1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition


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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:25 pm



Popped a fuse today, had no dash light or tail lights. The only reason I could think of was the work I did on the bike over the last few days and this included disturbing the accent LED lights. When I first saw the wiring for these, I took note that this would have to be corrected and today it was. I removed the accent LED lights that were in the middle of the bike. I kept the rotor light ring and the two accent LEDs under the saddlebags, all others are now gone. I now have a fairly unspoiled pallet to which I will add some electrics.

On a maintenance note, new Iridium plugs DPR7EIX-9 at 154949 Kms.

Almost finished base lining the bike. Rear to do now.

Cheers


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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:32 pm

Out for a short ride today with the Mrs. Had the rear shocks with some 4.0 bar (60 PSI) in the rear shock. Rode well but could tell that I was just about maxed out at times. Never bottomed but knew the shock(s) were working. Will be good to get the new Progressive 416 airs on the back. Sonya did comment on the nice ride and asked if the new shocks had been installed yet.

Have the brake pads on hand now, so work schedule for next week is rear shocks, brake pads all round and dryer desiccant refresh.

Have a new drive shaft oil seal on order. Will schedule rear end lube when received.

Will be going to the dark side on this bike. Have sourced an Austone 175R16 out of Ontario that I will get this fall. May do the wheel bearings at this time as well. The web site for the company that supplies the Austone tire in Canada is: http://www.sylmar.ca/#aproposdenous

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:35 pm

Good couple of work days. Started on the rear of the bike on Sunday. Took a while to take the plastics off, bit different from the 1200. I'm also in no hurry.

Finished up the rear for now. Installed new Progressive 416 series air shocks, refresh of the air dryer desiccant, new brake pads front/rear, and lubed drive shaft.

Surprised that the OEM air shock was as done as it is. I was able to move the shaft back and forth like an acordian without any resistance. Going to take it apart to see what it is made up of.

Here are some pics of the old air shock fully extended and compressed:




Will drain the shock and determine the quantity of oil left in the shock.

The new shocks were a tight fit in the FD and swingarm brackets. The air lines were routed to a place under the seat as per Progressive instructions. #1 indicates the connection of the new air lines to the OEM air pp line. #2 is the 3 way splitter from the air pp to the shocks:


The air shocks are installed with the air connection to the rear.

Have put 2.05 kg/cm2 (same as 2 bar or approximately 29 PSI) in the rear air shocks to test system overnight.

Will finish up the rear tomorrow with new hypoid. Plastics should also be on as well.

Need a new u-joint boot. Will install later when I replace the tires.

Very pleased with progress to date. Looking forward to doing a road test with the new rear shocks.
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:25 am

Success on the rear shock install. Air pressure at 2.05 last night, and at 2.05 this morning. System is tight and functional. Now to put the bike back together and do some riding.
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:00 pm

Upgraded the headlights today with LED lights: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CG1Z9X4/?tag=goldwingdocs-20 ... 00_TE_dp_1
Go figure, paid the $59.99 and now these are reduced to $49.99.

Used these LED lights because the EC lights were not available from the CDN supplier - Trike Zone just outside Edmonton, the cost of these EC LED lights are $150.00 CDN once they are available. Checked the specs against the EC LED lights and the two are similar. Will need to do a night ride to see what the upgrade has done.
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Stew » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:31 pm

Can you tell any seat of the pants difference with the iridium plugs? Nice work on the rest of it!
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:31 pm

Stew wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:31 pm
Can you tell any seat of the pants difference with the iridium plugs? Nice work on the rest of it!
I would say no, but there were iridium plugs in when I bought it. Replaced only to base line the bike maintenance. I thought about the price and if I don't have to replace for at least three times the standard plug, nothing lost.

There was a headlight modulator installed but has not worked since I got the bike so it is no longer installed. Found where the PO had connected the ring of fire on the front wheels. Will be part of my electrical upgrade to change. He used this type of connector to splice into the wiring, not my cup of tea - will be replaced:


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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:57 am

When I installed the new LED lights, the internal reflector on the right side was loose and not connected to anything. Is this normal? May have to go pull the lens off and look inside.
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:55 pm

Went in this evening and took the headlight out and proved that the adjusting knob and cable are working. Put the headlight back in and tried to adjust the headlight. Think the left side of the light reflector is not attached anymore and I need to find a new to me headlight. Previous post mentioned the right side but I may be mistaken as the adjusting mechanism is on the left side. Will take the headlight out again and remove the front lens and see what is happening.

Also tried adjusting the windshield securing lever but noticed the right side is looser than the left side. Will have to get in behind the speaker grill cover and check the mechanism.

