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A new bike for me

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:23 pm



Yup...after quite a long time of trying to decide just what I wanted, and trying to find the perfect bike...I've finally done it. I now have a 2000 GL1500 SE in my garage.



I still have my 1100. And my wife has her little Yamaha 250. Which means space is at a premium in the garage, and as a result her car is out in the driveway. I have a feeling that's not going to fly this winter.

I REALLY don't want to get rid of the 1100. I've put so much work into it. My wife however...has started making noises about wanting to make it hers. So we'll see.

So look for the GL1500 "How To" section to start being filled out over the next couple of years, I guess. :)



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Re: A new bike for me

Postby RexAubrey » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:22 pm

Congratulations on your final decision. That is a nice looking 1500.
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby themainviking » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:08 pm

It appears to be pretty much loaded. Is it missing anything at all :lol:
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby crock4 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:32 pm

Congratulations :D . Great looking bike. I wish my garage looked that UNcluttered. Just painted the house so everything I own is in the garage except the cars. Much milder winters here though. Hope you have many enjoyable, safe miles on your new ride.
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:40 pm

Well hurry up and run it so we can find out where the problem areas are.I'm looking to get a 1500 also,but my wife says NO to 3 bikes.I gotta sell one :cry:

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:47 pm

themainviking wrote:It appears to be pretty much loaded. Is it missing anything at all :lol:


One of the reasons that I was kind of convinced to buy it was because a lot of the stuff I would have spent money putting on it, this bike already had.

Now that said, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I'm already working up a "snag" list for it, stuff I want to do this winter perhaps.

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:47 pm

crock4 wrote:Congratulations :D . Great looking bike. I wish my garage looked that UNcluttered. Just painted the house so everything I own is in the garage except the cars. Much milder winters here though. Hope you have many enjoyable, safe miles on your new ride.


It only looks uncluttered because of the angle I (intentionally) chose. :) You would think otherwise if I had pointed the camera in the other direction!

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby furnacedoc » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:52 pm

Great looking bike I am sure you will love it. I thoroughly enjoy riding my 1500se wing and my wife does too. See ya on the road

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:48 pm

Very nice!!! Looks like it has everything already on it,air horns,ring of fire, wind wings what else did I miss? You did good. Hal
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby themainviking » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:04 pm

HALBUDD wrote:Very nice!!! Looks like it has everything already on it,air horns,ring of fire, wind wings what else did I miss? You did good. Hal


You missed CB, front floorboards, both driving AND fog lights, possible custom seat, drivers backrest. Probably lots more that we cannot even see.
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:22 pm

What about the kitchen sink? And I guess littlebeaver has not seen it yet he is going to be so jealous haha . But again Wingadmin you have super looking bike and I know your daughter will never get off of it. Hal
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby ramdam1 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:02 pm

That looks great. Good Luck. I went a different way myself. 2011 Nomad. Different ride and bike. Still have my 81 Goldwing. Two bike discount on insurance costs me $79 to keep it on the road. Maybe spring time I will sell it. Need to raise cash for a NY to Las Vegas and back trip being planned for June.

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:55 pm

Very nice looking ride, Im just a little jealous. Enjoy the new toy and keep us posted on your impressions and add ons you make to it
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:57 pm

I hate you now Wingadmin.... :lol: congratulations on the bike...I so wanta call you a name right now... :lol: ...Santa Maria the bike is nice looking...I hate you... :lol: You know I'm kidding and I'm very happy for you and the wife, no way she's gonna wanta ride hers now when you are riding that nice pillow of a bike...I had a 97 model much like it but the title was bad and we ended selling it back to the dealer...Nice bike....I'm jealous now.....Just don't you ever pull up beside my 81, I will smoke your ass :lol: ...

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:26 pm

themainviking wrote:
HALBUDD wrote:Very nice!!! Looks like it has everything already on it,air horns,ring of fire, wind wings what else did I miss? You did good. Hal


You missed CB, front floorboards, both driving AND fog lights, possible custom seat, drivers backrest. Probably lots more that we cannot even see.


CB is standard on the SE.

It's a Corbin seat with backrest. You can't see the 90-amp Compufire alternator. There's a cool switchbox for switching the various electrical stuff on the right handlebar that looks OEM.

There's a TON of chrome on the bike. Most I like, a bit will be coming off.

The driver footboards, brake & heel/toe shifter will all be coming off and replaced with OEM footpegs/shifter/brake lever. I don't mind the heel/toe shifter on my 1100, but I really don't like the one on this bike.

Driver footrests. A lot of extra lights. Side marker flashers. Tall Tulsa windshield.

There's more, but I can't think of it all at the moment. It's nice!

