New GL1500 owner with question(S)


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Kerry n Cali
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New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby Kerry n Cali » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:19 pm



Hello, I'm a new owner of a 94 GL1500. This is my first bike since High School (40 yrs ago). It kinda just dropped in my lap. It has 63455 miles on it and it runs awesome. I've decided to fix up what I could by making a project out of it with one of my sons. We've taken all the plastic off, stripped and sanded, and now we're putting together a make-shift paint booth in the garage. I'm still trying to figure out how to remove the trunk (no owners manual , yet).

My clutch cable took a dump right after I passed my M1 test , got insurance and took the three day motorcycle foundation safety course. I also have a oil leak at the shifter seal. A $3 part, but this shop is charging me 2 hr. labor fee...crap! I checked here and found how to fix it, but I don't have the skills...yet.

As far as the clutch cable, the shop quoted me 1 hr. labor. Now I have all the plastic off, and they just called and said they under quoted me on the cable fix. their now saying it could take up to 6 hrs. labor.

Should I suck it up and pay, or should I run away as fast as I can from these yahoo's?



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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Well first of all the 1500 does not have a clutch cable.Its all hydraulic.Yes a complete rebuild of the system could take that time and may be necessary.
If the seal on the slave cylinder is leaking,it will leak brake fluid into the engine case.Not a good thing.
The shifter seal takes me 3 hours to replace.Start to finish.
Actually replacing the seal itself is a 10 minute job,it's all the stuff that has to come off and back on that takes the time.
Side note.there is a "kit" available to stabilize the shifter which includes the seal.I do recommend it.

Here's a link to the kit..http://www.gl1500auxiliaryshifterpivot.com/
It was developed and tested by members of this site....
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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:42 pm

Kerry n Cali wrote:Hello, I'm a new owner of a 94 GL1500. This is my first bike since High School (40 yrs ago). It kinda just dropped in my lap. It has 63455 miles on it and it runs awesome. I've decided to fix up what I could by making a project out of it with one of my sons. We've taken all the plastic off, stripped and sanded, and now we're putting together a make-shift paint booth in the garage. I'm still trying to figure out how to remove the trunk (no owners manual , yet).

My clutch cable took a dump right after I passed my M1 test , got insurance and took the three day motorcycle foundation safety course. I also have a oil leak at the shifter seal. A $3 part, but this shop is charging me 2 hr. labor fee...crap! I checked here and found how to fix it, but I don't have the skills...yet.

As far as the clutch cable, the shop quoted me 1 hr. labor. Now I have all the plastic off, and they just called and said they under quoted me on the cable fix. their now saying it could take up to 6 hrs. labor.

Should I suck it up and pay, or should I run away as fast as I can from these yahoo's?


Being that your bike doesn't HAVE a clutch cable (it's a hydraulic clutch) I'd say yes, run from these guys. Even if it did, that's maybe a ONE hour job.

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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby Happytrails » Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:52 pm

Yes please run away from them. GL1500 is wonderful engineered machine and you and the son can do all the work if you wish to. There is incredible amount of DIY guides to show you almost everything. A Honda service manual fills in the gaps.

What color did you choose to paint?
1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
Sun Flare Gold Metallic
Vallant Brown Inset

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Kerry n Cali
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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby Kerry n Cali » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:23 pm

happy trails;
I was first going to do a digital camo to surprise my sons who at this minute are serving in the Navy, but it got a little trying when i did the research. Then I was thinking of having it wrapped in my Scottish tartan (CLAN GUNN), but the shops out here in this 3rd world nation we call southern California wanted $1900. The guy at the wrap shop said it was more difficult then wrapping a car. I really don't want Black because black bikes are everywhere out here. So, I'm still thinking about it. Purple would be cool, because I played ball and graduated from Kansas State Univ, but out here everyone would think it's for the Lakers.

So, I'll see where He leads me, by He of course I'm talking Jesus.

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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby rzaugg » Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:02 pm

If you have all the plastic off already for the paint job, you should have no problem with the repairs you listed. I haven't taken my trunk off either so I can't help you there, haven't had a reason to (knock on wood).

Digital Camo..... wow! That's a neat idea, if you go back to that idea, I definitely want to see pictures! Whether you do or not you should still keep a photo journal and post it. We all like that kind of stuff.

P.S. Welcome to the world of WingRiding

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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby hugger-4641 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:50 pm

Check out the "how to articles" link at the top of the forum. There's detailed instructions for just about everything, including removing the trunk. When I remove mine, I usually just remove the whole shebang at once; bags, trunk, etc. all in one shot. This only requires removing 4 bolts and loosening two behind the bags, in addition to unplugging all the connectors. But doing it this way requires two people or a hoist of some sort to assist.

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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby dingdong » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:39 am

In regards to the clutch. Sounds like your shop finally figured out that the 1500 has a hydraulic system not a cable system therefore the time and price increase. If they don't know that they should be avoided at any cost. Good luck!
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Re: New GL1500 owner with question(S)

Postby bstig60 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:34 am

The trunk comes off easily, four bolts in the corners, (my 88 had spacers between the trunk and the frame mount, be careful not to lose them), and a couple of screws to get at all the connectors for the lights. If you have rear speakers, I believe you will need to remove the seat to get to the connectors for them. Good idea to remove the seat anyway.


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