New '88 GL1500


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Nathan.Taylor22
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Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500/6

New '88 GL1500

Postby Nathan.Taylor22 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:14 pm



So I just picked up a 1988 GL1500 and rode it home. A couples things I noticed on the 60 mile ride that I could use some tips on:
Turn Signal is erratic, sometimes turning on while in the neutral (middle) setting
Killswitch doesn't work whatsoever (I know there's other ways to shut the bike off)
Cruise Control was on when I left but I turned it off not thinking and haven't gotten it on since
I can't tell if my compressor is working, any tips on testing it?
Turning headlight on Hi-Beam sometimes kills the light in general
No rear brakes at all, pedal just goes straight down.
Are there any accessories I can buy for the bike that aren't chrome? :lol: Chrome looks lovely at first but I lack the enthusiasm to clean it all to keep it looking nice
I hope I don't seem whiny, I adore the bike already and can't wait to get it in tip-top condition to cruise around on! Also, how can I tell what submodel it is? Being my first Goldwing (Or street motorcycle in general) I have a hard time differentiating between them. Thanks for any help you guys can give me :)



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Happytrails
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Location: Tarentum, Pennsylvania
Motorcycle: 1991 Goldwing 1500 SE

Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Happytrails » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:07 am

Sounds like some wiring and possibly ground issues. And maybe a bypassed kill switch.

They didnt make SE models back in 88. Just Aspencade or Interstates I think. And you can check the rear of the bike for the name. Should be on the left saddlebag.
1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
Sun Flare Gold Metallic
Vallant Brown Inset

Nathan.Taylor22
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Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500/6

Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Nathan.Taylor22 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:09 am

If it's on the outward face of the left saddlebag itself it's since been replaced with handpainted murals from the previous owner. On the very rear of my right saddlebag is a GL1500/6 if that makes a difference?

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spiralout
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Motorcycle: 1975 GL1000 (gone)
1980 GL1100I (with '77 1000 engine)
1996 GL1500 SE

Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby spiralout » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:30 am

No sub model, it's just a GL1500. Pretty sure it was '90 when the SE debuted and '91 for the Interstate and Aspencade.

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Mh434
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Mh434 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:05 pm

When it comes to electrical issues on the GL1500, most of the gremlins seem to involve weak ground connections. That's where I'd start. The disconnection of the kill switch is disconcerting, unless it was causing the PO issues (which they have been known to do), although repair is preferable to disconnection. I never, ever use kill switches on motorcycles, but if it's there, it needs to work. It IS integrated into several other parts of the electrical system, so it's disconnection may be involved in some of the other electrical issues.

The cruise control problem is probably due to a gummed up switch inside the switch housing. The GL1500 DIY section on this forum covers this nicely.

As for the compressor, the ignition switch has to be in specific positions to check suspension pressure (two buttons must be pressed at the same time, with the ignition in "park" or some such), operate the compressor, etc. It can be confusing, and difficult to remember the sequence if you don't use it often. I leave mine at the pressure I like...and always forget how to check it again.

Rear brake - sounds like it's time to rebuild the rear master cylinder. Not a difficult or expensive job, thankfully.

Others who have had similar issues to yours will be along shortly, to help you get it all fixed up.

Congratulations on buying a GL1500 - once it's sorted, you'll LOVE that bike!!

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Charlie1Horse
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Charlie1Horse » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:13 pm

Sounds like the PO must have had trouble with the kill switch and bypassed it. All the other problems sound like all the switches need cleaning. This bike has onboard compressor so it must be an Aspencade as the Interstate didn't have that option and I don't think there was any SE back then. I think that all SEs had two tone paint scheme. Looks like you probably need a new master cylinder but, from what I've read it must be a real pain to change.
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Nathan.Taylor22
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Nathan.Taylor22 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:58 pm

Here's a side picture of it I took when I first got it, I cropped some possibly offensive language out of the bottom. I'll get better pictures tomorrow if anyone is interested!
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Fiberthree
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Fiberthree » Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:14 am

Welcome to the forum. We always enjoy photos!
Was the bike sitting for a spell? A couple of cans of contact cleaner for the switches would be a good purchase. The dielectric grease on the contacts will harden over time and the switches will stick and/or not release. Specifically the radio mute, hazard flasher and cruise control switches.
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Nathan.Taylor22
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Nathan.Taylor22 » Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:17 am

It was garage kept for some time before I picked it up, owner never said last time he rode it but tire has a flat spot on it from sitting. I'll pick up some cleaner tomorrow to clean out my switches with, thank you for the advice :)

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spiralout
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Motorcycle: 1975 GL1000 (gone)
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1996 GL1500 SE

Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby spiralout » Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:23 am

Mh434 wrote:Rear brake - sounds like it's time to rebuild the rear master cylinder. Not a difficult or expensive job, thankfully.

