Gl1500 sitting around....help


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wbwick
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Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby wbwick » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:21 pm



I am purchasing a 2000 1500 se it has been sitting where it stands about 4 years. at least.
needing to learn as I go an wondering what I should start out looking at.
the bike is in very nice shape. almost like new. I paid 2500 for it.
I want to work on it over the winter and hope to ride in march.
anyone got suggestions for me?



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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:03 pm

Complete fluid replacement.Everything.Including all the hydraulics.
Replace the timing belts.check the tires.Less than a few years old is ok.
Be aware of dry rot rubber.Even the vacuum lines may need attention.
Add a volt meter and get the battery load tested or replaced.
Assume nothing.Sense you have the time,service the entire bike.

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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby newday777 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:11 pm

Welcome to the forum and congrats on the find wbwick

I found a 1999A a couple years ago with 19,000 miles on it that sat @8+ years.
Definitely you will need to change all the fluids.
How many miles on your bike?

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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:31 am

$2500 for a 2000 model is a steal.

The other replies are right on the money. I would be particularly concerned with the condition of the fuel system, and (personally) I would replace the tires if it has been sitting that long, unless the rubber was off the ground (on boards).

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wbwick wrote:I am purchasing a 2000 1500 se it has been sitting where it stands about 4 years. at least.
needing to learn as I go an wondering what I should start out looking at.
the bike is in very nice shape. almost like new. I paid 2500 for it.
I want to work on it over the winter and hope to ride in march.
anyone got suggestions for me?
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:11 am

All of the above, I would also drain (siphon) the fuel out of the tank and replace it with fresh fuel - and also replace fuel and air filters.

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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby bstig60 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:42 pm

Don't forget the cruise and sub-air filters, many people don't even know those are there, both can turn to powder over time. The 99 in my profile i purchased last August with only 3500 miles on it. It had been ridden only one season and then sat.
I agree with all the above comments regarding fluids, etc. Timing belts are a must before you start the engine. I can bet the carbs will be gummed up, so you might as well pull them, clean and rebuild them.
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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby wbwick » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:44 pm

it has just over 18k.... i believe it says se model

I found a 1999A a couple years ago with 19,000 miles on it that sat @8+ years.
Definitely you will need to change all the fluids.
How many miles on your bike?

Read this

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/10- ... dwing.html[/quote]

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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby bstig60 » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:25 pm

My 99 just turned over 8000 this afternoon, I took it for a short 300 mile ride this afternoon.
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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby wing rider 2012 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:40 pm

wbwick wrote:it has just over 18k.... i believe it says se model

I found a 1999A a couple years ago with 19,000 miles on it that sat @8+ years.
Definitely you will need to change all the fluids.
How many miles on your bike?

Read this

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/10- ... dwing.html
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If it is an SE model it will be badged SE on the rear of the bike, also depending on the color it will have the two tone paint scheme, I think that the black bike were the only ones that didn't have the two tone. You can also check the VIN if it is a 2000 SE model the VIN should read 1HFSC223*YA200000, the (*) denotes the check digit, YA is the year (2000) the reset of the numbers are the serial number.

That's a good buy for a 2000 SE, most of these bikes of that year will go for 4000 and up, depending on condition.
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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby OnPapasWing » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:34 pm

wbwick, sounds like you got taken. I suspect that this bike is full of trouble. Let me save you the headaches and I'll be happy to take it off your hands. Go get yourself a nice new 2015 model that requires nothing. You'll be much happier. Just one biker looking out for another. :^)

Seriously, sounds like you got an awesome deal. Take everyone's advice here and get it done. Look at the top at the "how-to" articles. Great step-by-step on taking care of each of these maintenance tasks. And if you get stuck there are a lot of knowledgeable folks on here. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby Tpawre » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:57 am

Change oil, check water, (change that later, check air box and exaust for critter nests and fire it up. May need new gas. Make sure temp and oil pressure gauges are operating ok. Then go from there

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Re: Gl1500 sitting around....help

Postby Happytrails » Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:06 am

Nice find and amazing price. I never find deals like that. Hope you get her back on the road without too much troubles.

The list of thing you could do is huge but if it were me id stick to basics and go from there. Tires, brakes and carbs. Check the condition and date codes on the tires. They might need replacing. Change brake and clutch fluids. Change timing belts and coolant. Good idea to drain the gas tank. Carbs may be gummed up but some people have had luck with seafoaming them over a period of time. Oil change change, filters, general things...


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