Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions


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VstromThom
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Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby VstromThom » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:02 pm



Hi, I'm going to buy a 1997 1500SE tomorrow and I have a few questions. I'm sorry to be new and start a new thread. I tried searching and reading and more reading but I think I've overthought my soon to be purchase. I'll say right away the LCD panel is starting the right side half moon blackout. Here is where I get confused with the some info. Is it just an inconvenience in not seeing radio numbers and rear air pressure numbers or does it completely disable systems that are displayed through the LCD? I ask only because I'm buying this for my Mom and I. Use will be a few times a month. I've borrowed my friends 1800 and she loved it so much that it was time to buy our own. Finances keeps me in the 1500. Any pre buying info would be appreciated. Thank you



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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby MikeB » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:43 pm

If the LCD display goes, you will not know whether you are on AM, FM, or TAPE.
You will not have a time display.
You will not have any rear suspension pressure information.

If you have activated a radio function by mistake such as mute or TAPE, you lose the radio audio and you will not know why.

You will not lose any systems, you just will not know what system is operating.

Are you mechanically and or electrically inclined? It will help if you are, especially if you are buying this for your mom because her preferences may not match yours and you will undoubtedly be wrenching on the bike. I can almost guarantee you the LCD screen will be an issue.

There are lots and lots of Wings out there. Take your time. If she is pleased with the GL1800, the GL1500 may not come up to her expectations.
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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby VstromThom » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:17 pm

Thank you Mike. I'm buying for her so i can be her chauffeur. She was on the back of my friends 1800 while I rode. She loved being pillion so much we borrowed the bike 5 more times. I've been friends with him a long time, but its time to get our own. 1500 is the budget range. I've not found anything bad/wrong/comfort/etc on the 1500. Only that's not an 1800. I get that. But we're just doing a few hours a week enjoying the scenery. I understand belts are a must, filters, fluids. To answer your question, I'm more mechanical then electrical. But if i can find a proper air pressure with 2 up, I'm good with that. Radio is last. Comfort is first.

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby VstromThom » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:25 pm

I'm 45. Moms 74. I'm happily married, wonderful child.Great job thats has me off 2 days during the week. I ride a lot. It just so happened I asked my Mom if she wanted to sit and go for a ride on my friends 1800. 3 hours later on the first rise she didnt want to get off the bike. The rest is, as the say history. I'm no Mamma's boy. I lost my Dad to cancer 12 years ago. This is an amazing way to spend time with Mom and something great that she found that she loves. Just a little background on why I'm getting the bike. Pillion wise, there is no other then a Wing for the reliability or price

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby dennislp » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:02 pm

for comfort you may like 1500 better the lcd is not a real east job but doesn't take a electrical wiz its just swapping parts (not a cheep part) . if you can take a long ride a bad motor can sound good when started cold when there on the road warmed up you might find problems. have fun.

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby MikeB » Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:42 am

Good for you Thom. I applaud you for being the good son. I understand more now about the purchase and the use of the bike.

As long as the LCD is functioning now, you should not have any real issues until it goes dark. The biggest thing you will encounter as it starts to deteriorate is the loss of indications, you need to familiarize yourself with them so you will be able to know what is missing as it deteriorates. Hopefully you will get an owners manual with the bike to familiarize yourself with it. If not, there is one on this site for the 2000 year. The manuals are basically the same for all years from about 95 on.
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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby VstromThom » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:15 am

Todays the day :) . Thank you again for the info. I'll post back after purchase. There is basically one radio station in the area that she listens to and if I can find it on the panel it will stay on it. Also if I can find a comfortable air pressure for 2 up it will stay on there as well. It will not be my primary bike, just for those days its nice out. Its been relatively mild here in the Armpit of America (NJ) so we might get a few rides in. There's plenty of room in the garage and winter is coming to get more familiar with the Wing.
I've looked and researched on this site and its comforting to know that its more informative and detailed then the Strom site I belong to. I did notice the camaraderie is at the same great level. Thanks again.

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby golden highway » Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:50 pm

If you store the bike inside a semi heated garage the panel will last long than sitting outside. Used panels sell for about $500.00. Changing it isn't hard if you are mechanical but is very time consuming. As far as comfort I think you will be happier with the 1500. Good luck with your new wing

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YeeeHaaaa Better then I expected

Postby VstromThom » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:30 pm

One day I'll post the picture of my Mom and I leaving the dealership this afternoon but for now you all have to take my word for it. First, thank you to all that responded and also for this site with its wealth of information. I must have read every 1500 vs 1800 thread there is. I was so on the fence but like I said, finances kept me 1500. But, after riding it home, I am so NOT disappointed!!! It's better then I anticipated. I knew pillion comfort was going to be equal if not better and that goes for driver as well. It's everything people on the forums said. Its a great bike but its not an 1800. But, I don't care. Smooth, comfortable, handles good, brakes good, rides good, etc. This bike will fill our needs perfectly. And the LCD panel is maybe a quarter moon black. I can see everything and everything on the bike works. I'll be asking and reading more in the future. Maybe I'll go to the home page thread and officially say hi to everyone.

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby hugger-4641 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:26 pm

I do a lot of two up riding on my '94 Aspencade, that's why I bought it instead of a VTX. I'm 5-10, 220lbs and my wife is 5'5-140lbs, and I've usually got at least 20lbs of extra helmets and jackets in my trunk. I find that for single riding I like 40 to 50lbs on the rear suspension. For two up riding I usually increase to 65 -80lbs depending on the roads I'll be riding. I can ride two up comfortably at 50lbs, but will bottom out on some bridge approaches. Be sure that when you increase or decrease the pressure, you are not resting your behind on the seat. The recommended way is to do it without your weight on the bike as the pressure reading will be different after you are seated.

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby VstromThom » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:54 am

Happy owners
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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby Happytrails » Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:21 pm

.................................................16char;

Looking good :D
1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
Sun Flare Gold Metallic
Vallant Brown Inset

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby lamasue » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:01 pm

I run 51 for 2 up on my 2000 as I just don't know how your going to tell rear suspenion psi does any one hear ever heard of putting some sort of gauge in line with the air system

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:19 pm

lamasue wrote:I run 51 for 2 up on my 2000 as I just don't know how your going to tell rear suspenion psi does any one hear ever heard of putting some sort of gauge in line with the air system


There's one built in. On the panel near your right knee, you'll see a "P Check" button. Just press it, and it will display the rear suspension pressure on the LCD display panel.

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby lamasue » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:32 pm

i know that he cant read his led screen how does he read the psi in the rear suspension

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Re: Going to buy 1500 tomorrow; few questions

Postby hugger-4641 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:36 am

My Aspencade has a hose and schrader valve in the right saddle bag that is used to attach another hose for airing up tire or other accessory. I suppose this could be used to check my rear suspension pressure if my LCD went out. I haven't tried this, just a thought.




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