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Old 02-18-2012, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I'm a new member to the forum but have been viewing what's been going on here for quite some time. I'm impressed with the amount of knowledge that can be had here.



With that said, I have an 85' GL1200I with 39,000 miles on it. The bike practically looks like it came of the show room floor....except for the seat. I'm the second owner of the bike. When I bought the bike last year the seat had been replaced about 3 years ago with a factory Honda replacement seat. Over the last summer, the fake seams just seem to be letting loose everywhere - not sure if it was because the seat is new but in reality it is been in inventory for 25 years. Naturally this seat cannot be purchased anymore from Honda but I see them all over the place on Ebay, new, used, and destroyed. Owners are saying the seats are interchangeable from 84 to 87.



I purchased a new seat off of Ebay, new in the box the only thing different I could see was the stitching pattern looked like it was from an 84 GL1200. When the seat arrived, it was new and looked great, however the seat had a different profile to it than that of my 85 seat. The seat sat 1.0" lower and the back of driver's saddle was 1.0" closer to the front of the seat, which forces the rider more toward the gas tank, being 6'4" these are two things that you don't want to happen. BTW..I know the seat mechanically can be slid back and forth but that isn't the problem. The passenger portion of the seat was also about an inch narrower.



My question is does anyone know what the differences are between the various years of seats as far as the size of the seats etc. Can I assume that the 85 to 87 seats are all exactly the same (except for colors) and the 84 was the unique in its style and physical dimensions?



If anyone is looking for a new 1984GL1200 black seat please get in contact with me as I'm either going to have my original redone or keep trying to find one from an 84 to 87.



Thanks in advance for your help.


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Old 02-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum. Please edit out your email address from your post as it only attracts spammers and email harvesters. Members of the forum who need to contact you can send you a private message instead.

The GL1200 saddle changed each year, the most comfortable on undoubtedly was the 1987 saddle. It was larger than the previous ones and is as good as they come if you don't want to buy an aftermarket one.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello and Welcome!

I know the GL1200s well, having owned a 1984 Interstate and still owning a 1987 Aspencade.

The seat you got was either modified by a previous owner or it was not really a Honda OEM seat.

The '84 through '86 seats were ALL the same shape, size, and dimensions. There were a couple of different colors depending on the color of your bike. One was a blue-gray color and another a burgandy-brown color.

The big change was in 1987, when the shape of the seat was completely redesigned and three density foam cushion material was added. The '87 GL1200 seat is the best by far and named by many as one of the best seats ever put on a Gold Wing, regardless of year. If you see one, you'll know, since it does not have the side-to-side hump in the middle like the '84 to '86 seats have. Not a big picture, but that's a stock Honda seat on my '87 Aspencade in my avatar.

And, YES, a 1987 seat WILL fit on an '84, '85. or '86 GL1200. The mounting holes are identical. That's exactly what I did to my '84 Interstate when the 87s came out. I bought an '87 seat and put it on my '84. Wow! What a difference. Best money I ever spent on that bike back then. Wife said the same thing as well, since the passenger portion of the '87 seat was made flatter and wider with less slope toward the front.

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Great info, what about height? I would like to get a better seat for my 84 but Im a short person is the 87 seat taller? I have to make sure my feet reach the ground, LOL thx
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Maybe talk to Diamond seats http://www.diamondseats.com/ they can custom make one for you.
I am opposite to you, being short in the leg, I had one made so I can now touch the ground with both feet
Although to touch, the seat feels as hard a rock but I can ride it all day long without problems.
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Great info, what about height? I would like to get a better seat for my 84 but Im a short person is the 87 seat taller? I have to make sure my feet reach the ground, LOL thx
Roy,

I'm only 5'-8", with a 30" inseam, and I can get both of my feet flat on the ground at stops. (Of courseI'm wearing my riding boots which have about a 1" heel on them.)

When I'm not riding two-up with my wife, I just let some air out of therear air shocks to get the ride height back to the same level so I can plant both feet.

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Wingman71, Thanks for the reply, I have to let air out too. Thanks for the info
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All the GL1200 saddles are the same height.
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broadbent wrote:
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All the GL1200 saddles are the same height.
Correct!

The Honda literature lists the seat height at 30.7" for all GL1200s, even the redesigned '87 seat.

FYI, some time agoI scanned to PDF and posted up my factory Honda Color Sales Brochures for all the GL1200s.

Below isthe post with the links to the Sales Brochures:

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/...ales+Brochures

I checked and they're still there. Cursor down to post #7 for the 1986 sales brochure. I lost track of that one temporarily.

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Can I assume that the interstate and aspy are the same for 1987
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