1996 Goldwing GL


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1996 Goldwing GL

Postby gkimbrou » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:59 pm



I have just purchased a 96 Goldwing. Anyone know of any problems with that particular year? I have not ridden since the 70's and this will be a new experience for me (I had a Honda 350 back then). Bike has 50,000 miles. How often do you have to change timing belt? I understand it is rubber. Thanks for any help. G



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Re: 1996 Goldwing GL

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:40 pm

gkimbrou wrote:I have just purchased a 96 Goldwing. Anyone know of any problems with that particular year? I have not ridden since the 70's and this will be a new experience for me (I had a Honda 350 back then). Bike has 50,000 miles. How often do you have to change timing belt? I understand it is rubber. Thanks for any help. G


If you don't know when (if ever) the last time was that the timing belt was replaced, it's time to do it now.

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Re: 1996 Goldwing GL

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:59 pm

Some of us are just learning about the 1500 too.I find a lot of info on the forum tab under gl1500.This narrows down to a lot of gl1500 topics.
Oh yes,absolutely replace the timing belts....$40 dollars is the cheapest insurance against engine damage next to a oil change.
So far I haven't found anything bad enough to turn me away from the bike in general.It's seems to need the same maintenance as any other bike...Brakes,oil,tires,grease on the driveshaft,etc.

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Re: 1996 Goldwing GL

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:37 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Some of us are just learning about the 1500 too.I find a lot of info on the forum tab under gl1500.This narrows down to a lot of gl1500 topics.
Oh yes,absolutely replace the timing belts....$40 dollars is the cheapest insurance against engine damage next to a oil change.
So far I haven't found anything bad enough to turn me away from the bike in general.It's seems to need the same maintenance as any other bike...Brakes,oil,tires,grease on the driveshaft,etc.


Me too...I wasd a bit intimidated at first as it seemed to be just one big box filled with wires and hoses and covered in plastic, whereas I was used to my more-or-less open-engined 1100. But now that I've had things apart here and there a few times and have got a feel for the layout of the mechanicals, I'm much more comfortable with it. It's just a machine, and typical motorcycle maintenance will keep you in good shape.

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Re: 1996 Goldwing GL

Postby heidebill » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:32 pm

I did a bit of preventive Maintenance on my 97 1500,
Here is a link to one of my videos





I did, timing belts, rear brakes, heated grips, tires with dyna beads, and more
Have Fun
Bill




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