Back to a two Bike Family - Sold the 1800


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Rednaxs60
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Back to a two Bike Family - Sold the 1800

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:14 am



Sold my GL1800. Twas good while it lasted, but room is at a premium and I like my two '85 LTDs. Kept the 1800 manuals, never know when these will be needed.

Keeping these on the road will be challenging in itself. Get a lot of favourable comments on my '85 here in Victoria, more so than the 1800 - lots of older people who reminisce a lot.

Cheers


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Re: Back to a two Bike Family - Sold the 1800

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:23 pm

Even tho I now have just the 1500...somedays I think hard about getting another "older" bike.
It's all about style..The older wings..You could see the massive engine and framework that made it a bike...
The 1500 seemed to cover up all the impressive stuff with plastic...
My first impression when I saw it was "it's a big scooter"....really big..
The things we give up for comfort. ;)

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Re: Back to a two Bike Family - Sold the 1800

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:23 pm

The 1800 is in the same department, lots of plastic to take off to get anything done. Have to admit that the power and smooth operation of the 1800 is very good. Have to be realistic and get into my comfort zone. The '85 LTD is a great bike as well, looks like one and I can easily do my own wrenching. Once a bike is mechanically sound regardless of age, all that is left to give you some grief is the engine and electrics. Maintain these to a good standard and you should have many trouble free riding miles.

I am also a fan of small upgrades to enhance the reliability.

Changing out the shunt type RR for a series RR. Good investment and proven to be beneficial to bike reliability.

The PB sensors on my '85 LTD were old technology and manufacturing processes. Fellows over on the CX 500-CX 650 turbo forum took one of these apart after one failed and the internal manufacturing process was sadly lacking. New sensors used on a late model Suzuki have been a recommended upgrade because of this. I have installed these on my '85 LTD, and even though I have not noticed a difference, the advances in electronic components and the manufacturing processes make these a good upgrade for reliability.

Have sourced an upgrade for the spark igniters as well.

TPS from an '85 Honda CRX are another alternative to the OEM TPS.

Lots of alternatives are out there for the various components.

Researching an ECU replacement just in case. The Micro Squirt is looking like a good possibility.

Keeps the mind active and sharp having these projects/issues to solve.

Cheers
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Re: Back to a two Bike Family - Sold the 1800

Post by themainviking » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:33 am

virgilmobile wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:23 pm
The things we give up for comfort. ;)
We are all getting older and more frail, :lol:


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