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by Mh434
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Help with helmet headsets, please!
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: Help with helmet headsets, please!

****For those with J&M headset microphone issues, I have a solution.**** I, too, had the same problems, kept buying new microphones every year, and often griped about it on this forum. Someone here (I think it was WingAdmin?) finally suggested spraying a little bit of electrical contact cleaner into...
by Mh434
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: No power to ignition???
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: No power to ignition???

^^^I have to agree. An AGM-style battery should definitely be installed. They seem to be far superior to the old style batteries. I changed over when I bought my aftermarket alternator, and I'll never go back to the old style battery. I'm putting AGM batteries in all my vehicles when replacements ar...
by Mh434
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Installed Electronic Deer Whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 296

Re: Installed Electronic Deer Whistle

Fiberthree wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:11 am
You should try a wolf whistle. I read where wolves are the natural predators of deer. That would clear the area.
Back in the 1950’s, “wolf whistles” were thought to attract pretty girls, too! Never knew that to work, either! :lol:
by Mh434
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Installed Electronic Deer Whistle
Replies: 12
Views: 296

Re: Installed Electronic Deer Whistle

Speaking anecdotally, the only experience I've had was following a fellow with one of these electronic deer-deterrent devices. A deer bolted out from the side of the road, appeared to notice the sound of the device, and screeched to a halt dead in front of him....and cocked its head to the side, lik...
by Mh434
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: No power to ignition???
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: No power to ignition???

Sounds right to me - GL1500's are extremely intolerant of resting battery voltages under 12.5-12.7 volts. Once you get the new battery, you need to test the alternator output as well. With the bike running, at idle, you need to see AT LEAST 13.2-13.5 volts at the battery. On my bike, with an afterma...
by Mh434
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire
Replies: 42
Views: 1971

Re: I'm feeling dark... new Austone Taxi Tire

A friend of mine had an Austone on his Valkyrie, and it was disturbing watching his bike corner. It did precisely what WingAdmin describes. The bike would track, insistently straight ahead, even when he tried to turn in. Then, it would suddenly tip off the flat tread onto the edge of the carcass sho...
by Mh434
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Replacement Alternator
Replies: 16
Views: 569

Re: Replacement Alternator

Another vote for the LActrical units. I got the 95 amp one...tons of power, at any RPM's - double the output at idle what a Honda one puts out at max RPM. Cheap, too, I thought. Plus, as it's built on a Saturn car alternator, the guts are easily repaired/replaced at any alternator shop.
by Mh434
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Lookie What I Found! ;-)
Replies: 8
Views: 444

Re: Lookie What I Found! ;-)

All I can say is....WOW!! :shock: :mrgreen:

I have a pretty good knowledge of 'Wings, but I've never even heard of those side "tanks" before - I presume they're for added fuel, for longer trips? That bike looks absolutely stunning!!
by Mh434
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Starter problems
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: Starter problems

Another possibility for you - on my previous 'Wing (an '81 GL1100), my starter exhibited precisely the same problems. I even tried jumping it from my huge truck battery, and couldn't even get it to turn over the bike's engine one, single revolution. My jumper cables got so hot they started to melt!!...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: OMG Make it Stop!
Replies: 17
Views: 480

Re: OMG Make it Stop!

Oh, thank God - I thought it was just me, that I, alone, had been hacked!! I know, it's not nice to hope others are in the same boat, but "misery loves company", WingAdmin was on top of it, and he nuked it right away. You have to wonder what the hackers thought they were accomplishing, though - it's...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Poor radio Reception ????
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Bear in mind that there is more than one antenna connector in its cable. There's one at the radio unit, and another one under the passenger's seat. Make sure both are clean & have solid connections. Another good (cheap!) test would be to try a regular, discarded car antenna, plugged into the connect...
by Mh434
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1995 GL1500 good deal?
Replies: 12
Views: 450

Re: 1995 GL1500 good deal?

