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by Solo So Long
Thu May 12, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Bike won’t fire up
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: Bike won’t fire up

If one of the carb sliders is frozen, I can pretty much promise you that your carbs (and the rest of the fuel system) will have a bunch of shellac plugging the galleries. There's a reason that one of the first fuel system cleaners was called "Gumout." It doesn't take much -- your engine ru...
by Solo So Long
Thu May 12, 2022 5:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1500 Radio Upgrade
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: GL1500 Radio Upgrade

That would be too easy.
by Solo So Long
Thu May 12, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Buying relays at auto supply store
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Buying relays at auto supply store

Gonna agree, buy the ones here. At this price, get an extra to carry with you.
by Solo So Long
Thu May 12, 2022 12:46 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Where to spray starter fluid?
Replies: 12
Views: 243

Re: Where to spray starter fluid?

If there is a partial vacuum in the gas tank, the pump is working fine and the vent is NOT.

It will probably start just fine with the gas cap off, which confirms a stuck or clogged vent.
by Solo So Long
Thu May 12, 2022 12:41 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Installing a CB on a 1992 GL1500 Interstate.
Replies: 12
Views: 220

Re: Installing a CB on a 1992 GL1500 Interstate.

How much use do you plan to give a CB? There's a significant amount of work involved in installing the factory unit.

You might be better off just to buy a cheap generic one.
by Solo So Long
Sat Apr 16, 2022 10:44 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Goldwing as a first bike?!?!
Replies: 49
Views: 3341

Re: Goldwing as a first bike?!?!

Other than T-CLOCS, not much more you need to worry about. The 1800 doesn't have timing belts, which are the one weak point of the earlier engines.
by Solo So Long
Sun Apr 03, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1500 Bad Fuel Economy (25-30MPG)
Replies: 30
Views: 1612

Re: GL1500 Bad Fuel Economy (25-30MPG)

E10 tends to give me 2-3 less mpg than ethanol free (from my limited testing, but again, hard to get exact numbers since my riding varies so much), but E0 is not readily available near me, and is $1 more a gallon for it when I can find it, so not worth it for me. There are tricks for drawing the et...
by Solo So Long
Fri Apr 01, 2022 9:13 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Daytona Beach drawbridge
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: Daytona Beach drawbridge

Solo so longs lengthy and detailed analysis would be more valid if right from the start, the GL1800 was correctly identified! I look forward to reading your own lengthy and detailed analysis, and finding the typos therein. I ride a GL1500 (the One True Goldwing), and rarely type the designators of ...
by Solo So Long
Fri Apr 01, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Super wide angle mirror
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Re: Super wide angle mirror

I don't see headlights behind me -- my own body is in the way. The mirror is for seeing to the sides with just a glance. By the time headlights are close enough to be seen, they aren't pointed directly into the mirror.
by Solo So Long
Thu Mar 31, 2022 9:11 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Q&A Video, Episode 6
Replies: 1
Views: 305

Re: Q&A Video, Episode 6

Actually, most SWR meters don't have a wattmeter. You match the antenna for the lowest SWR. Tuning radio and matching antennas can be done by any CB shop, which can usually be found at or near truck stops. Old 23-channel CBs had an output power of up to 5 watts, FYI. Citizen's Band was originally th...
by Solo So Long
Tue Mar 29, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Screw in tyre
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: Screw in tyre

Fix it.

If you don't, you will always be worrying about it.
by Solo So Long
Tue Mar 29, 2022 11:38 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Looking at a 1988 GL1500
Replies: 12
Views: 313

Re: Looking at a 1988 GL1500

If you don't do your own work, you will not be happy. If you are willing to learn to work on a bike, this is reasonably easy to work on -- a JIS screwdriver and a few YouTube videos will have you wondering why you ever paid anyone else to work on a bike. The timing belts are not that expensive, but ...
by Solo So Long
Thu Mar 24, 2022 9:28 pm
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Does anyone know what type of saddle bags these are?
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: Does anyone know what type of saddle bags these are?

good call, mr. offcenter. i used to see those bags around about 40 years ago. would see them on kz1000 police bikes. lowsyanna state police and the shreveport, la police had quite a few of them. The Kawasaki KZ900C (1977) and KZ1000C (1089 - 1891) came with Kaw saddleboxes and windshield. The KZ100...
by Solo So Long
Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Need suggestions for a quality alternator.
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Need suggestions for a quality alternator.

