Bike is new to me!

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Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
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Bike is new to me!

Postby Fireguy18 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:31 pm

Just purchased a 1988 gl1500. Looking forward to getting out in the wind and meeting other riders. Really enjoying the info available from this site.

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Location: Castlegar BC, Canada
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Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:37 pm

Woo hoooo ,another Canuck!!!!! We are taking over this place.Welcome to the Site Fireguy 8-)
Ride safe, Todd
Over night campers welcome

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1998 GL1500 SE Totaled
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Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby seelyark1 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:03 am

Welcome! Enjoy your "new to you" bike, as I know you will. Lots of good info and good people here to help you out with any problems you may have.
Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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Location: Denham Springs,La.
Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 I
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78 GL1000
81 GL1100
82 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 I
83 GL1100 standard
84 GL 1200 I

Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:24 pm

Welcome and replace your timing belts....

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Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby golden highway » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:10 pm

Just remember if you are riding a motorcycle smacking a puck around with a hockey stick it is no longer hockey, it's polo.

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Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby Fireguy18 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:37 pm

Thanks everyone for the welcome! It is great that there are so many helpful riders out there. My wife and I are enjoying the riding so far and are looking forward to meeting and making new friends. I will keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down, hopefully between the ditches! I have basically taken the attitude that I need to ride like I am invisible and that has kept me safe thus far.( or lucky!) :D I will leave the polo to those on horseback and keep my stick on the ice! I see I have a fellow Canuck from Castlegar. I miss that place! It's beautiful there and what a great spot to ride. Lots of twisties! If you see any of my friends at Castlegar fire department tell them Neal says hi!

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Location: Wakarusa, Indiana
Motorcycle: 1998 GL 1500 SE, found the bike in October 2013 with only 20,000 miles.

Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby nitefuzz » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:32 am

I got my 98 GL1500 SE towards the end of September 2013, the weather turned to winter fast and had to put it up by the middle of November. Was a bad winter here and it only warmed enough in the last two weeks now to work on it and have a couple rides. Not knowing what maintenance had been done on it in its previous life, I am slowly going thru things on it. Pulled the air filter yesterday and found a huge mouse nest in it, cleaned it all up and put a new filter in. Pretty sure the wing will run a lot better now that it can breath.

There are excellent "How To" articles in this web site that will walk you thru about everything you can think of doing on your Wing.

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Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby bustedwing » Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:58 pm

Like was said, if you don't know when the timing belts have been changed just for safety reasons go ahead and change them. It could save you the cost of an engine. But in the meantime, welcome to the website from the U.P. of Michigan. I am on my third Wing , this is the first trike. The first was a 1200, then a 1500 which I was in a accident and why I am on a trike now. Don't worry about the age of your Wing, there's still some on the road from mid 70s with 200k miles or more. 300k is not unheard of before any major work with proper care. So you joined a great club!
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Location: Kapunda, SouthAustralia
Motorcycle: 1997 GL1500 Spectre Red Aspencade

Re: Bike is new to me!

Postby redial » Fri May 02, 2014 7:08 pm

Hello there, Fireguy. While you are doing the maintenance, dont forget the fluids such as coolant, and especially the brake and clutch fluids as they are hydroscopic (attract water), and if they havent been changed for a while, then their action becomes less effective. As well as "go", you need "stop" to ensure a happy smile. Enjoy yourself and your GW.

Len in Kapunda

The world is not going to finish today, as it is already tomorrow in Australia and New Zealand, and other islands of foreign nations such as Guam and Samoa.

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