Gl1500A barn yard find


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Isrl562
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Motorcycle: 1993 GL1500A Aspencade

Gl1500A barn yard find

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Hello, I just picked a 1993 GL1500 aspencade

It was sitting for about a year or two.
I haven’t been able get it started. Neutral light on dash does not come on. And the clutch has no resistance when pressed.

They guy I bought it off made it turn over but when I took it home I tried to turn it on and all it did was make the lights go dim. I opened up the air box and found it was clogged with a hornets nest, Cleaned that out and I’m charging the battery.

Any advice as to what I should do to fix it.
I bought some relays, I heard it might be the reverse switch as well. I just saw the clutch fluid replacement diy link. I will try that too.


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Andy Cote
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Re: Gl1500A barn yard find

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Welcome to the forum.

There was a recent post from a member down under that was going thru a similar restoration. You might want to check that out. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=65793&p=382644#p382644

So yes, the clutch hydraulic fluid is bad or gone. Brake fluid as well but we're not there yet. You should be able to roll it back and forth to get it in to neutral.
Might be critters in the exhaust pipes as well.

I would go ahead and do new oil and filter. Does not need to be the best as I would change it again after we've heard everything run for a couple hours. I would go ahead and pull the timing belt cover and the spark plugs so you can turn everything by hand before reconnecting the battery. Check the belt timing marks or better yet, change the belts (they are cheap) because they have been setting for a while in poor environmental conditions.

Battery is also toast. Go ahead and charge it but if you have a jumper pack, hook that up to start it. You can also jump from a normal 12v battery but usually best not to have the other vehicle running - that can be too much.

Gas should come out and be refreshed. Fuel filter, fuel petcock and fuel pump may need attention (in that order) once you get it to turn over.

Good news is we have forum threads for all of these actions.
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Swagonmaster
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Re: Gl1500A barn yard find

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Plenty of battery power is absolutely needed to even hope to start the old girl and you don't say how many miles are on the bike but age affects us all so rubber parts and fuel related things are on the list but checking the timing belts first if it has high milage (as in 100k or more) would be in order. It is one thing if it won't start but if a belt lets go that would be a very bad day.
I have to admit that my bike had been sitting for likely 5 years (long enough to age out a brand new set of tires) but the po had been working to restore it so it may not compare to what you have and I started and ran the old belts for a short time (and it showed 129K miles) so there is no way to know when a belt will let go. My local Honda tech said that most of the engines that he saw that came in with broken belts had around 100k to 120k on them so I was lucky.
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Isrl562
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Re: Gl1500A barn yard find

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Andy Cote wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 3:23 pm Welcome to the forum.

There was a recent post from a member down under that was going thru a similar restoration. You might want to check that out. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=65793&p=382644#p382644

So yes, the clutch hydraulic fluid is bad or gone. Brake fluid as well but we're not there yet. You should be able to roll it back and forth to get it in to neutral.
Might be critters in the exhaust pipes as well.

I would go ahead and do new oil and filter. Does not need to be the best as I would change it again after we've heard everything run for a couple hours. I would go ahead and pull the timing belt cover and the spark plugs so you can turn everything by hand before reconnecting the battery. Check the belt timing marks or better yet, change the belts (they are cheap) because they have been setting for a while in poor environmental conditions.

Battery is also toast. Go ahead and charge it but if you have a jumper pack, hook that up to start it. You can also jump from a normal 12v battery but usually best not to have the other vehicle running - that can be too much.

Gas should come out and be refreshed. Fuel filter, fuel petcock and fuel pump may need attention (in that order) once you get it to turn over.

Good news is we have forum threads for all of these actions.

Thank you. The bike has 140k miles. I will check out that forum, and definitely replace the belts
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Re: Gl1500A barn yard find

Post by Solo So Long »

CHANGE THE TIMING BELTS !!!!

You should do this before you try starting again.


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