Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Sumter, SC
Model: Goldwing GL1500 Aspencade
Sorry it's been a few days since my last posting. I wanted to let everyone know that my Goldwing has been riding quite well. She needs a good carb-sync and could use a set of new plug wires. But I am waiting on a few other things before I tackle that. I still have a mind to rebuild the carbs since I have the kit. But there does not appear to be any carb issues, save a few adjustments and tuning. The only reason I would rebuild the carbs is if I had to yank them out in order to replace the coil packs. But at this time, I believe the coils are working as designed. So new wires would suffice.
As stated, she runs fantastic! She had a few jerky moments on the road on these 99 degree hot and humid days, but that only happened in OD at about 30mph and I throttled it a bit too much. A short bounce of the throttle, and she returned to normal. It is my opinion that the carbs need to be tuned to increase fuel mixture efficacy and could explain the occasional bumps I feel at low RPM. Since I've cleaned the electrical connector (red one) above the right cooling fan, the Goldwing continues to drive really well. Thus far, after two tank fillups, I am averaging about 36 mpg to 38mpg. Does anyone know if this is normal fuel consumption for the Goldwing? I have actually considered reducing its idle jet size, and possibly the main jet. But since she drives very well with lots of pull above 2,500 RPM, I presume that the main-jets are just fine and where they need to be. However, I still wonder if the idle jets might be a bit large, and could be causing a slight rich condition. Albeit, I think a proper adjustment of the idle mixture screw should resolve that issue, which really isn't an issue with me at this point.
Upcoming maintenance will be:
1. Replace modified exhaust with factory exhaust
2. Replace plug wires (for peace of mind)
3. Tune carbs after muffler replacement
4. Install missing rear stereo speakers and upgrade front speakers to larger better ones
5. Replace "L" bracket on left side of bike
6. Give the Goldwing a new paint job (I'm a former automotive painter)
Oh, i still need to bleed the front/rear brakes as they feel very spongy. I can pump them on the road, and the pedal gets pretty tight. So it's obvious I have air in the system. But it's been so hot these past few days I I just can't muster up the desire to work in the heat and remove the left saddle bag. LOL
I might also have to consider rebuilding the front forks as the left one appears to be leaking a little bit of oil out of the seal. I suspect one of the struts has more load than the other. They do not appear to be too difficult to remove, but I'll do that on a later date/time.
Anyways, that's where I am at so far. Hope all is well with you all!