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by SlowTyper
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: SoCalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights - 2nd Generation
Replies: 29
Views: 3568

Re: SoCalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights - 2nd Generation

I put a HID headlight on my GL1200 years ago, and am still very happy with it. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued and is no longer available. But fortunately, I was able to get a spare bulb and ballast in case I need them some day. What I like about my HID is that it is not only bright and ligh...
by SlowTyper
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: No helmet
Replies: 38
Views: 1498

Re: No helmet

Thanks Wing Admin for the link to the First Aid kit. And the newsletter every month... I am suspicious the guy was one of those riders who does not know how to use the front brake. Invariably, since you can't stop as fast as a cage with the rear brake only, those riders end up locking the rear wheel...
by SlowTyper
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Questions about our clutch, is mine working right?
Replies: 15
Views: 916

Re: Questions about our clutch, is mine working right?

I am not familiar with the 1500 -- mine is 1200. But I have some general comments. Based on your symptoms, I doubt that your brake line needs to be bled. Air in the line makes it spongy, and causes the clutch to engage right away or even drag somewhat despite the lever being tight against the handle...
by SlowTyper
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Where are your rpm's when you are shifting up?
Replies: 27
Views: 1363

Re: Where are your rpm's when you are shifting up?

Always hit redline when shifting from 4th to 5th -- especially in town! <grin> If your bike is jumping out of gear after a shift, CHECK the gearshift lever -- I suspect it may be hitting something, such as the exhaust pipe or frame. This situation can be agravated if the lever is not attached tightl...
by SlowTyper
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?
Replies: 62
Views: 2287

Re: Honda Intercom or Bluetooth, what is better?

Regardless of the application, for reliability reasons, my philosophy is to go wired unless a specific reason exists that compels the use of wireless. Thus, when I got my GL1200 eons ago, I took the time to wire up everything -- GMRS 2-way radio, cellphone, GPS, fuzzbuster, mp3 player, etc. My wife ...
by SlowTyper
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Death wobble almost killed me!
Replies: 27
Views: 1937

Re: Death wobble almost killed me!

I've had two Gl1200's, and one was more prone to wobble than the other. Tire wear certainly aggravates it, and I suspect fork alignment and uneven weight in the saddle bags and lots of weight in the trunk also make it much more likely to occur. As has been noted, steering wobble happens during sligh...
by SlowTyper
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Rationalizing Bikes
Replies: 33
Views: 1244

Re: Rationalizing Bikes

I ride a GL1200. But have ridden a borrowed 1500 and test driven an 1800. Personally, I didn't care for the ride of the 1500. It didn't have the sporty feel that makes me prefer a bike to a cage. I will take my 1200 over a 1500 any day. I loved my 1800 test ride; the sporty response of the throttle ...
by SlowTyper
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The idiots are out there
Replies: 313
Views: 17415

Re: The idiots are out there

Practice panic stops, so you can achieve maximum deacceleration without loosing control.

Practice "what ifs" in your mind. 'What if that guy pulls out or what if that guy changes lanes, what are my best options?'
by SlowTyper
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: GL1500 DIY Articles
Topic: Beating The ~80 MPH Limit of the GL1500's Cruise Control
Replies: 3
Views: 1536

Re: Beating The ~80 MPH Limit of the GL1500's Cruise Control

Thanks for posting the info. I wonder if the original article got taken down because someone surmised that 81 MPH is unsafe? If so, they need to move from Pennsylvania to one of the mid-west states. I wished I had this info years ago. I was on a three state trip with two friends that rode 1500s. The...
by SlowTyper
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: How many accessory switches do you need?
Replies: 18
Views: 1366

Re: How many accessory switches do you need?

I have had switches on my Wing before, but I don't like them and have figured out how to get along without them. Of course all the original factory buttons (including the radio) are still there still for me to fiddle with, and there are buttons on the GPS I added and my cellphone (which I mount to m...
by SlowTyper
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 35
Views: 4485

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

What were the wires connected to before? Typically, a short pigtail with a connector like that is a ground or power connection, with Red being (+)power and Black being ground (-). However, I think Honda has used green wires for ground, and some sort of sleeve connector for power. So the wires in you...
by SlowTyper
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Stator preventative replacement.Worth it?
Replies: 12
Views: 919

Re: Stator preventative replacement.Worth it?

