Honday Gl1500 Questions

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by prayingd, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. prayingd

    prayingd Guest


    I just picked up a sharp '92 Honda GL1500 Aspencade with 42K miles
    from the widow of a friend who died from cancer in February. Because
    my friend had been ill for some time, the GL1500 sat in his garage for
    the past 16 months.

    The battery is gone; a new one is on the way. Fluids (especially oil)
    obviously need changing. The tires are in good condition--3 years old/
    3K miles.

    General question: Is there anything else I need to examine/replace
    before I take a 2,500 mile road trip in May?

    Brake question 1: my friend installed a heel/toe gear shifter, and a
    similar arrangement for the rear brake. The rear brake pedal goes all
    the way down without any braking effect whatsoever. Any tips on
    finding the problem quickly? I see that some plastic will need to come
    off before I can really see what is going on (or not) back there. I
    did remove the plastic covering the battery. The rear brake fluid
    reservoir appears to indicate a proper fluid level.

    Brake question 2: Does the rear brake pedal apply either of the front

    Thanks for your guidance. I have been a biker for 35 years, but mostly
    rode late 70's and early 80's models. Although the GL1500 is not the
    latest in GW technology, it is definitely beyond my experience.
    prayingd, Apr 4, 2007
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    barbz Guest

    A few shorter "shakedown cruises" will probably reveal any potential
    problems. After sitting for so long, make sure to inspect the inside of
    the gas tank for rust flakes. Those will ruin your ride.

    Chaplain, ARSCC (wdne)

    "Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to
    have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous,
    ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can

    --Molly Ivins
    barbz, Apr 4, 2007
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    Alan Moore Guest

    Barbz's notion of some shorter check rides has considerable merit. You
    might also consider having it checked out by a regular mechanic. I'd
    consider changing fuel filters at this point by default as well.
    There's probably water in the gas tank, look for rust as well.
    The pedal should operate the left front brake as well as the rear

    Some people disapprove of this arrangement, but my Moto-Guzzi had a
    similar system, and I liked it. For touring or cruising, it's a plus.

    I'm no expert, but I should think that following the linkages from the
    pedal you should find where things go wrong pretty smartly.

    Al Moore
    DoD 734
    Alan Moore, Apr 5, 2007
  4. prayingd

    prayingd Guest

    Thanks for the input! Great idea.

    Dennis S.
    prayingd, Apr 5, 2007
  5. prayingd

    prayingd Guest

    Thanks for your input!

    Dennis S.
    prayingd, Apr 5, 2007
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