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Just bought a meticulously maintained 1997 SE that just turned 20,000 actual miles. On my first ride out after owning it a week, I was downshifting to use the engine to slow us down on an Interstate ramp when it jumped out of and back into 3rd gear. I thought it was my fault for not kicking it down hard enough. But then later it did it again - and I'm certain it wasn't operator error. Not after that first time. Anyone have this issue ? Comments ? Suggestions ? I sure hope I didn't just buy a lemon.

Also the radio scan doesn't seem to work. Not a huge deal - but..... I don't think this bike has EVER seen rain and it looks like new. Help !

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I would say it sounds like you just need to ride it more, through a couple more oil changes. 20k on it is such a small amount, the oil might just be gummed up in the transmission? Just a thought, I'm no guru! They will be along shortly!

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Do you have floorboards and heel/toe shifter? It is possible that the heel/toe needs adjusting.


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No floor boards and stock shifter.
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Welcome to the forum, Sapphire.

You say, "not after that first time". Does that mean it isn't popping out of gear anymore? Changing the oil and regular riding are probably all it needs there.

A way to make a bike look "showroom" is to drench it in an Armor-All type product. That stuff, when over used, has a tendency to interfere with electronic connections, like the scanner button on the handlebar. Don't go crazy with contact cleaner, because it can damage things too. But a bit of the stuff might help the radio.

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The `97 should have the better shift forks, and gears in it. Sounds like just a case of not being ridden enough.
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I meant that it wasn't operator error after that first time - I'm making certain that I give it a sure downshift. Yet it did seem to want to jump out and in again. oil was just changed 1100 miles ago. I'm going to go with the idea that the first owner didn't drive it like I am and the bike is going to need some time to adjust......

It sounds like this isn't a common problem.

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Hey SapphireWing, Congratulations on the new wing

I have a 1998' Goldwing SE that has 5,700 original Miles on it the previous owner could not get his wife to ride with him, he was older, and then had a stroke and had to sell it.

Like the guys said just change the Oil, Goldwings are very durable

My 98' wing has less than 6K and it rides like a brand new bike.

Wings don't usually just kick out of gear.

I have Four Goldwings currently;

two are GL1500, one is a 88' has 75K miles, this one, when I bought it was lacking in maintenance, but once I completed ALL the maintenance it purr's like a kitten and now has full power & stops & handles well.

My low mileage NEW one, the 98' has only 5,700 Miles, neither kicks out of gear.

Goldwings are very durable.

Go on a long ride after changing the oil.


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1988 GL1500/6 Phantom Grey 2-bbl SCC Trike Mustang GT Rearend, Rear Disc Brakes, HD Mufflers
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Thanks for all the replies. Went for a long ride today and driving a little more aggressively I had no problems from transmission - so I think I may have been at fault.

Now for the bad......

The Cruise Control was working great for the first 3/4 of the ride and then stopped working. Push it on and the Cruise On light comes on , but it won't set. A fuse or relay perhaps ?.

Then my lovely wife opened the compartment under the left rear speaker and promptly broke off the small tabs that it hinges on ! I sure love that woman.... I guess I'm not supposed to have anything nice anymore.

So I'm looking for a REALLY nice left rear glove box (?) in black for a '98 SE.

Be safe out there..

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