Greetings!\n\nI just picked up a sharp '92 Honda GL1500 Aspencade with 42K miles\nfrom the widow of a friend who died from cancer in February. Because\nmy friend had been ill for some time, the GL1500 sat in his garage for\nthe past 16 months.\n\nThe battery is gone; a new one is on the way. Fluids (especially oil)\nobviously need changing. The tires are in good condition-\-3 years old/\n3K miles.\n\nGeneral question: Is there anything else I need to examine/replace\nbefore I take a 2,500 mile road trip in May?\n\nBrake question 1: my friend installed a heel/toe gear shifter, and a\nsimilar arrangement for the rear brake. The rear brake pedal goes all\nthe way down without any braking effect whatsoever. Any tips on\nfinding the problem quickly? I see that some plastic will need to come\noff before I can really see what is going on (or not) back there. I\ndid remove the plastic covering the battery. The rear brake fluid\nreservoir appears to indicate a proper fluid level.\n\nBrake question 2: Does the rear brake pedal apply either of the front\ndisks?\n\nThanks for your guidance. I have been a biker for 35 years, but mostly\nrode late 70's and early 80's models. Although the GL1500 is not the\nlatest in GW technology, it is definitely beyond my experience.