Search found 1265 matches

by Mh434
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Poor radio Reception ????
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Bear in mind that there is more than one antenna connector in its cable. There's one at the radio unit, and another one under the passenger's seat. Make sure both are clean & have solid connections. Another good (cheap!) test would be to try a regular, discarded car antenna, plugged into the connect...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1995 GL1500 good deal?
Replies: 12
Views: 396

Re: 1995 GL1500 good deal?

Seems like a good deal to me...mind you, that bike would go for at least $6K in this part of the world...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Re: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail

Top be honest, the best possible thing you could do now is pull the battery, take it to an auto parts place, and have it load tested. That will tell you for sure if you're beating a dead horse...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: saddlebag cover hinges
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: saddlebag cover hinges

Thanks, WA - I'd forgotten how I fixed my problem, and you're absolutely correct, it was the latches that were the problem. The link you posted was mine. I worked at that issue for a LONG time before I figured out one of my latch supports was bent. It's easy to bend these - one over-large item stuff...
by Mh434
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: saddlebag cover hinges
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: saddlebag cover hinges

If I recall correctly, the best adjustment is at the other end of the hinges, in the floor of the saddlebag. It has been awhile since I tinkered with mine (they were so far out of adjustment that one of the bags wouldn't close), but that's what I recall doing. It's fiddly, because you have to close ...
by Mh434
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Re: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail

By the way - for those who have aftermarket GPS units on their bikes - even when turned "off", if they're plugged in, they still draw a LOT of juice. I measured the draw rate on one of my Garmin units, and found that in the "off" position (and the screen completely dark) it was still drawing almost...
by Mh434
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Re: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail

^^^Agreed. The bike's ECU has a small amount of drain all the time. The battery should actually self-charge at a greater rate than that, due to chemical reactions inside it that are constantly ongoing, so that's not a significant drain rate. Either the alternator, or the battery itself, is likely th...
by Mh434
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: RIDING IN THE RAIN.
Replies: 45
Views: 2517

Re: RIDING IN THE RAIN.

I try to avoid riding in the rain at all costs. In my part of the world, ALL roads are asphalt, of which a major component is....oil. If it's been dry for several days, at the first sign of rain the road becomes a slick, oil-over-water skating rink. Yesterday, it rained here for the first time in a ...
by Mh434
Thu May 31, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: SHORT LEGS !! - BIG PROBLEM ???
Replies: 28
Views: 1783

Re: SHORT LEGS !! - BIG PROBLEM ???

Just a caution regarding sliding the fork tubes up in the triple clamps - the front end of a GL1500 is fairly soft, and when the front springs are compressed there is precious little space left between hard parts & the front fender (on my bike, there's about 1/4" of clearance left once the front spr...
by Mh434
Thu May 31, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 4th Alternator GL1500
Replies: 40
Views: 2307

Re: 4th Alternator GL1500

^^^That's a very good point - age is a far more important consideration in wiring, connectors, etc. than mileage. UV and oxygen degrade plastics and rubber, that's a given. The longer the exposure, the worse the degradation. I had a Porsche 944 (loved that car!!), but electrical gremlins due to conn...
by Mh434
Thu May 31, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Whats the deal with driver backrest prices?
Replies: 17
Views: 444

Re: Whats the deal with driver backrest prices?

NOVAwing, just be thankful you're not in Canada! That same Utopia back rest would cost well over $300 to bring in here, assuming it could be brought in by USPS. If it came UPS, it could exceed $500!
by Mh434
Mon May 28, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Best LED Headlight Retrofit
Replies: 24
Views: 1270

Re: Best LED Headlight Retrofit

I don’t think so - adjustments for high and low beams are independent, IIRC.
by Mh434
Sun May 27, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Bad Gas
Replies: 9
Views: 517

Re: Bad Gas

Personally, I'd suggest continuing to use regular gas & continue to add Seafoam for another tank or two. Seafoam works amazingly well, but it doesn't work instantly. In the case of really bad fuel (been there, done that), it can take 2-3 tanks of treated fuel to clean out all the crap. It worked for...
by Mh434
Sun May 27, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: TIME TO POKE THE BEAR -Carb Cleaners and Fuel Additives: What Works?
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: TIME TO POKE THE BEAR -Carb Cleaners and Fuel Additives: What Works?

