Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia
Model: GL1500 SE
Hello from the East coast.
I have been a long time upright sport bike power lover and currently still own a 2015 Ducati Diavel and a 2006 Triumph Daytona 675 Track Bike.
I am now getting a bit older and ever since I had hardware installed in my lower back I can't go 30 minutes on the Diavel wanting to kill someone.
I really just wanted to dip my feet in the water so I found a 1995 Aspencade SE GL1500 for $2300 here locally that has a built in back rest. The bike just needed a little love so I spent $1800 to have the fork seals replaced, carb searching worked out, oil changed, air cleaner changed, new rear rotor, all new brakes, and a new front tire a long with some minor replacements like the front brake light switch.
I went on my first long ride last Saturday and about 85 miles into the ride I heard some clattering and grinding only going downhill in 1st 2nd & 3rd. I then lost 4 the gear but OD was good so I immediately stopped my planned road trip and returned home. I am spending the remainder of my vacation looking for an engine replacement on eBay. Yaaaaay. I really don't want to do it but in my heart I cannot justify losing $3 plus k in 2 weeks.
Hopefully the engine swap won't take more than 80 hours of my life.
The good news is that the bike felt really nice for those couple hundred miles and I will more than likely keep her if the engine swap goes smooth. It was super nice to have a place for everything to go on our trip. Plus my wife, even though she is dinky, is absolutely in love with the passenger seat. So much so I don't think she will want to ride with me on any other bike any time soon.
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