gl 1500 front wheel covers off


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gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby jtd » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:38 pm



Does anybody run their gl 1500 w/o the front wheel covers? I think the front wheel looks great without them.



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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby Dogsled » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:39 pm

OH YEAH !!!!!!!!!! I took them off a few years ago and will never put them back on! It looks like a real motorcycle instead of a chrome clad two wheeler. I can keep an eye on my brake pad wear/rotors and I pick up around 72% more women who don't think they're getting on the 'Love Boat'.

For all the years i've run without them i've never had a dirt or damage issue to the wheel or rotors. The bike looks more MOTORCYCLE without them in my opinion besides all the factors I noted above.........

Plus if in my lifetime I ever want to clean my wheels......I can.......
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby Dogsled » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:42 pm

Oh I just saw it was your first post......keep posting and welcome
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby cpwomer » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:37 pm

I've run them bothways but if you going to promote your bike as your couch with wheels then the more stuff you have on it matches hell add more lights too. Chicks dig L E D's
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby waituntilthebeep » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:04 pm

Dogsled wrote:Plus if in my lifetime I ever want to clean my wheels......I can.......

That is the reason I leave them on :P I am a daily rider of 100 miles for commute and the PNW rains keep my bike looking pretty scuzzy if I don't wash it super regularly. I know my wheels are not so hot looking right about now but they look great from my couch cuz the covers make that possible.

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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby bstig60 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:40 pm

I had thought about taking them off. Perhaps I will for the riding season this year. I would think the brakes would run cooler without them.
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby silverado6x6 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:36 am

You have a point, I used to commute from Carson City to South Lake Tahoe every day and I was constantly overheating my brakes on my old Chevy pickup. I would think riding a Wing over the Sierras would give them a workout as well. Especially the rear one tucked up under the luggage.
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby bstig60 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:55 am

Guess you are just over the hill from me. I know the route you are talking about and have been over it many times. It certainly will give the brakes a workout. I ride the Sierra's a lot in the summer time; Ebbetts Pass on highway 4 can be a real challenge...... I try and alternate between the single front brake and the coupled foot brake to let the brakes cool as much as possible.
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby jtd » Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:50 pm

Quick pic attached w/ front covers removed. The current generation wing also does not use covers. I like being able to see rotors & calipers re: safety & service also.
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby Richman2000 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:27 pm

I removed the my wheel covers when I started my war against chrome.


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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby bstig60 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:34 pm

From the pic, I like the look with them off better.
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby Dogsled » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:40 pm

Richman2000 wrote:I removed the my wheel covers when I started my war against chrome.
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Hey remember, 'that's PLASTIC CHROME' buddy... :lol:

When I bought my Wing the PO had every chrome piece they sold stuck on the dash area....on one trip the sun was behind me but high and I was blinded by my own bike.....I pulled over and pulled that stick on trim off and have it in a box to this day.

The 1500's look alot more 'motorcycle than land cruiser' with the less chrome
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby bellboy40 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:03 pm

Hi jtd, I really like the looks of your bike with the front disc covers off. Looks really sharp!
I have been to Moab, UT several times over the years on a variety of Goldwings. I like riding around in that part of the country. Very pretty but it does get hot in the summer with those red rocks reflecting the heat back, huh?

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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby bstig60 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:18 pm

Did you remove the fender brace that wraps around the fender behind the covers?
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby jtd » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:22 am

Thx Bellboy40. Yes it is hot here for the summer, but alas, Colorado is only 60 miles away, 14K' mountains are 150 miles.

To answer Bill's question, yes, I took off the plastic chrome wire brace at the back of the fender. I inserted a rubber coated loop wire brace ($.79 from the hardware store) to hold a gentle loop on the speedo cable at the left side of the fender. Use a fender washer on the inside of the fender to disperse load. Works great. Alos, be sure to leave on the factory speedo brace that the wheel covers bolt to - it holds the speedo cable securely in position. It's black, so not too noticeable.
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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby bellboy40 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:00 pm

Hi jtd, I was wondering if it would be possible to get a close up picture of the wire brace for the speedo cable you installed. That sounds pretty neat.

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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby jtd » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:21 pm

Here's a couple pics.

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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby bellboy40 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:37 pm

That looks really good! I've got to replace my front tire soon and will likely leave the covers off mine at that time. Thanks for the pictures.

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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby Richman2000 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:28 pm

JTD, I like your solution for the Speedo Cable. I'll do that this weekend. I took a hacksaw and a grinder to the lower bracket that attaches to the axel pinch bolts. It helped clean up the front a bit. I'll post a pic as soon as I get a chance.

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Re: gl 1500 front wheel covers off

Postby Richman2000 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:18 am

Here is my lower Bracket.


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