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New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:39 pm



So my dad passed down his Goldwing to me, a 2000 GL1500SE with a tick over 19,000 miles. I've been riding since junior high but almost all dirt, my current ride is a 2005 CRF230F, but even that's been sitting in the garage for about a decade. Did I just say decade, where the heck does the time go?

I did get my endorsement around 2003 but have only ridden MUCH smaller bikes, much smaller, as in a Honda Ruckus here and there, but I sold that to get the current dirt bike so not much street riding. I'm now mid 40's, about 5'9 165 lbs and was very intimidated to say the least about the thought of riding such a big heavy bike; dad, 74, made one last ride a couple of Sundays ago to bring it up to my house.


After him showing me around all the controls I took it for a quick loop around the block and wow, what an easy bike to ride. I don't know what all the belly aching is about, about the Goldwing being such a heavy bike, once you actually ride it for 30 seconds it is SO nice. All my worries were for naught. I am already in love!

Dad did put a few chrome accessories on it, I've taken most of them off - I'm not much of a chrome guy. Things like the chrome kill switch cover, the chrome gas cap door surround, chrome ignition switch surround... although there are a couple of small chrome pieces that look aftermarket and look ok, I guess a couple of them can stay, lol.

One of the very first things I learned about Goldwings after dad left was how to pick them up. I was pushing it towards the garage and it leaned over a little too far, there was no stopping it. So I just guided it gently down until it came to a rest on the guards, positioned myself and lifted it back up, very important to lift with the legs with this one!


I've taken it out a few times, not many opportunities weather-wise, and I've been going through it taking things off to give them a good cleaning and get a feel for what may need to be done. So far the back one-third is clean. My dad had all the manuals and paperwork for service so it seems to be taken good care of, I've already ordered some goodies for it as well.

I'm glad I found such a great resource here and hope I can contribute as well!

Cheers!
Stew


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

Post by minimac » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:52 pm

Congrats on the new acquisition. IMHO, you won't find a nicer riding machine anywhere.

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Post by MikeB » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:59 pm

Welcome Stew.

Today, tomorrow and probably the rest of the week will be good for riding here in the Puget Sound. Get it back together and ride.
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Post by Stew » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:04 pm

Thank you minimac!

MikeB - Yep, the second picture of it taken apart was earlier today, it's already back together and I did in fact take it for a quick spin! That back wheel took forever to get clean, dad wasn't the best about washing it these last couple years I think!
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:14 pm

It's easy to ride around, yes, but you should find a parking lot and do some slow-speed work. Goldwings ride very differently than other bikes at slow speed - your buffer zone is much smaller in terms of lean angle vs speed.

Also, you will learn that your steering absolutely positively must be straight when you come to a stop. You can get away with have the steering slightly cocked one way or the other when coming to a stop on lighter bikes. Doing that on a 1000 lb Goldwing will have you fighting to keep it upright.

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

Post by Stew » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:30 pm

WingAdmin - That is good advice. I've been looking through your DIY articles, they are top notch, and since most (all?) of them are on the same exact year and even color as mine it's as though I'm looking at my very own motorcycle.

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Post by brettchallenger » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:20 pm

You have a lovely unmolested machine there. In fact it is the same as mine apart from the colour. Sorry to bore other readers who might have seen my previous comments elswhere but one word of caution - based on my experience. Be aware, when pushing the bike backwards using your feet, if you do this on loose gravel or similar you might lose your footing. A Goldwing is a big heavy bike, and you really find this out if you lean it more than you intended while hauling it about using your feet. If you are on a loose surface, use the reverse gear. If it does go down, you will have immense fun trying to pick it up from a loose gravel surface.

