good. I did go ahead and order a new starter reply (just in case).
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Re: 84 GL1200 GW Newbie

Postby demoulinjg » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:48 am

Hello, I am also new to the Goldwing community. I've been a Harley rider for some time, but decided that I wanted to make a project out of a touring bike, something that was already built for comfort. I bought an 84 GL1200 Interstate back in November and I've been completely redoing the entire bike. I'm close to finishing now and I've got to say, it doesn't look much like the original. If anyone is interested to see what I'm doing, I've been keeping a blog with photos explaining the process at crash079.blogspot.com. My goal is to be finished by the end of summer, but with my schedule, who knows. Anyway, I'm glad to be joining the community and can't wait to get this baby on the road!




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