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by SilverDave
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: exhaust extension for my Aspencade 1200 1984??
Replies: 7
Views: 186

Re: exhaust extension for my Aspencade 1200 1984??

Mine look like these: Tips.jpg They were probably from Saber, many many years ago, and put on by a PO. They are a pain to clean every spring( bad chrome ) ...but are now carried by Saber at $ 150 (amer ) in stainless, not chrome, so maybe the newer ones will stay cleaner . They are fastened with a c...
by SilverDave
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Cooling fan not kicking in
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: Cooling fan not kicking in

There are 4 reasons a 1200 fan won't work... Remember its a 33 yo machine ! 1) Fan is dead ... you've tested that . 2) Thermal switch is corroded, or gummed up inside usually from sitting around too long . They can be cleaned by soaking in mild vinegar or CLR... and I think someone on this site told...
by SilverDave
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: chrome side covers
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: chrome side covers

And a BIG +1 on what Charlie said ... For best stator health, I added an EC harness ( about 14 years ago, .. and I change out that old acidic oil every 3000. In addition , in last 2 years :I proceeded with biggest draw lights first . I replaced my headlight with an HID unit(30 watts ) which was the ...
by SilverDave
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: rear shock mount bolt size 85 GW1200
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: rear shock mount bolt size 85 GW1200

and the left lower bolt( part #18) is nicely tapered to easily slide in ... The right lower ( part 19) is a shoulder bolt with a sharp corner, and ( %$#^%$ ) is VERY difficult to insert .. I eventually rounded the corners slightly (about 1/8 chamfer ) and still had to use a small scissor jack with f...
by SilverDave
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Sometime brake lights
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: Sometime brake lights

Bad grounds ... bad hot connections.... Heavy sigh .. I used to spend way too much of my time getting all my lights going ... It was usually corroded bullet connections ... It IS a motorcycle , out in the weather. About 8 years ago, I started eliminating as many connectors as possible with VERY care...
by SilverDave
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: LED Driving lights
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: LED Driving lights

With a simple l shaped bracket with holes for the 2" light stem, and a hole for the fairing screw, I was able to easily place LED driving lights in that fake vent area .. easy to aim, and veery bright ( LED ) Only drawback is to remove that piece of lower fairing , you have to disconnect the lights ...
by SilverDave
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to use a motorcycle lift
Replies: 49
Views: 37978

Re: How to use a motorcycle lift

There is a common problem here with most lift jacks : Either lifting from the centre stand (with interference from the centre stand itself) or Lifting from the side stand without quite enough clearance to get the jack under . The simplest solutions are usually the best : I have a 6" long piece of 2x...
by SilverDave
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.

If you need a set of fork booties that can be added AFTER the front is all bolted up..... In April, a member of this board described a nice set of easy to make DIY booties that are removable : https://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=42192 As it happens , I am on pretty good terms with th...
by SilverDave
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: auxilary outlet
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: auxilary outlet

Those plugs are not forever things. If they don't die from the heat of the cigarette lighter part, rain and moisture can cause corrosion . Replacements fit in so well, that they look like they were OEM , but the 1200 series did not have them originally. To replace, you gotta take the right glove box...
by SilverDave
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: GL1200 Aspencade facelift.

Cool ! I like the black windshield garnish ! Small( 2 inch ) LED driving lights , and a HID headlight would make it look, at nightat least , more like a recent model "Big Bike " and be kinder to your stator. As well,fork booties , and some LED bars across the back would bring it into the 21st centur...
by SilverDave
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Aspencade alarm system
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Aspencade alarm system

But we could start a whole new thread on what sort of alarm system we actually use on out 1200's.


I have an EC " False alarm " ( $8) and I try to park beside the newest, shiniest Harleys I can find ...

