1985 GL1200 LTD Weight


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1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:27 pm



One of the niceties of riding the '85 LTD is that I was under the impression it had a dry weight of approximately 750 lbs as advertised on lots of review/spec sites. Decided to take the bike over the scales and see for myself what the actual weight is wet. The first set of scales weighed in at 420 Kg (924 lbs - full tank of gas). After digesting this number, I took the bike to a second set of scales, the local recycling place knowing that since you get charged by weight for bringing in recycle or garbage, the scales have to be accurate. Had the bike weighed a second time at 410 Kg (902 lbs - half tank of gas). I know the 1800 is a lot heavier so I will now have to, for my peace of mind, take the 1800 over the scales as well. The '85 still "feels" lighter, maneuvers a lot easier than the 1800, and I'm still quite pleased with its performance.

Looks like you can't believe everything you read and see.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby Rednaxs60 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:27 pm

Took the 1800 out today and hit the scales. Came in at 420 Kg (924 lbs) with 1/3 full fuel tank. Same as my '85 LTD. Interesting. Cheers
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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby twocams » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:34 pm

Your not supposed to be on the bike when you weigh it . :lol:

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby kingNut » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:01 pm

twocams wrote:Your not supposed to be on the bike when you weigh it . :lol:

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I was thinking the same thing. I have never thought of weighing any bike but my LTD seems lighter than my other riding steed k1200lt. Hope that's not because of growing older.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby julimike54 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:56 am

That weight that is claimed on sites etc. might have been an Interstate model. The 'dry' weight of an Aspencade (per manual) is 728 lbs. Now you have to add oil, coolant and gas to that to get wet weight. Then on mine I have to add riders stuff always on bike to come up with a riding weight (note doesn't include me). I wonder how much more weight is added for the LTD or SEI models, they have more goodies than the Aspencade?
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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:10 am

julimike54 wrote:That weight that is claimed on sites etc. might have been an Interstate model. The 'dry' weight of an Aspencade (per manual) is 728 lbs. Now you have to add oil, coolant and gas to that to get wet weight. Then on mine I have to add riders stuff always on bike to come up with a riding weight (note doesn't include me). I wonder how much more weight is added for the LTD or SEI models, they have more goodies than the Aspencade?


The dry weight on this site http://www.1-stopcomputer.com/goldwing/ ... &Itemid=68
is 350 Kg (770 lbs). Adding gas, oil and such for another 140 lbs, who knows. I also wanted to know because there is a limit on weight because of tires (this is another subject all together). Always something to look at.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby julimike54 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:21 am

So based off of that sight mine weighs 20 lbs. less. OK what do you have stashed in yours, haha. Guess it would be interesting to find a scale around here. FYI, I just looked up the measured wet weight from a mag in '86, 805 lbs.
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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD Weight

Postby Rednaxs60 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:30 am

Had nothing in the bags except for the tool kit (weighs a ton), and I was not on it! :lol:


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