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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: 1018

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: 1244

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: 3780

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: 879

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: 1908

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: 44
Views: 3384

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: 3780

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: 2431

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: 1908

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: 1596

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: 1843

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: 3780

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: 3346

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: 1831

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: 44
Views: 3384

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: 28
Views: 8023

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: 28
Views: 8023

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...
by SlowTyper
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 35
Views: 3780

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

One thing to keep in mind about all this is: The signals going in & out of the auto-volume are unbalanced. The signals going to the speakers are balanced. What does that mean?! Well, an unbalanced signal has one grounded wire, and one signal wire. A balanced signal has one (-) wire, and one (+) wire...
by SlowTyper
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade
Replies: 35
Views: 3780

Re: 1984 gl1200a Sound system upgrade

I would like to change out my head unit, but definitely don't want to lose the three functions: autovolume, mute, channel change. Forgive me if I am wrong - I am just going by memory, rather than looking stuff up... The Mute & Channel change are switch connections to the head unit. Mute is a On/Off...
by SlowTyper
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Passenger Buffeting
Replies: 39
Views: 4794

Re: Passenger Buffeting

Many years ago, I needed a replacement windshield for my GL1200. Since Tulsa (long gone now) had a great reputation and my wife had been complaining of wind, I bought the Tulsa 'Extra Tall' Windshield. With the extra tall (about 3" taller), I found the wind pushed against the back of my helmet rathe...
by SlowTyper
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]
Replies: 17
Views: 1581

Re: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]

I was glad to hear of a tester that remembered the purpose of the exam, rather than his ability to puff up his chest over the power he had. I personally would question whether the riders 'lost traction' since they clearly did not loose control over their bikes or have to put a foot down. In reality,...
by SlowTyper
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]
Replies: 17
Views: 1581

Re: How to buy used bike from owner. [NC]

All I had at the time was my GL1100, so that's what I took the test on. I barely passed - not because I made mistakes, but because the wheelbase of the bike was so long that it was physically incapable of making some of the turns inside the lines that were prescribed on the ground! There were two 9...
by SlowTyper
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life
Replies: 28
Views: 4352

Re: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life

I think every bike is different. I know my GL1200 is much different from the 1800 I test rode one day. And they are both different from the Indian I test rode last week. And I suspect even the same bike is different when different tires are used. What was extremely different was the simulator out at...
by SlowTyper
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life
Replies: 28
Views: 4352

Re: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life

We all change our direction of travel by counter-steering, whether it be done instinctively, consciously, or sub-consciously. As kids learning to ride bicycles, we would told to "lean" in order to turn. But because you can't actually turn by leaning (try riding 'No Handed' in a cross wind!), we figu...
by SlowTyper
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life
Replies: 28
Views: 4352

Re: Countersteering: Watch this and save your life

I went back to the video to see if it explained how to counter-steer to the right when holding a cellphone to my ear with my right hand. Hmmm.. I might have to Google that one. Seriously, I did notice something more significant the second time I watched it. The comment was made that the rider was go...