Onboard clock


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hogwrestler
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Onboard clock

Postby hogwrestler » Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:04 pm



I can,t keep the onboard clock on accurate time without re-setting everytime I ride. I just bought a 1996 Aspencade with 54k miles. Is this normal? Even my Sportster does better than that. The battery is charged fully.



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Re: Onboard clock

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:27 pm

I would say a bad clock. Keep in mind these clocks are not high quality timepieces. Plus the vibrations of the road, weather, etc. sets them up for failure. I would just replace the clock. ;)
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Re: Onboard clock

Postby Mooseman » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:57 pm

The 1500 has a history of clock and LCD trouble. Same issues with mine. I even tried this and didn't help the problem.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500clockfix.htm
Mine will keep perfect time at times and other times be dead and no display till ridden awhile. Other times it jumps around when trying to set and the minutes go by about every 10-20 seconds.... ARRRR!!!
So I just live with it. Sometimes when turning the key off the LCD comes on with a few items with the clock also showing. Clears it self after 10-15 minutes. All seems to be moisture related.. So I don't know if a clock setting mechanism will do the trick or if it's in the circuit board somewhere. My bet is on the circuit board..
Maybe another project for next winter..
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Re: Onboard clock

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:27 am

go onto eBay and type this into the search box........motorcycle handlebar clock it will bring up a whole page of motorcycle clocks that you can mount onto your handlebars. the prices are pretty reasonable.

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Re: Onboard clock

Postby dingdong » Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:04 am

There is a 5 amp fuse that controls the clock memory and radio presets. I don't remember which one it is right now.
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Re: Onboard clock

Postby Big Bob » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:02 pm

I too have a '96 Aspencade and the clock is very erratic. ANY humidity will cause it to run fast, that can go on for quite some time. If the clock fix was a guarantee I would spend the time to do it, but it sounds like a less than 50/50 shot at a fix. So I've got used to it.......kind of. It does drive me nuts but after 13 years of owning this bike I'm getting used to it.

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Re: Onboard clock

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:32 pm

Big Bob wrote:I too have a '96 Aspencade and the clock is very erratic. ANY humidity will cause it to run fast, that can go on for quite some time. If the clock fix was a guarantee I would spend the time to do it, but it sounds like a less than 50/50 shot at a fix. So I've got used to it.......kind of. It does drive me nuts but after 13 years of owning this bike I'm getting used to it.



if you don't want to deal with it anymore and want an easy solution for it, go onto eBay and type into the search box........"motorcycle handlebar clock" and it will bring up a whole page of motorcycle clocks that you can mount onto your handlebars or find one with an adhesive backing and put it somewhere you have a space on your fairing for it . the prices are pretty reasonable. then take a piece of black electrical tape and tape over your onboard clock so you don't have to look at it anymore............ here's something that might work and its very cheap, type this into the eBay search box........371257448680.

you can also find this clocks with the adhesive backing on any Wal-Mart or Kmart auto section.

stuart.
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Re: Onboard clock

Postby Mooseman » Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:32 pm

Their is defiantly a gremlin in the 1500 LCD & clock. My 1200 Aspey never had a glitch and not aware of many 1200 LCD problems.
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Re: Onboard clock

Postby Mh434 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:22 pm

I found that moisture in the air is a significant problem with the LCD, at least in my '97SE. As long as it's dry, it keeps accurate time for months on end. Once the air gets damp, though, it starts to lose time fairly quickly (several minutes a day) and, eventually, the LCD panel goes out entirely, except for the back lighting. As I live in the Pacific northwest (on the "wet coast" of Canada), and my shop is uninsulated and unheated, this has been a significant problem for me over the winter.

Interestingly, even when temperatures drop to well below freezing, as long as it's DRY, everything works normally. Mild temperatures & rain bring on the problem again, within a day or so. Running the bike up to full running temperature for about 20 minutes (and then letting the bike sit for an hour or two) fixes the problem, temporarily, as the residual warmth eventually dries out the LCD.

As an experiment, I put a small fan-equipped space heater below the front of the bike, blowing up into the interior of the fairing. It's set so it only comes on for a few minutes at time, a couple of times a day, and only blows lukewarm air. That has been enough to keep the clock operating perfectly, and all functions of the LCD working properly. This has worked so well that I'm maintaining this regimen during the winter, and the clock is still bang-on.

Just my $.02 worth.

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Re: Onboard clock

Postby hogwrestler » Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:51 pm

Thank you for input. Keep it coming if anything different.

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Re: Onboard clock

Postby Mooseman » Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:02 pm

YIP, moisture seems to be the catalyst for the gremlins. At least that's been my experience....
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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Re: Onboard clock

Postby gordonv » Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:57 pm

I had the same problem with my GL1100, was the memory fuse (the 5 amp one mentioned already).

If this is a known problem, I wonder if a new wire from the battery to the clock/LCD would fix the issue, or is it more with the actual clock.




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