GL1500 Stereo Stopped working


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GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby Gypsy » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:25 pm



When I bought my wing off a local chap the stereo was working. I was as happy as listening to Phil Collins as I cruised home, however its stopped and the radio has never worked either. Anything simple that anyone could point me to. Its like a 747 under the covers and Im not sure where to start. I guess if I can get it going I will also look at connecting up the rears with some speaker as well

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Re: GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby tmilam » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:08 pm

Check fuse first. That is the easiest.

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Re: GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby Gypsy » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:34 pm

Thanks and Giday from way down under. Yes that was the first thing I did. Just to check however that would be the fuses on the left hand side of the bike or are there more hidden somewhere?
Fuses all good. Ive had the side cover compartments out up by the dash and the stereo off to see if any wires are loose or plugs out, but they all good two. Ive heard there are some plugs that come loose, any thoughts on any other plugs?. PS the lights for the stereo (just below volume tone dials etc) are on if that helps or do they simply glow in the dark anyway, hadn't noticed them before, but they are working
Thanks for the help

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Re: GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby tmilam » Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:04 pm

You have checked everything I would have. Now I am at a loss.

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Re: GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby Gypsy » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:07 am

Thanks mate Ill keep searching. Yes sir when the built these I reckon Boeing must have supplied the wiring lumes...

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Re: GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby Luxo2r » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:04 am

couple of things to look at also. Does it have a CB and if so do you get audio out of the fairing speakers? If you connect a helmet with headset installed and select audio thru the headsets do you get music? Does the display show the radio in on and a station selected? I blew out a rear speaker and lost all audio at the rear one time recently. All the conections for the audio pod are located at the front of the audio pod itself, can't imagine the connector(s) came loose but you never know.
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Re: GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby Sempai » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:49 am

I ran into this problem at one point. Seemed like the radio worked if/when it wanted. At one point, while riding along a fairly bumpy road, I discovered that it would come on and go off sporadically. That told me it had to be a loose connector somewhere, and when I lifted the audio pod off the bike to inspect the connectors themselves, I found that they were tight. Eager to get it going again, gave all the wires a hefty 'wiggle/jiggle' test and found the problem was in fact a loose power wire INSIDE the connector at the front of the stereo. With a pair of fine needle-nose pliers, I pinched the female pin closed a bit and the radio functions terrifically, in fact, better than it had in the 2 years I'd owned the bike before I tightened up that connection!
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Re: GL1500 Stereo Stopped working

Postby Gypsy » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:32 pm

Thats a great idea. Im going to have a look at that as it sounds like it could the thing. Ill keep you posted. thanks for you help

From Middle earth way down under thank you and happy safe riding

Tosh




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