New (to me) GL1500 1993 aspy


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New (to me) GL1500 1993 aspy

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I have been riding my 87' 1200 for close to 7 years now. Its a solid reliable bike and my best guess based on PO and odometer is that it has 138,000 and still going like the proverbial energizer bunny. Its an interstate and over these 7 years i have upgraded the bike to include a factory stereo/intercom, new rotors and brakes, SoCal LED headlights and taillight/brake lights (no more dimming at idle when the brake is on).
So last week at work I ran into a gent that asked me out of the blue if I wanted a newer wing. He told me he was selling his late father's 1993 GL1500 aspencade. It has 49k on it and is in really good shape for the year. It has some stick on chromies on the plastic that I plan to remove and the only maintenance issue is a weak battery. The bike was serviced last year before it was garaged. He is asking $1700 for it. I have included some pics.

Which leads me to my next question. What should I look out for on the 1500's? I have heard about alternators that quit working and grenade. I have heard that you need to have good sidecover grommets or the sidecovers will blow off at warp speed. The plastic is a pain to remove. There is some gizmo somewhere on the bike that will randomly kill the machine if you go over railroad tracks too hard. That is about all i know for problems. I do plan on getting a factory manual for it when i pick it up.

There is another issue that he brought to my attention; if you look at the speedo you will notice a warped spot on the center display. He said this happened when he used the cruise control so he switched it off. The shop mechanic said its due to excessive sunlight exposure but the owner wasn't buying it. Any ideas g

Thank you for taking the time to read and reply.
George
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Hm, Candy Spectre Red, just like my '93 Aspy. Bought mine 2 1/2 yrs ago with 44000 miles, "turn-key and ride" condition.

Don't be fooled by all the "problems" you read here on the site, the 1500's are a good, basically bullet-proof bike, many thousands more of them running around with no problems. :D

The OEM alternators on the '88-'96 1500s were pretty good, you can expect them to last as long as any alternator on a car - well over 100k miles - and even then just a new set of brushes fixes them. In '97 Honda switched suppliers and started putting in Chinese-made alternators which were more failure-prone.

Starting in '97 transmissions were upgraded, pre-'97 transmissions had some issues with the 4th-5th gear shift forks wearing out. This, too, is rare.

I agree with the mechanic on the warped spot in the speedo, there's nothing in the cruise control that can do that.

If the owner will let you test-ride it, great. you can see if there's any rideability issues - suspension, any "flat spots" in the acceleration etc.

A couple things you can check after the motor is warmed up good, see if it will hold a nice steady idle at 750 RPM. If there's any surging in the idle this suggests vacuum leaks, not uncommon on a bike this old. I absolutely wouldn't call that a sale stopper though, it only means some maintenance needed sooner rather than later.

You can also check the shifting fork issue this way, easiest if you can find a sloping drive-way: Bike pointed uphill, Engine idling, transmission in neutral, clutch out, hold the brake. Should be nice and quiet. Turn the bike around pointing downhill and do the same. If you hear a bunch of knocking and clunking this indicates worn transmission forks, and stay away from it. As stated earlier, this is very rare though.

Adding a shifter brace (many posts on that here) can help prevent any transmission issues. Highly recommended.

$1700 is a very good price for a nice '93, methinks you found a good deal. Buy it!
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for $1700?

buy it now!!!

yes, some have alternator problems, but, so did my truck. what else is new?

some had a fork problem in the tranny, and IMO that has always been caused by the rider resting his foot on the shifter., and/or putting too much pressure on the shifter when shifting.

as with any bike, a light preload pressure is all that is needed, a slight tickle of the clutch lever and hold the throttle steady, or just barely let off, and it upshifts like a dream with barely a click.

I have owned the '84, '86SEi, '94SE, '98SE, and now the '02SE.

everyone of them shifts pretty much the same, I never had a problem with any of them.

a '93 may experience some corrosion issues with wiring, depends on the location, and if it was garage kept.

personally? that is a steal, and jump on it.
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I have a '93 1500se with just over 103,000 miles on it. I blew a the right fork seal around 40,000 miles, both seals replaced at / by my friends shop. the non air shock started leaking around 50, 000 miles, both shocks replaced by me. alternator died but didn't explode ( never heard of one exploding ), replace by me with a higher output alternator. I do everything I can to fix my wing before sending it to my buddies shop, for $1700 I would check the transmission then buy it and go about fixing anything that might need fixing
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Post by dingdong »

The warped display is due to the back angle of that Tulsa Tall windshield. When parked with the sun behind you it reflects the sun down onto the dash. Mine has done the same thing. It will only get worse over time.

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the LCD display can be totally replaced by a new unit

https://www.amazon.com/Electronix-Goldw ... B076FHBJ5C
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Post by 4given »

That is the first time I’ve heard of a “gizmo”that can kill the GL1500. My opinion, ride it and shift it and if there are no transmission issues, buy it. You will have a hard time coming across a better deal for a Goldwing of that year and model. Timing belts should of ultimate priority.

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Post by gre_lauren »

some clarification is in order:

Gizmo: its a type of sensor that resides somewhere on the GL1500 that kills the engine in the event it goes from vertical to horizontal. Otherwise known in hondaspeak as a Bank Angle Sensor. Random acts of sabotage by motorcycle gremlins have caused some sort of fluid to leak from said device and cause it to spontaneously deactivate the engine when driving over a very rough surface (e.g. railroad tracks). Honda did some sort of recall to replace the sensor with a new gremlin-resistant one.

Grenade: An exaggeration oft quoted by mechanics to describe the end result (usually scrap metal) of a piece of equipment that has undergone extensive non-repairable wear or damage.

Warp Speed: A term to describe the upper velocity of a motor vehicle especially that of a long distance touring/ sport touring motorcycle. Not to be confused with actual warp speed which is achieved by certain law-enforcement vehicles. most notably the Lewis County Police Interceptor, more fondly known as a TIE Interceptor.

I appreciate all your responses and thank you for being so helpful. I plan on picking up my 'new' ride this coming weekend.
George

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Post by 4given »

Thanks for clearing that up for me George. Just judging from how well you took care of your 1200, you and that 1500 will be just fine. I have a feeling it will be in good hands.

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It looks like the right side cover is missing, you can replace it with after market chrome ones. One other thing, I might have missed it in other replies but you need to change the timing belts, if they are original they should be changed right now. The brushes in the alternator are known to stick and cause the alternator to not charge the battery. you can replace the brushes without replacing the entire alternator.Vacuum lines can dry up and cause problems, remember the bike is 26 years old, things will dry out and wear out. Also check the age of the tires, you don't want to ride on old tires no matter how much tread they have. But at that price you can afford to do a few things to it.The warped dash is caused by the big windshield, lots of complaints about that when Tulsa came out with that big windshield,
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Ask if the drive shaft has been pulled and the splines have been lubed.
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Post by gre_lauren »

All the plastic is present and accounted for. the missing cover was for the owner to hook up a battery tender while the bike sat.

I do plan on replacing all the wear items that show age or deterioration. Might take a while to do so though.

I ordered a brand new factory manual from my local stealer for $129.00 Should be here in a week or so.

I have a lift platform that I service my 1200 on. Capacity is 1000lb so the 1500 should fit just fine.

Another goldwing rider showed me his dash wrinkle courtesy of that tall windshield. His was much much worse; looked like a strip of bacon. Being short I most likely will not need that tall windshield.

I plan on riding my new bike home Sunday afternoon. Only have to go about 50 miles. Should hold together for that distance.

Thanks guys.
George



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