Goldwing 1200 durability


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Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:23 pm



Hi all.

I am a new owner of a GL1200A -1986 used for 42000 miles. When reading on a forum like this great forum do i get a feeling that there is alot of problems with these bikes. Or is it just me getting paranoid :)

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:23 pm

As with any machine,there will be weak points.
Once identified and corrected,they are as reliable as you maintain them.
Tend to know issues ,eg charging,switches,timing belts on a yearly scheduled mantainence and there just fine.
Treat the bike just like your car.When it needs fixing,get it done.
I've never had a 30 year old machine that didn't need something.
Even the sewing machine needed oiling one in a while.

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:25 pm

virgilmobile wrote:As with any machine,there will be weak points.
Once identified and corrected,they are as reliable as you maintain them.
Tend to know issues ,eg charging,switches,timing belts on a yearly scheduled mantainence and there just fine.
Treat the bike just like your car.When it needs fixing,get it done.
I've never had a 30 year old machine that didn't need something.
Even the sewing machine needed oiling one in a while.


You have a point there, thanks for answer :)

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:44 pm

I agree with what Virgil wrote. If a person bought one of these new, and kept it to the present day and maintained it properly, I see no reason why a 1200 won't last indefinitely.

I believe most of the problem GL1200's we all read and write about are those which have changed hands many times through the years, and which have either fallen into neglect by way of sitting long periods of time or have just not had regular maintenance performed on them over their lifetime.

Regular maintenance, combined with being ridden on a fairly regular basis is what gives these motorcycles long life, in my opinion. Sitting is probably the worst thing that can happen to them if sustained proper operation is expected.

A neglected machine can be restored. It just takes time, skill and some money. The amount of each depends on how far the neglect has been allowed to advance before restoration begins.
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:47 pm

Are parts a issue for the 1200?

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:09 pm

Generally no.even the oddball 1200 with "no longer avaiable" parts can be fitted with different year model parts,such as the electronic speed pulse module.Someone found a different bike that uses the same part.
Even the TPS sensor on the fuel injected model has a car retrofit part that works.
There's always Ebay,Bike parts supplier and junk yards too.Some are listed on this site under "Vendors".
What bike do you have?

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:11 pm

I have a GL1200A -1986, 42000 miles.

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Fredrik, Sweden

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:21 pm

Probably the most trouble free of all he 1200's.
Basic setup.Carbs,spark and go.
Absolutely keep it running.New timing belts every other time you change the rear wheel.
Tend to the charging system.If you must,solder all the connections related to the stator and regulator.Add the regulator relay modification and put on a digital voltmeter.

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:16 am

virgilmobile wrote:Probably the most trouble free of all he 1200's.
Basic setup.Carbs,spark and go.
Absolutely keep it running.New timing belts every other time you change the rear wheel.
Tend to the charging system.If you must,solder all the connections related to the stator and regulator.Add the regulator relay modification and put on a digital voltmeter.


New belts every second tire change?That's a bit extreme unless you're getting 40 k out of a back tire.8 years or 80 k that is kind of a general rule of thumb for these bikes is almost being overly cautious IMHO.Driveline splines on the other hand should be lubed(Moly 60) at the very least every other tire change.

PS. Something most people don't realize is that the 1800 has had more major issues than all the other models put together.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby oldishwinger » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:41 pm

I have a 86 aspy, brought about 8 years ago, with 23000 miles, and it really is all about maintenance, Mine had a myriad
of minor headaches caused by PO but now at 80,000 miles she has given me a lot of fantastic trouble free rides,
with more to come.

good luck with your ride.

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby artgrantz » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:09 am

I went to Alaska from Pennsylvania on my GL1200. It had 145,000 miles on it when I started the trip and never gave a thought to having any problems, and I was right. I sold it with 175,000 miles on it, to a local guy. That was 6 years ago and it's stil going strong.
You needn't worry.

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:05 am

Thanks for all great advice and answers, wish i could get my Wing to the states and visit all your nice places :)

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:37 am

Also, keep in mind that the messages posted here (or on any forum) are not representative of the owners of the particular bike in general. People who have GL1200's that are working perfectly don't come on to post "hey, guess what, my bike is working great, no problems!" The people who post messages are usually those who are having problems. So if you read the messages and think, "wow, seems like everyone is having problems!" - keep in mind, it's not necessarily representative.

