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Tymccall
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Motorcycle: 1985 gl1200

Newbie

Postby Tymccall » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:43 pm



I am new to the Goldwing. Bought an 85 gl1200 I need some help understanding how to use the shifter? Also does anyone have the owners manual for this bike. Only can find service manuals online.



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seabee_
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Joined: Sun May 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Location: sterling heights, mi
Motorcycle: 1985 Honda Goldwing GL1200
117k miles
1977 Kawasaki kz400
1978 Suzuki GSXr750
1980 Kawasaki GPZ400
1975 Honda CB360T

Re: Newbie

Postby seabee_ » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:02 am

What kind of info are you looking for? Shift pattern? It's 1 down 4 up, 1st being down and the rest up. What model 1200 do you have?
Paul
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1981 to 2002
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metalsmith
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Joined: Sun May 02, 2010 7:31 pm
Location: Colville Wa
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200A Aspencade

Re: Newbie

Postby metalsmith » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:39 am

Hi Newbie! Welcome to the forums from us'ns over here above Spokane.

The shift pattern is as stated above, but these 1200's seem to be a bit 'clunky' in the shift department. Some of this can be eliminated with a change of oil, some can be eliminated by technique....and it seems on mine, some just can't be eliminated. Mine shifts smoothest from first to second if I shift at a lower rpm than my other shifting. Second to third is usually pretty fair, and shifts to 4th and 5th are silent if I do it right. On my bike it seems to prefer that I shift sharply (get the full shifter travel quickly) and do so at the moment I the clutch disengages. It is all pretty quick with my foot going into action right after I grab the clutch. Even after three seasons on the bike I still get some shifts better than others. It also will vary some depending on engine/oil temperature.

I don't know on the manual, other than keeping a close watch on ebay. I have seen several on there for my 87 but did not pay attention and notice any others.

Good luck with it all and enjoy the Wing!!

tenochs
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Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Motorcycle: 1985 gl1200 limited edition

Re: Newbie

Postby tenochs » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:47 pm

I have a 1985 1200 limited edition. I have the owners manual as well. Let me know what type of questions your looking for if your wanting book answers. Also you can fine them on e-bay for around 50 dollars.
Good luck.

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seabee_
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1978 Suzuki GSXr750
1980 Kawasaki GPZ400
1975 Honda CB360T

Re: Newbie

Postby seabee_ » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:45 am

I'll dig around on my laptop. I have a bookmark for an owners manual.
Paul
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Possum51
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Location: Eatonton, Georgia
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Re: Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:25 am

Welcome to the forum, lots of good people and info here.
Rick.....

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Re: Newbie

Postby Possum51 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:30 am

Tymccall wrote:I am new to the Goldwing. Bought an 85 gl1200 I need some help understanding how to use the shifter?

Do you have just the stock shifter or does it have the heel-toe shifter? If its like mine the heel-toe shifter, you use your toe to press the front part down into first or when down shifting and use your heel for upshifting 2nd - 5th. Hope this helps.
Rick.....

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seabee_
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Joined: Sun May 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Location: sterling heights, mi
Motorcycle: 1985 Honda Goldwing GL1200
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1977 Kawasaki kz400
1978 Suzuki GSXr750
1980 Kawasaki GPZ400
1975 Honda CB360T

Re: Newbie

Postby seabee_ » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:43 am

You can find the '85 Aspencade owners manual here. They list it as a 'riders' manual. Some other goddies too.
http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/Downloads.htm


Paul
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1981 to 2002
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