Personally, I've been working on motorcycles (and virtually every other type of motorized vehicle) since the 1970's, including everything from minor tune ups to ground-up rebuilds. While there are doubtless "snake oil" products out there, SeaFoam is certainly not one of them. I have used it, very su...
by Mh434
Fri May 25, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Machine won't run well, even after professional carb cleaning
Replies: 41
Views: 1093

Re: Machine won't run well, even after professional carb cleaning

Personally, I suspect that one or more of the carb's vacuum hoses is either not connected or has a small split in it. That is ALL it takes to create the symptoms you're describing. The GL1500 is very susceptible to vacuum leaks and even though a hose looks okay, close examination of their bends & en...
by Mh434
Fri May 25, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Machine won't run well, even after professional carb cleaning
Replies: 41
Views: 1093

Re: Machine won't run well, even after professional carb cleaning

Personally, I suspect that one or more of the carb's vacuum hoses is either not connected or has a small split in it. That is ALL it takes to create the symptoms you're describing. The GL1500 is very susceptible to vacuum leaks and even though a hose looks okay, close examination of their bends, in ...
by Mh434
Mon May 21, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: SHORT LEGS !! - BIG PROBLEM ???
Replies: 28
Views: 1783

Re: SHORT LEGS !! - BIG PROBLEM ???

Well, if he's the size of the Hamster, he DOES have a problem!! :lol: (we TG and GT fans are well familiar with Richard Hammond!). Another possibility would be to lower the rear air pressure a tad. It doesn't take much to lower the bike another 1/2" - 1". Mind you, using the side & center stands bec...
by Mh434
Mon May 21, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Bike wouldn't start
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Bike wouldn't start

If the battery is a standard, lead acid battery, and it's less than pretty much brand new, this type of starting problem is common. When they're virtually new & 100% charged, they'll generally spin the bike over and start it. When the battery is a couple of years old & no longer is at original max c...
by Mh434
Sun May 20, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1989 GL1500 Aspencade cooling fans not coming on when hot
Replies: 12
Views: 513

Re: 1989 GL1500 Aspencade cooling fans not coming on when hot

Assuming the coolant level is okay, the temp sensor at the radiator is the most likely culprit, IMHO. It works by completing a ground to the circuit when the temperature gets high enough, so (with the ignition turned on), providing a path to ground for the sensor will confirm the issue. If the fans ...
by Mh434
Fri May 18, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Air ride Bar pressure
Replies: 10
Views: 577

Re: Air ride Bar pressure

My Canada-market-specific GL1500 (sold as the "Canadian Edition") is in "bar" for rear shock pressure, too. I don't like that at all. The range of pressure between, say 2.5 bar and 3.0 bar (which doesn't sound like much at all) is a whopping 8 psi - a serious difference when it comes to the rear sho...
by Mh434
Sun May 13, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Some observations...
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Some observations...

I do have a manual, but I had never considered consulting it about this issue :roll:

Live & learn? :lol:
by Mh434
Sat May 12, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Some observations...
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Some observations...

First, my '97 SE has been parked since October, as the weather in this part of the Pacific Northwet isn't conducive to riding during the winter. When I parked it, I added some Seafoam & some fuel stabilizer to the tank, connected a fully-automatic battery maintainer, put it on center stand, and said...
by Mh434
Thu May 10, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: LCD / Air Pump Problems
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: LCD / Air Pump Problems

That relay #3 has been the source of many, many weird issues on GL1500's. At various times, mine caused the ignition to stay on when the key was out :shock: , clock losing or gaining time, radio station & rear suspension pressure information missing entirely, inexplicable lighting gremlins, etc. etc...
by Mh434
Thu May 10, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Tires Tires Tires so confusing
Replies: 12
Views: 485

Re: Tires Tires Tires so confusing

I was going to try something different this time, as I was replacing my noisy, lumpy Dunlop E3's, but in the end, I bought Dunlop MT4's. I'm pleasantly surprised with how smooth and quiet they are (no more howling in turns), and the grip far exceeds any 'Wing tires I've had. As for longevity, I can'...
by Mh434
Thu May 10, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: My bike is in the shop
Replies: 22
Views: 1453

Re: My bike is in the shop

If it were me, I'd have a new U-joint installed. The extra $130 is a small price to pay for the knowledge that it will likely go 100K+ miles, and you've already had experience with a used one that only went 15K miles. The labor of having this job done again would easily have paid for the cost of a n...