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1200 vs 1500
Gran'Pah
I have an 84 Aspencade with the digital dash, Readout has 1-4 plus OD and the ever evasive Neutral.
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#91 08-06-2012, 12:33 PM,
Wild Horse Wrote:Gran'Pah
I have an 84 Aspencade with the digital dash, Readout has 1-4 plus OD and the ever evasive Neutral.

Thanks a lot for the heads up!

I did some poking around and found a couple of "universal" gear change meters:

1. For $32 (free ship) there's an Auto Programming 5 Speed Blue Universal Digital Gear Indicator for Motorcycle (works with magnets).
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2. Or a similarly designed six speed indicator in Red.

3. Or Leave it to Italian designers to offer essentially the SAME set up for $109 but with multi-color read outs.

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'Sorry for the off-topic post but when you discover an accessory with the possibility of making your GL1200 "perfect," I just had to share it. :d


BY THE WAY:

The Italian made shift indicator is sold from Ontario, Canada which is better than Hong Kong, but that huge price difference makes me wonder. Also, in their endless list of applications for the Italian-made indicator, under Honda they DO NOT INDICATE ANY GoldWing models at all. Was that an oversight or is this indicator not as "universal" as the Chinese made model? Supposedly, the Chinese-made, lower cost indicator works on any bike that has a shift lever for changing gears.
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#92 08-06-2012, 12:56 PM,
Even though the Italian made unit is more expensive and appears to be virtually the same item.. I think I would go with it. Something about purposefully buying an item direct from Hong Kong doesn't sit well with me.
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#93 08-06-2012, 01:11 PM,
I have read the threads so far. I have been able to speak to a few who have gone the route 1200- 1500 and are now on the 1800's

They love the 1200 for being able to do ones own mechanical repairs especially on trips.
The 1500 is dubbed the night mare and is actually worse than the 1800 for one to be able to do work on. Honda actually listened to 1500 owners and made it so that an owner can make some major repairs except for annual tune ups as you need the HONDA computer etc. But then she is a stable unit and fortunately tune ups are spread out better. Removing plastic pannels are owner freindly were as I have been told the 1500 is very hard to take appart. Oil changes well the 1200 is by far the easiest as are most back yard mechanic type fixes. 1500 and 1800 you need a well stocked garage with lift etc.

My two cents worth.

Bob C
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#94 09-05-2012, 07:18 PM,
Wild Horse Wrote:. Something about purposefully buying an item direct from Hong Kong doesn't sit well with me.

I buy stuff from Hong Kong, never had a problem.
just one example, I own a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe very happy with the car.... made in USA, like our 1200's

I wanted a cable for my Ipod touch which integrates the ipod to the onboard radio, Hyundai wanted approximately $50 for this cable, I purchased one for $4.99 free shipping.

Same with cables and chargers for my Blackberry 9700 $24 for a car charger at the local mart about $6 got me a 12v charger and a USB cable free shipping.

Never bought anything for the bike though, them things I end up paying through the nose at the local stealer... fortunately it's not often.
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#95 09-06-2012, 04:52 AM,
Wild Horse Wrote:Even though the Italian made unit is more expensive and appears to be virtually the same item.. I think I would go with it. Something about purposefully buying an item direct from Hong Kong doesn't sit well with me.


This reminds me of a comment by Marlon Brando terrifically playing a powerful Texas oilman in the movie The Formula (1980). A detective ( George C. Scott) tracking down a murder connected with a scientific discovery left over from the German Nazi era that would make oil obsolete, discovers Brando has some connection with the formula. The detective confronting Brando speculates the Arab oil sheiks may have something to do with it. Brando laughs, telling Scott he REALLY doesn't "get it". Then Brando continues: "The Arabs? The Arabs? We're the Arabs!"

China? China? Walmart, Apple, and Adidas are China. :d :lol: :lol: :lol:
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#96 09-06-2012, 02:31 PM,
Granpah Wrote:
Wild Horse Wrote:Even though the Italian made unit is more expensive and appears to be virtually the same item.. I think I would go with it. Something about purposefully buying an item direct from Hong Kong doesn't sit well with me.


This reminds me of a comment by Marlon Brando terrifically playing a powerful Texas oilman in the movie The Formula (1980). A detective ( George C. Scott) tracking down a murder connected with a scientific discovery left over from the German Nazi era*** that would make oil obsolete, discovers Brando has some connection with the formula. The detective confronting Brando speculates the Arab oil sheiks may have something to do with it. Brando laughs, telling Scott he REALLY doesn't "get it". Then Brando continues: "The Arabs? The Arabs? We're the Arabs!"

China? China? Walmart, Apple, and Adidas are China. :d :lol: :lol: :lol:

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*** Footnote: Government records show that the major American (and presumably Canadian) oil companies that had signed multiple year delivery contracts with pre-1933 Germany, continued to make good on deliveries to Germany from South America long after the attack on Pearl Harbor and declaration of war (December 8, 1941). Although, U.S. companies had ceased oil exports to Japan in July 1941, they continued to honor contracts with Germany throughout World War II. There were times, the Allies ran out of fuel while the Wehrmacht was still burning American-supplied oil. I guess business is business.
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#97 09-06-2012, 02:58 PM,
It's a world market these days.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
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#98 09-06-2012, 02:58 PM,
admin Wrote:It's a world market these days.

It is almost funny if it weren't so pathetic. EVERYONE ... at least the politicians ... in North America are obsessed with "dependence on foreign oil." Yet no one pays attention to the fact that North America pumped/extracted oil is sold on the international market. In other worlds, we're buying back our own oil mixed with mid-eastern oil.

What about Alberta oil? "Keystone XL will divert up to 830,000 barrels a day of oil from the Midwest, sending it instead to the Gulf Coast and the international market."

On top of this, American oil companies enjoy a $4-billion per year oil depletion allowance by letting them treat the oil in the ground as capital equipment that can be written off as a certain percentage for each barrel that comes out.

Finally, Saddam Hussein's (remember him?) big crime was not gassing his own people but rather the delusion that Iraq actually owned its own oil. He had to go. Remember Marlon Brando's comment: "We're the Arabs!" [Fidel Castro, originally from one of Cuba's richest families, is similarly a bad guy because his delusion makes him believe that Cuba's sugar and rum belong to Cuba].

This is not so off topic because GL1200s (and even 1500s) run on oil products. :d
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#99 09-06-2012, 03:33 PM,
Granpah Wrote:This is not so off topic because GL1200s (and even 1500s) run on oil products. :d

Not only do GL1200's run on oil products these bikes are made mostly of plastic and rubber and guess where those materials are derived from. You got it, oil.
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#100 09-06-2012, 03:39 PM,
This is a long thread and I must confess, I didn't read all the pages but I would like to have a common comment altered.

When moving from a 1200, to a 1500, to a 1800, are you really moving UP? or are you moving sideways?

Just an observation.

~O)

My .02 is, I like the old school look of a motorcycle. Again, that is motor - cycle. I like to see the motor in the cycle, not just a lot of 'tupperware'. as it is described.
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