I fully agree with the others who have reiterated the common recommendation: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I have had to repair three replacement stators (on different GL1200s), each with different manufacturing defeats. So there is a good chance that you could be putting in a "new" stator that i...
by SlowTyper
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Tuning CB SWR on an untunable antenna
Replies: 14
Views: 1970

Re: Tuning CB SWR on an untunable antenna

If my memory serves me correctly, the maximum legal output power for CB radios is 4 watts. However, the maximum legal input power to the final stage is 5 watts. In many cases, the output circuitry is less than 80% efficient so the output power ends up being less than the legal maximum of 4 watts. Fo...
by SlowTyper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Why did he crash ?
Replies: 47
Views: 3813

Re: Why did he crash ?

That 5 year rule? I think that is pure Balderdash crap, nothing wrong with my HJC and it is 20 years old. My HJC is not quite as old, closer to 14 or 15 years, but I'm with you... What rock are you guys living under?! Not only do you need a new helmet every 5 years, but also a new bike every 3 year...
by SlowTyper
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 35
Views: 4485

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

I haven't looked at the wiring diagram, but the clock has always on power. So you might check that out. Of course make sure you only connect the backup power lead to the always on power. If you connect the whole unit to always on power, you will drain the battery. But I am sure you realize that. The...
by SlowTyper
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Reference Information
Topic: Helmets 101
Replies: 13
Views: 2581

Re: Helmets 101

Isn't Brain Bucket an oxymoron?
by SlowTyper
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Tuning CB SWR on an untunable antenna
Replies: 14
Views: 1970

Re: Tuning CB SWR on an untunable antenna

On my GL1200, there was an antenna combiner in the fairing that affected the SWR. It had a variable capacitor inside that could be adjusted to obtain an optimal SWR. Thus, tuning the antenna itself wasn't important since the cable loss was minimal for such a short length. All that mattered is that t...
by SlowTyper
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1985 GL1200 Regulator/Rectifier Testing
Replies: 6
Views: 1858

Re: 1985 GL1200 Regulator/Rectifier Testing

I wouldn't concern myself if the meter is positive or negative. Basically, all the yellow wires should have continuity to the black wire and open circuit to the red wire, and the other way around when you switch the meter leads around. Which way is which isn't going to matter in the end because the ...
by SlowTyper
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Goldwing 1000/1100/1200 kickstand issue
Replies: 15
Views: 1935

Re: Goldwing 1000/1100/1200 kickstand issue

I think you can flip the rubber foot over, which will make it work better until it develops a natural bend the other way. Then flip it again. Or, just don't ride off with the kickstand down... I did that once, and decided I will pay better attention to that from now on. I actually prefer to have the...
by SlowTyper
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 35
Views: 4485

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

After seeing the latest post, I found myself re-reading this article/question. While doing so, I noticed some confusion regarding my earlier post about frying the auto-volume unit. Let me try again to explain. If you measure the voltage coming out of the (+) speaker wires of the replacement head uni...
by SlowTyper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: What Trailer can i really tow?
Replies: 30
Views: 3485

Re: What Trailer can i really tow?

I suspect the answer is: it depends... How well do you handle a panic stop? Any trailer is going to increase your stopping distance, and the heavier it is, the longer it will take to get stopped. Thus, I would say if you cannot already stop on a dime, think twice about towing much weight in a traile...
by SlowTyper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Strange electrical problem
Replies: 35
Views: 1951

Re: Strange electrical problem

Double check that the battery cable terminals are rigid tight against the battery posts, and absolutely will not move when you pull them. I have seen a case where the battery post screws were a hair too long, and bottomed out before the connection was super tight. This made the connections appear to...
by SlowTyper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Why did he crash ?
Replies: 47
Views: 3813

Re: Why did he crash ?

While a few accidents can be deemed unavoidable, I think the vast majority could be mitigated veto some extent or even avoided altogether. I believe the vast majority of motorclysts are unable to execute a panic stop. Some will even avoid the front brake altogether, fearful they will lock the front ...
by SlowTyper
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 29
Views: 8661

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

I used regular silicone. I used it because it seemed like a good choice to me -- but I don't know enough about it to know if it was a good choice or not.
by SlowTyper
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair
Replies: 29
Views: 8661

Re: GL1200 Speed Sensor failures & repair

If the resistor value is too high, it does not pull the voltage high enough to register a signal. And has been indicated, if it is too low, than the rating of the Hall is exceeded. What value exceeds the rating of the Hall, depends not only the current rating of the device, but also the voltage invo...