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Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-2017)
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Kwest364
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2004 GL1800

New guy questions

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Hey all. 2004 gl1800, 84500miles

What maintenance to check out?

Should put heavier springs in forks and shock? Heard stock is too soft

Best preload number setting? Just me (230lbs + gear). No luggage or things in cases.
Best preload with passenger?

Today, had 1st tip over in parking lot. Went to take off, bars turned, too aggressive of an angle, not enough throttle, too much rear brake, etc. Gently tipped over. Immediately started puking out coolant (green color). Is that typical? I wouldn't think an easy tip over would cause coolant to leak. No underside damage. Leak stopped when bike off and ran fine. Maybe lost 200-300ml tops. Immediately went and bought vinyl tubing to protect crash bars for future parking lot practice.

How do I remove engine side covers? The plastic chrome pieces next to pegs. Right side has rear brake reservoir, previous owner pulled it off, that's how I know. Couldn't get left off, didn't wanna force it. Not sure what left side has. What are little triangular plastic tabs that pop off plastic chrome piece for? Popped off accidentally, and went back on, but R panel seems looser than before, maybe just imagination.

Clymer manual here Tuesday, will clear a lot up. Come from dirt bikes so not used to so many parts and features and what not.



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tamathumper
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Re: New guy questions

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New to you? Congratulations. And congrats on your first tip over, it may happen again, and it's OK.

No, it should not leak coolant, might want to look into that (overfull, or overflow tank cap loose?)

Yes, the side covers come off, but they require some tugging if they grommets have hardened. The little clear plastic triangles disrupt air flow and keep the side covers from blowing off at highway speeds. Some of us have them "tethered" to the bike just in case, or put a zip tie through the grommets, or both.

Check the date codes on your tires, replace them if they're 5+ years old, or at your comfort level. Replace brake fluid, clutch fluid, oil and final drive lube. Get a long gooseneck camera off eBay and check out the air filter, it might have a mouse nest built on it. Check the brake pads for wear.

Put the bike on the center stand and set the rear preload to zero. Now, listen carefully while you press the "Up" button, and make a note of when the sound of the motor changes, indicating it's under load. Many older bikes won't start really pumping until 10 or higher, indicating they need to be topped up. There is a procedure to do that, available online if you search.

Probably that's enough for starters? Congrats again.
'03 GL1800A

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Re: New guy questions

Post by GoldWingrGreg »

As for coolant leaking out, pull the left engine cover (chrome cover by left ankle), and verify that the coolant reservoir dip-stick cap is installed correctly.

Kwest364
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Re: New guy questions

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GoldWingrGreg wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:09 am
As for coolant leaking out, pull the left engine cover (chrome cover by left ankle), and verify that the coolant reservoir dip-stick cap is installed correctly.
Yep, that's what it was. Coolant cap was loose.



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