Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase


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wa2ddl
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Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby wa2ddl » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:21 am



HI,

New here and new to Hondas...Actually I just got back into biking after about 30 years and a handful of rentals.

Just bought a 1995 Aspencade with about 55k on the odometer and was wondering what tips I should follow to ensure the bike is at peak performance and safe. I'm thinking of a complete fluid replacement, etc., brakes check, things like that, but anything else that you have found that would be a really good idea for me to do would be appreciated.

Also...hard to say this, but, the thing is PURPLE! I know I should leave the anniversary edition the original color, but I'm thinking of a repaint. Apologies to those hitting the back arrow about now, however, for those who did repaint...what kind of prices can I expect to pay for a color change?

Thanks!



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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:35 am

Timing belts have a finite life.Replace them ASAP.Replace all the brake fluid.Replace the fork oil.

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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby 86GW1200 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:25 pm

I bought my 86 Aspy with about 52k miles last summer (it had sat for about 8 years). I changed all fluids and replaced brake pads while rebuilding all 3 calipers. Fixed the dreaded 3 yellow wire problem near the battery. I am taking a chance with the timing belts - they will be done soon. It now has just over 58k miles and I'm lovin' it.

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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby wa2ddl » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:08 pm

The belts! I didnt think they would be due so soon. I guess recommended for a car is usually 60k-70k, so why not replace the belt on this at 55K? Great idea and thank you.

Any ideas what a belt job usually runs on these/down time?

Any other areas or weak spots on the 1995 Aspencade that I need to pay close attention to?

Thanks again all.

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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby guitarlos » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:05 am

I dont have the numbers on teh belts, but Napa sells a good quality belt pair. While you are at it, it wouldnt be a bad idae to change out the hoses to and from the radiator. Again, somewhere in this forum is a cross reference of hoses from Napa.

The belts are to be changed out every 40K, dont skimp, if you dont know, its better to err in the maintenance of changing them as opposed to not.

I think it took me two hours to change out the belts on my '80 Gl1100. Youve gotta remove the radiator, so why not change the hoses and add fresh coolant while you are there? Just a suggestion.

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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby wa2ddl » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:43 am

Great-thanks for the info. Everything addressed by you is on the to do list.

Once again...thanks everyone!

Steve
Jensen Bch., Fl.

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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby wa2ddl » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:00 pm

Ouch...hit an armadillo at 45mph on one of those dark, country roads a few days ago. A bit too inexperienced to swerve in such short time, then BANG!

You know, the bike hardly felt it although I did crack the solid plastic panel just below the radiator. Must have hit him square-on. Had I not see it, I would have wondered what made so much noise with such little impact? The bike never missed a beat...part luck and part great design; it had nothing to do with me, that's for sure!

What a great bike!

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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby dingdong » Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:59 pm

The problem with the timing belts on your Wing is age not mileage. The Napa Gates # is T275. If you don't have service records on your bike replace them ASAP. This is an interference engine. Belts break, pistons bend valves.
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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:53 pm

Welcome to the site.. :D

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Re: Any tips for 55,000 mile new purchase

Postby cal3san » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:07 pm

I just acquired a 1982 GW 1100 with a 1999 Lehman trike kit. It had 51,616 miles when I picked it up in Missouri last week and now that it's in North Carolina it has another 94 miles. Body is in great shape for being 29 years old but I know it needs to be serviced since the previous owner had it only a year (15 miles) and only changed out tires. Only other record of events (recorded on back page of original Owners Manual) are oil changes every 2,000 miles starting at 46,500 miles

On my schedule tomorrow is a trip over to Beaufort to see the local Honda "guru" about a thorough check-up and change all fluids, timing belt, check valves and brakes and anything else he thinks needed for me to ride off into the sunset. Okay, I've already been to Arizona and Calfornia this year (on my 750 Honda Shadow Aero trike) so let's make it a trip up the eastern seaboard to Maine and back in August.


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