Looking for GL1200 mechanic


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JimInNY
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Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby JimInNY » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:26 pm



Can anyone recommend a GL1200 mechanic in the hudson valley ny/ westchester/ n.w. connecticut area? I just want someone to give my new acquisition the once-over, and I dont trust the local honda dealer. Thanks in advance!
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virgilmobile
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Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
Previously owned
78 GL1000
81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:58 pm

Not trying to be a smart ass from Louisiana(I'm from N.Y.)but I'll give it a once over without even seeing it. :shock:
Replace the timing belts..The best $50 spent to protect that $5000 bike.If one breaks,you got a $200 parts bike. :(
Flush all the brake and clutch fluid with new Dot 5.Mighty vac time... :)
Replace the tires if they even look questionable or are marked over 5 years old. :geek:
Besides that and eyeballing the brake pad material,how does it run? :D

JimInNY
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Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby JimInNY » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:49 am

The previous owner told me he had just replaced the belts, and the tires are new. The rear brake seems a little mushy, but she stops ok. There seems to be a little dip in the power curve when taking off from a stop, but otherwise it rides well for a 28 year old cycle with 33K on the clock.

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virgilmobile
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Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
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81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:35 am

Mushy feel brakes are probably normal.there's lots of rubber hose there.
Flush them to remove any accumulated moisture.
If the hesitation is just above idle and not in the 1500-2500 rpm range,look at the accelerator pump on the carb.It probably dosent work.
If you absolutely trust the word about the timing belts then your good to ride.
If there's even a hint of doubt about the belts being new,change them, there cheap.
It really sounds like you got a nice bike.
One last thing,look to the left of the battery,there are 3 yellow wires.I suggest that they be soldered directly together.It is prone to corrosion and charging problems.

JimInNY
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Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby JimInNY » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:21 pm

Thanks for the info!

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tech1
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Location: East Moline IL
Motorcycle: 1986 Goldwing 1200 SE-i Aspencade
2009 audo comfort
GL1800

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby tech1 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:54 pm

Hello
I am curious Why don't you trust your local dealer technician?
Tech1

JimInNY
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Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby JimInNY » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:37 am

Hi Tech,
I'm new to this area, and when I went to my local Honda dealer even before I acquired the bike, I really didn't like the vibe I got from the guys behind the counter. I've been burned mightily by dealers before, (to be fair, not honda dealers), and was looking for someone who specializes in older wings.

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virgilmobile
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Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:39 pm
Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
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81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:49 pm

According to the stats..there are some 40,000 members of this site.Combined,I guess you could call us the specialist for older wings. :mrgreen:

JimInNY
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Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby JimInNY » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:46 pm

And that, is exactly why I asked the question here. Who better to point me in the right direction!

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virgilmobile
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Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
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82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:10 pm

Ah Ha.
There's the motive.trying to get free advice huh!!!
Knowing that we don't charge a consultation fee.
Sneaky you are,gone to the dark side you have. :roll:
It sounded better when I used my Yoda voice. :lol:
By the way,were glad to help.

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tech1
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Motorcycle: 1986 Goldwing 1200 SE-i Aspencade
2009 audo comfort
GL1800

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby tech1 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:31 pm

ok I understand
I let a local dealer replace my rear brakes when he mounted the tires for me and he left bolts loose on the front calipers of my Silverwing. I found it and tightened them back up.
It happens. I do my own repairs now
I work my friends bike too. If passing through and need help and are in the Illinois Iowa Quad Cities area and in need of help I can and will.
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SilverDave
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Location: Langley, BC
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 GoldWing Aspy

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby SilverDave » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:40 pm

Welcome to the forum :
as long as you MIGHT be looking at that 3-pronged plug, you might try three things, as you cut the three yellow wires, before hard soldering them, and shrink wrapping them :
A. The three part stator test :
here :
http://iwing.org/Tech%20info/testingstator.htm
and third post here :
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/93011.html

B. Think about adding an Electrical Connections stator wiring harness :
all of the iffy connections replaced, double fused, larger gauge wire , and hot wires going to the coils , too..
Check here :

http://www.electricalconnection.com/wir ... charge.htm

You could probably make it yourself, for less than the $50... but there is also the running around time too..
In any case, I found it the best $50 I have ever spent on my GL1200..I have had no charging electrical problems since installing it, about 10 years ago.


C. Replace the %$#@&*% dogbone fuse ASAP with a regular blade auto fuse :
You should look for a waterproof ( marine quality ? ) fuse holder, and install it across the dogbone fuse terminals...


Enjoy your FCW, and keep the shiny side up !!

SilverDave

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firstwing85
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Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 Limited Edition
1983 V65 Magna

Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby firstwing85 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:46 pm

SilverDave wrote:Welcome to the forum :

http://www.electricalconnection.com/wir ... charge.htm

You could probably make it yourself, for less than the $50... but there is also the running around time too..
In any case, I found it the best $50 I have ever spent on my GL1200..I have had no charging electrical problems since installing it, about 10 years ago.

SilverDave


tried your link for the wiring harness and it seemed to be broken but I think this is the one you were talking about.
correct me if I'm wrong.
http://www.electricalconnection.com/wir ... charge.htm
PS. I am ordering one of these for my bike.
Johan

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SilverDave
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Re: Looking for GL1200 mechanic

Postby SilverDave » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:32 pm

Yep...thats it.... get out your shrink wrap, and good wire Solder, and away you go...

a great addition to any GL1200 !!! Worth every penny !

As an additional note, once you have your bike running again, and every soldered connection checks out, the engineer at Electrical Connections told me you can set your spark gap " hotter" up to 50 thou... I run mine at 45 thou... and it is supposed to give you 3 extra horse power ( Be still my heart!!! )

For another $20, and probably shipped in same envelope... this device is also pretty cool :
http://www.electricalconnection.com/audio/fa.htm


( Probably part # 04105 for fairing mount )


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