1500 OEM radio cover


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1500 OEM radio cover

Post by curtm » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:32 pm



Does anyone ride with the cover off, Seems like a great idea but not sure how much protection the radio needs, Iam sure its there to protect the radio and so we dont play with the buttons while riding, But its a pain in the you know what , but do most ride with out the cover on ??
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by Stew » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:52 pm

I always figured that was more for weather protection when parked overnight, or (not very good) theft prevention. Of course you're supposed to play with the buttons while riding, how else are you supposed to change volume and stuff? The knobs I have seen with my own eyes have rubber boots on the shafts to keep the elements out and I would figure the buttons do too. The cassette door does.
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:57 pm

It would never have occurred to me to leave the cover on while riding. But, it goes on whenever the bike is parked for the day.

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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:50 pm

I've never used mine, ever. It lives in my saddlebag in case I one day decide to use it, I guess?

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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by fibersport » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:58 am

Cover? We don't need no stinkin' cover .....

All kidding aside, I don't have a cover but have given thought to getting one just for the cleaner look. My radio in my car is on all the time, the one on my bike rarely, so covering it while riding wouldn't bother me.

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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by dingdong » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:14 am

Mine is in the spare parts box in the garage.
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by bellboy40 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:35 am

I usually don't put the cover on mine unless it is raining or if it will be outside overnight while traveling. Even then I don't put it on if the weather is good. Those buttons and knobs have some weather protection to keep from getting water down in the radio but over time that may deteriorate so I like to cover it when the weather is bad.

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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by DenverWinger » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:36 am

I don't even have one, PO may have had it stashed in the stable and forgotten to include it, or he may not have had it either.....
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by curtm » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:51 pm

Funny, I guess iam the only person that leaves it on, concencus, i have one for sale :)
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by Uncle Fester » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:38 pm

I put a hinge on the leading edge, so it does not come off while going down the road. I can lift it and adjust the volume, change stations, what even and not risk loosing it.
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by joeincalif » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:22 am

I don't think I ever used one on any of my 3 different 1500, The 1800 doesn't even come with one. I had trouble with the handle bar switches sticking and never had any trouble with the radio knobs not working properly.
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by DarthJ » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:38 am

I have one, the smoky clear one not the OEM solid one, and basically it sits in the trunk unless I park outside or the weather looks like rain.
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by minimac » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:37 pm

dingdong wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:14 am
Mine is in the spare parts box in the garage.
So is mine, I think. I haven't looked for it in about fifteen years, though.

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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:32 pm

Cyclemax still carries the smoked aftermarket one:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... /86/127001




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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by Sadanorakman » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:57 am

With many of you admitting your oem radio cover is in storage for many years, would any of you wish to sell me one to complete my 1991 SE? My plastics are brown. Regards
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by jbaviera » Tue May 01, 2018 6:35 am

Uncle Fester wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:38 pm
I put a hinge on the leading edge, so it does not come off while going down the road. I can lift it and adjust the volume, change stations, what even and not risk loosing it.
Been thinking of doing the same. What type hinge did you use, and how did you attach it?
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by jbaviera » Tue May 01, 2018 6:37 am

Have mine installed 90% of the time. On rare occasions I'll have it off while listening to the radio though.
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by Jag39 » Tue May 01, 2018 8:20 am

jbaviera wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 6:37 am
Have mine installed 90% of the time. On rare occasions I'll have it off while listening to the radio though.
Ditto, only mine is on more like 98% of the time. I don't listen to the radio, except when parked, since I can't stand the ear pieces in my helmet. Never found any I liked.

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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by wilmo » Tue May 01, 2018 10:34 am

My cover hardly ever comes off. Hardly ever use the radio as radio around here sucks-all commercials all the time interrupted by a song we just heard an hour ago. Cassette is broken so it's virtually useless. I use an mp3 player attached to headphones in my helmet.

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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by Mav4G » Tue May 01, 2018 2:58 pm

I like the fact there's a factory solution to protecting my electronics laying open to the weather. I decided to make it more useful by having it cover the radio at night and acting as a tray by day (see photo). With an alcohol wipe and some velcro it easily flips and becomes a tray. I used double sided tape and some drawer liner material on the inside of the cover and its tends to grab whatever I lay in there. I've had it on the freeway for hours at a time and its never wanted to leave me. Also, you don't really need to use the key on the fuel hatch to gain access to the cover's release. By simply compressing the top (where it connects) the lid comes up and is then easily removed. You'll get it if you try it a couple times. I never use my key and its a better use of the unused space. If seeing the velcro when its visible bothers you I wouldn't do it. For me its just handy. I made a short 13mb mp4 video of what Im describing but I couldn't get it to upload. Here's a couple pics.

Shows velcro locations with lid on
Shows velcro locations with lid on


Shows how it flips over as a tray
Shows how it flips over as a tray


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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by GoldWingRev » Wed May 02, 2018 9:40 am

Sadanorakman wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:57 am
With many of you admitting your oem radio cover is in storage for many years, would any of you wish to sell me one to complete my 1991 SE? My plastics are brown. Regards
eBay has some, the OE kind not the clear plastic kind. I’ve discovered backups to forum and chapter members.
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Re: 1500 OEM radio cover

Post by Sadanorakman » Wed May 02, 2018 3:48 pm

GoldWingRev wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 9:40 am
eBay has some, the OE kind not the clear plastic kind. I’ve discovered backups to forum and chapter members.
I realise OEM covers occasionally appear on ebay. I just figured that one of the guys here admitting their cover had been in storage for many years might just be motivated to part with it if i asked nicely. This would help me to complete my bike.

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