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1980 GL1100 standard, 4500 rpm @ 70 mph is normal right? Seems geared pretty low for a touring bike... Just checking to make sure all is OK. Thanks.
 

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Sounds about right. I think ity was 1982 before the gearing was changed, resulting in aboout 500rpm less at 70mph. :waving:
 

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That's the same ratio I get on my 80 gl1100.
 

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83 was the year of the change.. some models in late 82 from what i have heard and read had the different gearing... as far as my 81 1100.. 4500 rpm seems to be about 65 or so.. so not sure what is up with mine..
 

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That's what they're running at 70! That's a good RPM for a high redline, water cooled bike no worries Mate !:goofygrin:
 

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Just for comparison, my '85 1200 run at 3600 RPM at 70 MPH.
 

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brianinmaine wrote:
1980 GL1100 standard, 4500 rpm @ 70 mph is normal right? Seems geared pretty low for a touring bike... Just checking to make sure all is OK. Thanks.
brianinmaine, as you can see the overallgearing on the 80-81 was higher than the others. The final drive was slightly lower but the secondary & 5th gear were higher.

My 1200 runs a little over 5000 RPM's at 95 mph (actual) -- {about 99 mph indicated on the speedo = 95 actual}.

Twisty

 
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