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GoldWing 1/4 mile times
These were passed on to me by a friend supposedly he got them from magazine articles.

GoldWing 1/4 mile times seconds

1975 GL 1000 12.95

1980 GL 1100 standard 13.18

1986 GL 1200 interstate 12.67

1985 GL 1200 LTD 12.88

1988 GL 1500 13.06

1996 Valk standard 12.37

2001 GL 1800 12.87

2004 GL 1800 12.71
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
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#1 11-16-2007, 03:11 PM,
I thought the 1200 fuelies were supposed to be faster than carbs.
Fatwing Chris
If Id'a known it would last this long I would've taken better care of it !!!
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#2 11-16-2007, 09:23 PM,
Fatwing Chris Wrote:I thought the 1200 fuelies were supposed to be faster than carbs.

Nope. Both type 1200's were rated at the same horse power. 96hp if I'm not mistaken.

What kinda suprises me is the performance of the 1800's!! More HP @ about the same weight as the 1200, you'd figure the 1800 would have it covered hands down!!!
1985 Limited Edition
#3 11-16-2007, 10:30 PM,
They were much heavier bikes and everything I know about fuel injection states that carbs are very close in power but fuel injection is better in emissions plus the time difference might be in the bike rider.

The 1800 numbers are interesting but the power characteristics are different. The 1200 spins up to 7500 RPM but the 1800 spins only up to 5000 RPM Each makes power in a different way.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of

#4 11-16-2007, 10:32 PM,
Thats interesting, the GL1000 did better than I thought it would. I am suprised at the 1800 time. Just another of many reasons to keep my 1200.
Ride safe have fun and enjoy. Lane
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#5 11-17-2007, 02:25 AM,
I believe the '75 GL1000 was the 2nd fastest production bike back then. The fastest was the Kaw 900.
1985 Limited Edition
#6 11-17-2007, 02:32 PM,
It's nice to know we could do it if we needed to but, like Lane said, my 1200 is good enough for me.
#7 11-17-2007, 07:57 PM,
It's very surprising what our 1200's will do if you wind them out. Mine has seen 8000 RPM on many occasions and it's been quite exciting, BUT, that was with modified cylinder heads and open exhaust. Big Grin
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of

#8 11-17-2007, 09:06 PM,
I know my 1100 Interstate had just about as much jump as my 1500 but they have it at different speeds. The 1100 has very strong acceleration between 50-70, more than my 1500. But above that it's all 1500. Neither bike will set any records but they are impressive for big heavy touring baggers.
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#9 11-18-2007, 12:01 AM,
The 1500 has 2 carbs feeding 6 cylinders and the 1100 has 4 carbs feeding 4 cylinders and the camshaft profiles might be different on each bike which may account for the differences. The 1500 is a lazy, low RPM highway cruiser and the 1100 is more of a hot rod engine.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of

#10 11-18-2007, 08:08 AM,

I have a 86' GL1200 Interstate, I didn't realize they were that fast.

Anybody have the 0-60 times.

How about a copy of a brochure for 1986 GL 1200

#11 04-17-2008, 07:37 PM,
roscoepc Wrote:I believe the '75 GL1000 was the 2nd fastest production bike back then. The fastest was the Kaw 900.
The Wings were originally designed to be a KZ killer.
#12 04-24-2008, 10:17 PM,
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#13 09-26-2009, 09:05 PM,
Not always Bob... Just got back from Deals Gap where two of my riding buddies got off with a written warning for doing 57mph in a 30 zone... They were really doing a bit faster but had caught a glimpse of the radar guy just prior to entering the corner that they got nailed on...
We only do the Gap once and it's only on Friday as it gets far to crowded on the weekends... If you want a far better ride, take 321 out of Gatlinburg to route 32 and head south (turn right at the T intersection)... It's only about 8 miles long, but there is almost never any traffic and the turns are far tighter... It does turn into a dirt road once you cross over into North Carolina (about 2 miles from rt.40) so most of the time we just turn around and run it back down to 321 and then back into Gatlinburg...
Even with the twisty’s and hills (and riding two up) the ole girl kept right up with the 1500 and 1800's (passed all but two of them)... I would have gotten the last two, but didn't want to scrape too hard with the misses onboard ( she got a little rattled when the rear wheel broke loose)...
Ed Zogg
#14 09-29-2009, 09:15 AM,
I have both a '85 LTD and a '09 GL 1800 and I'd say the times are not that accurate. I have a hard time believing the 1200 is almost as quick as the 1800. My 1800 is quicker off the line due to lower grearing and more torque at lower RPM and seems to have quicker throttle response. Top end I've seen about 10 more mph out of the 1800. However you'all got me thinking I need to take both to the local drag strip where they have fun nights just to see (and hope I don't break anything :twistedSmile. My last time there was with my '84 V65 Magna 12sec flat @ 109 mph....
#15 12-08-2011, 03:19 AM,

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