Also took a page out of Wingadmin's book and relocated the battery tender connection into the rear right pocket. There was an access for the wiring to fit through. This tucks the wiring away out of sight when not in use:


The PO had this connection located at the front of the seat sticking out.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:41 pm

Started prepping my '85 LTD for its next work period so the work on the 1500 is finished for now. Checked the charging system with a battery tender adapter that plugs in like the battery tender. At idle of approximately 850 RPM have a charging rate of 14.2 VDC. Pretty good for idle.




Going to check electrical system to determine what amps are being used where.
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:41 pm

Have been looking at how I will change/add to the electrical system to meet my additional requirements. I need connections for my heated clothing, GPS, USB - passenger and myself, driving lights, and some others that I have yet to define. I will be tapping into the alternator output at the 55 amp main fuse. before the power goes to the starter relay and battery. I am considering replacing the main dog bone fuse with a maxi fuse - 60 amps (can't find a 55 amp maxi fuse) - and rewire to accommodate alternator output, new accessory fuse block, and battery replenishment.

I will be using the PC-8 fuse block from Eastern Beaver that is a power and ground integrated unit. It has 6 switched circuits and 2 unswitched, plus 8 ground posts. A jumper wire can be used to make the unswitched circuits into switched circuits which is probably what I will do.

I can add a new ground bus as well connecting it to the battery side of the reverse fuse.

Having mentioned the above, I have studied the charging schematics from the OEM service manual. It shows that the alternator output to the electrical system is connected to the starter relay, and there is a connection from the battery at the same place:


The area in question is the red hexagon at the battery/starter relay. IMHO this is a best practice in that it separates the battery from the electrical system amperage requirement even if the wire from the battery to the starter relay is a short run.

I have posted on other threads about the purpose of the battery and one of the purposes is not to use the battery as a load centre. One of the issues with the 1500 that I have gleaned from the various forums and threads is that batteries do not last long. I propose that the charging system wiring has a lot to do with this. This picture shows how the wiring is on my 1500:


The wire from the main fuse, red with a black stripe, goes directly to the battery positive terminal. The black wire with a red stripe goes from the battery positive terminal to the starter relay. This is not how the OEM has illustrated on the charging circuit diagram.

What happens is the total amperage requirement is funneled through the battery positive terminal, say some 20 amps more or less instead of a trickle charge of 2-3 amps after the battery is replenished to 100% state of charge. Since it is not possible to direct the current to a specific circuit, would be nice, that the battery is probably being overcharged quite often, and the more times the battery is in an overcharged state, it will start to fail and require more amps to maintain a 100% state of charge. In other words the battery is being "cooked" on a regular basis. Just MHO.

To address this issue, I will be changing to a maxi fuse for the main fuse:


, from here to a small 4 post power bar:


, and from here to the battery, starter relay and new accessory fuse block.

This mod will maintain the charging system connections as originally intended according to the charging schematic, but will allow the battery to regulate the amperage it receives and get to a trickle charge state when not being used - should prolong the life of the battery considerably. I will also be able to check the electrical system amp requirements for the system and for the battery.

More to follow, have some parts to order, and this will have to wait until after holidays and getting the 1200 back together - it is getting a valve job.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Stew » Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:29 pm

Here's what I did. I connected an automotive 30 amp socket/relay to the accessory terminals at the top of the fuse panel on the left side of the bike, and that relay switches battery power to an aux fuse panel. The relay and socket are small and live under the seat, the aux fuse panel is velcro'd to a piece of plastic which is sandwiched between the battery and battery strap.

I only have two very small draw accessories connected so the powered side of the fuse panel uses 16 gauge wire and as you can see the powered side is daisy-chained. If you were running higher current draw items you might not want to wire it like I did because obviously everything pulling current is going to go through that first feed wire but for a voltmeter and 12v socket to charge a phone, how I did it works good. To add something else at a later time you just add another fuse and run the power wire to the device. Grounds for my accessories are connected to the chassis at pre-existing ground points.


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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:21 pm

Good use of space and nice install. I still have issue with having all the electrical system amperage going through the battery positive terminal. Will look at something like your install for my extra requirements, Lots of space behind the panel for a small fuse block and ground bus bar.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:58 pm

Having finished the work on the bike that i set out to do, have just been riding the '95 1500 while I work on my '85 LTD.

Have had a few long rides, solo and two-up and pleasantly surprised with how the bike is operating. The new Progressive air shocks are a stiffer ride, but I find for two-up riding a pressure of 4.4 Kg/cm squared (1 Kg/cm sq is approx 14.3 PSI), and for solo riding approximately 1.8 Kg/cm sq.

Went for a ride up island today and doing highway and a lot of speeds up and down on the road from Coombs to Tofino, The bike averaged 16 Km per litre. Using Imp gal as the conversion, approximately 45 MPG, not bad for a big carbed bike. Dave, Sonya's brother was on his '05 1800 and averaged 50 MPG. Still impressed with mine.

