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Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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New to Goldwings

Postby maypo1960 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:52 pm

After riding a CB750 for over 20 years I finally decided to buy a Goldwing. Last fall I found an 84 Aspy in reasonable shape, handled well, needs some carb work. (Bad high idle speed trouble) I still managed to ride Aspy home and decided that this spring/summer she would be my project. Last week my Uncle (who's 85 gl1200 LTD I had alway admired) was GIVEN to me. Yes, Given. At 78 he's hanging up his helmet and gonna ride his rocker he says. So, anyhow , now I have 2 GL1200's that need attention and after 20 years of doing my own work on an 82 CB, I dont even know where to start. All the farings and luggage are quite daunting. The mech stuff i get, but I don't know how to start removing all the bling. First thing up is brake pedal. I already know that the pedal controls both frnt and rear calipers, but i cant even SEE my calipers, yet alone bleed them. The LTD is a "Wingleader" btw someone told me thats the highest level of factory dress. I don't doubt it, I can barely get to my valve stems to check TP. Anyhow , hello to all, you're gonna see me a lot, lol, and can someone suggest a manual that will explain the removal of trim and body as well as mech info. Or alternately can someone at least get me started in removing front fender and rear luggage to get to calipers.

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Re: New to Goldwings

Postby redial » Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:39 am

Welcome, Maypo.

Across the top of your initial screen, there is a subject titled "How-to-Articles", if you click on that, and find the 1200 topics, you should have a head start. I dont know if it covers your issue as a topic, but if you look at some similar areas, like "de rusting the fuel tank", as a preliminary it may have the lead-in of removing the tupperware.

When you get stuck, ask, and I am sure someone with 1200 experience will contribute answer(s). Enjoy your GW.
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Re: New to Goldwings

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:10 am

hello maypo, welcome to the board. see if you can find a 90 degree valve stem extension ( I carry one on my 1200 wing ) it will make checking and adding air to the tires easier. if you get new tires installed have the shop replace your valve stems with the 90 degree ones
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Re: New to Goldwings

Postby maypo1960 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:49 pm

Thanks to all who replied , the 90 degree valve stem is genius!

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Re: New to Goldwings

Postby julimike54 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:19 am

Just an FYI..."Wingleader" isn't factory, big aftermarket brand.
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Re: New to Goldwings

Postby sportsfreaked » Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:22 pm

Welcome to the site. You will enjoy the 85 Limited Edition. I have one and love it. If you see this post please read my post for help. I need some info that is easy to get. Thanks and again welcome plenty of good people on here that are always willing to help! Ed

Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!

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