What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500


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What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500

Postby lappir » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:56 am



Have a 1995 GL 1500A that just turned over 130000 miles. It had been a real good bike until this past winter in Florida. It tried to strand me 3 times on the West coast when I was living on the East coast. Had a few other problems and have them resolved. In the mean time I started looking at new bikes. The New GL wasn't on my list. Didn't like the looks and really didn't like the price. Especially some initial service costs during break in that a fellow club member reported paying out for the first oil change on his 2012. I had always thought I would try to find an 1800 when Honda decided to go with a 2 liter motor, don't think that's going to happen any time soon. So I bought a Yamaha. The new FJR 1300. NICE nice nice bike. Doesn't offer the rain protection as the Goldwing but I can happily ride it at 90 degrees when I dread getting on the Honda when it's that hot. I was thinking of stripping down the GL to just the essentials. Removing as much of the "tupperware" as possible and making it a hot rod, then this weekend I needed to use it for my weekly trip home since there was a high potential for rain in the forecast and last week I had to strap the computer on the back seat of the Yamaha to get it home. It fits in the trunk of the GL.

So my choices are:
1. Just leave it like it is and ride it as needed.

2. Start taking things off and see what you find. Rebuild the front forks, rear shocks and decide what to do then.

3. Start parting it out. Remove the radio, CB radio, all the plastic that is not connected to the windshield. Figure out how to do rear lighting and turn signals. Think about replacing the fairing with an older Vetter type with a round headlight ( if it can be found) or maybe just a clamp on windshield. (I'm way too old to ride without some type of a windshield).

4 Offer it up for sale as is where is to the highest bidder.


Comments, suggestions opinions appreciated.

Rod



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Re: What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:39 pm

fix whats wrong with it and ride it. i put new fork seals on my 1500 wing four years ago, shocks last year, and front springs this year. new cee baily +1 tinted windshield this year. i want an 1800 wing but i need a newer van so the 1500 is going to be around for a few more years
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Re: What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500

Postby trike lady » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:19 pm

I agree with doc, fix it and ride it.
When it finally dies get a new and improved F6B.
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Re: What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500

Postby lappir » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:58 am

trike lady wrote:I agree with doc, fix it and ride it.
When it finally dies get a new and improved F6B.


Do you really think there will be a new and improved F6B? Cause like the 2012 and 2013 GL 1800's I really can't say I would ride any of them. It was nice having the huge windshield yesterday at the beginning of my ride home with the threat of rain but by the time I got to my destination I was already feeling the heat and it was in the mid 80's. I guess the thing you have to do is not ride anything other than a Goldwing and you won't no the difference. I might miss that heat in the winter, but I doubt it. I'm a cold weather guy.

Rod

ps, Thanks for the comments.

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Re: What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500

Postby gr8jeep » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:54 pm

Keep em both you can never have enough bikes! :D

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Re: What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:43 pm

you'll have the fj to ride so you can take your time in fixing whats wrong with the wing
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Re: What to do with a 1995 Aspencade 1500

Postby lappir » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:42 am

gr8jeep wrote:Keep em both you can never have enough bikes! :D


True that!

Actually I can't, I live and travel full time in a RV. It is a toyhauler, and I have both bikes in the garage right now but going down the road is a different story. The GL had an alternator problem, I replaced it and but a Big Crank battery in. I need to get a battery gauge because somewhere under the tank there may be a loose connection. The alternator will charge most of the time but then it stops. Have to check with the multi meter before every ride to make sure it's on the on cycle. I have thought I had found the issue with the second alternator but no such luck. It doesn't happen often, but could be an issue on a long ride.

The tupper ware has seen it's better days. Both side covers have just the one connection still intact. They stay on, but ... The bike unfortunately has come undone at the far back of the 5th wheel on a couple occasions. Surprisingly only some scrapes on the saddle bags were the resulting damage, but it looks bad. One of my bicycles also have fallen against the rear trunk and rubbed. Have decided that having bicycles, motorcycles and the like all the way to the back of a 5th wheel really isn't all that smart. My new trailer will have the capacity for my car to go back there with some wheel straps and frame straps. The bike will go in the truck. I'll post a link to some of my photos in a few days.

Thanks again for the comments and suggestions.

Rod




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