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A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:29 pm



Here's the farm fresh pix.General maint needed.I had to rebuild the caliper at 10 last night.It war seized up and I couldn't even roll it off the trailer.
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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:07 pm

It looks great! I spent the day out on mine, then took the 1100 out for a spin afterwards, just before putting the 1100 to bed for the winter.

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby miss-goldwing » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:08 pm

nice bike how many miles on it

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:52 pm

Auh man... :( everyone's getting newer bikes...I hate you too Virgil...Darn it... :oops: :evil: :twisted: You guy's just wait and see what I come up with...Nice bike by the way :lol: :lol: I'll learn you guy's...How did you think I would react... :lol: :lol:

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:22 pm

050,435 miles,yes,just 50k :) Been saving for a while for this.I really wanted to sell the 83 first,but I just couldn't pass on it for $2500.
It set in a garage for a few years.All the calipers needed cleaning and flushed,I'll do the carbs tomorrow so I can start it.
Right now it only runs with a full choke and at 3000 rpm.I really don't want to drive it into the garage at full throttle :o
Oh,by the way,it's not that much newer.It's a 88 .I have a 83 and a 84

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby RexAubrey » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:26 pm

Wife is gonna kill me... Now you guys have me looking for another one. Well I would like to get a newer one and now that I am pretty much done getting the 1100 back into good running order, I want to find a 1200 or 1500 to work on and sell the 1100. Maybe after the winter.
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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:51 pm

Don't wait.Winter is a buyers market.As I'm finding out,even down here,this time of year is not the time to get any good money for a bike :|

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:07 pm

Ok Virgil, I'm gonna spill the beans, I had a plan in place long before Wingadmin. went and got his newer wing, here's what I had in mind, I had planned to paint the bike the exact colors as Wingadmin. bike, see I had one just like it in my garage and it was gorgous just like his is but it was a 97 I think....I just thought that with the chrome I have on it now and with the OffWhite color and grey accents it would look pretty new, I'm not that happy with the grey color it has now...So I guess you know now what I am after...enjoy your newer bike Virgil, ride safe... :D

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:35 pm

$2500 for an 88? :o Ok this is getting out of hand ( Im just jealous). You guys just keep finding these good deals and add them to your stable.
I too have been looking for a 1500se but still need to save up a few more pennies. Maybe I will wait for the "boxing day " sales. Everybody needs money in the new year.Also looking for a good tent trailer. Congrats on the new ride .
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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:49 pm

Virgil, was this a craigslist find or how did you find it..??? Ebay is becoming a joke man, someone wants over $500.00 for a new starter...$1,400 for a new aftermarket exhaust..I don't know about these dealers??? So where did you get it..???

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby Pam » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:26 am

Nice, with 50 k little maintance and your off to the races

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:57 am

It was a craigs list in Houma Louisiana.I got burnt once there,so I was a bit suspicious about the add.It turned out that it was a donation to the Hati Mission.The seller took the 4500 blue book and subtracted the $2000 dollar dealer estimate for repairs.
It was on the list for 5 weeks,nobody wanted to buy a old bike that needed that much in repairs.Just one more reason to avoid the Stealership.

By the way,on my 1200,I pulled the carbs off in about an hour(including coffee)The 1500.....Well I started at 6:30...had then on the bench at 11pm.I've never said "you got to be kidding" so many times. :) Hoses galore and drain the radiator too,don't get me started on the plastic.

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby wally » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:49 am

Congrats Virgil on the new bike, looks good. You guys are starting to make me feel like Littlebeaver being left behind with the old 1100. Now I'm gonna have to start scanning craigslist for a deal.

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:43 pm

Well the carbs are done and it started up easily.A quick sync and it sounded great.
I found 3 vacuum hoses with a sharp 90* bend about to brake,so I replaced them....Then I smelled GAS.
Knowing it wasn't me,I found that the vacuum fuel cutoff valve was leaking. :cry:
I just yanked it out and bypassed it :shock:
I suppose I'll have to find a rebuild kit for it?
So far so good.Just maintenance work,nothing major.
Funny story about the bike.I bought it off Craigs List in a town 90 miles from here.It turns out it was a tax donation bike owned by the brother of my office worker..a small world after all.

