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gold91
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1991 GL1500SE 10th Anniversary Edition Gold/Brown
1990 BMW K100LT
1988 BMW K75S
2000 Yamaha XV1600A Wildstar

First one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978

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Hello ,
i have bought a GL1500SE anniversary edition from 1991.
It has 94214 miles and is my first Honda motorcycle.
I hope I have made a good purchase.
First thing to do is replacing the tyres and oil.
Can someone tell me what kind of forksprings this model standard has ?
And perhaps it is best to change this oil to ?
Regards.


Greetings from a Belgian motorcyclist.
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Welcome to the forum.

I have friends down in Kortrijk. I haven't been over there since 2007. Great people and great country.
I am not and have never been a LEO. My avatar is in honor of my friend, Dallas Police Sargeant Michael Smith, who was murdered along with four other officers in Dallas on 7.7.2016.
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gold91 wrote: Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:18 pm Hello ,
i have bought a GL1500SE anniversary edition from 1991.
It has 94214 miles and is my first Honda motorcycle.
I hope I have made a good purchase.
First thing to do is replacing the tyres and oil.
Can someone tell me what kind of forksprings this model standard has ?
And perhaps it is best to change this oil to ?
Regards.
Gold 91, first of all welcome to the forum! The Gold Wing is an excellent motorcycle and many feel the GL1500 is the best of the Wings. I hope you are also changing the radiator fluid, and perhaps the brake clutch and brake fluids. That brake system probably needs new fluid and a good bleeding.

You might check the GWRRA site for a chapter in your area as I am sure there are a number of other Wing riders who will also offer help. If you do not have a service manual you might consider getting the Honda service manual. It is full of technical info and directions on how to do most things to repair and maintain your Wing. I don't know a thing about shipping to Belgium but I suspect if you contact www.helminc.com
they can supply the manual. It will not be cheap but a wise investment if you plan to keep the Wing for any time.

As far as what springs are in the forks, as old as your Wing is, the previous owner may have put in something from the aftermarket, so I would not guess at that. With the manual and then disassembly (great idea to change the fork oil and check all the bushings) and compare the springs in there with the tech info to see if they are stock. For after market, I have had great luck and satisfaction with products from Progressive Suspension. But you probably have companies in Europe that make a similar product.

Have a wonderful time riding your Wing.
harvey
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1990 BMW K100LT
1988 BMW K75S
2000 Yamaha XV1600A Wildstar

First one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978

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Gold 91, first of all welcome to the forum! The Gold Wing is an excellent motorcycle and many feel the GL1500 is the best of the Wings. I hope you are also changing the radiator fluid, and perhaps the brake clutch and brake fluids. That brake system probably needs new fluid and a good bleeding.
Thank you for this tips, i will take a look on these crucial things.
Any suggestion about the tyres ?
For the moment there are exedras on the bike. I dont now how many years & miles they are on the bike and the profile seems still enough butt i put always new tyres when i buy a bike.
Greetings from a Belgian motorcyclist.
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1991 GL1500SE 10th Anniversary Edition Gold/Brown
1990 BMW K100LT
1988 BMW K75S
2000 Yamaha XV1600A Wildstar

First one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978

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I have friends down in Kortrijk. I haven't been over there since 2007. Great people and great country.
I live about 75 km from Kortrijk.
Do you speak dutch ?
I find America also a great country.
Greetings from a Belgian motorcyclist.
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gold91 wrote: Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:08 am
I have friends down in Kortrijk. I haven't been over there since 2007. Great people and great country.
I live about 75 km from Kortrijk.
Do you speak dutch ?
I find America also a great country.
I think the only words I learned were related to drinking and dog training. Back then I was heavily into Schutzhund and Mondioring. All of my friends over there were also.
I am not and have never been a LEO. My avatar is in honor of my friend, Dallas Police Sargeant Michael Smith, who was murdered along with four other officers in Dallas on 7.7.2016.
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Greetings from the UK.
If you don't know how old the cam belts are you should consider changing those. If a belt breaks it is very bad, and expensive, news.
Not a difficult job and this website tells you how (and much much more).
Don't forget to post a picture.

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1988 BMW K75S
2000 Yamaha XV1600A Wildstar

First one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978

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If you don't know how old the cam belts are you should consider changing those. If a belt breaks it is very bad, and expensive, news.
Hi , i have found in the trunk a notice that the belts are replaced on 2005 with 64434 miles.
When i read the manual it says that the belts must be replaced on 160.000km or 100.000 mls.
So i suppose that i can wait until i have 200.000 km to replace again the belts ?
I will take some pics of the bike and post it later on.
First problem that i have now is that the battery is not fully loaded and i can start the bike.
Bike was deliverd on 05/09/2017 and i tried it to start on 09/09 and it failed.
So i have taked the batt. out and i am now loading this for about two days.
The batt. is two years old, perhaps its better to replace this immediately ? or give it another try once fully loaded ?
Greetings from a Belgian motorcyclist.
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For the cost of a battery, and the aggravation it will save, I would just replace it with a brand new gel type. They are a bit more costly, but work very well in these bikes. Not having any idea what brands are available to you, I will not offer a suggestion on that.
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Welkom van mooie Indiana.

I'm so international.
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Hoosier Jack wrote: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:49 pm Welkom van mooie Indiana.

I'm so international.
Yea, what Hoosier said, but from "Washington State" ...... lol.
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1991 GL1500SE 10th Anniversary Edition Gold/Brown
1990 BMW K100LT
1988 BMW K75S
2000 Yamaha XV1600A Wildstar

First one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978

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Hoosier Jack wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:49 am
Welkom van mooie Indiana.

I'm so international.

Yea, what Hoosier said, but from "Washington State" ...... lol.
Thanks :D
Greetings from a Belgian motorcyclist.
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Location: Ninove, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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1991 GL1500SE 10th Anniversary Edition Gold/Brown
1990 BMW K100LT
1988 BMW K75S
2000 Yamaha XV1600A Wildstar

First one was a Yamaha XS650 in 1978

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Post by gold91 »

As far as what springs are in the forks, as old as your Wing is, the previous owner may have put in something from the aftermarket, so I would not guess at that.
Aiaiai, :shock:
Yesterday it was the first time i did a test ride to see wat i have bought and to see what must be done.
The bike roded fine for about 5 minutes, then it begon to wobling even when riding straight forward. The bike went from left to right and it looks to other drivers
behind me that i was drunk.
I stopped at a gas station to take a look of the pressior of the tyres but there were ok.
So i must definetely replace the springs and oil and perhaps put stabilisators on the fork.
I have seen that Hyperpro sells kits to replace the front and rear springs.
Do someone has installed this or is there existing another vendor ?

thanks,


Greetings from a Belgian motorcyclist.
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