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by Mh434
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Can beads put a tire out of balance
Replies: 15
Views: 380

Re: Can beads put a tire out of balance

I always figured the beads were "snake oil"...until I tried them. I'm a convert, now - I'll never have ugly lead weights on my wheels again, and I'm thrilled with how smooth & quiet my tires run now.
by Mh434
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1997 SE Bogs down below 1800 rpm after Carb Rebuild
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: 1997 SE Bogs down below 1800 rpm after Carb Rebuild

I'd be suspicious that there's a leak in one of the vacuum hoses still...
by Mh434
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: New to this Forum
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: New to this Forum

My suggestion would be to ride both a 1500 and 1800. There's no point to buying a bike you aren't comfortable on. Many find the 1800 plenty comfortable, but a large contingent find the 1500 more so. I'm in the latter group - I'm very long-legged, and couldn't find a comfortable position on the 1800....
by Mh434
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Speedometer
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Speedometer

I would say that there's a 99% certainty that it's just the cable that needs replacing.
by Mh434
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Need replacement LCD
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Need replacement LCD

Wow, that's a smokin' deal!
by Mh434
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: alternator question
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: alternator question

I'm with Andy - I wouldn't bother rebuilding an OEM alternator. While they still work, they're marginal at best, while the aftermarket ones (I have an LActrical 95-amp one) produce twice as much juice, at idle, as the OEM ones do wide open. They're actually quite cheap, too - and if you have trouble...
by Mh434
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!
Replies: 58
Views: 2842

Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

I have GOT to do that with my bike!! That looks amazing - too bad Mother Honda didn't think of it!!
by Mh434
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions

While the GPS chip will function without cell signals, the mapping software (unless it’s an expensive, standalone app, with all of the North America maps stored on the phone) needs cell signals to update constantly as you travel along. I currently have 3 high-end, expensive GPS apps on my iPhone (in...
by Mh434
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions
Replies: 39
Views: 3597

Re: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions

Paulcf nailed it - in Canada, it's not practical to try to use a cell phone as a GPS for traveling. We have very restrictive plans, and some of the most expensive cell & data use costs in the entire world. So, for us, a standalone GPS is the answer. On the bike, I'm still using a Garmin 760 from man...
by Mh434
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: clutch or trans issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: clutch or trans issue?

Wish you the best of luck, and hope that it's one of the simple fixes!
by Mh434
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: What's this gooo on my gl1500 carb airhorn assembly?
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: What's this gooo on my gl1500 carb airhorn assembly?

It might be old fuel rather than oil. When you let gasoline evaporate, you end up with brown deposits like that.
by Mh434
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: clutch or trans issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: clutch or trans issue?

^^^Agreed. ALWAYS try the simple stuff first! You know you'd hate yourself if you tore it all the way down to the trans, only to discover a sloppy shifter shaft had left it stuck between gears... The fact that it came back, at least for a little bit, and shifted & ran normally, tells me there's been...
by Mh434
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: clutch or trans issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: clutch or trans issue?

How sloppy is the shifter shaft? They're not a good design, and are unsupported along much of their length. As they wear, shifting can become...casual. It's possible it may be partially-shifted, sitting between gears. That's where I'd look first. If it was the driveshaft, it wouldn't have been drive...
by Mh434
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: super light trailer
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: super light trailer

You should be able to find a trailer for a small boat (say, for a 12 footer or less) for next to nothing. Of course, usually, to get one that cheap you have to take the wreck of a boat with it, & dispose of the carcass yourself!. I wouldn't be surprised if you could do the whole thing for under $300...
by Mh434
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Am I missing something (petcock)??
Replies: 21
Views: 485

Re: Am I missing something (petcock)??

The fuel "hydrolock" problem is a HUGE issue if it happens. In the Kawasaki Concours ZG1000's, it was a very common occurrence to get this type of hydrolock, and on trying to turn the engine over, it bends connecting rods, and can break pistons. Fuel, like water, doesn't compress, and a strong batte...
by Mh434
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Panniers / trunk weight capability
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Panniers / trunk weight capability

In my opinion, the main reason for keeping weight down in the trunk is because it's so high above the bike's center of gravity. Added weight is best carried as low as possible (like, in the bottoms of the saddlebags, and evenly distributed from side to side) so as to affect the center of gravity as ...
by Mh434
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: tires gl 1500
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: tires gl 1500

I put MT4's on my GL1500 last year, and I love 'em. I replaced the 3's, which still had some life in them, but weren't sticky enough for my liking & they howled like a lonely dog in turns. The 4's are far quieter, seem to have far better grip (especially under braking!), and don't exhibit tramlining...
by Mh434
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1994 1500 vibration at low speeds
Replies: 31
Views: 1328

Re: 1994 1500 vibration at low speeds

I've had that happen, more than once, even when professionals mounted the tire for me. It usually happens when no (or not enough) bead lubricant is used while mounting the tire. The bead "sticks" & doesn't pop all the way to a proper seating position. As you say, often just letting the pressure off ...
by Mh434
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Just for Fun
Topic: New Harley at bike week
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Re: New Harley at bike week

well...it WOOD (sic!) be quiet! :lol:
by Mh434
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Best LED Headlight Retrofit
Replies: 19
Views: 800

Re: Best LED Headlight Retrofit

Is there issues with scattered light with pathfinders? I have been reading that on other sites. The early model Pathfinders had an issue with the fore/aft placement of the emitters on the stalks, where they were equidistant from the reflector. This resulted in being able to focus for high beam, or ...
by Mh434
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: LCD problem
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: LCD problem

To be honest, there's no repair feasible - replacement is about the only option. Pretty much all that's left is used, Ebay-sourced items (which, until recently was the ONLY available option) or Tanin. From what I've read so far, if it were me, I'd buy one of the Tanin LCD's and be done with it. Bran...
by Mh434
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Best LED Headlight Retrofit
Replies: 19
Views: 800

Re: Best LED Headlight Retrofit

One thing I'd caution about - all of the LED halogen-replacement headlight bulbs make a fair bit of heat. Nowhere near as much as a halogen, but certainly enough to fry an LED. For this reason, all of them have some kind of cooling device or heat synch. I don't think the ones with little mechanical ...
by Mh434
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Fog light bulbs
Replies: 16
Views: 762

Re: Fog light bulbs

Yeah - it IS painful getting dinged for all those extras in Canada, isn't it?? Whenever I can, I ask for US sellers to send via USPS, as it's generally cheaper & doesn't usually involve duty. Many US sellers are aware of our plight with courier deliveries in Canada & the outrageous, exorbitant, and ...
by Mh434
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Best LED Headlight Retrofit
Replies: 19
Views: 800

Re: Best LED Headlight Retrofit

I have the Pathfinders, and they're excellent. WingAdmin did an excellent review, and I did my own here: http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=33306 There are now lots of aftermarket (i.e. "offshore") alternatives, some of which are excellent, and some of which are not. It can be a bit o...
by Mh434
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Poor Cold Start. Engine wont fire with starter engaged
Replies: 32
Views: 2246

Re: Poor Cold Start. Engine wont fire with starter engaged

^^^Yep! They also last a lot longer than wet cell batteries, and don't leak if you tip them over. Actually, you can shoot holes in one, and it still won't leak - just an added safety feature.