Charlie1Horse wrote: Looks like you probably need a new master cylinder but, from what I've read it must be a real pain to change.

Getting the rear master out is one of the bigger pita jobs on the 1500, imo. Bleed that joker first before you ever think about pulling it for a rebuild. Left front first, then the rear. I noticed the folks who jumped to saying rebuild it didn't offer to ride over and help pull that SOB :lol: :lol:

Charlie1Horse wrote:This bike has onboard compressor so it must be an Aspencade as the Interstate didn't have that option and I don't think there was any SE back then. I think that all SEs had two tone paint scheme.

And neither were there Aspencades or Interstates in '88. It's a GL1500, no sub model.

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PedroTQ
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1988 GL-1500

Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby PedroTQ » Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:44 am

G'day Nathan.Taylor22 and welcome to the group.

I also bought an 88, and she too was not in the best of conditions, low mileage though, probably sat in an open carport for 10 years or more.

I stripped her right down and lubed everything up on assembly, new SS brake pistons as well, it took me 3-4 months, but I am happy as a pig in $#!? with her.

I took one look at the rear master cylinder and thought unmentionable words. ......... :o

But on closer examination I realised that I could overhaul the master without removing it from the frame. and it was a piece of cake! :D

I had mine up on a work bench, if I had to do it on the floor the cake would not have been so nice.

I am struggling with a 1998 Valkyrie with clogged carbs at the moment.

You will enjoy your 88 once she is running right.

Happy and Safe Riding, Peter.
#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - parts
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - parts, but had the sidecar
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#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Flagship!
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Fiberthree
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Fiberthree » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:27 pm

spiralout wrote:Getting the rear master out is one of the bigger pita jobs on the 1500, imo. Bleed that joker first before you ever think about pulling it for a rebuild. Left front first, then the rear. I noticed the folks who jumped to saying rebuild it didn't offer to ride over and help pull that SOB :lol: :lol:


:shock: You mean it's worse than the thermostat?
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Nathan.Taylor22
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Nathan.Taylor22 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:56 pm

Sorry for the lack of replying or anything, been in the midst of moving and working 12 hour days. Here are some pictures I snapped of the bike and it's paintings! :)
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Left Side
Left Side
Front
Front
Right Side
Right Side
Rear
Rear

Nathan.Taylor22
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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby Nathan.Taylor22 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:03 pm

And heres the paint, I realize you all know the parts and sides of a bike but I don't feel like the pictures are property without labels
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Right Side Wind Deflector
Right Side Wind Deflector
Left Side Wind Deflector
Left Side Wind Deflector
Right Saddlebag
Right Saddlebag
Right side of trunk
Right side of trunk
Left side of trunk
Left side of trunk
Left Saddlebag
Left Saddlebag

dvcruz
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Location: San Jose, Ca
Motorcycle: 1993 GL1500 Aspencade
1983 GL1100 Interstate

Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby dvcruz » Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:06 pm

Nice looking bike! I bought the same thing new in '88 and it was simply called a Goldwing 1500 back then. The Interstate\Aspencade designation came later, when they decided to cut back on costs by removing the compressor and reverse lever from the Interstate model in order to sell it cheaper than the Aspencade model. So yes, your bike will have the compressor. In case you haven't noticed, in one of the saddle bags you will have a air hose you can use to fill up balls, tires, whatever.
That particular Blue color was very rare on the west coast at the time i bought it and I was very lucky to find one (it was in a crate mis-labled as Beige).
After riding it for 9 years, I sold it to my brother and it is still his everyday rider. It just goes on and on and on. So go ahead and take the time for fixing all the little bugs on it and you should be quite happy with it for a long time.
One recommendation - swap the alternator for another, larger wattage one when you can. The stock one barely handles the stock electrical components and if you start adding electricals to it, you'll be draining your battery a lot.
Good luck and good riding!
Back in the San Diego area!

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Re: New '88 GL1500

Postby MikeB » Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:07 pm

Nice looking murals.


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