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Customizing your dashboard display Copied
From: Gordon L Banks
Date: Tue Mar 27, 2001 7:58am
Subject: OPENING CEREMONY
Okay. I 'think' I have found a set of steps to customize the opening ceremony
of a GL1800 that has not yet been customized. Not all bikes will need this
exact routine, but it has worked on every bike I've tried so far, as long as
it has never been customized before, or if the customized characters have been
Please let me know if this does not work on your bike.
CUSTOM PROGRAMMING THE GL1800'S OPENING
(Note: For the following steps,
"Press" means 'press and release'.)
1. Turn ignition key to ON or ACC, and wait for the normal screen display
after the opening ceremony.
2. Press (press and release) the MODE button three times.
3. Simultaneously 'press and hold' the TRIP and DISP buttons for atleast two
full seconds, and then release.
4. Press the MODE button.
5. Press the DISP button.You should now see the word "SPECIAL!". If
not, turn OFF the ignition key, and start all over.
6. Press the TRIP button.
7. At the prompt "Change OK?", press the MODE button.
8. You should now see a 12-character line, with the cursor at the left end.
Use the TRIP button to cycle through the available characters until you find
the one you want (letters, numbers, blank, and some others).
Note: You cannot back up when cycling through the characters! If you pass the
one you want, you'll have to cycle around to the desired character again.
9. When the desired character appears, press the DISP button to move the
cursor to the next space to the right. The
cursor moves only to the right, and then wraps from the right end
back to the left end.
10. When the desired 12 characters have been selected, press the MODE button
to store the selected characters into memory.
Now turn the ignition key to OFF while watching the display screen. You should
see the words "SEE YOU!", with your 12-character line just
underneath. When you turn the ignition key to ON or ACC, you should see
"HELLO" and your 12 character line, and then a message saying
"Welcome to the Gold Wing World".
The above steps should get you started, but a little experimenting may still
be in order.
Possible 12-character lines include:
Your GWRRA number (GWRRA_154381)
Your name (GORDON_BANKS). Some names may require abbreviations like those seen
on custom vanity license plates.
Your bike's name or your CB handle: (CRIMSON RIDE)
Two first names (GORDON&MINA)
A service reminder (CH_OIL_@_15K) or (CH_OIL@1...)
A special or emergency phone number (012-345-6789)
Anniversary or birthday reminder (ANV_01/01/01)
Or anything you want that will fit onto a 12-character line!
No, I have no idea why Honda hasn't told us about this. I discovered this
after Jim mentioned that they'd seen one
with a custom display, so I went looking for a way to do it Who knows? There
may be even more features like this that we haven't discovered yet.
Gordon Banks, Huntsville, AL
Red GL1800A #00539, "Crimson Ride"