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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:36 pm



Thanks MikeB :). After installing a new faucet in the kitchen sink I had some spare time today so I thought I'd dress up the red and blue dots, maybe make it look more like the HVAC controls in a car since people say these bikes are two wheeled cars anyway :P.

I remembered I had some red and blue trim tape from a model car project a while back that would work perfect so I dug them out. I built a couple of Chevy Monza Mirages using Monza Spyder kits:







With the trim tape on the hobby mat I cut some sections to length and applied it on the Goldwing:













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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by MikeB » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:49 pm

Very professional looking Stew. Good job.
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Mh434 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:43 am

I have GOT to do that with my bike!! That looks amazing - too bad Mother Honda didn't think of it!!

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:29 pm

A minor update on my Goldwing but I am so jazzed about resolving this I had to share. Like so many, the cruise control was not working and I am a big cruise control user. Both dash lights came on normally when starting it so I hoped it wasn't something too serious.

After searching the forum I went ahead and cleaned/lubed the clutch lever bushing and since I was right there I did the same with the front brake lever. The bushing and all looked very good with almost no visible wear although the 18 year old grease was hard and sticky but now they are super smooth.

Next, and this is where the problem likely was, was to fix the sticky cruise control switches. I separated the halves of the right hand switch assembly and with the red straw sprayed some WD-40 right into the cruise switches. I stuffed paper towels around in the assembly so I wouldn't soak everything, worked the switches and sprayed some more until they were operating freely.

I screwed the two halves back together and went for a test ride... hooray the cruise control works!!! That was the last thing that wasn't working to fix, now there is only a few more maintenance items to take care of. I REALLY like this motorcycle :D
Mh434 wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:43 am
I have GOT to do that with my bike!! That looks amazing - too bad Mother Honda didn't think of it!!
Lol, yep I think it looks pretty cool too!
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:49 am

Stew wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:13 pm
Earlier when I first got this Goldwing from my dad I had ridden around in some pretty cold (but dry) weather and was impressed with the heater vents in the lower fairings. I must not have paid very close attention to which lever position was cold air and which was hot air because as I was replacing the sub filter yesterday I noticed that at some point I had the levers up thinking it was the hot air position. Time for some ginkgo biloba I guess :lol: .

To remind me I grabbed a red and blue Sharpie and made a couple dots next to the hot and cold positions so I won't mix them up in the future.
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What a fantastic idea! I have had my GL1500 for many years, and I STILL can never remember which way is hot and which is cold.

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by minimac » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:02 am

OK, so which is which? I have too many senior moments and don't remember things like that!

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:32 pm

Yesterday I pretty much wrapped up the rest of the things on my to-do list so I'm hopefully done spending money for a while!

With a pile of parts, and they're not all pictured, I backed the car out of the garage so I'd have some working room.




First, a little thing I noticed when changing the sub and cruise filter a couple weeks ago, the grommets were missing on the right side for the body panel that covers the dipstick. I'd had that panel off before and it didn't occur to me there were supposed to be grommets until I removed the left side panel. That is something that the OCD in me had to replace :)




The next item was the holes left in the front fender when I removed the wheel covers.


I found small white plastic plugs, they didn't fit tight enough to stay so I taped them in place and glued them in from the back with clear silicone. Always put a little fold at the end of your piece of tape you have something to grab that won't stick down.




Since I had the front fender off I washed a few pieces inside and out


I got rid of the chrome radio knobs and replaced the right side handle bar switch assembly. I did trade my chrome knobs for gray ones (thanks Minimac!) but I went ahead and ordered new ones since I was ordering a bunch of other parts anyway.


Also done but not pictured are new timing belts, flushed front brake and clutch and cleaned their pivots about a week ago. Changed the oil & filter, replaced the reverse lever switch and right side reverse switch which Honda actually calls a neutral switch.

Oh yeah and when I was replacing the right handlebar switches I broke part of the plastic that retains one of the throttle cables so I picked up a new throttle grip/tube and will be putting that on. This time more carefully.

I also installed the LED position lights and driving lights from Cyclemax, they are so much better than the incandescent bulbs, definitely worth the price.

SOOO... That oughta just about do it for a while, other than routine maintenance moving forward I think it's all caught up. Just in time for the weather getting nice here in the greater Seattle area, time to start racking up the miles on this thing! This forum has been invaluable!
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:39 pm

I see a crack forming in your chin spoiler:

Crack
Crack

I would sand away the paint on the back side of that, then take a small piece of ABS plastic and glue it in place on the back (where it's not visible) with some ABS cement (or MEK, if you can't find any). That will stop that crack from progressing, and make it strong enough that it doesn't return. Otherwise it's going to get bigger and bigger...

