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by LeMaitre
Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: windshield size
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: windshield size

Purchased a replacement from Memphis Shades for an '85 GL1200A. It was 2" taller than stock but did not have the side extensions of the broken original.





-Mark
by LeMaitre
Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1200 shifting problems
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: GL1200 shifting problems

When you say you can shift it by hand, I get the impression that the heal/toe shifter is binding. Have you tried removing the heal/toe and just using a stock toe shifter?

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: footwear issue
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: footwear issue

Lots of verity in riding boots out there that do not have lug patterns. Keep looking.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Tue Jul 06, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 1986 GL1200 dumped oil
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: 1986 GL1200 dumped oil

When the water pump seal leaks, it will drip both coolant and oil from the front of the engine.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Slow starter
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Slow starter

Warm engines can cause higher compression which results in more load on the starter. Starter could be loosing some windings so it no longer has enough torque.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Bad Gas Mileage
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: Bad Gas Mileage

20 mpg definitely is bad. 70+ MPH into a headwind got 29-32 mpg on winter gas last weekend on my '85 GL1200A. No solutions but a couple of thoughts. Have you checked for vacuum leaks? Another thought is some kind of air restriction. Engine is getting adequate air at idle but as you accelerate you ar...
by LeMaitre
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 85 Aspencade rebirth
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Re: 85 Aspencade rebirth

Just a thought, since I don't have this problem on my '85, have you cleaned the air compressor switch contacts?

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Rev Limit
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Rev Limit

Saw a picture of a GL1000 Tac. It appears it has a rev limit of 9000. Is that correct? I believe my GL1200 has a limit of 6000. Just curious about why the difference.

Thanks for enlightening me.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wanted GL1200A right Pannier lid.
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: Wanted GL1200A right Pannier lid.

Got a new lid on order.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wanted GL1200A right Pannier lid.
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Wanted GL1200A right Pannier lid.

Forgot to check the latches on the Right Pannier Lid so now looking for a replacement.

'85 GL1200A preferred color light blue but will buy any color lid that will fit.

Thanks,

Mark
by LeMaitre
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: 86 GL1200i death wobble~!
Replies: 10
Views: 1589

Re: 86 GL1200i death wobble~!

I have experience the wobble twice on my 85 GL1200A. Both times I was in lane position 2 rolling at 30 mph. Moved my weight backwards in both cases and the wobble stopped.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: First Honda. First cruiser. 86 Aspencade SEi.
Replies: 31
Views: 1689

Re: First Honda. First cruiser. 86 Aspencade SEi.

Did anyone suggest checking the swing arm bearings? Had to replace the swing arm on my '85 GL1200A because of a failed bearing on the drive shaft side last summer, 90K+ miles.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: No temp gauge , no fuel pump , no horn.
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: No temp gauge , no fuel pump , no horn.

This a pure guess but did you check the fuses under the left storage bin?

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: iron butt rides
Replies: 41
Views: 2560

Re: iron butt rides

I've done 1000+ miles rides in less than 24 hours before without a whole lot of planning...but never bothered to submit anything for an IBA certification. :) It *can* be addicting! Yes it can be. Did the first SS1K as a personal challenge. It also gave me an excuse to circle Lake Superior in one da...
by LeMaitre
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: No Ethanol Fuel
Replies: 27
Views: 2377

Re: No Ethanol Fuel

For summer use when the bikes are being ridden often the 10% ethanol if fine. Come fall, like WingAdmin, I switch to non-ethanol. Come spring the bikes will start with "stale gas" after sitting for months. For the snowmobile I run non-ethanol all the time. It can sit for 8 months between s...
by LeMaitre
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: MN Hwy 1 Lake Superior to Ely
Replies: 0
Views: 987

MN Hwy 1 Lake Superior to Ely

Riding the GL1200A on Minnesota Highway 1. It has enough curves and hills to keep you awake.

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-Mark
by LeMaitre
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN Road log.
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN Road log.

The condition of the pavement does change section by section. If you don't push the speed, the surface will not be an issue. It is the curves and near wilderness conditions that are the appeal of the Gunflint.
by LeMaitre
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: iron butt rides
Replies: 41
Views: 2560

Re: iron butt rides

An ideal BBG run consist of a cruising speed of 70 mph and stopping for gas every 310 miles. Each stop last just 10 minutes. Total time 22:58:44, total miles 1550, you always want to add a few cushion miles just in case. -Mark I hope you meant 210 miles. There's no way I could get 310 on a tank on ...
by LeMaitre
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: iron butt rides
Replies: 41
Views: 2560

Re: iron butt rides

Well, since my 1st reply (back when the thread was new), Ive done a handfull more of them. 1500+/24hrs really wasnt bad. Its a tough ride tho, dont get me wrong. A traffic jam turned another one into a BunBurner Silver (1500/30). But those 1000mi days are pretty gravy on a 'Wing. Its been 3 or 4 we...
by LeMaitre
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: iron butt rides
Replies: 41
Views: 2560

Re: iron butt rides

KWThom, Thanks for reviving the thread. :D Old bikes can do Ironbutt rides. Completed a Minnesota In State Saddlesore 1000 Tuesday. The ride 1985 GL1200A. This is not the oldest bike I have done a Saddlesore 1000. In June completed 2 on my 1975 CB550F Super Sport. You don't have to ride interstate t...
by LeMaitre
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: First trip advice
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: First trip advice

General guideline on timing belt is 10 years / 40,000 miles, so you are due. You should be able to change the belts in half a day. Riding depends on how well your body likes the bike. If the ergonomics are correct you can run till time to get fuel without issues. If the fit is poor, you will need to...
by LeMaitre
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN Road log.
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN Road log.

detdrbuzzard,

Thanks, I would guess you did the Lake Superior Circle SS1K. That was my first IBA ride.

Working on series for MN Hwy 1 from Lake Superior to Ely, another great motorcycle road.

-Mark
by LeMaitre
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN Road log.
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN Road log.

The Gunflint Trail starts in Grand Marais, MN and winds its way north then west into the wilderness. The videos show most of the 65 miles from the End of the Trail to Grand Marais. '85 GL12000A. [youtube] viyGEtDN2gs [/YouTube] [youtube] ofL-spHBtbo [/YouTube] [youtube] m5_lhmIsZh8 [/YouTube] [youtu...
by LeMaitre
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: speed sensor accuracy
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Re: speed sensor accuracy

Hello, On my GL1200A when the bike says 62-63 actual speed is 60. That is according to my GPS. Now to keep up with the Canadian drivers I usually have to travel 65 indicated. (FYI I am in NE MN). Another consideration is if the speed gears and sensors are starting to wear out. The gear on the front ...
by LeMaitre
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: GL1200 Information & Questions
Topic: Average Gas Mileage?
Replies: 15
Views: 1100

Re: Average Gas Mileage?

Freeway speeds 70-74mph got 38-42 mpg using regular 10% ethanol.

-Mark

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