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Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby made2care » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:28 am



Spent most of the day yesterday on the roads to pick this up. 97 1500. Needs some tlc though. Will clean her/him up. I checked over the bike and test rode it, no issues, however when I looked a little closer this morning, the dash seems to have some signs of melting. Not bad but some form of heat must have caused this. Could have been left in the sun, who knows.
The gauges work fine except for high beam light. Anyway, hope I haven't been scammed, guess only time will tell.
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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:05 am

that's a nice looking 1500 you got there. hope you have many happy trouble free miles with it.

stuart.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby made2care » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:16 am

Thanks. Also, Happy 4th everyone!

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby maintainer » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:37 am

I have read that extra tall windshields can act like a magnifying glass and melt gauge clusters when left parked out in the sun.
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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby made2care » Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:12 am

This is true. Just found some threads on this. Thanks for the reply. This one will be garaged, she rides very well, much smoother and heavier than the 1200.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby harvey01 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:18 am

Congratulations on the new ride! I hope you have many miles of smiles!
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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby billbob » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:27 am

Congrats, good looking 1500,love my 98 gl1500 se. :P

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby made2care » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:48 am

Thanks guys. Just gave her a bath, already looks better. Now some new tires and fluids and I'm ready to ride. Got a good deal on this one, but had to drive 5 hrs to get that good deal.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:07 pm

the 5 hour anticipation of getting what you wanted was worth it. nice looking bike.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:31 pm

Nice looking bike,

As long as it rides smooth - and you like it

put some miles down... :)

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby oldbikes » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:16 pm

Nice. Looks like it had good care, A lot of changes when you move up 10 years isn't there.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:22 pm

Well done!! 'Course, it's not as nice as a Pearl White '97 (they're the fastest! :lol: :lol: ), but still great!!

Just kidding, of course - it looks excellent! A few nice extras on her, too!! Many, many happy miles ahead of the two of you - enjoy!

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby made2care » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:17 pm

Had zero pressure on the rear brake pedal, and I knew that when i took it for a test ride. Kept my fingers crossed, pulled out the Mity Vac and bled brake line. Nice fresh fluid in, and the brake pedal works like new again. Next up will be to order new tires as these are shot. Took her out a couple of times and she rides like a dream.
Yes, big difference between an 87 and 97. Whole new design and definitely new engineering.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:22 am

Congrats on the new bike.Looks good in the pictures.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby Happytrails » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:36 pm

Grats on the new ride. Looks like a beauty. :D
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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby NVSB4 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:49 pm

made2care wrote:much smoother and heavier than the 1200.


There is a big difference between them isn't there.
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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby redial » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:21 pm

Five hours to get one is not that bad. ;) But now that you are on a GL1500 you should have smile a mile wide. Keep smiling, and keep the miles going as well.

Dont forget to record your maintenance.
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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby twostrokes48 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:44 pm

Unless you have some type proof or great trust in what the PO told you , (if you ask), make sure you change the timing belts asap, preferably before you do much of any riding. Would hate to have a belt snap and wipe out the engine on that baby. I have hd a rash of rear brake pedal problems. I have had 2 that required rebuild of rear Master cyl. and one that hopefully, just bleeding and flushing with new fluid will bring it back to life. So it is a weak spot. my 94 and 98 got rebuild kits, the new to me 98 trike is getting the fresh fluid and a good flushing. It is getting new timing belts at the same time. Maybe a good idea to flush and change all brake fluids as well as the clutch just so you know it is fresh.

I made the same jump from an 84 aspy to the 1500 mainly for the reverse...man that helps moving that heavy beast around....So good luck and I know you will love that baby. After you get the belts changed, ride it like you stole it.

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1997 Honda goldwing SE 1500 - AKA "Black Beard" (current)
1981 GL1100 - "The Wanderer"

Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby made2care » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:06 am

twostrokes48 wrote:Unless you have some type proof or great trust in what the PO told you , (if you ask), make sure you change the timing belts asap, preferably before you do much of any riding. Would hate to have a belt snap and wipe out the engine on that baby. I have hd a rash of rear brake pedal problems. I have had 2 that required rebuild of rear Master cyl. and one that hopefully, just bleeding and flushing with new fluid will bring it back to life. So it is a weak spot. my 94 and 98 got rebuild kits, the new to me 98 trike is getting the fresh fluid and a good flushing. It is getting new timing belts at the same time. Maybe a good idea to flush and change all brake fluids as well as the clutch just so you know it is fresh.

I made the same jump from an 84 aspy to the 1500 mainly for the reverse...man that helps moving that heavy beast around....So good luck and I know you will love that baby. After you get the belts changed, ride it like you stole it.


Thanks. This bike is amazing and I am riding her with horribly worn out tires, so can't imagine how she will handle with a new set on. E 3's on the way. I really want to ride since my time off is running out but I realize I definitely should do all the common maintenance tasks first and then go out. I also managed to get this bike for a really good deal, so that feels good. What's even more interesting, is my wife made the comment , "That's a really nice looking bike", (she doesn't ride and doesn't care for me too either) I could not believe it. She also said that if I get her a helmet, she wants a white one to match mine, so it looks like she is finally seeing the light :lol:
Thanks for the concern, I will get it all done.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:33 am

The tall (looks like a Tulsa) windshield will focus the sun like a parabola and concentrate it on the dash. Make sure whenever you park it, that the sun is not behind the bike, or the dash will melt even more. Either that, or carry a T-shirt with you and slip it over the windshield when you park.

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Re: Finally bought the bike I've wanted, but.......

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:39 am

Now that T-shirt idea is one I had not thought of, had previously used a half cover which is a lot more expensive than a T-shirt..sheeesh, how can I have such tunnel vision on things sometimes. Thanks for the tip.




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