Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade


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rcno33
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Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:16 am



Hey, everyone--

I've been riding for over 30 years now and literally can't remember all of the bikes I've owned. After vibrating myself into numbness on my other bike (a Harley)--and suffering frequent vibration-related electrical problems that have gone with it, I recently picked up a 1984 GL1200A.

My first test-ride was a dream; this is the largest bike I've ridden yet, but I felt like I was born to ride this bike. Balance is perfect; riding position is very comfortable. I just registered it yesterday so that it can become my new commuter-mobile next week.

One obstacle remains in the way: the rear brakes need work. Wish me luck as I sort that out today.

Ride safely, everyone--and happy Independence Day!

~RC



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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:21 pm

I gave it a good bath and then took a "shake-down cruise". A nice, smooth ride once I pumped up the air pressures a bit. Overall, I think this bike is looking pretty good, but there are a few squawks:

1. The rear brake caliper assembly seems to be completely frozen up. It'll probably be easier to replace the whole thing--any good leads on used parts? (Or, I'll surf eBay and Craig's List, I guess.)

2. The speedometer registers "0". I understand from a friend of mine with an '85 Aspencade that this is probably the Box Assembly down on the wheel hub. Ditto above--need to locate parts! (Or, does anyone have any other tips/ideas for this problem?)

3. The bike is running somewhat rough, which I'm going to attribute to bad gas until I can run out the tank. If not that, it probably needs a tune-up.

~RC

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby fastf » Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:28 pm

If you have the time and know how you could rebuild the rear brakes.Ebay is gonna be your man as far as rear brake parts .Your speed sensor you may be correct as far as bad again Ebay .Run a can of Seafoam in the tank and run the tank out and put a fresh tank full you may have to run that tank out until really can see results on how the bike is running.But first get the speed sensor seen about and most of all get brakes on the old girl and enjoy life because people that have a Goldwing really enjoy life and enjoy their bikes.

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:28 pm

Excellent!~ Thanks for the helpful comments.

I found a good replacement rear brake assembly on eBay; it's on the way now. Still working on the speedo issue, too--but all of it will have to wait until next weekend now.

Also, I've been very impressed with all the "how-to" commentary on this website. This info will make my job much easier.

RIDE SAFELY!

~RC

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby dingdong » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:30 am

If the rear caliper is "frozen" you might as well go ahead get a rear master cylinder kit and rebuild the master cylinder. You may have to get a kit and rebuild the "good" rear caliper also as it probably will be similar to the one you are replacing???. Good luck!
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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:51 pm

and remember you have linked brakes on your new baby
'99 ST1100, '93 se
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cb 450sc, sunL70
'06 st1300a
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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:06 pm

Very happy to report that my new rear brake caliper showed up today--in AWESOME condition! Can't wait to dig into that replacement project on Saturday. Thanks for all the tips, gang...

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby fastf » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:08 pm

Any time glad to help take care may God Bless you and your family.

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby tech1 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:22 pm

Hi I found all three of my caliper mount slide pins frozen and the boots bad. Easy fix and the boots are still avalible .
Be sure to use brake lube on the slide pins and put new boots on. Remember the calipers need to move on their slide pins.
Joe

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:51 pm

Happy to report that I just finished my brake project--TOTAL SUCCESS!!

Many thanks to all who passed on tips/pointers; all were valuable. With the brakes working fine now, next up is the speedometer repair (once the parts show up).

~RC

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby Right Winger » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:39 am

Ok good for you , Now how about some pics :lol: :lol: :lol: :D

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:54 am

Okay, fair enough. This is the only one I have--yet. It's not much to look at, but it'll do.
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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby Right Winger » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:14 am

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:) WOW that is a beauty it looks like brand new...... Here Is mine
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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:08 am

Wow, nice. Trailer hitch and everything. Have you ever towed with your bike? I was considering that for next summer--install a tow rig to drag a fold-up camper trailer.

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby Right Winger » Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:20 pm

rcno33 wrote:Wow, nice. Trailer hitch and everything. Have you ever towed with your bike? I was considering that for next summer--install a tow rig to drag a fold-up camper trailer.



:) No I never towed a trailer! It was on the bike when I bought it so I just left it on. I kinda like the way it looks :lol: When I first got my bike about 12 yrs ago a guy i knew had one(a 1200) that same color as ours with a matching trailer. He kept saying he was going to get rid of his 1200 and get a 1500. I was hoping he would sell me his trailer

Well he did get rid of the 1200 and got a 1500 kept the trailer and repainted it to match the 1500 :shock:. So I never got the trailor :shock:

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby WINGRIDER345 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:52 pm

Nice bike, that speed sensor is gonna to be hard to find. I'm looking for one now [it will be my second one] too bad for us that Honda stop making them, :x I wish we could patition them to make them again or get an after market company to do it :) ;) :idea: Some of the guys here say that in some cases the unit can be rebuilt

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby fastf » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:50 am

If you cannot find it on Ebay start hitting Craigslist people are always parting out bikes,

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:58 am

My "report" for this Saturday morning? TOTAL SUCCESS! With the speedometer and brakes now fixed, I can say that the Aspencade is "Roadworthy" and safe.

I will now move on to more mundane chores: replace two burned bulbs, and a basic tune-up.

Thanks again, for all the advice, everyone--I appreciate it!

Cheers, RC

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby WINGRIDER345 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:16 pm

rcno33 wrote:My "report" for this Saturday morning? TOTAL SUCCESS! With the speedometer and brakes now fixed, I can say that the Aspencade is "Roadworthy" and safe.

I will now move on to more mundane chores: replace two burned bulbs, and a basic tune-up.

Thanks again, for all the advice, everyone--I appreciate it!

Cheers, RC


What was going on with the speedometer? Was it the sensor?? :?: :shock:

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby Jumperdumper » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:54 am

To get the speed sensor go to this web page http://www.hondapartshouse.com/ they have the speed sensor that you need or go to your local honda dealer. They should be able to get it. The part no. is 37700-MG9-931

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:45 am

It turned out to be the little plastic gear that lives inside the wheel hub. It was shredded--missing several teeth. I popped a new on in there and all is well.

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:48 am

The two remaining problems are: engine running a little rough (mostly when cold). I'm going to do an old-fashioned tune-up tomorrow.

The second problem is minor: the radio pre-sets won't hold. I checked the bike's battery, found it weak, and replaced it (thinking that a weak battery might not support holding the pre-sets). Of course, I get much stronger starts now, but the pre-sets still won't hold.

Any ideas on what might be going on?

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby fastf » Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:11 pm

You may want Serria Electronics M/C to look at your radio they fixed mine and they are not very expensive .

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby rcno33 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:52 pm

Thanks...any idea what was wrong with yours?

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Re: Fixing Up My "New" Aspencade

Postby fastf » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:41 pm

Mine was the casette player and the radio couldn't pick up Fm stations but believe me you ask anyone in the forum about Serria Electronics M/C and they will tell you also they area J&M headset dealer I bought two cords from them for my headset cheaper than I could buy direct from J&M these people really know their stuff.I have a buddy that has a Canam Spyder and they helped him with his radio so look them up i'm sure they can help you.




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