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Hello, I've got a questions for everyone out there.

I've been in the process of getting my recently acquired '84 GL1200 (57k miles) roadworthy for a few long trips this summer. I've gone through almost every system and the bike is currently running great. The only area I haven't touched is the ignition system, so here's my question:

Are there any parts of the original ignition system that typically fail in mid-ride on these bikes? We're heading up to Banff in August and I think the ignition system is the only thing that could let me down at this point.

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On the 84, ignition switches can give problems. Pulse generators can fail and cause the engine to cut out when warm. To be honest, I would just enjoy the ride and not worry too much about what might break down.
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As gaswing said just ride it.
Your ignition components have lasted for 28 years and there's no reason to expect them to fail now.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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Thanks for the advice guys, I'll take it!
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If you feel compelled to do something clean the pulse generator connectors and the ECM connectors with an electrical contact cleaner. On the 87 I think the pulse gens connector is up right next to the ECM. Heck while you have the shelter off just clean and inspect every electrical connection you can find.

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thanks jdvorchak, I'll check em out
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as a matter of course i would want the upgrade the stator,regulator and the solenoid connectors by hardwiring and replacing the dogbone with an ato fusholder

the pg would be a concern but since its an 84 that pretty much requires partial engine removal to replace,at worst you could carry a spare,especially since if you had to take it to a dealer out in the boonies they wouldn't have one in stock

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Thanks for the info Neoracer. I ended up doing the alternator conversion a few months ago and haven't looked back since, what a great improvement, complete with peace of mind knowing if the new one goes, I won't have to pull the engine to replace it!

So this was interesting. I went to check out/ clean the connections on the pulse generator, and I remembered when I did the timing belts awhile back there was something that looked like the pulse generator on the crank pulley (!). At the time I didn't pay any attention due to being focused on the task at hand, i.e. replacing the belts and installing the external alternator. After putting two and two together yesterday I realized something wasn't right because, as stated by Neo, the '84's had the PG in the back (mine's an '84).

Well, I just ran the serial number on the engine, turns out the motor is from an '87 Goldwing, news to me. My odometer says 57k, I'm hoping the engine might have fewer miles than that!





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snip... Well, I just ran the serial number on the engine, turns out the motor is from an '87 Goldwing, news to me. My odometer says 57k, I'm hoping the engine might have fewer miles than that!
That is really good news if you ever have to replace the PGs. Wouldn't be fun pulling the engine just for that.

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pretty sure PGs are N/A new for the 1100, if 1200 is the same deal, i'd get spares

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