1990 SE Questions


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RW FIRST WING
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1990 SE Questions

Post by RW FIRST WING » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:31 pm



New to this forum and first wing I've ever had. I'll start with my biggest concerns. #1 I'm still getting use to this bike so I'm not at all aggressively cornering but I am scraping the floor boards on both sides as well as the side stand. I've pumped the shocks up to 50 psi. but this didn't seem to make any difference. What can be done? #2 Are there any kits to replace the stereo panel and intercom system? I would like to update this part of the bike. Thanks for your input.



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Re: 1990 SE Questions

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:36 pm

RW FIRST WING wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:31 pm
New to this forum and first wing I've ever had. I'll start with my biggest concerns. #1 I'm still getting use to this bike so I'm not at all aggressively cornering but I am scraping the floor boards on both sides as well as the side stand. I've pumped the shocks up to 50 psi. but this didn't seem to make any difference. What can be done? #2 Are there any kits to replace the stereo panel and intercom system? I would like to update this part of the bike. Thanks for your input.
If you have original shocks/fork springs, it's very possible that the springs are old and tired, and are sagging more than they should be. You'll know if the bike is sitting really upright when it's on the side stand that the shocks are sagging - that said, if you're scraping all that kind of stuff, then it's very likely this is the case.

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Re: 1990 SE Questions

Post by RW FIRST WING » Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:42 pm

Thanks so very much for that answer...as a matter of fact when on the side stand it does seem to sit quite up right.

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Re: 1990 SE Questions

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:59 am

RW FIRST WING wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:42 pm
Thanks so very much for that answer...as a matter of fact when on the side stand it does seem to sit quite up right.
When I got my GL1100, I was always worried about putting it on the side stand, because it was SO upright, a good gust of wind could have likely blown it over.

After I replaced the 30+ year old rear shocks with a set of Progressive 416 shocks, the bike leaned over correctly on the sidestand, and this was no longer a problem. It also made the bike ride so much better, it raised the back end up a good inch and a half at least!

If you have the original shocks on your GL1500, only one of them actually has a spring in it, so it's much more susceptible to sag due to wear. I also put a pair of 416's on my GL1500, which means both shocks now have air AND springs.

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Re: 1990 SE Questions

Post by RW FIRST WING » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:07 am

Wow again I can't thank you enough. This is great info. and coming direct from experience it's the best. Looking forward to participating on a regular basis. Regards. RW



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