LOL

SilverDave
by SilverDave
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: front brake light switch issue
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: front brake light switch issue

I have also taken my brake light micro switch apart, soaked everything in contact cleaner and re-assembled it ..... After checking that I could at least hear the very tiny click.... +1 on the tiny parts .. strongly suggest you do this on a large white towel on a living room rug... LOL SilverDave
by SilverDave
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: front brake light switch issue
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: front brake light switch issue

I guess none of us are exactly sure what a " Brake Light Switch " actually is ... ??? If you are talking about the 4 rocker switch box that sits over the brake reservoir, This doodad : switch box .jpg then your request makes sense . Those switch boxes are aftermarket, very poorly made .and not reall...
by SilverDave
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: pinstripe removal
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: pinstripe removal

I had to remove an entire painting from my top box ... Easy-off yellow, and a plastic " Tuffy" pot scrubber. Just a few minutes and scrub and wipe off with damp cloth. Takes several applications. Don't rush . I did , and went thru the clear coat in 2 small places... heavy sigh ... which even with wa...
by SilverDave
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: winter storage
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: winter storage

I don't think it really matters, as long as the shocks hold their pressure . But.. If its gonna be really cold, and knowing modern gas ( with alcohol) I'd run it dry, fill the tank, add fuel stabilizer, take battery inside , on a trickle charger, and try to park the tires up off the concrete. Silver...
by SilverDave
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Tires
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Tires

I've always used Dunlops: E2, E3.... now E4

smooth, quiet, grippy, and high mileage ..

Perfectly suited to a heavy Gl1200

SilverDave
by SilverDave
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 18
Views: 535

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

LOL

Good one !!!

no, no, no,

we wanted pics of the bike you DID buy, not the one you didn't ...

LOL

SilverDave
by SilverDave
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Voltage Meter
Replies: 34
Views: 969

Re: Voltage Meter

I knew that I would always want a OEM GL1200... with its crappy stator and comprimised charging system . If you are just wanting a relative " what is happening to my bike ?? " then it doesn't matter where you attach a voltmeter. But... I found that there is, on my bike, about 0.9 volt difference bet...
by SilverDave
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 18
Views: 535

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

we'd all like pics , sometime....


SilverDave
by SilverDave
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Voltage Meter
Replies: 34
Views: 969

Re: Voltage Meter

Did you wire it thru a relay so its " off" when the key is off ?

SD
by SilverDave
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Changing dog bone fuse
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Changing dog bone fuse

Some marine shops have waterproof fuse holders with small eyelet crimped on, so the dogbone fuse screws just go thru the brass eyelets . I did not find these till after I had "made my own " : Cut fuse holder wire slightly shorter, get some crimp-on eyelets , just sized so the tiny screws from dogbon...
by SilverDave
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?
Replies: 18
Views: 535

Re: Removing Spark Plug Valence Cover?

So... Did you decide to buy the pretty GL1200... ?
Or not ?


SilverDave
by SilverDave
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: stator replace
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: stator replace

I understand why you'd like to keep it "Original ".... Me too !

I've had two friends pick the Electrosport for their 1200's ... seems to have good warranty, 'cept for labour .

SilverDave
by SilverDave
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Manual Switch for Radiator Fans?
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: Manual Switch for Radiator Fans?

About 5 years ago, after an over heating incident, I added a switch over-ride to my GL1200, with a LED light, near left thumb. The LED comes on whenever fan is on : either switch or built in thermostat switch. ( I'll send you the circuit, if you want ) Its a fiddley install.. short 30 yo brittle wir...
by SilverDave
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Costs/DIY Difficulty for Repair Items?
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Re: Costs/DIY Difficulty for Repair Items?

Brakes are tedious , but easy ... get a seal kit and lots of cleaning tools .. Its usually grunge in the o-ring grove. I found a sharpened wooden chop stick to be an ideal cleaning tool. Over 95% of leaking forks are dirt and bugs in the seal First try this : https://www.amazon.ca/2013-KTM-FORK-DOCT...