1994 gl1500.


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bobsee58
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1994 gl1500.

Postby bobsee58 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:02 am



hi there.
bought s/h 1994 gl1500 20th anniversary, my first goldy, goes well, has a few issues, is it commen to wyne ie gear box, not loud but there.
also is it an issue with frontforks flex, has a tendensy to wander, and buck in corners.
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rooferx
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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby rooferx » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:45 am

Im new I noticed the wondering when I got mine,, now im a few miles in dont notice anymore..the bucking dont about.

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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby newday777 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:39 am

Welcome to the forum and the Goldwing bobsee58

Normal?
No.

You need to pull the rear end and service it. Most likely the splines all need cleaning and lube with Moly 60 Paste, not grease. Honda sells it and Loctite also has a moly paste. I buy the Loctite on line in an 8 oz tub which goes on all splines on the rear end driveshaft and ujoint.
Also drain, flush and put in new rear end gear lube.
Front end needs servicing too. Possible seals, bushings, sterring head bearings and wheel bearings need checking and fork oil change. Fork oil needs changing yearly.
Worn, cupped tires and over 5 year old tires will give wandering too.
Brake and clutch fluid, dot4 needs changing yearly too or gunk builds up in the seals causing sticking pistons and leaking seals that only removal and proper cleaning will remediate.
There are instructions in the repair manual, number 1 tool. Also see the how to article section of the forum. Do you have maintenance records of the bike?
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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby newday777 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:56 am

The wandering and bucking can be from bad rear shock absorbers. Check for leaking seals. Progressive sells good replacement shocks.
You may not have a fork brace on the front end, they did not come with them. Superbrace is one still available though there are some more beefier braces available. I have a Markland fork brace and chrome cover which is a much thicker brace than the superbrace.

Sounds like you have some maintenance that needs addressed.

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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby bustedwing » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:02 pm

Welcome to the site from the U.P. of Michigan .Unless you have previous owners records you have no idea what maintenence has been done to you bike. Take a close look at the front tire, it may be able to tell you why you are having the problems. Different wear patterns can tell you if the shocks need repair,or the tire has been ridden with too little air pressure, or needs replacement. Once you get that figured out the rest should be easy. Ride safe.
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bobsee58
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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby bobsee58 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:18 am

newday777 wrote:The wandering and bucking can be from bad rear shock absorbers. Check for leaking seals. Progressive sells good replacement shocks.
You may not have a fork brace on the front end, they did not come with them. Superbrace is one still available though there are some more beefier braces available. I have a Markland fork brace and chrome cover which is a much thicker brace than the superbrace.

Sounds like you have some maintenance that needs addressed.

Thanks for the reply.
i have changed fork oil, has new tyres,serviced when picked up,my thought was fork brace,and wheel bearings f@rear, tried pumping up rear more, abit better,still wanders abit.
i will have some work to do, still it is the best and most comfortable bike i have to date.
Yours bob.

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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby newday777 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:10 am

Thanks for the reply.
i have changed fork oil, has new tyres,serviced when picked up,my thought was fork brace,and wheel bearings f@rear, tried pumping up rear more, abit better,still wanders abit.
i will have some work to do, still it is the best and most comfortable bike i have to date.
Yours bob.


Merry Christmas even though you have already had most of yours.
What is the rear Suspension pressure set at? Do you have stock rear shocks and front fork springs?
What Tyres do you have on the bike and what is the air pressure you are running? Do you check your pressure often? Should check it weekly as we have seen losses from rims being not cleaned at tire installation or rims that are corroded from improper tire mounting lubricators, not changing valve stems (the rubber based stems are the worst as it cracks from rotational forces) . Any loss of 10PSI will greatly effect the ride.
Have you looked at the manufacturing date code?
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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby newday777 » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:46 am

If you don't know how to check the tire date code, at the end of tire VIN is a raised box with 4 numbers, first two are the week of the year, second two are the year (ie : 5212 is this week, 52nd week of 2012). Let us know the date codes of your tires.

Do you do your own work on the bike or have a shop do the repairs?

This is on replacing the steering bearings. You need to check them. They dry out over time and loosen up too.
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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby bobsee58 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:46 am

newday777 wrote:If you don't know how to check the tire date code, at the end of tire VIN is a raised box with 4 numbers, first two are the week of the year, second two are the year (ie : 5212 is this week, 52nd week of 2012). Let us know the date codes of your tires.

Do you do your own work on the bike or have a shop do the repairs?

This is on replacing the steering bearings. You need to check them. They dry out over time and loosen up too.
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Hi there.
Merry christmas and happy new year,to you and all in forum.
Tyres are new, put on when i bought bike,code is 2112. serviced, all fluids ect.when i road the bike away i thought, **** front wheel is loose,
a few more km or miles to you got used to it. at further investigation need to replace wheelbearings and put on forkbrace.
as for wyne in gearbox or drive shaft will have it looked at, rear shock is on its last legs pump up is still working, tried it at differant settings, 350-400-450-now 525kpa. all going well now, or just getting used to it. done 1500k now.
Yours Bob.

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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby redial » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:31 am

Hi Bob, glad you have joined this mob. You need to be careful, as most of the American members dont know about metrics, but they will learn over time. I often do the conversion for them like 38C (about 100F), so that the writings are inclusive. Enjoy your ride, and keep that happy smile as you wonder what the others have to put up with.
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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby bustedwing » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:20 pm

One thing you can check on the rear shock is the air lines and connections. It doesnt take much of a leak to make the shock loose its pressure. I found three leaks on mine and that was after a dealer installed new shocks. Its easy to do and cheaper than buying the shocks. Just a thought.
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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby landisr » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:46 pm

You might also try adding a little air pressure to the front forks.

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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby Richman2000 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:20 pm

While you have things torn apart, I would suggest checking the steering head bearings. You'll have the front end off the ground, so it's easy to do. If you decide to go further, you can re pack them. I recently changed the ones on my 94, and they where dry.

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Re: 1994 gl1500.

Postby 2manywings » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:08 pm

I too would take a close look at the head bearings. I see many of them that have been overtightened which results in a wandering situation.You feel that you are always oversteering. Proper torque is very critical. When everything is right, these are a beautiful bike to ride, so take your time and do it right the first time. You've got a ton of support here, so "Don't Be Scared". Good Luck!




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