Seems like a good deal to me...mind you, that bike would go for at least $6K in this part of the world...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail
Replies: 22
Views: 689

Re: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail

Top be honest, the best possible thing you could do now is pull the battery, take it to an auto parts place, and have it load tested. That will tell you for sure if you're beating a dead horse...
by Mh434
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: saddlebag cover hinges
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: saddlebag cover hinges

Thanks, WA - I'd forgotten how I fixed my problem, and you're absolutely correct, it was the latches that were the problem. The link you posted was mine. I worked at that issue for a LONG time before I figured out one of my latch supports was bent. It's easy to bend these - one over-large item stuff...
by Mh434
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: saddlebag cover hinges
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: saddlebag cover hinges

If I recall correctly, the best adjustment is at the other end of the hinges, in the floor of the saddlebag. It has been awhile since I tinkered with mine (they were so far out of adjustment that one of the bags wouldn't close), but that's what I recall doing. It's fiddly, because you have to close ...
by Mh434
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail
Replies: 22
Views: 689

Re: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail

By the way - for those who have aftermarket GPS units on their bikes - even when turned "off", if they're plugged in, they still draw a LOT of juice. I measured the draw rate on one of my Garmin units, and found that in the "off" position (and the screen completely dark) it was still drawing almost...
by Mh434
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail
Replies: 22
Views: 689

Re: 1999 Goldwing SE battery fail

^^^Agreed. The bike's ECU has a small amount of drain all the time. The battery should actually self-charge at a greater rate than that, due to chemical reactions inside it that are constantly ongoing, so that's not a significant drain rate. Either the alternator, or the battery itself, is likely th...
by Mh434
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: RIDING IN THE RAIN.
Replies: 45
Views: 2722

Re: RIDING IN THE RAIN.

I try to avoid riding in the rain at all costs. In my part of the world, ALL roads are asphalt, of which a major component is....oil. If it's been dry for several days, at the first sign of rain the road becomes a slick, oil-over-water skating rink. Yesterday, it rained here for the first time in a ...
by Mh434
Thu May 31, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: SHORT LEGS !! - BIG PROBLEM ???
Replies: 28
Views: 1836

Re: SHORT LEGS !! - BIG PROBLEM ???

Just a caution regarding sliding the fork tubes up in the triple clamps - the front end of a GL1500 is fairly soft, and when the front springs are compressed there is precious little space left between hard parts & the front fender (on my bike, there's about 1/4" of clearance left once the front spr...
by Mh434
Thu May 31, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 4th Alternator GL1500
Replies: 40
Views: 2369

Re: 4th Alternator GL1500

^^^That's a very good point - age is a far more important consideration in wiring, connectors, etc. than mileage. UV and oxygen degrade plastics and rubber, that's a given. The longer the exposure, the worse the degradation. I had a Porsche 944 (loved that car!!), but electrical gremlins due to conn...
by Mh434
Thu May 31, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Whats the deal with driver backrest prices?
Replies: 17
Views: 469

Re: Whats the deal with driver backrest prices?

NOVAwing, just be thankful you're not in Canada! That same Utopia back rest would cost well over $300 to bring in here, assuming it could be brought in by USPS. If it came UPS, it could exceed $500!
by Mh434
Mon May 28, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Best LED Headlight Retrofit
Replies: 24
Views: 1288

Re: Best LED Headlight Retrofit

I don’t think so - adjustments for high and low beams are independent, IIRC.
by Mh434
Sun May 27, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: Bad Gas
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: Bad Gas

Personally, I'd suggest continuing to use regular gas & continue to add Seafoam for another tank or two. Seafoam works amazingly well, but it doesn't work instantly. In the case of really bad fuel (been there, done that), it can take 2-3 tanks of treated fuel to clean out all the crap. It worked for...
by Mh434
Sun May 27, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: TIME TO POKE THE BEAR -Carb Cleaners and Fuel Additives: What Works?
Replies: 10
Views: 517

Re: TIME TO POKE THE BEAR -Carb Cleaners and Fuel Additives: What Works?

Personally, I've been working on motorcycles (and virtually every other type of motorized vehicle) since the 1970's, including everything from minor tune ups to ground-up rebuilds. While there are doubtless "snake oil" products out there, SeaFoam is certainly not one of them. I have used it, very su...
by Mh434
Fri May 25, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Machine won't run well, even after professional carb cleaning
Replies: 41
Views: 1165

Re: Machine won't run well, even after professional carb cleaning

Personally, I suspect that one or more of the carb's vacuum hoses is either not connected or has a small split in it. That is ALL it takes to create the symptoms you're describing. The GL1500 is very susceptible to vacuum leaks and even though a hose looks okay, close examination of their bends & en...