With various illnesses and such this year, I haven't done much riding. I was meant to take the Goldwing to France/Belgium Great War battlefields this year to pay my respects to my grandfather (whom I never met) he was caught in a gas attack in 1917. He actually survived the attack but was left with dreadful respiritory problems and died shortly after the war ended. We can't even get his military records as these were destroyed in the next war during an air raid. So the plan is to go to Flanders next year. My biggest worry is handling the bike on the ferry with its slippy decks and small parking area for bikes but we will meet this challenge when it occurs.
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:13 pm

brettchallenger - thank you, yep it is 99.5% original. The weather was nice in my neck of the woods today but rather than ride I pretty much finished up going through it and cleaning it up. This mostly consisted of removing most of the body panels and giving them a good cleaning front and back, I plan on being a fair-weather rider so now that it's clean it should stay that way.

Holy smokes getting the wheels clean was a task, after scrubbing with wheel cleaner and a stiff brush, an SOS pad really cleans the aluminum well and is surprisingly gentle. SOS pads are also really good for cleaning chromed metal like exhaust pipes - takes surface rust off super quick, cuts through baked on grime and does not scratch and is not abrasive, incredibly enough.

You can see in my avatar pic I removed the chrome front disc covers (I set them aside for safe keeping) to give the bike a more youthful look. The GL1800's didn't have them and I think it's the right look. Other than that I did add the lighted saddlebag lights, soldered/shrink-wrapped connections and JST type connectors from the RC world which will fit through the small holes you have to drill in case I need to remove or replace them. I also added the lighted reflector replacement piece that goes just below the license plate, a simple plug and play connection. I don't plan on doing much night riding but increasing your visibility is never a bad thing.
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Post by Mountain rider » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:54 pm

Stew, that is a beautiful bike! You will so enjoy dancing it through the twisties in the mountains. Ride safe and keep the shiny side up.

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Post by thrasherg » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:17 am

But he’s taking the shiny (chrome) bits off, so he won’t know which way is up!! :D

Congrats on the new bike, sorry your Dad has decided to stop riding, but I hope you have a great time.

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

Post by Stew » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:04 pm

Is it ok to use this thread as a sort of build thread like a lot of car forums have? I don't really see a specific place for such threads where you can chronicle updates to your motorcycle.

Lol, yeah taking some of the shiny stuff off, but keeping some.

Here is a shot of the JST connector for the saddle bag lights, they wouldn't carry a ton of current but are fine for this application, and most importantly can fit through the 5/16" hole for the wire harness.




The panel that covers the battery had a broken post, the post repair kit says to cut the replacement post to size, put it in the grommet and place the panel on the bike to make sure you get the alignment correct. I didn't want the epoxy oozing down the panel so I stuck some Silly Putty on the panel to get the placement measurement:




And here is the repaired panel with replacement stud, no epoxy running down the panel. Also you can amazingly still order brand-new OEM Honda items like the battery retainer which for some reason dad had removed, as well as individual screws, nuts and washers. Very cool!


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Post by Mh434 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:24 pm

It's coming along great! In my experience, very few GW owners leave their bikes "as purchased", but rather view them as a blank canvas, on which to paint their version of the perfect Wing. You're well on your way to that goal!

By the way - as to the color of your bike, you were very lucky indeed to not only get the "best" GL1500 color, but the fastest, as well! (see my avatar :lol: - I might be a tad biased...)

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Post by JMMO » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:28 pm

Welcome Stew! The 1500 is a GREAT bike, and it appears your dad's was well cared for. I got my '98 back in 2012 with 14,000 miles on it. Today it has 86,000 on it! :D Take WingAdmin's advice and practice slow speed maneuvers. This is a Great site for info. Enjoy!
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:52 pm

Grrr, it won't start. Was going to get a little bit of riding in today but I had a no-start condition, starter not engaging.

The secondary starter relay down by the back right side of the engine isn't clicking so the next things to look at is the primary starter relay next to the battery and the bank angle sensor next. Battery voltage is good. The only thing that's happened since I rode it last is taking panels off and giving everything a good scrubbing, wonder if I got water into something that didn't like being sprayed. Was just using a garden hose, no pressure washer.

