1987 Intertstate 1200

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1987 Intertstate 1200

Post by omegarecs » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:25 pm

Well I have a couple of things that I need info on. 1st is my wing sounds like a Harley when shifting no idea why ?? 2nd is that the bike has 31k on it and when riding it makes funny noises up front I cant really say its knocking sound. I have been told its normal. 3rd is I am trying to decide if I should sell it and get a 1500 It is a very nice bike tho I purchased it from the original Green Hornet Van Zant Williams great guy. Anyway should I also check the Timing belts?? any help with these issues would be great thanks to all and safe riding to you and yours.

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Re: 1987 Intertstate 1200

Post by st4r50 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:05 pm

Yes timing belts
No it's not supposed to knock in the front end
IDK what a harley shifting sounds like so no answer for that.
1500's are nice bikes, more power than a 12, more bag space, similar design. I've never had a 12 but I have friends that have/do and they all say the 12 has a sportier feel than the 15's. It's your call. If I was shopping for another wing I'd seriously look at another 15, no doubt about it.

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Re: 1987 Intertstate 1200

Post by seabee_ » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:07 pm

As far as the shifting, try using Delo LE or Rotella oils. It helps to quiet down the goldwing 'clunk'.
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