2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction


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2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by mjsracing » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:27 pm



First, a little about me. Ive been riding since the late 60’s in the dirt and started dual sport on the street in 2013. I ride dirt, sport, adventure, and dual sport. Notable previous bikes include 2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke R , many KTM 150, 200, 250, 300 CC 2-stroke dirt bikes, KTM 690 Enduro R, as well as various dual sport and road bikes.

My wife and I went to Sturgis this past August (2018) with friends and that was my first time on a Harley. We rented a Harley Ultra in Denver and rode up to Sturgis. For 10 days at the Buffalo Chip. We enjoyed the two-up riding on the Harley, but decided a Harley was not in our future. We normally ride an FJ-09 for two up, but she does not appreciate the wind when traveling over 80 mph.

Before the purchase of this non-running blue 2000 Gold Wing SE, I was down to 4 bikes in the garage: 2017 KTM 150 XCW, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09, 2013 Suzuki DR790, 1973 Yamaha RD350. I did a 2 month, frame up resto-mod on the 1973 Yamaha this spring, so I was not really looking for another project bike.

My wife had been mentioning that I have too many bikes. I was mentally preparing to sell the Yamaha FJ-09.

One evening, 3 weeks ago, after work she said that one of her coworkers wanted to sell their 2000 Goldwing. It had been parked, with a full tank of fuel, since 2006 and obviously was not running. I bought it and discovered the worst gas tank I had ever seen. After about 40 hours, numerous reading of the How-To section (tank, carbs, brakes, tires, battery, compressor service, oil, coolant, etc) the bike is running again. (It’s an understatement to say that there is a lot of stuff to take off to get to things on this bike. I don’t ever want to rebuild the carbs again.)

That brings us to the first ride on the “new” bike. I had done a check ride already, and did all the work myself, so was pretty confident in the bike. We geared up and set out. Wow. What a blast. Wind management and comfort was outstanding. We rode about 60 miles then stopped for a break at a nice scenic lake overlook. Heading back towards home on the best twisty roads around, I unintentionally scrapped the right foot peg around a nice sweeper. A long way around. Concerns that she would be frightened were unfounded. At the next stop sign, she asked what that scraping sound was and is it supposed to do that. I told her it was just the foot peg scraping. We continued on and I dragged the left peg on a nice sweeper on the way back home (to balance it out, you know). We had a great ride. She remarked about how comfortable the ride was and how well it handled railroad track crossings. I was surprised by how smooth the 6 cylinder engine is. We racked up 88 miles and the gas gage was still at full. Back home in the garage, I inspected at the rear tire — there is no chicken strip on the right and only a small one one the left.

I have to admit that I would have never considered buying a Goldwing and consider myself an unlikely candidate for a heavy bike. The sum total weight of three of my other bikes is less than the Goldwing! But the reality is that we really enjoyed the bike. This is the first bike I’ve ever owned that won’t stoppie or wheelie, but I don’t care! First bike with linked brakes, but I don’t think I’ll even need to brake-slide the back around a turn.

Thanks to all who have contributed to this site and helped me get the bike road worthy again.. I hope to contribute in the future.

From Apex, NC “The Peak of Good Living” I want to extend an invitation to anyone who may ever need assistance. I have tools and space if you’re ever in the area and need help, or even a restaurant or bar recommendation.

PS. The FJ-09 is up for sale now.

Mike in Apex



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Re: 2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:05 pm

Nice intro,

Just make sure you don't wear out those foot pegs.

Yes they are definitely a big bike - but also fantastic cruisers.

Enjoy - and keep the sticky side down. :)

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Re: 2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:40 pm

Congrats on your new acquisition and glad the Mrs enjoys it as well. Picked up my 1995 SE in July and we are enjoying it immensely as well. Did the maintenance I felt necessary as well, but also upgraded the suspension with Progressive fork springs and rear air shocks. Has made a significant difference in ride quality and bike performance - highly recommended and only suggestion I have regarding additional maintenance that you may consider.

Enjoy your ride.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by dstaff » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:35 pm

Mike congratulations one the new bike. You’re making me jealous. I picked up a blue 2000 GL-1500SE a month ago myself. (Replacement for a 1985 GL-1200 SE that was written off by insurance) Unfortunately I didn’t get it safetied or licensed before the snow flew up here, so I have not had a chance to get her out and I am absolutely itching to.

Now out of curiosity if your bike had sat since 2006 what was the mileage on it when you got it...if you don’t mind me asking.

Cheers from Ottawa
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Re: 2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by mjsracing » Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:20 am

Thanks! I still have more work to do, but I think this bike will be a keeper.

Bike has 11,500 miles on it.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by dstaff » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:05 pm

Nice very low mileage. You should get many years of enjoyment out of it.

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Re: 2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by WINGER3 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:30 pm

Welcome to the best Goldwing site around, that is super low miles and should give you many years of fun. I had 2 1500's and loved both of them, they are big heavy and bulky but handle like they are 300lb's lighter and will scare the pants off of some so called canyon racer's as I had fun doing with my 94 Interstate model with up graded suspension and trigger wheel up grade for more power. Ride safe and enjoy the fun. Bob :mrgreen:
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Re: 2000 GL1500 SE first ride report and Introduction

Post by bstig60 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:15 pm

Congrats on the new GW. I am on my 3rd Goldwing.. I had an 88 and a 99 GL1500. Enjoyed them both very much. The 99 only had 3000 miles on it when I bought it and it had been setting for 10 years. But fuels had been drained, so there wasn't much to do but change fluids, fix a couple of fuel leaks and change the timing belts. (My advice would be to change your timing belts since they are probably the orginals... )... I sold my 99 in June of 2017 with a little under 40K on it, (just broke in), and bought a 2003 GL1800 with 29K miles on it... (not even broke in). It is approaching 40K now. But what a thrill to go from the 1500 to the 1800! Like going from a Caddy to a Ferrari! Unbelievable power and superb handling. Both are great long distance bikes, but I didn't care to ride either of them in town or just to the store. I now have an Honda ST1300 for the shorter trips and just to ride around town. My old Virago cruiser is now up for sale.


Bill

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