Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85


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Sander van Bussel
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Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by Sander van Bussel » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:12 pm



Last summer I bought a '85 LTD. Great bike, love to ride it. (after riding my custom GL 1100 for 25 years :) )
After some love and care everything works (and looks great) except one thing: the Cruise Control.

The former owner disabled the CC, because it isn't allowed here in the Netherlands. My guess and hope is that he disabled it in a way that is can be restored easily.
When the key is turned, all the check lights of the CC work. The CC on button works and the checklight in the dash lights up, but it has no effect.
My question is where to look for a disconnected plug or something? What would be a smart way of disabling the system?



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Re: Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:27 pm

I guess the easy way would be to plug the vacuum line or disconnect the control unit or one of the cancel switches.

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Re: Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by Sander van Bussel » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:22 am

Thanks Dave, finding the vacuum line and switches is a challenge itself. This bike is loaded with stuff I don't immediatly recognize.
I guess when the control unit was disconnected, the lights in the dashboard won't work either? They all work properly.
Any clue to find the cancel switches? I read there is one in the clutch, will check it out.

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Re: Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by DaveO430 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:30 am

It won't be the clutch switch, disconnecting it will not cause the cruise to not set. The front and rear brakes both have a double switch, 1 for the brake lights and one for the cruise. There is also a throttle cancel switch, not sure where it is on you LTD.

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Re: Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by Sander van Bussel » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:50 am

Dave, thanks for this. I noticed my levers (clutch and brake) are from an other GL1200. The lowest switches on either side (Cruise?) are not covered/ switched by the lever at all. The lever just doesn't push the switch at all. Now as you said, it might not be the cause, but I first will replace the levers by the right ones.

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Re: Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by Sander van Bussel » Mon May 07, 2018 2:58 pm

Managed to get the Cruise Control working :)
The former owner disabled the cruise control by disabling the three cancel-switches.
The clutch and frontbrake switch were disabled by replacing the handles by normal GL1200 handles. They have a shorter extension, and just don't hit the cruise disable switches.
The cancel switch on the rearbrake was intact, but the little metal plate that releases the switch was bend, just enough that it didn't hit the switch. With pliers and some effort it was all corrected.
Now it works, which is great, but still not gonna use it a lot I guess. :?

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Re: Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by DenverWinger » Mon May 07, 2018 9:41 pm

Sander van Bussel wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 2:58 pm
Now it works, which is great, but still not gonna use it a lot I guess. :?
You might be surprised. Long trips on the 1100 I used to pop 3 Ibuprofen tabs before starting out, otherwise right arm/shoulder would be aching a few hrs into the ride. I figured out how to pull tiny bungy cords into the gap between the throttle handgrip and the metal housing for the brakes/starter button. Hooks on the bungy cord around the throttle cables so you don't lose the bungy cord. Provides just enough resistance so that the throttle stays where you put it, adjust as needed. Pull the bungy cord free when not using it, but it hangs right there handy when you want to use it again!

But what a difference the electronic cruise control on my new to me (last March) 1500, riding two-up and pulling loaded camper trailer thru the hilly parts of Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin the cruise control maintained a steady 65MPH up or down hill in high gear, I never had to touch the throttle. She'd just automatically pour on more coal as needed. Ibuprofen?
They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: Cruise Control on a GL1200 LTD '85

Post by Sander van Bussel » Tue May 08, 2018 2:31 am

I use my LTD mainly for commuting, in the Netherlands most distances are within an 80 minutes ride ;)
Just a relaxed way of traveling, radio on, no parking fees or trouble finding parking spot, pass the traffic jams. But yes, for roadtrips it will be a good feature, having cruise control.



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