Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD


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Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby fastf » Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:49 am



I would like to know is there a radio and Cd player that will mate up with the wiring on this old a bike and fit the housing or braket where the old one was. I read so many problems of the stock radio being on the frits on this old a bike or a person will order one off of ebay and it isn't much better than the one that is on the bike now.



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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby tricky » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:21 am

NO there isnt.

A company called Sierra will repair the radio based in Troy OH very good people.

I am quite happy with the radio on my bike although now I don't use it as a radio rather just to port my GPS/MP3 player through using a wired in FM adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-FM100A-M ... B0001KO7UI

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby Right Winger » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:27 pm

Save yourself the grief and send the radio to Sierra as I did last month for 100.00 they will fix it up and get it back to you in a few days. You are looking for something that don't exist .

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby fastf » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:22 pm

Thanks everyone I checked around and a
complete radio that is working is people are asking about $400.00 alot of dead presidents just to listen to the radio I also found out the intercom works tape player don't but the am radio works but no fm piddled around the other nite got the am radio working antenna was grounding out fixed it works fine just these items.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby fastf » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:53 am

Does anyone know Sierra web site so I might see if they could fix this old
radio.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:41 am

You can see all their contact info here: Sierra Electronics

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby scmoon » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:02 pm

I have a question on the subject on the radio/cassette/itercom on my 85' Aspencade.
Anyone experienced the situation where their radio / cassette plays fine through the dash speakers, but plug in headset cables and practically nothing out of the headset speakers both for driver and passenger helmets...barely hear any music and with the volume turned all the way up. Split second of volume when first plugged in and then cuts out. Obviously my first thought was a short in the cables to the headsets, but get this...the intercom works fine with minimal volume levels. So am I looking at a fault within the Panasonic unit itself??

Any ideas and/or suggestions would be appreciated.....thanks to all, especially WingAdmin for a great site to keep us new Wing owners on the road and gaining knowledge each and every day of perusing the forums. Safe Riding to all!!

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby tricky » Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:47 pm

There is a voice activated intercom system whereby when sound is recognized on the intercom the radio is muted. This can be muted by any exterior noise such as wind etc. It can be controlled by the oval knob in between the Intercom and power knobs. It is called the mute/level knob. Try adjusting the knob to see if that is the problem

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby scmoon » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:37 pm

Appreciate the thought, Tricky...but the mute knob is not making any difference that I can tell.
The headsets in the helmets were working fine a few weeks ago for music and intercom overlay / mute. I did have the deck out for the first time a short time ago to see the connections at the back and to take the top off the deck unit to clean the tape head and roller. Re-inserted fine and radio / tape deck working successfully through the dash speakers. Suggestion for any particular position for the "mute" knob?? I had always had it before at around the 10 o'clock position. Intercom is clear as a bell, but as I said, the music cuts out within a second of me going to "headset" and I can faintly hear it in the background with the volume knob turned all the way up.
I agree that the "mute" knob sounds exactly like the cause, but I am not seeing any difference no matter where I turn the dial.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby tricky » Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:49 pm

What I do usually once a year is to pull the radio and carefully bend the contacts so that they press more forcefully on the mating contacts. They tend to loosen off with all the bouncing.
Pin 3 & 5 are the headset out contacts.
Possibly clean all the contacts and plugs under the left pocket.
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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby scmoon » Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:19 pm

Thanks for the leads to solutions, Tricky.
I'll "bend & buff" those contacts as suggested, and advise of the outcome.
Have a great week!

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:27 am

fastf wrote:Thanks everyone I checked around and a
complete radio that is working is people are asking about $400.00 alot of dead presidents just to listen to the radio I also found out the intercom works tape player don't but the am radio works but no fm piddled around the other nite got the am radio working antenna was grounding out fixed it works fine just these items.

unless they can show that their $400 radio has been refurbed i don't see buying it and if having yours refurbed only cost $100 why buy the $400 radio
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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby 87wing » Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:29 pm

Good tip on the pin bending and cleaning. Mine was fine until I pulled it for inspection. Now on medium sized bumps it cuts out horribly. Will give this a try.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby dkcloud » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:40 pm

Hello All, I just joined this Forum looking for schematics for my '84 Gl1200
I could not help but notice the posts about a radio on a 1985 GL1200.
I bought a 1984 GL1200 without a radio and it had a huge gap between the instrument cluster and the steering head of my bike.
I wanted to fill the void but the local bike shop wanted way too much money for a hondaline radio so I went to walmart and bought a MP3 radio for $40.00 and put it on the bike.