I Removed the seat, battery and battery box so I could get better access to the primary starter relay, when I removed the connector to the relay there was a little sign of water getting in there. I manually energized it by connecting directly to the battery, it was energizing and I was getting correct continuity readings across the posts. I clicked it on and off several times to give it a workout, cleaned the connectors with a toothbrush and reconnected the battery.

Success, the starter is now engaging, hooray! Now I'll stop worrying that I broke something and hope I get another opportunity to take it out for a little more practice soon. Even just unplugging and reconnecting the connectors was probably enough to clean up the poor connection but I'm glad it wasn't something more serious. Whew!
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:40 pm

Sorry for these random posts, I feel like a kid again with this motorcycle! Today was a slow work day and not raining so I went out for another ride. I first stopped in the local motorcycle shop and picked out a pair of proper pants, now I'm pretty set gear-wise; next I hopped on the freeway for about 12 or 13 miles and went to a motorcycle skill test course in North Everett to see how I'd do on the Goldwing, I've only ridden much smaller bikes before this.

I'm pretty good with balance, I have a unicycle and can ride it all day long just fine, and my favorite type of dirt riding is tight technical trails, but still - this motorcycle is big. I didn't have any cones and was just going off the painted lines as best I could but I think I would have passed had I been taking the real test over again. Just the same, I'm glad I kept my endorsement current!

So along with that I've been studying the newest motorcycle guide from our Dept of Licensing, and reading our current laws and am feeling much more confident now about riding this motorcycle - thanks dad!
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Post by DenverWinger » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:59 pm

Mh434 wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:24 pm
By the way - as to the color of your bike, you were very lucky indeed to not only get the "best" GL1500 color, but the fastest, as well!
Stew, Welcome to the forum, you have acquired an exceptional machine, but I still like my Candy Spectra!

Hm, Did Dad put a shifter brace on it? Low miles, likely not. From what I have read, it is one of the biggest improvements that can be made to one of these beasts. I got one for mine, but it's still in the package, there's some more stuff I want to get and the brace will go on along with other things while the tupperware is off.
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=19759

Another recommended goodie is the Blackwing Fork Brace, I again don't have one yet but recommended often by forum members.... Helps with slow-speed handling.
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=28654
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Post by Mag » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:21 pm

.....and welcome to the crew, just down the I-5 from you several miles. Have to admit, when I first got on the 1500, it was a little daunting getting used to such a big bike, but took it easy, practiced my tight turns, etc., etc., and after running them for 25 years, love the damn things.

Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

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Post by Stew » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:39 pm

DenverWinger: As it turns out I have already installed the Blackwing fork brace :). I was reading about the various fork brace offerings and this one seemed the best engineered, and indeed it fit like a glove. Since I only rode a few miles before installing it I won't really have a basis for comparison but from what I read it really helps.
I've read about the shifter brace, there isn't anything like that installed now, I may do that down the road but not yet.

Mag: Yep, you are not too far from me, maybe I'll see ya on the road!

JMMO: Thank you!

Mh434: I do like the color 8-)

I'm working on something and am hoping to get a write-up together in the next week or so. It's a variation on a voltmeter install I saw here but super clean with no cutting/modifying, in the best location (IMHO) plus it's easy and inexpensive to boot.
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Post by Mag » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:16 pm

Wave when you are heading southbound and I going north, lol.

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Post by aj1500 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:41 am

Stew wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:40 pm


I'm pretty good with balance, I have a unicycle and can ride it all day long just fine, and my favorite type of dirt riding is tight technical trails, but still - this motorcycle is big. I didn't have any cones and was just going off the painted lines as best I could but I think I would have passed had I been taking the real test over again. Just the same, I'm glad I kept my endorsement current!

Stew
you are coming along nicely and your new ride is looking great. It's nice to see someone else that rides a unicycle also
I have given up the dirt bikes but still ride the ATV 4 wheeler in the trails when I can



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