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by Mh434
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Engine Noise Identification
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Engine Noise Identification

I don't believe that 5-7 psi difference is even considered significant. I'd consider that completely within the normal range of cylinder-to-cylinder differences, even on a new motor. As I recall, industry standard is that for engines over 100 psi compression pressure, over 10 psi difference (greater...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: New helmet
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: New helmet

There's nothing like having your life saved by a helmet to make you a hard-core helmet proponent, is there? Been there - done that - no chance I'll even back the bike out of the garage without my helmet on!
by Mh434
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.
Replies: 15
Views: 459

Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

I guess it's the price we have to pay for riding such amazing bikes! By the way, oldmopars, I lost a couple of my little chrome caps too. Turns out, they're a dime a dozen at the auto parts store, and come with the little nylon ring washers (held in place by the screw heads) as well. They're nice & ...
by Mh434
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Dreaded rear tire replacement, the exhaust saga
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: Dreaded rear tire replacement, the exhaust saga

I feel for you!! I've done it twice, and both times were huge jobs. For some reason, the "spider" (Honda calls it the "rear flange", between the wheel & hub) always comes loose when trying to remove my rear wheel, and jams between the wheel & hub, making removal or replacement of the wheel impossibl...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Voltmeter questions...
Replies: 20
Views: 453

Re: Voltmeter questions...

That would be correct. By the way, ANY wire that is only live when the ignition is on will work to trigger the relay. You'll likely find such a wire closer to the battery than the accessory panel, which makes routing easier. Here's one wiring diagram I found that identifies the various poles by numb...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: altenator
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: altenator

IF you have any worries about breaking something, take it to an alternator shop. They'll probably pop it off for almost nothing for you, and they won't break it.
by Mh434
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Motorcycle parking at work and dog food.
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Motorcycle parking at work and dog food.

I got a laugh out of the big bag of dog food on the seat! (I have a big dog, too, so it's familiar to me). It's truly amazing what you can get on a 'Wing. A few years ago, I needed to transport a Johnson 9.9 hp. outboard motor, and all I had available for transport was my GL1500. I strapped it on it...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: New helmet
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: New helmet

Personally, I like HJC helmets. You can spend a breathtaking amount more money without any real increase in protection or more comfortable fit. Over the past 50 years, I've had dozens of helmets, from extremely cheap to extremely expensive. I'm still partial to HJC, as they're great value for money ...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: bike won,t start
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: bike won,t start

Your battery is very likely dying (and possibly your alternator needs upgrading). Here's a simple test - With the choke etc. set appropriately, plus give it a bit of throttle & release (for a bit of extra fuel from the accelerator pump), crank the engine for 5-6 seconds. As you release the starter b...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Voltmeter questions...
Replies: 20
Views: 453

Re: Voltmeter questions...

All good advice above, but I'd also go with one of the previous suggestions as well - I'd run a relay, connected directly to the battery & triggered by any of the accessory wires. The reason is, as WingAdmin mentioned, running off the accessory circuits will cause your voltmeter to read low, and dif...
by Mh434
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 'Crystals' in antifreeze
Replies: 16
Views: 391

Re: 'Crystals' in antifreeze

I believe that's the same stuff I used, when I couldn't get the Honda stuff. Looks to me, from the label, that it's exactly what is required.
by Mh434
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: LOCKED UP! HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: LOCKED UP! HELP!

So glad you found the problem! It's easy to focus on entirely the wrong track, and not see another, obvious source of the trouble...like I did. Sorry about that! Never thought of the starter....
by Mh434
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 'Crystals' in antifreeze
Replies: 16
Views: 391

Re: 'Crystals' in antifreeze

Yeah, there is one, but when I called they said they didn't have any in stock, and wasn't planning on ordering any.... :roll:
by Mh434
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 'Crystals' in antifreeze
Replies: 16
Views: 391

Re: 'Crystals' in antifreeze

The reason that 100% silicate-free antifreeze is required in the 'Wing is because the silicates act, basically, like sand in your coolant. The use of silicate-content coolant has led to many a destroyed 'Wing coolant pump. I can't get the Honda OEM stuff here, but if you shop judiciously you can fin...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Momentary lapse of reason...
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Momentary lapse of reason...

I agree. The previous owner of my bike had just installed a set of aftermarket "high performance" pads on the rear brake the day before selling me the bike. I noticed that it took a LOT of pressure to get decent braking, but it was great once the rear brake finally got nice and hot. <<<Fast forward ...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Minor annoyance
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: Minor annoyance

One of mine came apart a year or two ago - I thought it was just me. Apparently, it's more common than I thought. Guess I was lucky - the knob stayed in the trunk, and the shaft was still in its place. I pushed them back together, and they were surprisingly tight. I couldn't get it to loosen again w...
by Mh434
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: LOCKED UP! HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: LOCKED UP! HELP!

I just wanted to be certain he'd LEFT them out!
by Mh434
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: LOCKED UP! HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: LOCKED UP! HELP!

It certainly sounds like hydrolock to me. Do NOT try to force it to turn over, as that will result in bent rods & other really, really bad engine damage. The best way to determine this is to remove ALL the plugs, first off. Then, use a narrow strip of cardboard as a dipping strip, and dip it into ea...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Sun Faded Lens Fix
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Sun Faded Lens Fix

I'd forgotten about that stuff! I used it, years ago, and it worked surprisingly well. They also make an amber color for signal lenses etc. Interestingly, I needed some touch-up paint for a "Guard's Red" Porsche I had a few years ago. The "Porsche" brand was ridiculously expensive for what it was, a...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 89 Cruise problem
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: 89 Cruise problem

Gotta love those FREE fixes!!!
by Mh434
Sat May 25, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Lost my key
Replies: 10
Views: 375

Re: Lost my key

There is another option that sometimes works. If the ignition switch is well worn (which, after 27 years, it should be...), any double-sided key of a sufficiently similar blank that it will fit in the ignition MAY, possibly be used to start it. The technique is to stick the key in there and put slig...
by Mh434
Sat May 25, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Price of 92 SE
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: Price of 92 SE

Prices in Canada tend to be dramatically higher than in the US, particularly if you're not in a major city area.

Just a few years ago, I paid $6500 for my '97 GL1500 SE, which was a bargain at the time. In much of the US, the same bike could have been bought for half that.
by Mh434
Thu May 23, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Question for those who have installed LActrical alternators
Replies: 49
Views: 5283

Re: Question for those who have installed LActrical alternators

If I recall correctly, the LActrical alternator is a Saturn car unit with the drive end changed to accept the Honda drive spider. If so, any decent alternator shop should recognize it & source the required bearing for you. They'll probably install it, too, at an extremely attractive price. By way of...
by Mh434
Thu May 23, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear brake dragging
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: Rear brake dragging

Another likely possibility (which doesn't require ANY parts) is that the grease on the slider pins that hold the caliper in place (and let it slide from side to side as required) is dried up, or there's not enough of it. When this happens, the caliper stays over to one side, rather than self-centeri...
by Mh434
Sun May 19, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1500
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: GL1500

^^^That will certainly cover the aspects of the bike itself.

As for the trike part, I think it would be wise to post the specific conversion brand & model. There are bound to be folks on here who know the features and problems of all of them.