Redline on GL1200


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Redline on GL1200

Postby DoorCountyWI » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:54 pm



Hi all,
I have a question about my 86 Aspencade that I bought last week. At what RPM does the engine hit its redline? My last bike was much smaller so obviously the shifting points are quite different than I am used to. Hope this doesn't sound like a dopey question!



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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:42 pm

AT 7500 RPM...I found that it rarely needed to go there...Mine would flatten out on the power curve just above 5k...I'd just shift and go again.

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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby harvey01 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:29 am

Doesn't the tachometer have a red line at about 7500 RPMS. Normally this is part of the tach. If yours doesn't, that seems strange to me.
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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby DoorCountyWI » Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:38 am

It has a digital readout so there is no visible frame of reference.

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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:20 am

DoorCountyWI wrote:Hi all,
I have a question about my 86 Aspencade that I bought last week. At what RPM does the engine hit its redline? My last bike was much smaller so obviously the shifting points are quite different than I am used to. Hope this doesn't sound like a dopey question!


As mentioned, redline is 7,500 RPM. There is a red bar underneath the digital readout that will show up when you hit 6,500 RPM, and at 7,500 RPM it starts to flash:

GL1200 Aspencade Digital Tachometer
GL1200 Aspencade Digital Tachometer

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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:34 am

Red line..Your right about them being different for different bikes.I think my 88 red lined at 6500.It likes to run between 3-5K.Plenty of torque there.
My old KZ 900 was around 11500.
2 gears to 90mph..1/4 mile.What a rush.Did that once then sold it.The Officer wasn't impressed at all.
Especially when I mentioned that I has 3 more gears to go.

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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby SilverDave » Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:23 pm

It is a fairly elaborate joke, I think , by the Honda engineers .
A Digital tach, unlike a mechanical tach, has no easy place where one can draw the physical orange / red LINES.

Instead, on the Digital Aspy display , at 6500rpm, a bright red light , a "Red Line " comes on, aimed right at your eyes... .......WOW !!

Startling , to say the least.. and hard to ignore .

and if you continue , this changes to a flashing "Red Line " at 7500 rpm.

Cute !!... and a nice solution to the red line problem, on a digital dash .

( I suppose they could have put a rev limiter circuit in instead ... but the Red Line still works after 30 years ...)

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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:40 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Red line..Your right about them being different for different bikes.I think my 88 red lined at 6500.It likes to run between 3-5K.Plenty of torque there.
My old KZ 900 was around 11500.
2 gears to 90mph..1/4 mile.What a rush.Did that once then sold it.The Officer wasn't impressed at all.
Especially when I mentioned that I has 3 more gears to go.


I remember when I first got my GSX-R750, thinking; "This thing is so powerful, so fast, I will never need to get beyond third gear!"

I was wrong. It had six gears, and after a few wide-open, license-shredding blasts in top gear, it was time to sell it as well. :)

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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby jamie f » Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:54 pm

now that i know what that red line is on bottom of digital cluster,i'll have to see if i can get it to light up,,just to verify it works of course...

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Re: Redline on GL1200

Postby DoorCountyWI » Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:57 pm

Thank you so much for all the helpful (and often humerous!) responses. The help that I have received from this community makes me even more excited to be a new Goldwing owner!




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