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New To Goldwings

Postby flatwing » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:03 pm



Hey Guys, Have been Lurking ,I Believe This is My First Post?
Thanks For Having Me. Was Wondering About Advice &Some Tips To The 1200's , Like Rpm's Taking Off & Running Thru Gears!
Also any tips About The Character Of This Engine! This bike I Bought Is A 1984 Honda Goldwing Aspencade w/ 70k Miles! Seems To Have Been Well Taken Care Of. Has Had Stator Hard Wired Already! Tires Were Replaced Last Fall Per PO. He was Told By His PO The Timing belts Were Changed Recently! I wonder About How High To Run Rpms w/o Hurting engine. I Don't want to abuse& also Don't Want To Lug Either!!
Thanks For Allowing Me To Ramble On! Sorry If To Long winded!
Thanks for Your Time In advance
James



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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby tricky » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:56 am

Economical Shifting:
1 to 2 12mph
2 to 3 19mph
3 to 4 25mph
4 to OD 31mph

Shifting down
OD to 4 25mph
4 to 3 19mph

If engine Lugs shift down do not lug
Do not exceed 6500RPM when running engine without load, serious engine damage may result

If you want a screamer a crotch rocket is for you :)

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby flatwing » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:06 pm

Thanks Tricky For Your Time.
But Isn't That straight Out of The Owners Manual? I Was actually looking For Real Life Shifting!
Is There Anyone Here Who shifts At Those Rpm's ?
If I Had wanted A Screamer, I Would Have Bought One!
I wasn't asking about How To shift On a Crotch Rocket!
Thanks :D

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:31 pm

I like to keep my engine at around 3,000-3,500 RPM in normal riding, except on the highway, when the RPM is dictated by your speed.

When I first got my Wing, I tended to lug the engine a bit much, because of the large displacement and all the low-end torque, but as I got to learn it better and better, I realized that it really does best at higher RPM, and does not like being lugged.

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:47 pm

my 1200 wing is happy from 2200 rpm on up
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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby flatwing » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:23 pm

Thanks Guy's
Thats what I wondering about. Do You All Have a certain Rpm That You like To run It to Taking Off In first Or do you just Let bike Adjust It!
Thanks Again Guy's
Sorry To be Such A Newb
James

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:37 pm

Depends. If I want to have some fun, I'll run it up to 5,000 or so. If I'm being sensible and conserving gas, I'll shift at around 3,000 or so.

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:57 am

So thinking about this thread this morning as I rode into work, I watched my tach while shifting in normal traffic (i.e. not on the highway). I shifted normally, as I usually would, without thinking about the engine speeds.

Almost universally, I found that I upshifted at 3,500 RPM, and downshifted at 3,000 RPM.

It may be different with the different gearing in the 1200, but for my 1100, that's what seems to work well.

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby flatwing » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:29 am

Thanks WingAdmin,
Seems As Though I'm Starting To get More Used To (Brownie) We Are Starting To Bond! Iguess We Just Have To get Used To each other. At First It Felt Strange To Go Past 2800 rpm's Up shifting. Now I'm noticing 3400 & 3500 No Problems.
Thanks For all Your Help & All Who Replied!
Nice Site Ya Got Here.
James

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby jap4lvr » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:03 am

WingAdmin wrote:Almost universally, I found that I upshifted at 3,500 RPM, and downshifted at 3,000 RPM.

That is about exactly what I do. I have never thought about where to shift any vehicle ever. It should just come naturally after driving for a little while. You should be able to feel what the engine likes. If you shift at 2500 and it feels like is has no power there or is struggling when you shift then you shifted to early.
I am new to these honda engines but there is no way that rpm's are going to hurt them.

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:15 am

I have more than once missed an upshift during hard acceleration on my 1100 - and ended up between gears (effectively in neutral), and not realized it until the engine was screaming above 10,000 rpm. I know I have had my bike above redline this way (in neutral, not under load) for a brief moment at least 2-3 times until I reacted and closed the throttle. There is no rev limiter on 1100's. It never seemed to complain, and the valves were never damaged.

I have had my bike NEAR redline while accelerating under load (1st or 2nd gear) a few times as well, and it just goes without problem or complaint.

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Re: New To Goldwings

Postby kamirider » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:02 pm

3000 to3500 rpm seams to be the norm for me. Though I found that my 1100 didn't seam to mind 9000rpm once in a while. With the 1200 I find that the shift points really haven't changed and yes I do run the rpm up once in a while with no problems.




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