They are difficult to get to on the 1200s and even more so on the 1200 SEI and LTDs due to more electrical cabling. I don't know why they made it so difficult, there is plenty of room to extend the filler neck 3-4" which would have made it a lot easier although it would still be necessary to remove the top cover to get the cap on. Replacement of the cap is easier if you make a tool to do it. I made a tool by notching out a piece ofthin wall pipe to fit the cap, I think someone else on the forum suggested PVC which would also work well.On a related note, are the radiator caps as impossible to get to on the GL1200s as they are on the GL1100s? Unless I'm just absolutely stupid, I had to remove the fake pod to get at the cap. Grrrr. :X
I don't know if the 1100 is similar to the 1200 or not but to remove top cover on the 1200:I've got a stupid question, I've looked and looked inside the pod of my 82 Aspyand I just can't figure out how to take the pod off to get to the radiator cap and it doesn't explain it in the Clymer manual. Can some one please outline the steps in order to take it off? I would very much appreciate it!