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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-12-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings. I presently own a BMW R1100R and a Honda Silverwing. I have been considering a Goldwing for a long time. Two friends have a GL1200 and another a GL1500. Both love their machines and the GL1500 owner, who is local, has offered to let me try the bike out.

Here's the problem...while I would like to think that I might be able to do routine maintenance on a GL1500, there are certain repairs I wouldn't try. Here in Sacramento, we have one Honda dealer and they avoid working on GL1500s...too old. At one time, we had a repair firm that specialized in Goldwings, Throttlewerx...but they're gone now.

So I'm wondering if any GL1500 owners in the Sacramento/Folsom/Auburn/Roseville area can tell me where they get their bikes serviced...I don't want to buy one of these and suddenly discover either that no one will service it or that they agree to do so, but don't really know what they're doing...

Thanks in advance for responses...



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With a good manual and the tutorials available on this site, much of the maontenance is actually pretty easy.
Take a look through some of them and see. Understand that there are many you may never have to do, or only do once.

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I think pretty all of it can be done by most of us who are willing to pick up the manual, ask a few questions here for clarification, and dive in.

I was out on a longish trip from home on a trip. A very long story ended up with very fine white dusty grit inside the carbs on my '94SE GL1500.

All I had was the factory tool kit, not the best in the land, but it did suffice to get all of the plastic off, the faux gas tank off, the air filter and the canister holding it.

And down there deep were the carbs after all the stuff above it were removed. Some spray carb cleaner and a small screw driver worked the slides back and forth until they worked smoothly once again.

I had no clue how to get there, no manual, 200 miles from home on the shores of Lake Havasu, Arizona.

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jinglebob, someone asked the same question here 4 years ago.

I don't know if the info is still current.
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I didn't catch that one. Evidently, Cyclefax in Auburn is still going strong...

Will give them a call.

Also, thanks to those who responded. It inspires confidence to know there are folks around who are willing to help if I decide to dig into it. Same thing happened with the Silverwing...


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BOB, Before buying my '97, I had NO motorcycle mechanical experience. With a little help from this forum I have done 2 tire changes, replaced my front speakers, a petcock conversion, alternator replacement, windshield replacement, all air filters done & cruise control repairs, all since I bought my scoot in 2009. YOU CAN do your own maintance & repairs. If I can be of help, let me know. I have basic tools & a factory repair manual.
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You might also check out the dvd's from Illustrated powersports for the 1500. The manual is good, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a video is worth 10,000 words.
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