It was a crisp morning so I will have to start looking at wiring for my heated riding gear. Should be able to get that done before end November.

I have noticed that when I want to "jump" on it for passing or such, it is not as fast reacting and crisp in the get up and go department; however, it does a good job considering.

Just a few more thoughts on this procurement.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:40 am

Got off the rock yesterday for a ride into the Vancouver, BC area. Had some 1800 parts that were lying around so I found them a good home - no longer have the 1800. It started out dry, but quickly turned into rain, knew this was going to happen. Late afternoon the sun popped out and riding was very enjoyable.

Was curious about the weather envelope on this 1500 because I know the older 1800s were quite good, my '08 was very good. I also know my '85 LTD is good as well.

If I had to rate the weather envelope of the 3 GWs from experience, good/better/best, I would have to go 1500/1200/1800. They're all very close, but need to do a placement. Don't know how the new 1800 stacks up, but from the test ride I did, I think it will not be as good as the previous versions, mentioned this to the dealer and one of these days will take it out in the rain.

Still liking the 1500, ride quality is good, still adjusting the air pressure in the rear Progressive 416 air shocks to find the sweet spot for solo riding. Have it at 2.3 Kg/cm sq presently.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:10 pm

Another two up ride yesterday for some 300 Kms. Bike ran well. The cleanliness of the bike was commented on, but I mentioned that you can't be cleaning if you're riding.

Using 4.3 Kg/cm sq air pressure in the rear shocks two up and 2.3/2.2 Kg/cm sq solo. This seems to be the sweet spot for my style of riding.

Sonya had her first glimpse of the new 2018 GW today. Interesting comments from her considering she glazes over whenever I start talking about motorcycles. She picked up on the luggage space, passenger riding position, and style. Mentioned she prefers the look of the 1200/1500 to the new 1800. We also talked about price, and she was surprised at the cost. I did mention some of the chatter from the forums, and she stated that if the bike is what you want - great; however, if it doesn't suit your riding style don't buy it, choose something else - simple strategy.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by jbaviera » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:01 pm

Rednaxs60 wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:00 pm
Upgraded the headlights today with LED lights: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CG1Z9X4/?tag=goldwingdocs-20 ... 00_TE_dp_1
Go figure, paid the $59.99 and now these are reduced to $49.99.
Can you tell how these lights performed, I've been thinking about these as well.
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:20 am

jbaviera wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:01 pm
Rednaxs60 wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:00 pm
Upgraded the headlights today with LED lights: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CG1Z9X4/?tag=goldwingdocs-20 ... 00_TE_dp_1
Go figure, paid the $59.99 and now these are reduced to $49.99.
Can you tell how these lights performed, I've been thinking about these as well.
So far the LED lights I installed are working well. I have to play with the adjustment some more, but overall I am pleased with the result. I will be installing driving lights as well.
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:18 am

In between working on my '85 1200, travelling to Ontario, and three tries to get back home have been amassing some parts for the 1500. Have a new fuse block to install - the FZ-1. Like this product because it has an integral ground bus and relay for switched power. You can also choose between switched and live power by fuse placement. I purchased the unobtainium panel - was wondering where and how I would install some gauges and switches.

Ordered a few more items from Cyclemax. With the exchange here in Canada, less expensive than going through Honda.

B5-301 Magnetic Drain Bolt with Washer
H06410-MAH-A60 GL1500 Rear Wheel Damper Set
H13534-MN5-020/4 GL1500 Alternator Dampener Kit
CM1010 GL1500 Saddlebag Inspection Hole Plug
GR-600 GL1500 Side Cover Grommets

Have ordered an inexpensive dash cam. Researched the gambit and have found prices from $50.00 CDN up to $500.00 CDN. Reviews are all over the map depending. Looked at the reviews on this and other forums. Know some riders that have these inexpensive units and are pleased with the performance. Not an action camera, so some compromise has to be made. The one I purchased has all the features of the high end models including a parking monitor - nice feature, read about this in WingAdmin's review of the Innovv K2. Look forward to receiving and installing.

Have the Austone taxi tire as well. Perused the forums regarding this tire, and will be installing this spring after I get my 1200 back on the road. Had a CT on my ex-1800 and liked it, so no discussion on CT on this thread.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:09 pm

Starting back at the bike work after escaping frozen Ontario. Only took three tries to get out.

Making some brackets to mount cell phone, water holder, and new satellite tracker. Will be painting these black when it warms up.




Brackets are aluminum, 3/16 by 2 inch stock. Going to have one on each side. Better than making holes and such in the plastic(s).

