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by Mh434
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Yet another "Duh!" moment...
Replies: 0
Views: 62

Yet another "Duh!" moment...

Went out for a ride with my local GWRRA chapter friends last night. All was working great, we were on CB Channel 33, and after a rush to get underway, we were off! Suddenly, I noticed my CB was coming through my speakers, rather than my headsets. Huh??! Never had THAT happen before!! It was very dif...
by Mh434
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start

I'm going with the battery as well. Just because it shows decent voltage at rest doesn't mean it's got enough amperage to spin over the engine. These batteries are small, and the GL1500 is a power-hungry beast with a marginal electrical energy budget. If you have a spare, working car battery, try a ...
by Mh434
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Phillips had screws
Replies: 33
Views: 1605

Re: Phillips had screws

I just ordered a set of the Vessel ones on Amazon.ca, straight from Tokyo. The reviews are astonishingly good. Looking forward to getting them!

https://www.amazon.com/Bessel-Vessel-Di ... vessel+jis
by Mh434
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: Insurance

Here, your vehicle gets towed & impounded (you can't have it back until all your insurance, impound, storage, fees, etc. are paid), you get an enormous fine, and you get enough points on your license to prohibit you from driving for 3 years. Plus, of course, your insurance doubles. A few years ago, ...
by Mh434
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: carburators
Replies: 12
Views: 328

Re: carburators

Sure starting to sound like a bad #11 fuse connection to me...GL1500's usually fire up almost instantly (as long as the battery's strong & they have fuel), so I'd suspect an electrical fault. The vibration from cranking may be enough to occasionally get contact on the fuse & allow it to start. That'...
by Mh434
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: Insurance

Sure wish we could get coverage for those costs here!! We have mandatory government insurance, at the highest insurance cost in North America. To insure my GL1500 for a full year (even at the maximum 43% safe driver's discount) would be almost $2,000 per year (and people question why I only insure i...
by Mh434
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: carburators
Replies: 12
Views: 328

Re: carburators

In general, the only things that can cause backfiring out the carbs are valve timing (specifically intake valves) and ignition timing. Unless the timing belts have just been replaced, and the valves are way off or bent (as a result of an improperly performed timing belt replacement having just been ...
by Mh434
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1500I Ignition
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: GL1500I Ignition

Wow, what a marathon! Good job getting it fixed! I guess it will be good for another 30 years or so, so you shouldn't ever have to do it again...
by Mh434
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: All I get is a click
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: All I get is a click

That just happened to me...with our motorhome.

Turned out to be a bad ground to the battery...try hooking up the black side of a pair of jumper cables to the battery (-) and a bare spot on the frame. Chances are, it will fire right up.
by Mh434
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Front fork air pressure
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: Front fork air pressure

Yep - that’s what mine looks like...
by Mh434
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Front fork air pressure
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: Front fork air pressure

I pulled the dust caps before I posted- just giant female hex plugs, no provision for valves. I don’t know why it’s this way - I’m certain it’s as it came from the factory. I thought SE’s came with valves, but apparently not all did. By the sounds of it, the forks probably aren’t compatible with air...
by Mh434
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Front fork air pressure
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: Front fork air pressure

My '97 doesn't have air valves I can find...wish it did. Under the black fork caps are just giant hex plugs, with no Schrader valves. I'd love to firm it up a bit without having to replace the front springs. I'm wondering if anyone has ever tried drilling the plugs for Schraders...? Or possibly repl...
by Mh434
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition
Replies: 22
Views: 665

Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Ther’s a guy I used to deal with for motorcycle upholstery, had a shop in Victoria called “Top Stitch”. He did great work, at a reasonable cost. There’s a shop in Duncan now by the same name, and I’ve been told it’s the same guy. Might be worth checking out. I just had some work done at Tommy’s in V...
by Mh434
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1500I Ignition
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: GL1500I Ignition

Just a thought - the last time that happened to me, I used a dental pick (a real one, obtained from my dentist) to hook onto the broken off stub inside the lock. Those picks are amazing, thin enough to slip in beside the key remains, and strong enough to dig into the brass key so you can (hopefully!...
by Mh434
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition
Replies: 22
Views: 665

Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Glad to hear you're making serious progress! It was great talking to you the other day, by the way! Sorry if I got long-winded...I'm passionate about my GL1500!
by Mh434
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: LED Headlight Comparison: SoCalMotoGear vs Electrical Connection
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

Re: LED Headlight Comparison: SoCalMotoGear vs Electrical Connection

Excellent information, WA! I, too, switched from H4 to SCMG LED's a couple of years ago, and I agree, the aiming of them is nigh on impossible. The reason for that is because both emitters were exactly the same distance from the reflector, which is NOT the case in the H4 bulbs they're replacing. Thi...
by Mh434
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Time for Alternator, LActrical?
Replies: 21
Views: 604

Re: Time for Alternator, LActrical?

Discount Starter does sell LActrical 95-amp alternators on Amazon, it appears...

https://www.amazon.com/LActrical-ALTERN ... B008KSIOHU
by Mh434
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Time for Alternator, LActrical?
Replies: 21
Views: 604

Re: Time for Alternator, LActrical?

I thought there was one in the "DIY" section, but I'm not seeing it at the moment.

There are several videos on Youtube that document this very well. This is the one I used:

by Mh434
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Time for Alternator, LActrical?
Replies: 21
Views: 604

Re: Time for Alternator, LActrical?

That's what I did, and I've never looked back. More juice available than I can ever use!! Very happy with my LActrical.
by Mh434
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Help with helmet headsets, please!
Replies: 11
Views: 409

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: 252

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: 299

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: 299

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: 252

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: 44
Views: 2145

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...