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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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New Maine Guy with an Awesome GL1200 Aspy

Hello Everyone,
I've owned a dozen bikes and had a GL1800A back when they were new. But in recent years I've gone old school. I wanted no more complexity that exceeds my ability to mostly fix. First an old BMW R100RT and now a 1987 GL1200 Aspencade for two up rides.

Found this beauty with only 24k miles and looks like its been garaged it's entire life. Bargain priced to IMO.
Going through her stem to stern, all fluids, timing belts, rebuilt clutch master/slave, and a can of polish.

My wife and I plan the tour the USA in September(USA 4 Corners Tour) so I have a bit of work to become comfortable with this bike. This site has been a great help supplementing the OE manuals. Thanks
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 05:16 PM
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It does look great.
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Pretty sure I saw that beauty on craigslist and I was tempted. I am down to one bike and resisting the urge hard. I had two GL1200 bikes in the past (standard and an Interstate). Really great bike with lots of great features.

In addition to your check list above, I would look at the charging system. There are fixes for "the dreaded three yellow wires" that seem to work if nothing has yet failed. But, if it were me and I was planning such a long trip, I would do a preemptive change to the GM alternator conversion.
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Welcome on this nice forum. Wish you al the best.
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Welcome to the forum from NE Indiana and she looks good.

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Pretty sure I saw that beauty on craigslist and I was tempted.
Real nice fellow who owned it but real crappy craigslist ad. I took a chance and drove the almost 2hours down with my MC trailer. WOW am a glad I did
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Welcome to the forum.

In addition to your check list above, I would look at the charging system. There are fixes for "the dreaded three yellow wires" that seem to work if nothing has yet failed. But, if it were me and I was planning such a long trip, I would do a preemptive change to the GM alternator conversion.
I've seen some posts on the stator wire plug over heating and causing issues. Looks fine right now but your probably right. I'll put soldering those 3 wires on my list.

That alternator change is sweet but sourcing all the parts seems iffy. Also don't know if I have time before our tour as I have a 3 week beach "vacation" going on. But must keep Mrs OldCrow happy.
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If you don't add a lot of lights to it, the OEM stator "should be good".
just due diligence to making sure the 3 yellow wire connectors are removed, and solder the wires together ( add splices if needed ).


also check the connector the Reg/Rec unit, if there is any discoloration, need to fix that also
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