Front suspention and controls


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steve allen
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Front suspention and controls

Postby steve allen » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:25 am



I bought a 1994 GL1200SE this past Fathers Day. And, I am having to learn many things about it, since it's so much more to it than my 1200 Aspencade I have. First, is there a air valve in front forks? And second, what is the knob on right side of dash just below speaker grill that says "open- close"? I know the one on the left is to adjust headlight, the right one says open-close....not sure on it. Thanks, Steve



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Re: Front suspention and controls

Postby baumedagn » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:10 am

Congratulations! And yes, the 1500 is quite a bit different from the 1200. I had a 1990SE and it didn't have any air valves for the front forks. I've heard people talk of them, but I haven't seen it personally. Maybe it's an aftermarket thing? The other lever you ask about is for the toe heaters located on the manifolds. They're little vents that allow warm air over your feet and lower legs when opened.

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Re: Front suspention and controls

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:01 pm

The fork caps on GL1500 SE's should have a plastic screw top:

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Once unscrewed, they reveal a set of schraeder valves:

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For whatever reason, some SE's (I don't know if it is specific years) do not have the valves. If you like, you can replace them with caps that have valves, or you can drill holes in your caps, tap threads, and screw in a schraeder valve into them.

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Re: Front suspention and controls

Postby wbhick » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:39 pm

I have a 99 GL1500 SE (Canadian Edition). The front fork caps do NOT have the schraeder valves - absolutely positive. This may be the case in other countries as well. In the US they do - not sure why HONDA went that direction but!!!!! As well the caps are removed with a 17mm allen (if you happen to have one - if not you can use a bolt with a 17mm head). I have just completely rebuilt my front suspension including anti-dive units (using the EXCELLENT DIY article under "How-To Articles) and went to Progressive springs. I took it out two days ago (give it a thorough and careful test drive before going anywhere far or fast after that much front end work) and rode it 500 KM and things are working just fine. The springs make a difference as does the new slider and guide bushings.

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Re: Front suspention and controls

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:20 pm

If you've got progressives in the front, then you don't need to worry about the valves, as they recommend that you run them then with no air pressure. That said, it does make it easier to change the fork oil, as you don't have to remove the fork caps.

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Re: Front suspention and controls

Postby steve allen » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:09 am

WingAdmin wrote:If you've got progressives in the front, then you don't need to worry about the valves, as they recommend that you run them then with no air pressure. That said, it does make it easier to change the fork oil, as you don't have to remove the fork caps.

Found out that mine does have valves....that being said, curios why a valve on each fork? Would it be so much easier to have the pressure linked together to equalize pressure? Got to go this morning and use friends handpump to check air in forks. Just can't warrant paying 60+ dollars for pump from cycle shop just to check and pump air......oh well, thank God for good friends.

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Re: Front suspention and controls

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:02 am


steve allen
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Re: Front suspention and controls

Postby steve allen » Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:10 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=motorcycle+suspension+air+pump
Much less than $60

Thanks......ordered one just now!




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