Goldwing 1200 tips and tricks

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Goldwing 1200 tips and tricks
The Goldwing 1200 is a touring bike that provides comfort over long distances. (motorcycle image by Byron Moore from

The Goldwing GL1200 is a touring motorcycle manufactured by Honda. The standard model GL1200 was first introduced in 1984. This motorcycle features a 72.1-cubic inch engine and a larger frame to provide a smooth ride. In addition to the standard GL1200, Honda introduced Interstate and Aspencade models like the GL 1200 LTD, which features more technology. The GL1200 bikes are popular for their size and storage capacity, which makes long-distance motorcycle travel comfortable and convenient.

Rust Damage

Touring motorcycles like the Goldwing GL1200 often travel over different terrain and are subject to harsh weather. Exposure to rain, snow and other elements may increase the rate of rust damage on your motorcycle. Many states use salt to melt the snow in winter, which can further damage the body of your bike. To slow the effects of rust, avoid riding your bike in inclement weather whenever possible. Sometimes weather is unpredictable, so you can take rust prevention steps after getting stuck in bad weather. After returning from a trip, take a hose and carefully spray the dirt and debris off your bike. Pay special attention to the underside of your bike, an area that is often neglected but receives the most damage from road conditions.

Passenger Communication

The Goldwing GL1200 provides plenty of space for a driver and passenger to ride safely, but communication is often a problem with motorcycle riding. If you happen to have a Goldwing 1200 LTD, then your bike came complete with a built-in driver-passenger intercom system and stereo. If you have the standard Goldwing GL1200, communication is more difficult. You should consider purchasing and installing an intercom system on your standard bike so you can hear what your passenger is saying. These intercoms can mount directly into your helmet for hands-free communication.

Packing Saddlebags

The Goldwing GL1200 comes with several saddlebag storage compartments to make travelling easier. Balance is essential in maintaining control of a moving motorcycle; any additional load can throw off your balance. When packing your saddlebags, consider how each item is going to affect the motorcycle's balance and centre of gravity. Try to pack heavier items on the bottom to keep the centre of gravity low. Make sure that each side of your bike carries equal weight so you have good balance. The top storage compartment, just behind the passenger seat, is best reserved for lightweight items, such as an extra jacket or gloves.

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