Clymer 93-2000 service manual. What changed?

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Clymer 93-2000 service manual. What changed?

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Hi. I've recently had the good fortune to get a showroom condition '90 SE with 30k kms on it.

It's my 2nd 1500SE, the first was a 2000 model that I owned for 6 years. During that time my now dog-eared Clymer 93-2000 Service Manual sat on my bench at the ready. Anyone know what changed enough to warrant a new Clymer manual in 93? I may be answering my own question here as there were needle bearing and cruise sensor upgrades but so far my at home wrenching has amounted to basically day surgery so those things don't really affect me. Besides, this site is a go-to for me as I'll be following the excellent timing belt article published here as my guide. My 1500 replaces the new to me 2009 1800 (airbag model) I've owned for a few years and sold a couple of months ago. An enjoyable ride but It just didn't speak to me, I much prefer the 1500 being why I jumped at the '90 SE. Am I the only one that prefers the 1500? Just askin'....

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The GL1500 is a great bike. It has some things that I like better than the GL1800. But I like my GL1800 as well; especially when it's time for new tires.

Anyway, there are a few things that changed and some added features but the real reason Clymer came out with a different manual is because Honda did. The Honda Service Manual was revised and a new one issued and frankly Clymer didn't do anything but follow (copy) Honda's lead.

Your manual in conjunction with this site will certainly cover the basics well. I had that same one when I first got my 88. If you run across an earlier manual, you could grab it just in case. I picked up and still have both Honda versions and both Clymer versions just because.
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I know '88 and '89 are the real oddball years for the 1500, those 2 years have quite a few differences that the later models.
Off hand I don't know of anything really different between the '90 and '93 that would be needed in the manual.

As for 1500 or 1800 preference, I know of many that prefer the 1500 for it's "road couch" ride compared to the 1800, but I also know many that like the handling of the 1800 over the 1500.
I know 2 guys that have sold 1500's and bought 1800's, and ended up buying another 1500 as a 2nd bike (one of them bought his old one back).
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Farmboy57 wrote: Mon Aug 23, 2021 5:07 am Hi. I've recently had the good fortune to get a showroom condition '90 SE with 30k kms on it.
I am sending you a PM, go look at it, I think you will be happy.


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