98 GL1500, head bearings


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twostrokes48
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98 GL1500, head bearings

Postby twostrokes48 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:02 am



I am still checking out this 98 that I bought with only 26k on it. I am noticing on a somewhat hard stop with front break that there seems to be a little play in the front end. Not sure how to describe it but feels like a clunk in the steering head. Another thing I notice is that the break seems to pulse like a possible warped disc...Does any of this sound feasable for only 26k miles?? When I take a bike to the shop, I like to have some idea of what is wrong since I assume that there is no such thing as an honest Mechanic if they have the opportunity to screw you. And before all you wrenches get on me, I realize there are some working on the side that are good and honest, But that is the 10% that are the exception.



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Re: 98 GL1500, head bearings

Postby keithg64 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:31 pm

I had steering head bearing problems last year and I replaced the bearings myself. The most noticeable problem I had on mine was in the corners, the bikes handle bars seemed to shimmy and shake. If you are noticeing a little play in the front end when you are hard on the brakes, put the bike on the center stand, get the front wheel off the ground, stand in front of the tire, grasp it firmly and push and pull on the tire and see if you can feel any movement, if you do the bearings need replaced or retorqued.
Let us know what you find.
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twostrokes48
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Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:21 pm
Location: San Antonio,TX
Motorcycle: 98 Goldwing 1500 trike
75 GL1000 (restoring)
98 Goldwing with landing gear (for sale)
94 Goldwing 1500- towpac trike (sold)
88 Goldwing 1500- (sold)
84 GL1200 Aspy-SOLD
75 GL1000(stolen 87)
88 GW trike (totaled)
1972 750k2

Re: 98 GL1500, head bearings

Postby twostrokes48 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:01 pm

I'll let you know. Hope to get that test done tomorrow. I followed a link I found on here from somone that had info on all the wings. On mine, it was noted that it needed the bearings retorqued at about 6-8000 and then probably only every 20k after that. It probably was never done since new. Hopefully they will not be ruined and I can just retorque them. Thanks for verifying that possibility.

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twostrokes48
Posts: 577
Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:21 pm
Location: San Antonio,TX
Motorcycle: 98 Goldwing 1500 trike
75 GL1000 (restoring)
98 Goldwing with landing gear (for sale)
94 Goldwing 1500- towpac trike (sold)
88 Goldwing 1500- (sold)
84 GL1200 Aspy-SOLD
75 GL1000(stolen 87)
88 GW trike (totaled)
1972 750k2

Re: 98 GL1500, head bearings

Postby twostrokes48 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:56 pm

Just an update or lack of one. Have not had time to get back to checking on the front end yet. Have had to turn attention to overheating problem on the 84 Aspy, as it is sold and I don't want to give it to the guy with it overheating. So I am still working on that. Will let you know what I find on the front end when I get to it.




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