Back into Goldwing riding


Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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twocams
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Back into Goldwing riding

Postby twocams » Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:26 pm



Im new to your forum but had a 1984 Interstate for 12 yrs. Sold it in 1996 cause it was to big to to carry around in the back of my truck plus towing my 32 ft. travel trailer. When I went to work for a railroad subcontractor. As we traveled to 6 different states in 8 yrs. So I bought an 84 R100RT (1000 cc) BMW. Have been riding several of them ever since. So I have been out of the loop as far as Wings for several yrs now.

I stopped to see a friend yesterday, I grew up with . I have known for 50 yrs. We were talking about bikes and he said he had an 85 Aspencade in his garage he hadn't road for about 5 yrs. Interested in selling I said? Sure why not. Looks like a nice bike with just the usual 5 yrs of dust under a bike cover. He had an alt. conversion put on it but had stopped charging one day and had to have it flat bedded home. No electrical experience he just let it sit. Says it has about 35,000 miles on it. So I had to know what was the price? About $1500, I said ill give you $1200. After scratching his bald head, we shock hands on $1200.
I guess my main question is what kind of alternator conversions are there/ He said something about being behind the timing belt cover? When I replaced the alternator on my 84 Wing I had, I just went out and bought a new one. But that was around 1993. I figured $1200 was a fair price and now retired what else is a old man going to do? Oh ya, finish my 1969 R69S BMW restro first.
So any information good or bad for an old winger?
Richard
Grants Pass, Oregon



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Re: Back into Goldwing riding

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:21 pm

First, welcome to the forum and congrats on your new to you Wing. Sounds like you got a good one.
With a 30 year old Wing, there is probably a lot that you should check. There are a lot of How-To's available here in case you forgot along the way.
Of course, if you have any questions, there are a lot of people here willing & able to help.
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Re: Back into Goldwing riding

Postby twocams » Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:31 pm

Thanks NVSB4, See if I can get her started one of these days soon. First, have to get her this Sat.

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Re: Back into Goldwing riding

Postby dingdong » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:41 am

The conversions use an automotive alternator. The first thing to do is take it to a shop and have it tested. The problem may be elsewhere.
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Re: Back into Goldwing riding

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:40 am

twocams wrote:I guess my main question is what kind of alternator conversions are there


Richard, sorry I missed this question.
There is an hour long video here showing what is involved in doing the "Poorboy" alternator conversion that is probably the most popular.


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