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby Pam » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:38 am

Wow that is one good lookin bike. I have never rode a 1500. I went from and 83 Yamaha Venture Royal 1200 to a GL1800 and I am sure you will be just like I was...... WOW.....If the wife wants to claim your other bike let her so you don't get the I can't keep up song... even on the short runs to the DQ

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby dingdong » Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:17 am

She's a looker. Just not the fastest color. ;) Let us know what you think of the difference in the ride and handling. I have a Tulsa extra tall on mine and I like it but a lot of guys don't.
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:19 pm

Pam wrote:Wow that is one good lookin bike. I have never rode a 1500. I went from and 83 Yamaha Venture Royal 1200 to a GL1800 and I am sure you will be just like I was...... WOW.....If the wife wants to claim your other bike let her so you don't get the I can't keep up song... even on the short runs to the DQ

I'm not speaking for Wingman here but I'm pretty sure her legs are too short for the 1100...That bike is Awesome Wingman, I just feel like you are leaving us 1100 guy's now and it sucks...You 1500 guy's finally will get all the attention now.... :lol: And the 1800 guy's well, you can afford to have your bikes worked on... :lol:

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:58 pm

WingAdmin. Can I talk you into taking a few more photo's of your new bike...I'm sure we would all love to see it from all angles....Sell the 82,1100 and buy a custom made trailer for the beautiful bike of yours...Or keep the 82 and buy a trailer for both... :lol:

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby wally » Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:28 am

Very nice bike! Congratulations! I've always thought I would like a 95 or 2000 just don't know if I'll ever afford the jump, now I suppose you'll be changing your avatar too. Man I'm happy for you, and I know you'll never abandon us 1100er's (don't know how to spell it) when we need help. Good luck!

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:59 am

congrats on the purchase of the 1500 wing. your wife has the right idea, keep the 1100 wing cause she will be ready for it soon and putting around on the wing ( either one ) trying to keep up with her riding on the 250 is only fun because she just learned to ride
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Re: A new bike for me

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:51 am

littlebeaver wrote:
Pam wrote:Wow that is one good lookin bike. I have never rode a 1500. I went from and 83 Yamaha Venture Royal 1200 to a GL1800 and I am sure you will be just like I was...... WOW.....If the wife wants to claim your other bike let her so you don't get the I can't keep up song... even on the short runs to the DQ

I'm not speaking for Wingman here but I'm pretty sure her legs are too short for the 1100...That bike is Awesome Wingman, I just feel like you are leaving us 1100 guy's now and it sucks...You 1500 guy's finally will get all the attention now.... :lol: And the 1800 guy's well, you can afford to have your bikes worked on... :lol:


The seat would have to be shaved down, and perhaps lowered suspension - but our member MSGT-R here rides an 1100, and she's shorter than my wife. But I suspect the 1100 would be too much bike for her at this point, both in terms of weight and power, she's only been riding for six months on her little 250.

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:53 am

dingdong wrote:She's a looker. Just not the fastest color. ;) Let us know what you think of the difference in the ride and handling. I have a Tulsa extra tall on mine and I like it but a lot of guys don't.


I was actually looking for white, and because I was in no hurry, I decided to wait until a perfect white one came along.

I have a tall Slipstreamer on my 1100, and I liked it, so I figured the Tulsa was what I would want, and I was right.

No worries in the rain with the Tulsa either, after spending 2 1/2 hours of the 6 hour ride in everything from downpour to mist on the way home from Chicago, I had no visibility problems at all. The water just slides up and off.

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:02 am

littlebeaver wrote:WingAdmin. Can I talk you into taking a few more photo's of your new bike...I'm sure we would all love to see it from all angles....Sell the 82,1100 and buy a custom made trailer for the beautiful bike of yours...Or keep the 82 and buy a trailer for both... :lol:


I'll take some pictures tomorrow when I have it out - I guess I'll need a new avatar picture, too. :) Right now the 1500 is in pieces in the garage, so it's not very photogenic at the moment. :)

The rear crash bars have been replaced with a wrap-around crash bumper on this bike, and I noticed the right side was loose. I took some plastic off and discovered that it was loose because it wasn't even bolted to the frame. I looked in the hole where the bolt should go, and saw a square thing shoved in there. My heart sank, I thought "oh crap, someone sheared a bolt, drilled it, and then broke an EZ-Out in there, I'll never get that out."

However, the square thing turned out to be the head of a broken nylon wire tie. I then saw that the aftermarket bracket that was used to mount the bar didn't line up with the frame hole - it was about 2mm off. Because a PO couldn't get the bolt in there to fasten it, they obviously just decided to fasten it with a wire tie instead. I'm glad I found that, as had the bike laid over on its right side, the unfastened crash bar would have just crushed the right saddlebag.

However...in order to get the bracket out, I had to remove the right passenger footrest, seat, trunk and right saddlebag. I got the bracket out, drilled to enlarge the hole, bought a new bolt, then put it all back in and fastened it correctly. I then put everything back together. Much better!

There are two panels on the right side that have to be popped off in order to check the oil. However...with the aftermarket footboards that are on there, you have to first remove the right footboard, the rear brake footrest bracket, and the rear brake pedal in order to be able to remove the front panel, just so that you can check the oil! That will be coming off shortly - I'm going to replace the footboards and heel/toe shifter all with stock OEM stuff.

So I'm working on a snag list now...it's actually quite small, this bike is in great condition!

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Re: A new bike for me

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:40 pm

I have a solution for your avitar, get a photo with both bike in it....




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