First- The 3 yellow wires MUST BE disconnected from the wires leading to the voltage regulator to get a valid voltage measurement..
That 78 GoldWing has a lower output stator (charging system) that the later 1200 bikes so the A/C voltage from the 3 yellow wires might be a little lower than the typical 50 volts+ per leg but should probably at least be over 40 volts A/C & about the same between all 3 legs (yellow wires) at 4000 engine RPM's.
Disconnect the 3 yellow wires at the connector (or cut them) at the front of of the battery area,, then label the 3 wires coming from the rear of the engine A,B,C,, then use a voltmeter set on the 100 volt A/C (alternating current) scale & while running the engine at 4000 RPM's or higher measure between A to B, B to C, &C to A.. Probably need to see 40 A/C volts or higher & about the same from all.
You can also measure each (individually) for resistance to ground. You need close to infinity there (open), then measure the resistance between each wire to the others (probably need to see 1-3 ohms there (or at least close to the same anyhow).
When I operate the brakes on my '87 1200, the "Tail Light" idiot light in the dash goes out. When I release the brake, the idiot light goes on. The brakes and all the lights work as they should. The idiot light thing is intermittent...so it only bothers me sometimes. I had the bike apart over...
Down here in New Zealand I own this little 1965 Hillman Imp that I restored from Feb 2018. I am now looking into the possibilty of fitting a 1990 Honda Goldwing GL1500 engine to potentially build my very own baby 911 :-)
This is my Imp...
Here's the Datsun 1200 engine currently...
My bike runs flawlessly.i love it.has 164,000 miles. i am second owner.
here's some problems.from day one- i have owned it about 6 months.
when i put the key in it often times wouldn't turn.
i would try and try until finally it turned the ignition on.
rest of day it was ok.
nearly every first...