I just took a 1/8" thick piece of fiberglass 11.5" X 4" and made a panel to fill the void.
Then I cut a rectangle hole in it.
I pulled back the "locks" on the metal frame that the radio slides into so I can remove the radio at any time.
I am currently working on installing a set of speakers in the fairing for the rear channels.
I can send pics of the radio in the dashboard if you want . I still have it off the bike
I chose this radio because it has no moving parts and its cheap.
It is an AM/FM/WMA/MP3 player that accept USB and SD memory cards.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby franralo » Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:18 pm

I have a question, how can i get off the radio from the dash?

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing L

Postby alanc1100 » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:20 pm

DKcloud,
Installing a mech less stereo is not the issue. It is how can we wire it into the bike's harness so that the remote on the handlebar will work in addition to the intercom.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby wyndy58 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:49 pm

Was wondering what the brand of the radio you replaced the factor one with and did you have to do anything special with the wiring? And do you have any pics of it in dash? Thanks planning on changing mine out on my 1986 GL1200 goldwing interstate.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby alanc1100 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:43 pm

Hi Wyndy,

I have not replaced the factory radio yet. It still works for now. But, I'm looking for an upgrade soon. I am working on sorting all the pins out in the factory plug. IF it works out, I plan to go with Alpine or Kenwood. Almost all brands now are putting out decent "mech-less" stereos, all media without a CD, so it makes them shorter to fit in the frame. If I am successful, I will post how I did it complete with detailed pics.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby wyndy58 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:47 pm

Thank everyone for their help... If you do change it out I would be interested in any help about it as I would like to swap out mine before riding season starts.
Thanks. Michelle

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby alanc1100 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:06 am

When/If I get it sorted out and completed, I will start a new thread and post everything. I think from the views on this thread, there are many of us that want a new stereo that works with the auto-volume and left hand tune/mute. That is my endeavor at this time.

On another note, I have been toying with the idea of using a mech-less unit that also has an input for "steering controls" which would allow the use of the factory wired remote on the bike or a wireless remote which can be mounted anywhere you want it.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby djolesiak » Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:04 am

Why don't we just pull one of our radios and send it to a manufacturer in China and have them duplicate the design and build a few thousand new ones? It seems that would be the best solution. And we can also have them make some new Honda CB's as well. We should start a list to see how many people would be interested in a brand new radio. Then we find out what the cost will be and we split it up. We can get a few spares as well. It seems the demand is there. But let's make sure first. Anyone interested should message me directly so I can start building the list.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:41 pm

djolesiak wrote:Why don't we just pull one of our radios and send it to a manufacturer in China and have them duplicate the design and build a few thousand new ones? It seems that would be the best solution. And we can also have them make some new Honda CB's as well. We should start a list to see how many people would be interested in a brand new radio. Then we find out what the cost will be and we split it up. We can get a few spares as well. It seems the demand is there. But let's make sure first. Anyone interested should message me directly so I can start building the list.


It would be tough - a lot of the parts in it are simply not made anymore. It would be far cheaper to have someone reverse engineer the connections, and then design a radio using modern circuitry that interfaces with those connections.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby djolesiak » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:07 am

I was thinking a modern version, not a cassette deck. It would be nice to work with all the existing controls including the CB and intercom yet have usb, iPod control, XM, and bluetooth. I work around a bunch of brilliant electrical engineering students that I'm sure could design something and I'm sure there are plenty of manufacturers that would be willing to take our money.

They've done it for the classic muscle cars so now it's time for our classic bikes.

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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby alanc1100 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:42 am

I'm game. I would bet those companies that make new tech stereos that look vintage would love to give it a go! If we're going to do this, let's do it right, incorporate the CB, intercom, power amp, AVC, basically all the separate components into the stereo unit and have it fit the existing frame. This would eliminate a lot of junk in the left fairing.
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Re: Changing out the old wore out radio on a 1985 goldwing LTD

Postby biggestbrian01 » Sat May 02, 2015 8:04 am

I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN IN DOING THE NEW RADIO THING. MY RADIO CRACKLES ALL THE TIME AND THE AUTO VOLUME DOESNT WORK ALL THE TIME. I THINK IT COULD BE THE CONECTORS BUT HOW DO YOU CLEAN THEM? ANY IDEAS ON THIS PROBLEM??

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