Rear Suspension Pressure

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Rear Suspension Pressure

Postby john.woodgate » Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:30 pm


I am new to the world of the Goldwing. I have just bought a 1988 GL1500 with 35,000 miles. I have a number of questions for all you experts out there:

1) What sort of pressure should I run the rear suspension at?
2) Can anybody recommend a good mechanic or place to have the bike serviced in or around Bristol, England?
3) The front 'spot' lights seem to have a very wide spread and not point ahead as I would expect. Can they be adjusted?

Thanks in advance for all comments and advice


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Re: Rear Suspension Pressure

Postby robb » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:23 pm

Really depends on weight, I have an 89 and at 180 pounds fully dressed find it comfortable with 10 psi in shocks. Two up riding, 25psi.

Don't know about service in England, but with a shop manual and sites like this you can easily do most yourself.

If lower lights are wide then they are the original cornering lamps activated with turn signals. If rewired to be used as running lights the lamps need to be replaced with suitable running lamps.

DRIVING LIGHTS ... electrical

CORNERING LIGHT ... 49&vxp=mtr

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Re: Rear Suspension Pressure

Postby john.woodgate » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:31 pm

Thanks for the input. Amazed at the low pressures, but will try them and see what she feels like. The request for good places to get the bike serviced is because at 36,000 miles it must be due a service and a full fluid change and I would prefer to have it checked over by somebody who knows what they are looking at. Later services may well be done by myself as my confidence with the bike grows.


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Re: Rear Suspension Pressure

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:59 pm

Tip on air in rear shocks on a 1500.
Pump them up high
Load the bike w/just you and the "extras" you normally carry in the box/bags.
Start letting air out a little at a time until the rear starts to lower.
A friend observing with a tape measure from the rear fender to the floor is a good way to do this.
Note the setting on the gage.
Repeat this process for each way you load the bike,IE 2up, 1up loaded for a trip, 2up loaded for a trip, etc.
Note the gage reading when the rear just starts down on each of the above.
You now have a list that tells look were to run the rear suspension for however the bike is loaded at that time.

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