New to me gl1500


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Onslaught
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New to me gl1500

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Hey everyone. I normally ride a suzuki boulevard c50. But my neighbor recently gave me his 96 goldwing gl1500 for free because he can no longer ride. Its been sitting up for 3 years so it doesnt run just yet. But I went and bled the clutch,front brake, and rear brake. And all pressured up nicely. However the bike wont shift into gear from neutral. Any advice on that? I also got most of the bad gas out, then put 3 gallons fresh gas in with 6oz of seafoam to clean the carbs once its ready to start up. (Need a battery) anything else I need tI think about or any advice in general about riding a goldwing, its a big bike and imma bit intimidated by it



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Check out this thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=47940
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More seafoam in the gas... 8 years ago I was loaned a 77 KZ900 until I found something else to ride. The bike sat for 10 years. We started light with the seafoam and later that night used the whole can in the tank. By 1 in the morning the ole 9 was running. I ran 3 more cans through the bike and after rode it for 4 trouble free years. I don't know how lucky you'll get with the 15's carb. They're temperamental when things are wrong. I picked up some dirt in my 89 pulled and cleaned the carb 6 months later I pulled it again this time for a rebuild. The carb is a certified pita to get out and it cost me roughly $180 in parts plus a factory float gage to do. My 93 was pissy about kicking in gear with out running. There was a ton of slop in the shift shaft. I replaced the seal and installed the shift shaft support brace problem solved.

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TIMING BELTS!

Especially if the bike has been sitting for 3 years. Before doing anything else, and especially before trying to start the engine again, replace the timing belts.

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Timing belts I fear are beyond my level of mechanical abilities. However it is first on the list of **** to get done by a professional as soon as it is ridable. I plan on babying the ever loving hell out of it to ride it around my neighborhood to get used to the bigger bike and alot more weight.. Then once im comfortable its a 10 mile ride or so to the shop that will work on it cus honda won't...

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Im willing to invest around 2k into the bike to get it into its glory again. I estimate around 800to1000 for the timing belt job. And if I can do everyrhing else myself thwn I'm ahead on my budget.

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Timing belts are around $35 for two new Gates T275 belts. Figure two hours for any competent Honda mechanic to replace them, you should be looking at no more than $300.

That said, you really, REALLY want to replace the timing belts before the engine is run. Timing belts wear out, and especially when they have been let to sit for years - they take a set, and that is really bad for them.

The problem is that there is no warning when a timing belt breaks, and when one does break, your interference engine will smash the pistons into the valves, doing enough damage that your engine will be scrap. At that point you may be looking at more in repairs than the bike is worth.

Being that your bike has sat, and the age of the bike, I would really, highly recommend that you get the belts changed before you attempt to start the engine. We've just had too many stories of woe from people posted on the site who got their new-to-them bike and thought "well I'm sure it will be fine, I'll get them done soon enough..." only to follow up with a message containing pictures of their destroyed engine.

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Lots to do to get a stored bike back on the road. Timing belts are generally first on the list of things to do. Check out the how to articles and it is not that difficult, just take your time and you can do it. Take a weekend and should be good. If you have to have something professionally done, I would have the carbs top the list.

$2000.00 USD should be more than sufficient to get the bike in good working order including a suspension upgrade to Progressive front fork springs and 416 air shocks for the rear.

When you buy tools to do the work, be specific in your purchases, and don't go buying the kits that are so attractive especially when you only need one or two of the tools in the kit.

Get an OEM service manual, takes a lot of the mystery out of doing the work.

Good luck. Cheers
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I agree totally with Wingadmin. Timing belts before hittng the starter button. Realistically, theres is a good chance it will run with the old belts, but it's not worth the chance. You,ve just been given an amazing gift, but you're taking a chance on messing up a good motor with one twist of the throttle. And it would probably take more to repair the engine than what the bike is worth. I envy you. I wish someone would give me gl1500. Congratulations. :D

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Also if you post your city or town instead of just U.S. as your location you just might get an offer to assist you in changing the belts.
By the way, I am one of those who didn't change the belts. Had to replace two bent valves.



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