GL 1200 4 years and loving it

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GL 1200 4 years and loving it

Postby Mooseman » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:02 am

Bought the old girl in 2009 and it turned 20k on my test ride. She now has 74k and is in the garage being worked on. A new stator along with some seals and gaskets to clean up a few messy spots. Check the floats in the carbs and replace the timing belts. The bike has never let me down. Always got me home. She did loose the stator on a trip in Aug. Somewhere in Utah. Bought a 3 amp charger and a extra battery. I pulled the headlight fuse and fan fuse. Took out all the running lights except for the brake lights and headed for home. All highway stuff for the most part so overheating was no worries. Did keep an eye on that temp gauge though. So I left Blanding UT and made it to Ely NV on the two batteries. Put one on the charger and set my alarm for Midnight. Got up switched over and at 0600. I had two full batteries again. Made it to Valley Springs CA that afternoon not changing the battery till just starting over the sierra's. The bike did start getting warm thru Carson NV but stayed under what it runs on a hot day with the fan. No overheating going over the mountains either. Made it to my brothers and I left the bike there for a week. Picked it up and using freeways and highways was able to make it home with no heat problems. No garage to do repairs till the middle of last month. Now I have my tools and space to get stuff done. A man without a garage is not a pretty sight. That's my story and sticking to it.
My last wing was a 85-A that I put 75k on before selling In 90. So I knew the issues. Honda almost got it right....
I have ranted enough. You guys and gals enjoy your wings..... Mooseman

Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.

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Re: GL 1200 4 years and loving it

Postby artgrantz » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:26 am

I have gotten home with a dead alternator by asking folks at gas stations to charge up my battery with jumper cables. It's amazing how far you can go if you pull all the unnecessary fuses.

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