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:02 pm

Yeah, that is one of the last few things to fix. I do have some of the black plumber ABS cement and some scraps of ABS pipe... actually I suppose I could do that tonight now that I think about it.
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Wed May 02, 2018 11:41 pm

I had a couple hours to monkey around with the motorcycle this afternoon so I got to a couple things I'd been putting off because I had to pull the instrument cluster to get to them. One was replace the in-dash voltmeter I did here because it was giving odd volt readings for the first 30 seconds or so during a cold start as outlined here. I'll know tomorrow morning if that was the solution or not.

The other thing was a little trick I saw on this forum where someone colored inside the amber lens for the cruise control lights with a green marker. That was pretty slick, there are too many amber lights on the dash making me think something needs attention!

I remembered I had two green tinted wedge type bulbs from another project that didn't make it off the ground:




And here's the before and after, green is much better for cruise control, just like most cars I've seen







Oh, and the other day I reinforced the crack in the lower cowl that WingAdmin noted above, so that is also fixed.
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by WingAdmin » Thu May 03, 2018 9:33 am

I like the idea of making the cruise lights green - I should have done that when I replaced my dash lights with LEDs. Next time I have it apart...

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by cardinal » Sun May 06, 2018 8:04 pm

Stew, how's that cassette adaptor from Best Buy working out? I've used several different brands from various stores and have never had one last more than a few weeks. Paid anywhere from $5 to $20, never had one last.

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Sun May 06, 2018 9:49 pm

So far so good but I've probably only used it 10 hours so far. I've used the $0.99 ones from ebay before and this looks maybe slightly better, the hope was that if Car & Driver felt comfortable putting their name on it that it will end up being decent. If it dies I'll update this thread.
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by cardinal » Sun May 06, 2018 11:34 pm

Thank, I'll be watching for the update.
Congrats on the new bike!

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Sat May 12, 2018 11:23 pm

Been getting some more miles on it with the nice weather finally here in the greater Seattle area. The other day I rode down to Maple Valley and back to visit dad again, and while we were talking motorcycles he says "Come on over here and let's see if I have anything else for it laying around." Well he did have a few things, which I took with me, and now I am certain he doesn't have any other parts hiding.



1) The original brushed cam end covers and bolts which he replaced with chrome pieces. To be honest I do like the brushed look better but I don't think I swap them out but I'll keep them just in case.

2) The original dipstick which I am going to put back, the chrome one he put on conducts heat really well and gets too hot to the touch!

3) The six rubber plugs which were removed when he had the trunk light kit installed. I'm not sure what the larger plug to the left is from, anyone?

4) The original radio knobs :(. So, not only did I trade the chrome ones for a gray set, and then went ahead and bought a brand-new set of gray ones but now I have another like-new set of gray knobs.

5) Two black plastic screws and nuts, not sure what these are for, maybe the original license plate screws? He put some of those small red reflector license plate bolts on so that's what I'm guessing.

6) And finally the two small black side fairing trim pieces that go behind the amber reflector/lights and their hardware. Which I also bought new replacements when I removed the chrome trim that was on the sides.

The other thing I did was fix the left side cover. The other day I was washing the bugs off and the "G" at the end of the "GoldWing" script came off, leaving me with "GoldWin"



Using 3M automotive grade double-sided foam tape for trim, I cut a piece slightly larger than the G.



With my X-Acto knife I trimmed around the G



And stuck it back on, now I have a GoldWing again!


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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:33 am

Between putting my foot in my mouth over in the 1500 LED retrofitting DIY thread I finished converting more lights to LED. I only have the rear facing parking/brake lights left.

Before and after:







On the trunk lights I mounted the strips on the Fresnel lens like others but when test fitting I noticed the Fresnel lens was closer to the red lens at the bottom so I trimmed down some of the standoffs to keep it more equal distance from the strips as shown in the second pic:







And lastly I decided to de-chrome a little more and remove the chrome trunk lock surround, before & after:


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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by woodsv » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:39 pm

Hi there. I am following your posts with intent. I am impressed with the way you pay attention to details in both your projects and your subsequent descriptive write up of them. I just purchased a 1988 GW and am doing some changes to it: namely dechroming and just sorting out little gremlins. The one thing (or rather 5 things) that irritate me to no end is looking down at those chrome radio buttons. They just look like a beach blanket in a snowdrift to me: very much out of place. If you decide to part with one of those extra grey sets I would very much appreciate a chance at them. I am in Canada but I'm sure they would fit in a small padded envelope so as to keep shipping to a minimum if you were to part with them. Good luck and please keep providing the informative write ups as they become available. And please let me know about the buttons at your leisure. Thx.

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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by hwkfan » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:39 pm

Looks good Stew! Wow only 19k ? I have the same bike with 100,889 k Looks just as good as yours.
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Re: New to me GL1500SE, so much good info here!

Post by Stew » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:23 am

Thank you! I've got about 23,000 miles on it now, I'm trying to get as many miles on it as I can and I couldn't be more proud to have been trusted with taking care of such an item. I've pretty much got it where I want it now as far as upgrades and maintenance so I'm just trying to ride it whenever I can, hopefully it won't be long before I have over 100k like you! Cheers!


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