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Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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Sshough01
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Motorcycle: 1986 gl1200 interstate

Back on the road

Postby Sshough01 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:02 pm



I have posted a few questions on here lately as I purchased a 1986 gl 1200 interstate. It has been stored for the past 7 years which caused more issues than I anticipated. Well after rebuilding the heads, new timing belts, new carbs with kits, a new gas tank, and loses of polishing and cleaning I took it for its first ride the evening. Seems to run smooth and shift good. I still need to work on air ride suspension and either bleed the rear brakes or rebuild the master but it was nice to finally go down the road



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twocams
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Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 Aspencade, 2003 K1200GT BMW, 1969 R69S BMW
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Re: Back on the road

Postby twocams » Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:03 am

Its nice to see so many of these nice old 1200s getting a new lease on life. Including mine. 8-)

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Rusty Bike
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Location: New castle, PA
Motorcycle: 86 GL1200 SEi, 78 Yamaha XS750SE, 86 Honda XL125, 4.5 HP belt drive Minibike my dad built, foot clutch!

Re: Back on the road

Postby Rusty Bike » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:29 pm

Looks good Ss, nice work. That Kentucky chrome polish works wonders. I am also reincarnating a 86 SEi. It is a beauty but too much electronic crap on it. I almost wish I'd bought an Interstate. I have been watching bikes on the road for a while around here. We are having an early spring. Not many 4 cylinder Goldwings have been seen locally. The market is flooded with Harley's. When I get this bike straighten out they will be seeing a Goldwing tail light! 0))))---------------->

Sshough01
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Location: Houston, tx
Motorcycle: 1986 gl1200 interstate

Re: Back on the road

Postby Sshough01 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:05 pm

Good luck. Mine looks good and runs go but I still have work to do. Rear brakes still need help. Tha air suspension works but leaks so while it will pump up it goes back to zero quickly. No original controls. Just an on off switch. No radio so looking for options there but to me those are the fun stuff to work on. Pulling carbs, heads, and gas tank was not much fun. I had to remove the entire back half of the bike just to replace that gas tank. Anyway thanks and good luck with yours!

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julimike54
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Location: Euless, Texas
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200A original owner
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Re: Back on the road

Postby julimike54 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:28 pm

Glad to hear you're going forward on your project. Not sure but the air compressor I thought was stock on Aspy, not Interstate, you might be dealing with aftermarket system?

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Sshough01
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Motorcycle: 1986 gl1200 interstate

Re: Back on the road

Postby Sshough01 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:46 pm

That might explain no controls. Both front and rear shocks have an air fitting. The compressor looks like made for the bike but was just laying in the bottom of left fairing compartment. And after market switch and a radiator drain petcock was used to bleed off the pressure. The air hoses were disconnect and simply looped back to close off the circuit. The compressor works and airs up the rear quickly but doesn't hold pressure. Could be any of the fittings plus not sure how it is supposed to be plumbed

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geraldm
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Location: pumphandle Saskatchewan ,Canada
Motorcycle: 86 gl1200 Aspencade

Re: Back on the road

Postby geraldm » Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:12 pm

The way I understood it is the people in charge of what is sold or not in the US. who ever that is decided that the air ride system was considered dangerous and could not be sold on the interstate for US sales . the Aspencade is the Canadian version of the interstate and was allowed to have the air ride for sale in Canada and probably other countries as well . Just what I read.




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