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Bkingwingding
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Educate me please. New member

Postby Bkingwingding » Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:40 pm



Hi there folks. My name is Georgi and ive been riding for 13 years now. Ive always been into the sports bikes. Ive had all kinds and makes. From supermotos crotch rockets dirt street fighters. I have finally bought one of these goldwings and I love it. Soooo confy. Problem - I know nothing about these bikes. I have a 1996 gl1500SE with 38k miles. Bought it from a retired highway state police guy. The guy took care of it and did everything by the book in the dealer. Bike runs strong. No problems whatsoever. It took me a few days going through the the book to figure all the buttons. :) anything to worry about. Anything to check? Whats up with this shaft drive? Any maintanance? How about suspension. Whats normal psi? Any info would be greatly appreciate it











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virgilmobile
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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:32 pm

As always,I consider any used bike just right after I completely service it myself....
Replace the timing belts.Just do it anyways..
Complete fluid change..eg...oil,brake fluid,fork oil,differential oil,remove and hand clean and grease the drive shaft coupler....etc.etc.

Suspension varies depending on the load...adjust till comfortable....

Lots more reading about the bike here...WELCOME

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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby bustedwing » Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:45 pm

You might be able to save yourself a lot of time and money if the po kept good records. The timing belts would need to be changed, if they haven't been already, due to age. Also, if the rear tire has been changed that's the time to grease the splines. All of the other fluids, if there is no record, can be changed in a weekend. I also suggest that you practice handling the Wing in some spare time. Take a few traffic cones or something you can use for a marker, set them up in an empty parking lot about 50 feet apart. Practice figure 8s going slower and slower without putting your feet down. When you get good at it, move the cones closer. This will help you get used to the top heavy, but great control and boost your confidence. It handles nothing like a crotch rocket, but you can cruise a lot more miles and have a lot more smiles.
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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:19 pm

Wow man,,, Nice freakin bike ....I used to live in Rolling Meadows back in 87-92 and I went fishing at the forest preserves right up the road...actually helped build one of those large buildings on Arlington heights rd across from the preserves.... Your bike looks a lot like the admin. here, I'm sure the bike is in great shape but I would take these guys advice on all the stuff mentioned...good to have you here.. :D

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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby themainviking » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:25 am

Looks to me like you have gotten yourself a really pretty, well appointed motorcycle. Congratulations. Welcome to the forum, and if you do all that the previous members suggested, you should have many long and happy miles on that beauty.
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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:33 am

It DOES look like my bike!

Apart from what others have told you, which is all good advice, one of the first things I would (and did) do is get rid of all the chrome in the cockpit - especially those huge mirrors sitting on top of the speakers. The first time you ride with the sun behind you, you'll be blinded. Chrome can look nice, but for me, it has no place in the cockpit.

Bkingwingding
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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby Bkingwingding » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:56 am

Hey guys thanks for the replies. Im gonna do all fluids next week but the timing belts... I surprised when you guys mentioned them. bike only has 38k miles. Is it really time for them too?
And do you guys have any experience with the siera electronics. I want to send my radio and have them put the aux cable.

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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:53 am

Bkingwingding wrote:Hey guys thanks for the replies. Im gonna do all fluids next week but the timing belts... I surprised when you guys mentioned them. bike only has 38k miles. Is it really time for them too?
And do you guys have any experience with the siera electronics. I want to send my radio and have them put the aux cable.


Have a read through the top of this article: How to remove and replace your timing belts - it describes the reasoning behind replacing them. Basically, you have no idea how old they are - they could very well be original, which means they are 15 years old. Having a timing belt break can destroy an engine - and usually causes enough damage that it is cheaper to replace than to repair. The common advice is that when you buy a Goldwing, if you don't have clear, documented evidence of when the belts were last replaced, that replacing them should be on the top of your list.

As for Sierra Electronics, they are excellent. They're honest, decent people, and are experts at Goldwing radios. You definitely can't go wrong having them do your aux input cable.

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jhngardner367
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Re: Educate me please. New member

Postby jhngardner367 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:26 am

Sorry,..a bit late.
Welcome to the forum !
That is ,indeed,a beautiful bike ! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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I can't fix it,if it ain't broke...you want me to break it,first ???

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