"Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate


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"Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate

Postby Ken Styles » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:56 pm



Hi,

I just want to confirm that it's ok to ride with the over drive light on...

That simply means it's in 5th gear right??



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Re: "Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:36 pm

Yup......................

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Re: "Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:44 pm

Is you bike a 96 Gl1500 or a 86 Gl1200...
Just curious
Or do you have both.?
My 88 Gl1500....I can leave it in "OD" all the way down to around 800 RPM at near 20 MPH.....Dip around the corner intersection....Ease the throttle and pull right back to the speed limit.
Talk about torque...It doesn't even complain.... :D :D

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Re: "Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:47 am

Ask ask another person,get a different answer.
Some say not to use OD till your above 60 mph.

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Re: "Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate

Postby Ken Styles » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:48 am

It's an 86 insterstate.

I just wanted to makes sure that I wasn't missing a button that will make it ride in 5th in a regular mode.

I know in a car overdrive is a high rev mode.

So I just wanted to make sure I can ride with this light on cruising on the highway for long periods of time.
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Re: "Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate

Postby dingdong » Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:08 am

OD is just a 5th gear indicator. Ride with it in OD just don't lug the engine.

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Re: "Overdrive Light" 1986 Interstate

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:27 pm

Overdrive technically means that the transmission is actually increasing the rotational speed of the output compared to the engine, instead of reducing it.

For instance, on the 1982 GL1100, here are the gear ratios:

1st: 2.50
2nd: 1.67
3rd: 1.29
4th: 1.07
5th: 0.91

So in first gear, the engine turns 2.5 times in order for the output shaft to turn once. This is a low gear. In fourth gear, the engine turns 1.07 times for the output shaft to turn once - which is almost 1:1. However, in fifth gear, the engine turns only 0.91 of the way around for the output shaft to make a full revolution, so the output shaft is actually rotating faster than the engine. This is overdrive.




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