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New members post up a howdy!
A quick Howdy from Niagara. I purchased my 84 Interstate at the beginning of the season, and am now wondering why it took me 8 years to buy another bike. Great site from what I've seen so far. If you're planning next year's ride in Niagara let me know if I can be of any help. I've been a resident of Niagara Falls for 15 years, and work in Niagara On The Lake. Yes, I get to ride the Niagara Parkway to work every day!![/img]
#76 10-09-2007, 05:42 AM,
We are planning a Niagara event sometime in August next year and local to the area help will be appreciated. Please send me an email with your name, address and phone number so I can place you on the contact list for event help and I will be in touch with you.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of

#77 10-09-2007, 09:33 AM,
Welcome ChefPW. I have been around on this site for a very short time and already have gleamed a ton of info about the gl 1200. Awesome site and I look forward to the meet in August.
That kid did what?
#78 10-09-2007, 08:10 PM,
Thanks for the welcome DataJack. I look forward to improving my knowledge through everyone's experience. As for Aug. 2008. I forwarded my info. hope I can be of some help, and I look forward to meeting some of you and seeing your rides next season.
#79 10-11-2007, 05:07 PM,
Warm welcome to you both!

Make sure you add your location on our map!!!

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#80 10-11-2007, 09:48 PM,
Hey ChefPW, wish you had posted a few days earlier. I was at the Falls on Monday 10/3! By the way I have an '84 Interstate that is the same color as yours. Got mine from the second owner, my Dad, in 2002.
Remember, No matter where you go...There you are!

Here is where I have ridden my 1984 GL1200I
I completed the lower 48 states in August 2009, riding the whole way with my Dad

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#81 10-12-2007, 05:57 AM,
Sorry to have missed you, hope the riding was good and the weather held out. It's been touch & go here, I was out yesterday for about an hour and froze my pipes off.
#82 10-15-2007, 05:46 AM,
Howdy to all Goldwingers or any other rider! I'm a new member but 30 year plus street rider. Got on 2 wheelers at 8, then started street riding with an older Harley that never seemed to run and quickly got going after buying a 78 Honda Hawk 400 in 1980 w/ only 2k miles. I put 22k miles on it the first year and then got a 81 CB750 custom outfitted with Honda Interstate fairing, saddle bags and trunk. Now own an 86 Aspencade SEi with 85k miles. Loving it! Belong to GWRRA and ride about 16k miles a year. Virginia has some fantastic roads for riding especially the Blue Ridge Parkway!
#83 10-21-2007, 06:51 PM,
Hello from NW Indiana. I purchased an '85 Aspy with 60K miles in June, '07 mostly because it offered me a chance to get back into riding after 22 year hiatus for a great price. However, I discovered something you wingers already know. This bike is no compromise. I am amazed that a 22 year old machine can perform and ride so much like a brand new bike. I am glad to be accepted as part of the winger family and to be a participant in this board. As soon as I learn to resize my stored photos of the bike, I will post picture in my profile.

Thanks again for being here.

A "wing and a prayer" is more than sufficient for me.
#84 11-07-2007, 09:27 AM,
A warm welcome to you, Jerry. Lookin' forward to seeing the pictures.
#85 11-07-2007, 02:16 PM,
Hey, everone.
Anybody around Fort Myers Fl?
I drive an 85 LTD.
Just getting her on the road.
It had been left outside
Bought it not running for $ 450.00
100 for a new gas tank
125 for a 85 honda accord fuel pump
300 new tires
200 for a crankshaft angle sensor
45 for used rear shocks ( off an 87 aspencade)
45 battery
50 passenger backrest
various hoses clamps fuses cleaners spark plugs air filters oil on and on...
Does it ever end?
I am starting to think I coulda bought one running a lot cheaper.
But i guess I coulda paid 2 or 3 grand and still done a lot of repairs.

The on board compressor ran and pumped when I bought it. It now runs but don't pump. the cruise worked when purchased but don't now.
The engine dies when throttled about 1/2 to 3/4, Right at 80 MPH.
Needs new front fork seals. The anti dive don't seem to work.
It didn't come with any of the owner manuals. Any one know about the travel computer function or where to read on it? Also the radio functions?

#86 12-24-2007, 07:47 AM,
A hearty welcome, Wayne. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to answer your questions. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
#87 12-24-2007, 08:51 AM,
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Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of

#88 12-24-2007, 12:55 PM,
I found this forum via Steve Saunders' site. I just retired after 20 years in law enforcement, so now maybe I'll have time to ride Big Grin Just this week, I bought an 86 Interstate to use as a demo bike when instructing the MSF Experienced RiderCourse. It's the first 1200 I've ever owned, although I've had two 1500s and now have an '06 1800.

It's interesting to see the change in technology over 20 years. The 1200 is smaller, lower, lighter and has *much* larger saddlebags then the 1800. It's a joy to ride; light, fast and just as nimble as the 1800. Since the PO removed the trunk (there's a police radio box in its place) the center of gravity is nicely low. Only drawback is that without a trunk or backrest of some kind, my SO won't get on it... hmm, is that a drawback? Guess I better hope she never sees this post!

Anyway, I've already gathered valuable info from lurking for the past couple of weeks; there are a number of mods that I'll be making right away based on that info.

Thanks, folks, for the existence of this forum and the good advice on it!

#89 12-28-2007, 02:39 AM,
Welcome GFTB!
#90 12-28-2007, 09:42 AM,

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