Call starter/alternator repair shops to see if anyone has an older (pre-1996) one available. It's a long shot, but you never know.
by Solo So Long
Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Electrical issue
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Electrical issue

You either have an intermittent short somewhere or your starter is pulling more current than it should. Most likely the short. A former owner may have hooked up something to that lead, then not insulated properly after removal. But when your starter brushes are almost gone, you can get shorts across...
by Solo So Long
Sat Mar 19, 2022 3:49 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Wooden be my first choice...
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Wooden be my first choice...

Cheap Harbor Freight ties, fastened to the crash bars, exactly where Honda says not to fasten them. I guess he doesn't care much about his bike... It never ceases to amaze me how manufacturers don't realize that anyone will ever need to strap down bikes for transporting. I saw a really nice rig tha...
by Solo So Long
Sat Mar 19, 2022 3:44 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: I bungled it!
Replies: 42
Views: 1984

Re: I bungled it!

You wouldn't believe how much oil appears on the ground under a car that the oil filter wasn't fully tightened before starting the engine.

Not that I would know anything about such an event . . .
by Solo So Long
Sat Mar 19, 2022 3:40 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Mystery lever on 96 Gl1500se???
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Mystery lever on 96 Gl1500se???

There's no reserve. That's why it's a good reason never to pass a gas pump if you have less than 1/4 on the gauge.
by Solo So Long
Sat Mar 19, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Heel & Toe Shifter/Floorboards - Should I???
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: Heel & Toe Shifter/Floorboards - Should I???

After decades on Kawasakis with floorboards, we went to BMWs without them. I really missed the comfort of being able to move my feet around during a long ride. When I went to the Wings, I figured that I would put on floorboards, but before doing it I wanted to put some miles on, and discovered that ...
by Solo So Long
Sat Mar 19, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Buy a GL1500 with a host of problems, or walk away?
Replies: 18
Views: 772

Re: Buy a GL1500 with a host of problems, or walk away?

tbird71 wrote: Fri Mar 18, 2022 7:54 am plus pay roughly 3500 for installation
Sounds like you're not doing your own maintenance.

That flips it over into the "pass it by" category.
by Solo So Long
Tue Mar 15, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Daytona Beach drawbridge
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: Daytona Beach drawbridge

But the trailer is shorter than the distance to the arm from the ground.
by Solo So Long
Tue Mar 15, 2022 6:29 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Daytona Beach drawbridge
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: Daytona Beach drawbridge

Hmm. Watched it full screen, 1/4 speed, and pausing a lot. You gotta admire God's sense of humor, putting the ONE drop of water on the whole lens right in that one spot! ;) Anyhow, the safety arm is higher than the trailer. Number of vehicles: 1 Vehicle 1: Honda Goldwing (GL1500) motorcycle, with si...
by Solo So Long
Tue Mar 15, 2022 5:04 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Daytona Beach drawbridge
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: Daytona Beach drawbridge

If the arm had taken him in the forehead, he would have been unhorsed. I don't see how the arm could have hit the trailer without having first hit the fairing and rider, except maybe if he turned to the left and tailswing put the trailer further right. If the arm had hit the windshield, the windshie...
by Solo So Long
Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Daytona Beach drawbridge
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: Daytona Beach drawbridge

Maybe he forgot that "Goldwing" is a NAME, not a CONFIGURATION. The bars were down before he came around the curve. He had plenty of time to have see the lights on the arm and on the overhead. Originally, I thought that the "wiping the visor" thing was an excuse, but when he hit ...
by Solo So Long
Mon Mar 14, 2022 8:24 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Daytona Beach drawbridge
Replies: 24
Views: 2454

Re: Daytona Beach drawbridge

I'd have been tempted to just leave him there a while.

That's the kind of rider who doesn't need a helmet, because there's nothing for a helmet to protect.