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:58 pm

Wow it sounds like you'll be on the road in no time, you and Admin. have your work cut out for yourselves learning all about this 1500 now, I bet it's a totally different creature compared to the 1100 or even the 1200, which is now a Caveman's bike I guess :lol: :lol: :lol: ...I'm truly happy for both you guy's...happy riding, it could be worse, you guy's could be sporting a couple of brand new 1800's... :lol: It's gotta be really neat to be able to mess around and fix things for yourself, with a different motorcycle is what I mean...It's like you can't wait to do something else or find something else wrong, that's gotta be fun..that's why I'm so jealous....Look at the items Admin. found and I'm glad he did find his problems and dislikes....He flew to Chicago to get his and rode back in heavy rain...bet he won't forget that anytime soon.. I wonder how he found his bike..

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:22 pm

Pam wrote:Nice, with 50 k little maintance and your off to the races

So are you saying these bike are easy to maintain, just check the fluids and ride..Is that what you're saying here..??? Do they have the yellow wire issue too? How's the stator? any problems there? There's always a common problem on every bike, so what is it on the 1500? Sorry for so many questions but I am curious that way...

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:43 pm

Well they are similar to a point and it's a learning curve for me.

3 yellow wires? no,it's got a regular alternator with it's own issues.eg..bearings and brushes.

Carb repair on mine is similar to the 1200..except that there only 2 of them,easier to sync but horrible to remove and put back.my 1200 takes 2 hours for R & R , the 1500 took near 6 hours.

Timing belts look to be about the same to replace and cost $22 each(gates).Just replace them anyways

I had the same brake problems on it that I had on the 1200 and 1100,gunky stuff seized the caliper.Actually,the rear caliper is the same as my 1200 rear caliper.Same problem,different bike.

Other than a bunch of plastic,it's about the same as the 1200 mechanically(engine,seat and 2 wheels).They added a bunch of electronics,fuses,relays,switches,hoses and more unknown little boxes to accommodate the cruise,reverse,EPA,and the such.

It basically runs,it just needs the common areas tended to.

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:44 pm

There are things to learn such as what has to be removed and in what order to get to certain things - stuff I had taken for granted knowing on the 1100 because I've done it so often. So yeah, there is a learning curve. I've had mine apart in various ways a couple times now - just to inspect, and fix minor issues.

You have to love the 1100 for its simplicity - and that's one of the reasons that I didn't want to go to the 1800. It's chock full of computers and unserviceable bits that the end-user has no hope of repairing. I wanted something I could have a hand in repairing if need be. Having long legs, I also liked the seating position on the 1500 better than the 1800.

The Chicago ride was fun...but I need a longer one! The bike is just itching for a nice long trip somewhere. I had it out for a 70-mile ride this afternoon through the nearby Cuyahoga Valley today. Not nearly long enough!

No stator on 1500's, they have automotive-style alternators, and mine has a 90-amp Compufire aftermarket alternator on it.

By the way, I found my bike by clicking the "Classifieds" link at the top of this site. :)

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:57 pm

Actually mine was listed here also,I just selected the whole state to look in.Just beware of the 09 fully loaded for $2800.There are a bunch of scams there.Eye to eye,clear title in hand and only then the cash.Daddy said"if it sounds too good to be true,it probably is"...Thanks Dad.

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:24 pm

To find yourself a bike and not just any bike but the one that was calling your name has to be the greatest feeling because, You found it on your very own site :D ....Now that's gotta be cool...I know what you mean about not being a long enough ride...You wanta just keep going...I've felt that way many times... Are you guy's planing on a trailer in your future, maybe a ride to the key's, that's what I want to do, ride all the way as far as I can go to the very bottom of the key's...The one thing I like most about riding a motorcycle is this, you forget all the BS that happening everywhere in the World for awhile and your enjoying what you like to do best....

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:34 am

littlebeaver wrote:To find yourself a bike and not just any bike but the one that was calling your name has to be the greatest feeling because, You found it on your very own site :D ....Now that's gotta be cool...I know what you mean about not being a long enough ride...You wanta just keep going...I've felt that way many times... Are you guy's planing on a trailer in your future, maybe a ride to the key's, that's what I want to do, ride all the way as far as I can go to the very bottom of the key's...The one thing I like most about riding a motorcycle is this, you forget all the BS that happening everywhere in the World for awhile and your enjoying what you like to do best....


I've thought about a trailer for a while. Right now we've got two bikes (she rides her own) so we've got quite a bit of storage. I've always thought it would be cool to have one of those fold-out pop-up type motorcycle camper trailers. :)

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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby trike lady » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:08 pm

Congrats on the new 2 U GL1500, it's very nice and I like the color.
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Re: A new bike for me too

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:24 pm

I'm all grin's here.A real gold goldwing.It doesn't get any better.Thanks for the thumbs up. :)




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