85 LTD


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85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:21 pm



So gents, yesterday I bought an 85 LTD. 85000 km, runs and drives good, definitely more oomph than my 86 carb version, looks great, no cracks in plastic pieces, no oil leaks, the only thing I need to replace is the trunk reflector center piece, it's cracked, PO backed into something in the garage while moving it around.
The voltage when running is 13.6, I thought a bit low since I was reading on this forum that 14+ is where it should be. The connector has been removed and hardwired. Hope this lower value is not an issue.
It has the CB option, intercom with 2 helmets, all controls work, has the tool bag, owners manual and 3 travel bags that have never been used.
Haven't got the bike in my posession yet, but will within the week. PO even offered to drive it to my place to deliver it when weather permits.
Will do a good clean first, replace the timing belts, air filter, oil filter and change and rear diff oil.
Cannot wait to get it.



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Re: 85 LTD

Postby Rednaxs60 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:31 pm

Congratulations on your new purchase, bought mine last October and have done a lot of maintenance on it including the stator-reg/rec wiring. I find mine to read 13.7 VDC when cruising on the highway as well. I'm going to compare the OEM dash voltmeter with the Battery Tender voltmeter that plugs in where the battery tender wiring is. As long as it is consistent, it's a great indicator. When the reading starts to change, that is when you might want to do some investigation.

Enjoy your new ride. Cheers
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Re: 85 LTD

Postby twocams » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:03 pm

I think a lot of that has to do with a good strong fully charged battery. Wont need or take more volts to keep it charged up. So Im thinkin 13.6 is good.

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Re: 85 LTD

Postby Rusty Bike » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:16 pm

Congratulations, I bought an 86 SEi a few weeks ago. Mine needs a little TLC but is clean and well kept. You got all the candy with yours. Are you the second owner? Great bikes, I hope...Do you need the 84-87 Manual? I am going to end up with two of them. Good luck with your new bike...Rusty

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Re: 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:11 pm

The fellow I bought from had purchased it from the second owner. The second owner put few miles on the bike and due to injury at work couldn't ride anymore and then sold it to the fellow I purchased it from. This current owner started a business and he put on less than 1000 km over the two years he had it, but riding wasn't going to be their thing due to the new business, so they decided to part with it. The original owner put on the majority of the miles. I guess I would be the fourth owner.
Saw the ad on Friday, replied quickly and Saturday morning bright and early before work, I drove the 1 hr to have a look and give it a good ride. It was sunny and dry but cold. Liked it, agreed on price and deal was done.
This bike is the fourth LTD I looked at over the past month and it is by far in the best shape with lowest km, and with all the toys to boot. What a shame that some of these bikes out there are so neglected.
I have a Honda Shop manual, electronic version, but not sure if it covers the LTD.
I also have the Clymer manual 84-87 and it covers the LTD.
So not sure which manual you are talking about specifically. is there a Honda LTD shop manual?

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Re: 85 LTD

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:20 pm

Agree with your sentiment that it is a shame that these older bikes get neglected, but these can be brought back with a little elbow grease so to speak. Mine has 117,000 Kms on it and it operates quite nicely.

The OEM service manual provides information for all 1200s. I find the OEM service manual and the Haynes/Clymer manuals complement each other. The other manuals that are extremely useful are the 1985 GL1200 Electrical troubleshooting Manual and the Supplement. Have used all four for the maintenance I did on my '85 LTD this winter.

You can download the supplement from this web site:
https://www.hightail.com/download/ZWJYM ... VW5tcXRVag

Ride Safe! Enjoy!
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Re: 85 LTD

Postby Rusty Bike » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:15 pm

@ Rednaxs60 . Thanks for that link. I just downloaded the Honda Parts list for my SEi. I bought all the other manuals in book form. I much prefer hard copy when working in the garage. I want the book beside the job. The manual I will have two of is the GL1200 84-87. This covers most of the LTD but not the fuel injection. There may be a supplement for that as there is for my SEi.

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Re: 85 LTD

Postby tbeiler » Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:57 pm

Hey Rednax, thanks for the link, much appreciated.

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Re: 85 LTD

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:35 am

Checked out the charging system. Checked the charging voltage with a battery tender plug in and multimeter. When the OEM dash voltmeter registers 13.7 V, the battery tender and multimeter register 14.3 V. This started after I did the stator-reg/rec wire soldering. Not too concerned as long as the reading stays consistent, but will monitor.

Also have a lot of static on the radio circuit when it is shut down, Checked the schematics and found that the audio and voltmeter share same input wire. Going to look into separating these two items.

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