1996 GL1500SE RADIO


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1996 GL1500SE RADIO

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I just brought my 1996 GL1500SE out of storage for this year to get ready for riding. During inspection I found that my radio does not have the same volume as it did last year. My thoughts are either the radio unit itself or the speakers are going bad. Can anyone help me with this? Am I looking at a new radio unit, and if so where can I get one since they are no longer being made? Or is there an aftermarket radio that I can plug and play? Or should I be looking at new speakers? Thank you all in advance.


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Generally speaking a radio's output amplifier will either play or it doesn't work at all. It won't "lose" volume. I'd suspect speakers or fader control. Also check your mute button.

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DenverWinger wrote: Mon Mar 21, 2022 6:57 am Generally speaking a radio's output amplifier will either play or it doesn't work at all. It won't "lose" volume. I'd suspect speakers or fader control. Also check your mute button.

Sierra Electronics services Goldwing radios if repairs are ever needed. These are very good stereos, worthy of repair.
I would say check the mute button as well.
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Re: 1996 GL1500SE RADIO

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Any chance it's also not retaining the radio station presets? Often when the backup fuse has blown, the radio will play very quietly as a result, as well as not retaining radio station presets (or clock time) when the bike is turned off.
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DenverWinger - The fader control does work. I can tell which speakers front or back that the radio is playing from. When I press the mute button I do lose all volume period. WingAdmin - When I store my bike the shed it goes in does not electrical hookup so I do pull the battery and keep that on a trickle charger in my basement. Can you guide me to the backup fuse? I do not have the owners manual for the bike (bought without one) I have not taken the time to reset my radio presets yet. I can hear the radio ok with it just idling but on the road it is much quieter even with volume cranked all the way. This is why I think my speakers might be shot.
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I would be very surprised if all the speakers died at once. The backup fuse is in the relay box, not the fuse box. Go figure. Under the left side cover and you might need to loosen the saddlebag to get the lid off.
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Is the speed controlled volume turned all the way down?
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68c15 Thank you. I just got my bike beck from the shop and did not think about the speed control volume. They may have inadvertently turned it down when they were working on it. This could very well explain my volume loss. Totally forgot about that knob. I did plan on changing all 4 speakers when I got the bike. Will Check it out when I get my new speakers and before I take the old ones out. Once again thank you.


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