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i own an 1983 goldwing gl1100i an was wondering about 5 gear.is it an overdrive gear?first thru fourth gears seem to be fairly qiuck but as soon as i shift to 5th the acceleration is slow.just wandering this is my first goldwing an i been riding it for 3 months now.
 

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Rocky... not sure on your 1100 but would venture to guess that 5th gear is your OD, far as I know it is considered OD on the later models. I'm sure someone will either confirm or deny this :D
 

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5th gear on all wings is an overdrive gear. 1100 wings like to be reved. i don't use 5th on my 1200 until i know that the rpm will be over 2200
 

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When you talk about the 1800 you will find yourself in 5th gear most of the time. They call it " over -drive " for us also , but for some of us it's just the end of our shift options.
 

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When you talk about the 1800 you will find yourself in 5th gear most of the time. They call it " over -drive " for us also , but for some of us it's just the end of our shift options.
my 1500 is the same way, just shift tio 5th and roll
 

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Fifth gear on Wings is overdriven, but I don't recall the final drive ration. It's available on Wingfacts or Steve Saunders site.
 

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some of the ratios for the rear are as high as 3.40 ( early 1000 wings ) but most are lower. honda wanted to keep cruising rpm down to help control vibration to make riding more comfortable
 
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