This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.


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Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

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Garyd wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:21 pm
Not sure where to post this so I flipped a coin. :lol: Last month I picked up a 2000 se with side car. I rode for a week or so just to get a feel for the bike and to see if there are any major things raises its ugly head. runs smooth, has the typical idle surge, 750 - 1k till warmed up, late engagement of the cruise control The bike only has 12k on the clock. I decided to go ahead and flush the cooling system, change the oil, and all 3 filters. When I finally got to the air box I discovered a very clean K&N. The cruise and sub filters fell apart as soon as I touched them. (on order from cyclemax). I've change the plugs ( still looked new). To do the right bank I had to remove one of the sidecar brackets,,,,,and I don't really want to do that again :shock: . Is there anything else behind the right side lower fairing that I should take care of now before I put that side back together? Hats off to all the have posted some great DIY articles w/pics and very detailed discussions.

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Sorry for the late post, but behind the right shelter (if memory serves), is the sub air filter (https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500 ... 8744/51172).
and behind the left side shelter is the cruse air filter (https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500 ... 8744/51171).


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Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

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Garyd wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:21 pm
Not sure where to post this so I flipped a coin. :lol: Last month I picked up a 2000 se with side car. I rode for a week or so just to get a feel for the bike and to see if there are any major things raises its ugly head. runs smooth, has the typical idle surge, 750 - 1k till warmed up, late engagement of the cruise control The bike only has 12k on the clock. I decided to go ahead and flush the cooling system, change the oil, and all 3 filters. When I finally got to the air box I discovered a very clean K&N. The cruise and sub filters fell apart as soon as I touched them. (on order from cyclemax). I've change the plugs ( still looked new). To do the right bank I had to remove one of the sidecar brackets,,,,,and I don't really want to do that again :shock: . Is there anything else behind the right side lower fairing that I should take care of now before I put that side back together? Hats off to all the have posted some great DIY articles w/pics and very detailed discussions.

Ride safe
Garyd
Welcome to the forum and a good find on your bike.
Yes working on a side hack bike is challenging.

While you have it open....
Adjust the cruise cables.
Check reverse cable adjustments.
Clean all switches with electrical contact cleaner, reverse safety
Tighten the coolant hose clamps, flashlight and long screwdrivers or socket extensions....
Check the hack attachments for loose bolts, (rust is an indication of something loose).
Have some fun flyin the hack!

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Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

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CrystalPistol wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:29 pm
minimac wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:24 am
… , but it isn't any harder than a few screws and unlocking a few tabs usually. …
I don't mind the screws, small bolts, it's them chrome plastic caps on the screws that need to be glued back on if they are to be retained, and those tabs up front where parts come together under the radiators that I fret over. Have a few zip ties hidden now. :lol:
The grill up front is such a PITA. Mine is old and briddle and the tabs broke off about as soon as I touched it.

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Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

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kyleboedeker wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:53 pm

The grill up front is such a PITA. Mine is old and briddle and the tabs broke off about as soon as I touched it.
I had problems where the lower center cowl interlocked with the lower sides.

Some 3/16" holes, and I use new long zip ties each time, oull tight when lock part is out of view, clip excess.



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Hi Old mopars Dropping a line to say Hay o Read your post. I got my own issues. LOL after 75 to 80 mls bike dies. Still working on it. What caught my eye was your personal story. Me= I'm a UTI student also, I'm a Navy seabee 35 yrs wrenching after active duty as a builder. Changed rate in reserves. Worked trucks garages 35 + yrs - retired now. So its a shout out brother. Removed plastic more times than I can count. LOL Enjoy My bike is a 95 w/ 59 ths mls on clock. Note done till its fixed LOL

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I don't mind all the steps, it's a lot easier than bending over an engine bay.

However, my problem is that because of all the stuff that needs to be removed for regular maintenance items, so many of the body mounting tabs have been broken by previous owners. I wonder, had they been in intact, if I would have broken them myself already.

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Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

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This bike is not difficult to work on, I own a piece of Heath Robinson junk called a Can Am Spyder SE6, now that's difficult to work on, everthing only fits where it touches, nothing makes sense, for instance, remove whole air filter to change spark plugs, but the only hole the filter box can come out of is too small for the box to fit through. at your peril touch the belt adjusters when removing the back wheel, your in for a whole day trying to adjust it, and it goes down hill from there, all spares are solid gold diamond studded, well that's how they're priced, OYE what a heap, mine's up for sale, can't wait to see the back of it, give me the Wing any day

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Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

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I have to agree. My wife's Burgman is a bit of a nightmare to take apart, but nothing touches the PC800 Pacific Coast, which had an entire CHAPTER in the service manual dedicated to how to remove (and in what order) various body panels. It literally had "item you want to work on" and then a list of panels that had to be removed in which order to be able to access that item. It was over 30 pages long.

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Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

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WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:09 pm
I have to agree. My wife's Burgman is a bit of a nightmare to take apart, but nothing touches the PC800 Pacific Coast, which had an entire CHAPTER in the service manual dedicated to how to remove (and in what order) various body panels. It literally had "item you want to work on" and then a list of panels that had to be removed in which order to be able to access that item. It was over 30 pages long.

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Sounds like it would be better to leave the body panels alone and cut large access holes, do your repair and (body color) tape the cut panel back in place.


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