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1500 transmission

Postby zubby » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:49 pm



From what I have read so far--the early 1500s had 4th and 5th gear problems. Does that mean that the 88s and 89s WILL eventially have transmission problems with higher mileage ?? :(


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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby ka4yqi » Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:19 am

All I can say is the the 89 that I had, had 149,000 miles on it when I sold it. So far it still running with over 150,000. I would not be scared to ride it to the west coast. But his wife wanted it so I sold it to him and bought me a 1998 SE.

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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:53 am

I don't know what you read ,but I had the same concerns about my new 88.This post...viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9365.....covered my bike and the following post is the results.whether it is a cure for a impending trans problem is subject for debate.I do believe that as long as the 3/4gear snaps cleanly into place there won't be a problem.I think it occurs when the gear is not fully locked in is when the wear happens

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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby zubby » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:35 pm

I do have that slop on the shift lever shaft ( 73,000 mi. ). Maybe I should quit reading the posts on this forum to keep my blood pressure from going up and down ! :lol: Do u "pre-load " your shifter like I have read that some guys do ? I used to do that when I was riding Beemers as they were notorious "Clunkers" when shifting. I really haven't had that much experience with my Wing as I just bought it, and Ohio weather doesn't allow much winter riding. I have spent a lot of time reading the posts and wondering if I purchased a problem because I got a pretty good deal when I bought, and the weather was too foul to experiment much with it. It is in almost excellent shape and has just about every light and chrome thats available---just had to have it !!!!!
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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:57 pm

I got mine in December and put it in my shop for full service so I haven't had a chance too run it out.I don't plan on shifting any differently than I do with my 1000,1100 or 1200.Just pull in the clutch and firmly stuff it.My initial thought about the 3/4 problem is sloppy or speedy shifting causing the drum to stop just short of the full gear engagement,causing the shifting fork to drag on the side.

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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:19 pm

virgilmobile wrote:I got mine in December and put it in my shop for full service so I haven't had a chance too run it out.I don't plan on shifting any differently than I do with my 1000,1100 or 1200.Just pull in the clutch and firmly stuff it.My initial thought about the 3/4 problem is sloppy or speedy shifting causing the drum to stop just short of the full gear engagement,causing the shifting fork to drag on the side.


I agree. All the wings do not do well with a delicate touch on the shifter. You need to be firm and decisive when shifting.

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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby cardinal » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:09 pm

I had the 4th gear shifting fork go out on my '95 SE at 74,000 miles. Started hearing a clicking while it was in first through third, then I started hearing it when it was in neutral. Weird thing is, that you hear it when the bike is pointed down hill, like when the front tire is in the gutter and the rear is still up on the drive way. The bike had 71,000 miles and floor boards with a heel toe shifter, when I bought it. I still wonder if the heel toe shifter is a factor in the 1500's tranny failures.

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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:04 pm

That actually makes sense, as with the worn shifter/fork, the shifter can slide forward or back. Helped by gravity, if the bike is facing downward, the shifter would slide forward, and the dogs can start hitting one another, which is likely what the clicking noise was.

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Re: 1500 transmission

Postby zubby » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:43 pm

As soon as the weather permits, I'm going to run it through the gears for a couple of hours---and if I have any of the described symtoms of early tranny problems, there is going to be a beautiful, black, 1989 GL1500, for sale at a very reasonable price !!!! :(


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