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View Poll Results: Should Honda eliminate the "OD" light on the 1800?
Yes- it's distracting/irritating 2 7.69%
No- I love being told I'm in top gear 20 76.92%
You think I have too much time on my hands 4 15.38%
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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2009, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Now having "borrowed" a GL1800 (ok, for a price) for NASSIR2, I have some idea what I have been missing. I liked it....I liked it alot!

But...does anyone else find the "OD" light, indicating that you are in 5th (top) gear, a major distraction at night, and an unneeded or unwanted feature, regardless?

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I have found that when I first got my 1800 I would try to shift to the missing 6th gear. The OD light will probably save my shifter forks in the long run. Light comes on and there is no more, just throttle and the wind. Tony

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The 1500 had the same light

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Ok....SOMEONE has been messin' with my scientifically valuable poll! I wonder who THAT could be?????

I KNOW when I'm outnumbered, and I concede the point to the overwhelming majority, ok?

But Ciaran, should I ever buy a 1500 or 1800 (I'm bound to, as soon as they qualify as true antiques/retro-bikes), you must promise to help me cut the right wire...

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I would Pete ,if I could find that wire to your brain that makes you think of these things

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I never even noticed it until someone mentioned it but it does not bother me at all. I don't even see it unless I look down at it.

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Well...that's what I'm saying, Ciaran...when defusing a bomb, you wanna be careful to clip the CORRECT wire, the first time!

Oh, alright, you guys...yeah, I have my peccadilloes...not to be confused with armadillos!

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There's an 'OD" light on the 'Wing ??????

Never really noticed it for more than about 1 second.... got my eyes lookin' elsewhere!!!

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I'm just a "fuss budget" I guess?

I like a "dark cockpit" in my fighter jet, when I'm travelling by stealth, at night?

I give up; you guys are right- it's perfect, just the way it is....now where did I leave those wire cutters?

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Put a piece of tape over it . I guess all vehicles have to have some kind of idiot lights.

I have never seen the need for it, or a gear position indicator either. One can tell what gear one is in by the sound of the engine and the rpm.

The Wing has lots of nice things, some I use, some not. Just like the radio, I turn it on once in awhile to make sure it still works. Never did figure out why people need a radio on a motorcycle. The sound of the engine, the ride, the smell of cut grass going through a small town, and paying attention has always been more important to me than listening to the tunes and doing the jitter bug on the seat. . Kit

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