With regard to the belts I have seen many posts over the years on this forum and others, mainly from new owners to a bike, asking whether the belts should be changed as the mileage is low but the bike is old. For me, the answer is always the same...change the belts. When I've had a new to me bike I figured the peace of mind of knowing the belts are new is far better than trying to convince myself they don't need doing yet.
Well said. Given we are talking GL1200 or 1500s, these bikes are now OLD. Honda engineers setting mileage numbers for maintenance or replacement were not considering maintenance decades later.
I bought my GL1200 in 2008 with only 14K miles on it. Regardless of miles, the bike was then 24 years old. So I immediately changed the radiator hoses. I would have also changed the belts, but the original owner kept good paperwork and I found a receipt for timing belt service in 2006.
In 2016, after my stator was dead for a year, and I was tired of charging my bike after every cruise, I pulled the engine, did the stator and among other service and cleaning, of course I installed new timing belts. I’m thinking $15 each at Napa for Gates belts. Of course the belts I replaced looked new.
So my ‘84 Standard today with only 26,500 miles has had at least 3 sets of timing belts. That comes to changing on average every 8800 miles. It’s more the years than the miles, unless you’re Dennis and have 290K miles on your Wing.
I’m changing tires this week, not because the tread is bald. It’s because the DOT manufacturers date is 2012. I don’t wear out my tires. That’s hard to do when you have 4 street bikes. I’m not going highway speeds with tires 7+ years old. Thanks for reading. JD