Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner


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mainship87
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Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner

Postby mainship87 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:35 pm



Recently purchased a 1995 goldwing 1500 SE - Pearl Royal Magenta. Beautiful machine, just in need of a clean up and I am going through the 24000 mile maintenance. I don't have a maintenance history on the bike and I noticed the 100,000 mile suggestion to change the timing belt, with a subnote "or every two years". Would it be prudent to go ahead with the change?
Taken the a coupe days after I brought it home
Taken the a coupe days after I brought it home



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Re: Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner

Postby jimmyjohn123 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:00 pm

That's a beautiful bike - very low mileage too! Congrats!

If in doubt, follow manufacturer's recommendation. Honda seems to know what is best for maintenance intervals, in my not-so-humble-opinion.

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mainship87
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Re: Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner

Postby mainship87 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:28 pm

Well, the mileage is actually 77000, but it seems appropriate to do the scheduled maintenance for each 24M miles. Thanks for the compliment and advice.

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Re: Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:17 pm

Timing belts are 16 years old. I would change them. They will likely be okay, but now that you asked the question, if you don't change them, you will always wonder if this is the day they break. You don't need that.
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Re: Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner

Postby faithtalker1 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:44 pm

I recently purchased a 1995 as well congratulations nice machine, beautiful color, mine is red with maroon insets, I still have to put up some pictures as I have been told if no pics it didn't happen lol. But as I told the other fellow I will have to get my wife to do that because all I know how to do on here is type :) So anyway I got mine with just 33,500 miles and rode it home 350 miles and now have 34,246 and just had the once over on everything, the only thing it needed was a new front tire, the tire on it looked new, but had a real good crack around the bead and wasn't completely sealing on the rim. So could not take a chance as I am getting ready to go on a 5-6 day 1500-2000 mile ride.

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Re: Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner

Postby twostrokes48 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:37 pm

I kinda go by the rule, if you don't know exactly when they were changed, change them immediately. I just picked up a 98 and it goes in for timing belt change Tuesday. Was scheduled for tooday, but belts didn't come in. I can't believe a town of a couple million didn't have a Gates or Napa belts in stock. Everyone said they could order them..They are supposed to be in tomorrow.

I also go along with the changing all fluids...flushing old fluid out and puttin in new fluid for clutch and front and rear breaks...do the distilled water flush on the radiator and put in new fluids there also...check torque on stem head bearings, check the break pads front and rear....Then look around for any other maint. issues that might be there....She will be ready for cross country riding after that..and there is still time for a nice long trip to get the feel of her.

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Newbie goldwing 1500 SE Owner

Postby mainship87 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:08 pm

Well, it has been fun getting to know this jewel of the touring class of motorcycles. When I replaced the front tire, I changed the bearings and the seals, lubed the speedo unit and checked the brake pads. I have replacements on hand for both.

Rear tire replacement included brake pads, bearings, seals and seals in the rear drive.

I am now going through the fluid changes, including rebuilding the clutch master and slave cyclinder.

Next will probably be the cooling system, as the brakes seem to be working with no leaks; but fluid looks punky, like the clutch.
While this may seem oppressive, I enjoy working on all things mechanical. Sometimes what I buy, be it vintage boats, cars, rv's :) or motorcycles I usually go through them thoroughly.
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