REAL mileage.........


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leakyroof58
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REAL mileage.........

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Since the ODO on my '87 Aspy only is 5 digits,
how do I know its not really 165K instead of 65K ??
If it's really 165, this might explain my clutch slip
I'm seeing just this year. Bike runs perfect, but
was just wondering if there is any way to tell....



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A motor is a motor, right? Oil is oil, right? Not for motorcycles. Goldwing clutches will slip with most automotive oils. It cannot gave friction modifiers. There are Goldwings at 400k with original clutches in them.

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I would suggest that you give it a bath of 4 oz of Sea Foam in the engine oil,
run it for 150 miles or so, a tank of gas is about right.

Then drain that out, it will be very dirty.... new filter
then fresh oil, another 4 oz of Sea Foam and run that for 200-300 miles.

Then a new change of oil, this time with a fresh filter.

that should cut the glaze on the clutch plates.
~John

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as for the oil?

just make sure it is not "Energy Conserving".

FWIW, I am using Rotella T6 this year, used T5 last year.
both are full synthetics.... my bike is an 1800

I see you have a gl1000, but oils are pretty much oil....
the add mixtures of Energy Conserving Friction Modifiers is what you want to avoid.

I used to use Chevron's Delo 400 LE 15w40 in my 1500s
that is gone now, but they have an equivalent.
~John

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Post by leakyroof58 »

Wow! Once again this forum is awesome.
400K on a GW ?? Holy smokes - I'll write
my little problem off to clutch plate
glazing, given the records I have and
the TLC I know its had. It was a garage
queen, best I can tell.

Time for the seafoam treatment for me,
and changing the fluid out completely.
Thanks to all who replied - you guys are
great !!!

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The Sea Foam treatment may need to be repeated with every tank of gas, until the clutch works properly.
It took a long time to build up that glaze, it won't disappear overnight.
~John

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leakyroof58 wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 3:12 pm
Just looked up your location, and really impressed.
For a "lost in the woods, no nothing town, too small to even see when you drive through,"

it is sure loaded with 3 high-end chain hotels and a regional airport....
I am assuming the state parks nearby have a big influence on business there?
~John

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Post by leakyroof58 »

Hey AZgl1800 -
thanks for the response. I did the Seafoam
thing 2 years ago after just getting the bike,
but only ran it 20 miles or so.....maybe not
near enough. I have copied down your procedure
so will try that before trying to change clutch
plates, and possibly screwing something up.
Oil and filters are cheap compared to that.

I will attempt to change/bleed the clutch oil,
since it looks dingy. Other than that, I've never
been this happy with such an old vehicle - car
or bike. These things are pretty amazing.

As for where I am - yeah, its bleak at times,
although the summers can be very nice, if short.
As of today, the lake here in town is still ice-covered
but should go out any day now. Our riding season
is really short here, unless your tough, which at 62
I'm not any more....I like nice weather..
Grateful again for your input on this - I'll run the
Seafoam much more than I did last time. At 31 years
old, this is still too pretty of a bike to give up on,
and I've now got it to the point that it runs perfect.
(Starts better than my CAR!)
All the carb work, hose fixes, etc made it great.

Can't bail on 'er now..........
Thanks again......leaky.........



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