Moved the bike out so that I could work on the 1200. Couple of very small fluid puddles under where the bike was. Will monitor but took a while for these to develop.

Have the unobtanium panel that will be going on soon as well. Have ordered a voltmeter/USB combo unit. Know some of the item(s) that will be in the panel, but don't expect to have the details finalized for a few weeks.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by minimac » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:33 am

I appreciate your posts here, especially how you're upgrading the bikes wiring. I haven't attempted going to the LED headlights yet because of the different reflector issue, so I'm curious to see how your project turns out. I've mounted a thin 9" wide LED light bar just beneath my headlight which does a nice job of lighting up the road in front of me. Thanks for taking the time to show and explain your wiring.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:15 am

Thanks. Takes a while to get it right, and even then it can always be tweaked. I get some good ideas from these forums and enjoy reading the other threads on various builds/mods.

Looking into installing two sets of driving lights. One set be a spot light with 10 to 20 degree beam, the other more of a flood light to light up the sides of the road. Have installed LED for the headlight and it is good but not as good as I would like.

Have the Austone tire that will be mounted this spring. Going to go with a Michelin Commander II tire on the front. Have them on my 1200, good in dry/wet conditions, and last well. Not the dual compound of some tires, but this has not been an issue. Will be doing the tire change myself as there is a reluctance by motorcycle and tire shops to do so.

Will be starting on the electrical with the install of an accessory fuse block and some wiring changes to and from the main fuse to the battery and start relay. After I have changed the wiring will be checking the amp loads to determine what is going where.

Have to divide my time between completing the work on my "85 LTD and the 1500. Always want to have a bike for riding.

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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:26 pm

Purchased two sets of spot driving lights for my two bikes. One is an inexpensive set with a spot beam of 10 degree spot beam at $23.00 CDN:


and a more expensive set from the local BMW dealer at almost $200.00 CDN for the pair - got $70.00 off, Christmas sale:


.
Came well packed and no instructions in either. They have the same size lens, but when turned on the less expensive lights have a yellowish colour compared to a more white colour from the more expensive lights. Both are well made with aluminum casings:


The $22.00 pair have an integral base for securing, whereas the more expensive lights have a separate piece that is connected to the light with a screw, then connected to the securing bracket. Both lights have the same securing bracket:


Did a very scientific trial in the garage to check out the beam pattern. The more expensive lights have a very tight spot beam, and both lights appear to be equal in illumination:


The less expensive lights have a wider spot beam, but should illuminate the road ahead and not just to very near front and sides:


I was surprised at how the camera sees an image. I did not see the clarity of the spot beam for the higher priced lights except when taking the picture. The less expensive light beams do not appear to be identical compared to the more expensive lights - one appears weaker. The blending of the spot beams for the less expensive lights is probably an adjustment, using the work bench for the trial.

When I was assembling the more expensive lights I found the fit of the body connector to the light itself was not as tight as I want. It actually moves a bit. Will have to shim it ever so slightly to make it a firm fit.

I'm thinking that having the more expensive lights with an inexpensive set of say 30 or so degree lights would illuminate the road ahead quite well.

All for now. Cheers
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Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:35 pm

Not a lot done on the 1500, going to focus on the 1200 to get it back on the road. Most of my thoughts on teh 1500 is what to install and where. Would like to keep the changes to a minimum.

The new fuse block I'm going to install has been occupying my thoughts. Not a lot of real estate and where to put it. I've settled on a Velcro setup. Will Velcro the fuse block to the side of the battery behind the right battery cover. I've read where Velcro is being used to attach lights, cameras and such so this should be a good work around. Will leave sufficient slack in the wiring connected to the fuse block so that if the battery has to come out it can be moved out of the way. Here's a picture of the initial install:


Don't expect the fuse block to ever move as it has the cover up against it.

The "Unobtanium" panel will have a voltmeter/USB combo unit, an outdoor temp gauge in Celsius, and a heated clothing connection. May also put in a couple of switches for the driving lights. Don't know if I will install a switch to manually activate the rad fans.

Cheers
"When you write the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen"

Ernest

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Ontario 1985 GL1200 LTD (sold)

Re: 1995 GL1500 SE 20th Anniversary Canadian Edition

Post by Rednaxs60 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:32 pm

Parts came in from Cyclemax today:

B5-301 Magnetic Drain Bolt with Washer
H06410-MAH-A60 GL1500 Rear Wheel Damper Set
H13534-MN5-020/4 GL1500 Alternator Dampener Kit
CM1010 GL1500 Saddlebag Inspection Hole Plug
GR-600 GL1500 Side Cover Grommets

Have to get the wiring, connectors, maxi fuse holder, and common bus for 12 VDC power then install.


"When you write the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen"

Ernest

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