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by thebruce
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Nice steady 11.7 volts
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Nice steady 11.7 volts

There seems to be a rash of new/non functional alternators out there.

Rambozo's statement "Just because it is new, doesn't automatically mean it is good." Applies to so much more than alternators...
by thebruce
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Feel like an idiot. Only running on 4 cylinders
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Feel like an idiot. Only running on 4 cylinders

Fuhgettaboutit.

At least you will when she is running on all 6 and you crack it open for the first few thousand times.
by thebruce
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: my bike is a pogo stick
Replies: 27
Views: 520

Re: my bike is a pogo stick

Depending on your definition of exactly how your pogo stick rides, I have a theory... The valving in the front forks of these babies isn't all that refined. I find on mine that there is a range of speed (30-50km/h) where I can feel every little imperfection, crack, dog or cat that I run over on the ...
by thebruce
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Transmission slippage
Replies: 11
Views: 292

Re: Transmission slippage

If it's a slip and not a grind, then it's the clutch. Is there a possibility you changed the oil type before this started? Lots of oils will cause clutch slippage. It probably happens in a high gear when the motor is pulling the hardest, right? Short of something simple like oil type or a sticky clu...
by thebruce
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Bad Ground
Replies: 16
Views: 321

Re: Bad Ground

You would probably want the alternator in a vise, connected to a battery +12 on the big terminal, -12 on the alternator case, and then the field could be jumped with gator clips or some such to the +12. Spin it with a fast, powerful drill and it should work. It won't matter which way you spin it. If...
by thebruce
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: MEXICAN V THUNDER
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: MEXICAN V THUNDER

Every time I read the title of this thread I expect to see some poor fool south of the border get blowed up by lightning. Every time I am disappointed.
by thebruce
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: speed wobbles on deceleration at 40mph
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: speed wobbles on deceleration at 40mph

I absolutely hate this behaviour on my wing. I have been surprised a few times as it's the first bike that I have owned that initiates a tank slapper without any consideration to my inattention... Tightening up the steering head to spec or even maybe a little tighter will help. A damper will hopeful...
by thebruce
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Bad Ground
Replies: 16
Views: 321

Re: Bad Ground

Grounds are important, especially the one with the piece missing. It's hard to say exactly what the bad ground would do for the alternator, but it definitely wasn't doing it any favours. Tidying it up and any other bad connections or rotted wiring can only help you in the long run. If I recall corre...
by thebruce
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Goldwing Motocross
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Goldwing Motocross

I recall Evel Knievel smashing a fair few H-D... among other things.
by thebruce
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Trike Opinions
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: Trike Opinions

I have always found that the best way to take all the fun out of riding a bike is to add another wheel to the front, back or way out the side. For the time being I can keep that attitude as I am relatively young and healthy. Looking down the road, I may have the need for another wheel on the scoot. ...
by thebruce
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: After my morning ride to work...
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: After my morning ride to work...

I get the feeling that the people whose cell phone were being jammed would lose all concentration, take the other hand off the wheel and kill everyone on the road...
by thebruce
Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Goldwing Motocross
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Goldwing Motocross

My first dirtbike was a honda cb125 (very like pic) and I was 9. It punished me severely on more than 1 occasion, and I still bear the marks. In retrospect I wish it wouldn't have been used as such, as it would be a cool little bike to strap to the back of the 5th wheel. I will gladly leave the stre...
by thebruce
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Air Filter: K&N or OEM...
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Air Filter: K&N or OEM...

That looks just fine, if not a little lean. If the bike runs well I wouldn't change a thing with the mixture.

This makes me want to check my plugs to see what they are seeing for mixture. Maybe over winter I will rejet a little fatter to see if she pulls harder or just drinks more.
by thebruce
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: No start after sitting for 2 years...
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Re: No start after sitting for 2 years...

I agree with CrystalPistol's entire statement. A few 3 second bursts of the starter are enough to open the petcock, if it is working, and fill the float bowls if the valves aren't stuck shut. If it doesn't respond to that wait 30 seconds for things to cool off and try again. If it fires with startin...
by thebruce
Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Gearchange Lever brace
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Gearchange Lever brace

They both have a role to play in the starter interlock.

Maybe a bad ground somewhere causing power to backfeed through the switch and light to find ground. Stranger things have happened.
by thebruce
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Gearchange Lever brace
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Gearchange Lever brace

This thread reminded me that I did buy one from ebay, from peppi-le-pew. It is somewhere out there in the ebay global shipping nightmare.

I believe this to be one of the original sources for the shifter brace.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/303000477251
by thebruce
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: New battery, new relay, no power
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: New battery, new relay, no power

I'm with 777 on the 40A fuse being a bad thing. I play with electricity for a living and that is a recipe for a fire, if not worse. What was an overloaded circuit that blew the oversized 20A fuse had 6 blocks @40A to melt down and probably damage several other wires over the length of it. I've seen ...
by thebruce
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Air Filter: K&N or OEM...
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Air Filter: K&N or OEM...

That looks just fine to me, if not a little on the lean end. I'd bet the last time the bike was running it didn't go far. Those mixture screws really only have effect at idle and a little above. The only way to get a good read on a set of plugs is to give the motor a good workout, and then kill the ...
by thebruce
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Frustrating day in the garage
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Frustrating day in the garage

FYI I just checked my '95 service manual says drive the right side in first, then the left.

I doubt there is 1/8" of spare room in there so if you put the left in 1st it would probably be OK. Insert standard legal disclaimer....
by thebruce
Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: New battery, new relay, no power
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: New battery, new relay, no power

I'm not gonna be a pile of help because I am not as familiar with these bikes as some folks here. You should probably be more specific as to which relays you changed, and where you stuck that wire to get it all to turn on. If I were going in blind I'd make sure the battery/starter solenoid connectio...
by thebruce
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Frustrating day in the garage
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Frustrating day in the garage

I don't recall the order I put the bearings in my wheel, but the all balls instructions were at least partly true. I don't have my service manual with me, but usually there is a bearing (left or right) you pound in to the stop, place the spacer in, and pound the other bearing in until contact. If yo...
by thebruce
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Frustrating day in the garage
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Frustrating day in the garage

Not sure what spacer you are talking about.

Between the bearings or outside?

I used 25-1077 on my '91 a couple months ago and everything fit ok.
by thebruce
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Air Filter: K&N or OEM...
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Air Filter: K&N or OEM...

+1 for oem. Or pretty much any other decent paper filter.

I have seen too many K&N filters that lost their floof that would easily let through coarse sand in a few spots. Not a good thing.
by thebruce
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing
Replies: 507
Views: 66404

Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

What does LMBO stand for? I'm gonna take a crack at this one without consulting the Google... Laugh My Butt Off ? :lol: It would be the PG version of LMAO. The A being a synonymous word to butt that is often used for some sort of mutant horse. I think the general consensus back at the mothership is...
by thebruce
Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Progressive Front Fork Springs - Spacer and Oil Volume
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: Progressive Front Fork Springs - Spacer and Oil Volume

*anything short of using the appropriate tool can be dangerous, and even when you have that tool, used incorrectly, it can be dangerous. "Serious death or injury may occur" or some such. I have, many times, set the assembly on the ground, pushed the fork cap down into the fork tube with socket and r...