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by SlowTyper
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Rattling in cylinder
Replies: 9
Views: 1283

Re: Rattling in cylinder

I agree it was likely some mechanic's failure putting the thing back together before you bought it. I just had the carbs off my GL1200A to work on them recently, and had a terrible time getting those screws loose. They are tight! So I doubt one came loose on its own, and if it did, as another poster...
by SlowTyper
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Front end vibration on my 2016 gl1800
Replies: 19
Views: 1113

Re: Front end vibration on my 2016 gl1800

I am no expert on this -- I only rode an 1800 once and it was much smoother than my GL1200A. But my first thought was that you might have a bad tire. I don't think rubber likes sitting around for years not being used. Could 'dry rot' apply to this case? The cupping indicates a problem as well.
by SlowTyper
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Why we're invisible to drivers
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Why we're invisible to drivers

It is my impression that the amount of area the headlight(s) consume(s) is a significant factor in being visible. One ordinary light in the middle is not as attention getting as a wide row of 3 very bright lights. The overall size of the headlight area seems to also affect what others perceive as yo...
by SlowTyper
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Blowing fuse. Wire question. GL 1500
Replies: 26
Views: 876

Re: Blowing fuse. Wire question. GL 1500

Check your [tailight] bulbs. One my be the wrong bulb. There are bulbs with two pins on the bottom -- some have 2 filaments and others have one. In the case of the single filament bulb with 2 pins, one of those pins is ground and the other is hot. If that bulb is inadvertently replaced with a single...
by SlowTyper
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Off-road Rally Goldwings
Replies: 44
Views: 2498

Re: Off-road Rally Goldwings

I saw that video just a week ago when it popped up in a Google search. I was impressed. I do think the gear ratio and torque of a GL1100 would work pretty well off-road. In my much younger years I had a 250cc Suzuki that had knobby tires and tall suspension, but was still street legal. I took it off...
by SlowTyper
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: traffic light stop/wait/go best practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 2424

Re: traffic light stop/wait/go best practice?

If I stop, I have both feet firmly planted on the ground; when not stopped, it is both feet on the pegs (for safety & control). Note that I only stop if the light has unexpectedly turned red. Most of the time, I slow ride up to the intersection (without any wide weaving so as to not confuse other dr...
by SlowTyper
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: SoCalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights - 2nd Generation
Replies: 51
Views: 6998

Re: SoCalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights - 2nd Generation

One standard bulb on each side is all that’s required... That presumes it is a bulb that's not burnt out... So keep a spare on hand. Otherwise, when your 'one standard bulb' does burn out, the remaining LEDs will quit because the flasher stops working at that point also. Frankly, I don't think turn...
by SlowTyper
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: GL1200 DIY Articles
Topic: Hand made regulator rectifier
Replies: 12
Views: 2309

Re: Hand made regulator rectifier

I have a new never used GL1200 regulator rectifier that I bought long ago to have as a spare. If someone wants it, PM me and make an offer. I am curious in the above design, what limits the current through the zener diode when the voltage goes high, as might occur when connecting an external high cu...
by SlowTyper
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to fix stator wires on GL1100 - Three Yellow Wires
Replies: 17
Views: 5701

Re: How to fix stator wires on GL1100 - Three Yellow Wires

Doesn't matter. The circuitry for each wire is identical.
by SlowTyper
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Some riders...
Replies: 17
Views: 1163

Re: Some riders...

Last October, my wife and I took a trip to the Grand Canyon. We did not take our Goldwing due to the weather. But on our way through the mountain pass in Colorado, we saw this... IMG_20181010_121603.jpg (Sorry, the picture was taken quickly out the window as we drove by. So it is not the best -- but...
by SlowTyper
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Some riders...
Replies: 17
Views: 1163

Re: Some riders...

I live in South Dakota, and have for >20 years. Before that, I lived a decade in Iowa. For 30+ years, I have made it a point to ride my bike at least once every calendar month. (For me, a ride only counts if I hit 60-MPH.) I have been successful attaining that goal all but a handful of months during...
by SlowTyper
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The idiots are out there
Replies: 322
Views: 20693

Re: The idiots are out there

I looked for a circuit diagram amongst my notes, but didn't find anything. I am guessing that is because the circuit has so few components that I didn't bother making one. The circuit was inserted into the power lead going from the brake lever switch to the brake relay, which I snipped in order to i...
by SlowTyper
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The idiots are out there
Replies: 322
Views: 20693

Re: The idiots are out there

I not only wired a pair of added marker lights on the back to wig-wag when I apply the brakes, but, when I switched to using LED bulbs, I also modified the brake light relay circuit. I wired it so that when the brakes are applied, the brake relay closes, then opens, and then closes again until the b...
by SlowTyper
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: SoCalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights - 2nd Generation
Replies: 51
Views: 6998

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: 1906

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: 1076

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: 1751

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: 3248

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: 2286

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: 1669

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: 322
Views: 20693

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: 6
Views: 3081

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: 1660

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: 6574

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: 1023

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...