Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Postby idflyit » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:32 pm

I need a shop/service manual.Helm wants 65$$ but they say "For complete coverage, Honda Motorcycle recommends also purchasing the Common Service Manual, item #61CSM00
Instructions And Procedures For Routine Repair Adjustments Maintenance Work Diagnosis/Testing And Removal/Installation Of Parts For Various Vehicle Systems. " The local Honda shop wants over 100$$...Then there is the Haynes for @60$ I don't want to waist my money,over pay, or by twice..HELP PLEASE...oh my bike is a 1999 gl1500 se...thanks to all in advance..HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:43 pm

Skip the Haynes/Chilton aftermarket manuals. The Honda Service Manual is the one you want.

The Common Service Manual is filled with tips and information on things that are glossed over in the standard service manual. The standard service manual says "reinstall the bearings." How do you do that? Which way does the bearing go in? How do you lubricate it?

The standard service manual says "adjust the throttle cable." How do you do that? Which one do you do first? Which adjuster do you do first?

This is the kind of thing in the Common Service Manual - if you have been working on bikes, cars, etc. for years and have gained years of experience doing this kind of thing, then there is likely very little in it that you don't already know. If you are a rank novice to wrenching on bikes, then you will find it an absolute treasure trove of valuable tips and information.

Incidentally, the Common Service Manual is available on Amazon cheaper than it is from Helm: ... ingdocs-20

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Postby harvey01 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:47 pm

I strongly suggest getting the correct service manual for your Wing, year make model, from helm. They actually publish the Honda developed and copywrited manual. Haynes and Clymer do offer manuals and they are okay but generally not as detailed at the Honda manual.

You might get lucky and find the manual in a PDF somewhere for free and that will work as long as you can take your computer where you work on your bike. Plus having it on computer does not allow you to get pages greasy as you turn them. However this is a great way to carry the service manual when you travel if you have a computer or access to one. Store the PDF on a cloud and access from just about anywhere.

Just a suggestion, if you plan to do a lot of work on your bike and keep it for a number of years, get the manual, and the put the pages in individual document protectors and store in a 3 ring binder. This way the pages don't get dirty, you can easily wipe grease, oil or whatever off of the document protector and keep it all neat and clean. But this is a cumbersome thing to take travelling.
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Postby Happytrails » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:49 pm

Yes the Honda Service Manual is worth the money to buy. I think I paid $75 for a brand new in plastic service manual off ebay a couple yrs ago. It was definitely worth the money spent. Have been using it a lot. :D
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Postby seelyark1 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:44 pm

If you think that the service manual price is excessive, just think about what two hours of your Honda dealers rate will cost you! They are worth every penny they cost you. They will save you many times what cost by being able to do that repair yourself. :)
I still have the manuals from vehicles from the 60's, and won't tell you about the old ones. :D
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Postby Charlie1Horse » Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:41 pm

Check this one out on ebay. $45.00 buy it now with free shipping. Shop manual and electrical troubleshooting manual.

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Postby idflyit » Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:57 pm

I bought that one on it before the holidays...thank you

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