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:12 am

WingAdmin wrote:Also, keep in mind that the messages posted here (or on any forum) are not representative of the owners of the particular bike in general. People who have GL1200's that are working perfectly don't come on to post "hey, guess what, my bike is working great, no problems!" The people who post messages are usually those who are having problems. So if you read the messages and think, "wow, seems like everyone is having problems!" - keep in mind, it's not necessarily representative.


I totally agree with you. But i must acually say, my bike works great. :D

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby Right Winger » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:41 am

I have to admit My 1200s have been trouble free . The 84 Aspy i've had since 1990 And the LTD since 2010 . The LTD had the tipicle stator delima when I purchased it . But after that it's been trouble free . I am starting to have problems with the Aspy from not riding it enough .

Hate to say I might have to let her go soon because the way I work these day I barely have time to ride ONE bike not to mention two . I only work five blocks from where I live . When I do ride either one they make me feels as if they are bullit proof

But like said above proper maintnance is the key to durability on just about any maching

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:33 am

before you say 1200 wings are problematic think of how old your wing is. if you were driving a 1986 cage you would be doing maintenance on it or looking to get rid of it
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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby Right Winger » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:42 am

I remember back in 82 I owned an Aspencade ( first year for the Aspy ) and I had every light that Drag made for it and never had a stator problem with it . Now everybody complains of not enough power and PoorBoy conversions .

I have almost as many lights and accessories on my 84 right now and never had a problem . Go figure :roll:

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:58 am

detdrbuzzard wrote:before you say 1200 wings are problematic think of how old your wing is. if you were driving a 1986 cage you would be doing maintenance on it or looking to get rid of it


I have since i bought it a couple of weeks ago changed all fluids, and i mean all, lubed the splines on the driveshaft and rearwheel. I made a compressiontest and got 170 Psi on all cylinders. Now am i waiting for new belts and airfilter. Dont think i can do so much more ;)

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby rzaugg » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:02 pm

Another thing that you could do, as a preventative maintenance item, would be to use a fuel treatment occasionally. Red Line, or Sea Foam are a couple of popular brand names. Doesn't sound like you need it, but you might be surprised. It can only help and cannot really hurt. If only to get you better fuel economy. A lot of guys say every other tank of gas they would add it.

You're gonna have Lots of Fun

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:56 am

rzaugg wrote:Another thing that you could do, as a preventative maintenance item, would be to use a fuel treatment occasionally. Red Line, or Sea Foam are a couple of popular brand names. Doesn't sound like you need it, but you might be surprised. It can only help and cannot really hurt. If only to get you better fuel economy. A lot of guys say every other tank of gas they would add it.

You're gonna have Lots of Fun


I have used a gastreatment already, but the Seafoam that i belive is the best is not available in Sweden..:(

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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:10 am

There is a "Chevron" product called "Techron" that is one (maybe THE) of the best fuel system cleaners I've ever used. I'll add a link that tells all about it. It is the only product I've ever added to my fuel, that is sold as a fuel system cleaner that seems to do exactly what it is advertised to do.

http://www.techron.com/

There are other products that can be used, but aren't sold for that purpose, that work well too. They can do a lot of harm if used in too concentrated of a mixture... so I'll keep those to myself :-)
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Re: Goldwing 1200 durability

Postby fredrikrosen » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:06 pm

HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:There is a "Chevron" product called "Techron" that is one (maybe THE) of the best fuel system cleaners I've ever used. I'll add a link that tells all about it. It is the only product I've ever added to my fuel, that is sold as a fuel system cleaner that seems to do exactly what it is advertised to do.

http://www.techron.com/

There are other products that can be used, but aren't sold for that purpose, that work well too. They can do a lot of harm if used in too concentrated of a mixture... so I'll keep those to myself :-)


Thanks for the information, unfortunately does not Chevron exist on the Swedish or i dont think on the EU market at all. We have Red Line products that is from US and other euro brands.




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