87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions


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87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby kc5qdf » Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:43 pm



Hey everyone, I am new to the Goldwing world. I have an 87 gl1200 aspencade. I am trying to figure out the air suspension. The bike didn't come with an owners manual. I have read most if not all of the posts on the air suspension system on this side. I think my questions are more basic. I have seen several posts that mention LCD guage that indicates the pressure of the front and rear systems. I don't see any such guage on my bike. My dash is LCD. I also have read about an "auto level" switch, I have looked all over my bike for this switch and I dont see it. Can someone help me learn the basics of operating the system. I am wondering how to tell if i have enough or too much air in the system. In the right side of the fairing I see a rocker switch that says increase and decrease and another one that says front and rear. Underneath it there is a valve like that on a tire, and a button next to it.



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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby kwild » Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:55 pm

With the key on, depress the front or rear button and hold. On the dash where your temp is shown, it should change to show the bars for your suspension. The front shows the bottom 3 bars, while the rear is shown on the upper portions.

Basically its where your temp gauge is, you just have to press and hold the buttons.
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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby kc5qdf » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:59 am

Kwild,

Thank you! Now I can see how much air my system has in it. Next question is the auto level switch that I have seen talked about here. where is it and how does it work?

Do I need to worry about changing the air pressure when I ride two up with my wife?

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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby Bob2b2 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:27 am

I am far from being an expert here, but I beleive the auto leveling is on the SEI and LTD models. And when riding solo I dont put much air in the shocks but when I got the gal on the back I do increase the pressure some in the shocks to keep them from bottoming out (dont tell her that ;) )

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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby kc5qdf » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:24 am

Bob,
Thanks for the response. So my assumption is that the auto leveling Was not available on the aspencade correct?

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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby Bob2b2 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:00 am

There is an Aspencade model and then there is an Aspencade SEI, The SEI is fuel injected with other add ons also, the plain Aspencade is carburated. Again I am no expert though, I have the carburated Aspencade and there is not an auto leveling device on it. Maybe someone on here with more knowledge can elaborate. I have had mine less than a year, but have learned a lot on here.

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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby kc5qdf » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:51 pm

Bob,
thank you for all the info. I have the version with carbs so that explains why I don't have an auto level switch.

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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby Don A » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:06 am

I've got a copy of the owners manual for that bike if you'd like me to email it to you.

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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby kc5qdf » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:05 pm

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Re: 87 GL1200 aspencade, Air suspension system questions

Postby ResDog70 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:34 pm

Hi there,

One other thing to keep in mind: If you are ever looking to use the compressor to inflate your tires, you need to set your ignition to the PARK position first. That is the ONLY setting that the compressor will run if the button is pushed.

Took me a LONG time to figure that out... I thought I just had a dead switch for the longest time.

Enjoy!




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