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Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:40 pm



Greetings again fellow WingNutz! Well, I took the 1988 GL 1500 for about a 11,000 mile break in trip. Throttle hand got a little tired since the cruise would not engage. This did not make me a happy camper but I survived. Trouble shooting experts, I need some suggestions. Cruise would engage as indicated by the "cruise on" light but when I went to set the cruise and look for the "cruise set" light I got no response. Someone suggested the brake switch or the clutch switch? Could this be and where would I locate these little boogers? Fuse is good, first place I looked. Idea's please-

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:00 am

11,000 miles is one heck of a shake down cruise... must have details...
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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:01 am

Good day. Yeah 11,000 was a heck of a shake down but hey, I bought my dream bike even as old as she is to do one thing ... ride. Anyhow, When I was at my cruising speed of 75 MPH I turned on the cruise control. The light came on telling me that it was active. I maintained the speed and held down the "set" switch. The "cruise set" light never came on and the speed was not being maintained. When I stopped I sprayed the crap out of the switch(s) with contact cleaner. That didn't work. So my throttle wrist remained tired. This help?
HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:11,000 miles is one heck of a shake down cruise... must have details...

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:42 am

I meant details of the ride LOL.. I don't know anything about cruise control... mine is all wrist too.

I bet Admin or Virgil can help.

shadow02 wrote:Good day. Yeah 11,000 was a heck of a shake down but hey, I bought my dream bike even as old as she is to do one thing ... ride. Anyhow, When I was at my cruising speed of 75 MPH I turned on the cruise control. The light came on telling me that it was active. I maintained the speed and held down the "set" switch. The "cruise set" light never came on and the speed was not being maintained. When I stopped I sprayed the crap out of the switch(s) with contact cleaner. That didn't work. So my throttle wrist remained tired. This help?
HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:11,000 miles is one heck of a shake down cruise... must have details...
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: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:20 am

Oh! My bad. Miami, FL to Charleston, SC. Split the trip, stopped in St. Augustine both up and back and stayed with a friend and gave my wrist a break. Being that it is the rainy season in Florida, spent a lot of time in my Mighty Morphine Power Ranger rain suit but the 1500 did very well dry road and wet. Couple stops under an overpass but enjoyed the view so all was good. Thanks for asking.
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HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:I meant details of the ride LOL.. I don't know anything about cruise control... mine is all wrist too.

I bet Admin or Virgil can help.

shadow02 wrote:Good day. Yeah 11,000 was a heck of a shake down but hey, I bought my dream bike even as old as she is to do one thing ... ride. Anyhow, When I was at my cruising speed of 75 MPH I turned on the cruise control. The light came on telling me that it was active. I maintained the speed and held down the "set" switch. The "cruise set" light never came on and the speed was not being maintained. When I stopped I sprayed the crap out of the switch(s) with contact cleaner. That didn't work. So my throttle wrist remained tired. This help?
HawkeyeGL1200 wrote:11,000 miles is one heck of a shake down cruise... must have details...

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby deepsix777 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:54 pm

Are the levers OEM or after market? When riding try and push the clutch lever out and see if that helps could be a worn bushing in the lever simple repair. then do the same with the break lever.

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby ka4yqi » Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:10 pm

The switches you seek are under the handle bar on each side close to the pivot of the levers. Give it a test ride and while you are pushing the button to set the cruise, push out on the clutch and brake lever to see if it will take.

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:37 pm

Thx deepsix. To the best of my knowledge the levers are OEM. I review the shop manual and intend to try a few trouble shooting procedures. If they don't work I'll move over to your suggestion. If the bushings are worn out is there a How To article in the archives?
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deepsix777 wrote:Are the levers OEM or after market? When riding try and push the clutch lever out and see if that helps could be a worn bushing in the lever simple repair. then do the same with the break lever.

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:41 pm

Ok, thx ka4yqi, I'll check them out. Like I told deepsix, gonna try a few trouble shooting procedures first because they are real basic. Then I will move onto what you and deepsix have suggested. Will keep you advised, thx again.
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ka4yqi wrote:The switches you seek are under the handle bar on each side close to the pivot of the levers. Give it a test ride and while you are pushing the button to set the cruise, push out on the clutch and brake lever to see if it will take.

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby deepsix777 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:53 pm

Yes there is one in the 1500 How-to-Articles

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:04 pm

Under what is it listed? Truthfully deepsix, I've rebuilt Big Bird from all the articles on this site with tremendous success. I just need a little help with "terms". Thx.
quote="deepsix777"]Yes there is one in the 1500 How-to-Articles[/quote]

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby deepsix777 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:10 pm


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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:23 am

Thank you lad. Hope you had a nice fourth.
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deepsix777 wrote:http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=12622 here is the link

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby Bigbiker0 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:43 am

On my 1500 the prob. was the switch on the foot brake who need adjustment.
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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby joeincalif » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:08 am

The switches or levers are usually the problem. If you can not get it fixed a cheap way to help your hand get some relief is "GO CRUISE" I used thres on my bikes that do not have cruise control.
http://www.2wheelride.com/GoCruise_thro ... trol2.html
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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby shadow02 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:37 pm

Hey Deepsix, your assessment was spot on. When I got up to cruz'n speed, held the clutch lever all the way out, the "cruise set" engaged. Got back to the house and ordered a bushing. Thanks for the advise.
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deepsix777 wrote:Are the levers OEM or after market? When riding try and push the clutch lever out and see if that helps could be a worn bushing in the lever simple repair. then do the same with the break lever.

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Re: Just Cruz'n ...

Postby deepsix777 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:17 pm

Was glad I could help shadow02 be safe my friend




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