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Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Eagleavn
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1985 Goldwing Aspencade

New to me

Post by Eagleavn » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:01 am



Good AM all,

Just recnetly aquired a 1998 GL 1500SE, Black in color. Have been reading some of the How to articles and responses to other questions, looks like a great bunch of knuckleheads. LOL...So i fit in.. :D :D

I am retired Army guy 21 years. Still working, in another field, aircrat mechanic, commercial pilots, etc, etc.....I have been riding since Orville and i were hanging around the Outer Banks. My last (still have) Goldwing is a 1985 Aspencade. Have done, and continue to ride MX (CFR450), but this GW feels heavier than i expected. Is it me or is the bike just that heavy? What advice/riding tips can you give me. I am commuting with the GW about 60 miles one way. typical speeds are between 75 and 85. (Great gas MPG's)not!!!
Just ordered a new WS for it, cant see through the WS on a bright sunny day. Brakes arent as strong as i hoped for, any clues there? The master cylinder for the clutch is leaking from the top and that DOT 4 fluid hates paint of any kind. So i need to get another gasket for the top...I guess??

Thanks,
Lloyd P.
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hugger-4641
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Motorcycle: 1994 GL1500 Aspencade, 1982 CM 200 Twinstar, 1984 VT500 Ascot

Re: New to me

Post by hugger-4641 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:07 pm

Welcome aboard!
Yes, compared to the 1985 Goldwing, the 98 is probably a couple hundred pounds heavier. Two more cylinders and a lot more ABS in the fairing and covers are probably most of it. My '94 weighs about 980 lbs. Keep the air suspension set as low as you can without bottoming out on bumps and dips. The higher you set the pressure, the higher the bike will be and thus "feel" heavier.

Since you asked, I have two pieces of advice for riding. For low speed maneuvering , get the video by Jerry Palladino, "ride like a pro", and practice those techniques, they definitely helped me. For high speed handling, get on a deserted four lane and practice changing lanes, avoiding objects, etc. You also need to do some hard stops and get a feel for how quickly you can stop if you need to. If you are going to ride in the rain, you need to do this on the wet pavement also, but of course, you need to do this cautiously.

I get 38 to 40mpg on my 94, and my speeds and commute distance are similar to yours, unless you have a traffic light every other mile of that 60 miles, then you should be getting 35 to 40 mpg. If not, then you probably have something wrong or not adjusted properly.

The brakes are linked, meaning no matter whether you use the foot pedal or the hand brake, the front and back brakes are both activated proportionally. You may need to bleed your brake system assuming the pads and rotors are good.

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Re: New to me

Post by MikeB » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:59 pm

hugger-4641 wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:07 pm
Welcome aboard!
The brakes are linked, meaning no matter whether you use the foot pedal or the hand brake, the front and back brakes are both activated proportionally. You may need to bleed your brake system assuming the pads and rotors are good.
Actually, not quite. The brakes are linked but front brake lever only operates the right front caliper. The rear brake pedal will operate both the rear caliper and left front brake caliper. So, use them together.

Other than that, I agree with everything else.

As to the clutch master leaking, you may have it over-filled. Yes, a new gasket is good but it is also a good idea to keep the fluid down below the level line in the master cylinder reservoir. The only time I have seen one leak out the top is when it was over filled.
MikeB
Tacoma, WA, USA

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Re: New to me

Post by Eagleavn » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:37 pm

Thanks guys, i will take some fluid out of the cylinder is overfull i think.

Where do you look at that video for slow speed manuvering?

LP

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Re: New to me

Post by MikeB » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:43 pm

Look for the Jerry Palladino, "ride like a pro" video on You Tube.
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Re: New to me

Post by MikeB » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:36 pm

Also, check this video of the Gary Sanford's Slow Speed Cycling Seminar.


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RockportDave
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1969 Honda CL90 “bobbed” before it was cool
1981 Yamaha 850 Triple w/Windjammer
1981 GL1100 Interstate
1985 GL1200 LTD
1988 GL1500
1988 GL1500

Re: New to me

Post by RockportDave » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:00 pm

Welcome to the world of the “beast”. It takes some practice, but IMO it’s one of the most comfortable for commuting or long distance.
I use both the hand brake and foot brake when stopping to give the front end more braking power.
My 1999 gets 35 mpg 2 up, alone or over a cliff. I ride mostly over flat roads of south Texas. Keeping it under 3,000 rpm and no hard throttle twists will squeeze out a few more mpg’s, but a lot of our riding is on 75 mph highways.
Do check out the videos mentioned here and practice slow speed maneuvering.
Dave


1999 GL1500SE 5th Goldwing through the years

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