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Adjustable air suspension on GL1500

I'm curious how rare is it to find a GL1500 with push button adjustable air suspension on the front. I've read a lot of ad's but only found one that mentioned it and someone here said a lot of the bikes didn't have it. What years or was it an installed option would have that option? I found a bike on ebay that has the air adjustable front shocks. That's now a question I'll be asking when looking to purchase another one.....make a difference ....at least to me.
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The only adjustment, on the front, that I've ever heard of is for the Pre-load... eg The later years have a valve stem atop each fork tube, with which to add up to ~5 psi air. Most who have the feature, however, don't use it... eg Leave it at 0 psi.

The valve stem is useful for adding oil, when doing a fork oil change.


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My 2000SE had that feature. However, after experiment I found the best ride was with 0 air in the forks. Other years had valves on the forks and were not "hooked" to the on board compressor. Others had neither. Can't remember what years had what except for my 2000SE!
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I have never heard of push button air adjustable forks on any GL1500. Only push button air adjustable thing was the rear shock. tfdeputydawg, are you sure that it wasn't some kind of aftermarket kit that was added to your 2000 GL1500SE? The only adjustment and it was only for for some of the forks afaik was the Schrader valve like Alex mentions to manually adjust by means of an external pump.


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Dear alover22,

Yes both front and rear shock are air adjustable. There is a separate button for front and rear. You increase or decrease depending on load. Sorry no pics with all the lights on. Will try get on taking and sent to you.

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This was the sellers reply when I asked about this feature on ebay
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My 1500s, a '94SE and a '98SE had valve stems on the forks and the air compressor only pumped up the rear shock.

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Dear alover22,

Yes both front and rear shock are air adjustable. There is a separate button for front and rear. You increase or decrease depending on load. Sorry no pics with all the lights on. Will try get on taking and sent to you.

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This was the sellers reply when I asked about this feature on ebay

See if the seller will back this up with $1500 refund if not present (looking at the '93, it'd be a safe bet) - or perhaps ask for a photo of the top of the forks (either side) with the plastic cap removed to clearly show the schrader air valve beneath. Nothing in the sophistication of that bike's add-ons support remote pressure modifications to the forks.
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My 89 Yamaha Venture Royale has the CLASS, computer leveling air suspension, it does indeed have separate front and rear pressures, you can pre set a soft, med or firm for solo, two up or two and luggage or you can do it manually either front or rear.
At the time the Venture was in some respects better than the Goldwings.

But Yamaha could never get past the buyers loyalty of the Goldwings and they dropped the Ventures, what they have now is something totally different.


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I have never heard of push button air adjustable forks on any GL1500. Only push button air adjustable thing was the rear shock. tfdeputydawg, are you sure that it wasn't some kind of aftermarket kit that was added to your 2000 GL1500SE? The only adjustment and it was only for for some of the forks afaik was the Schrader valve like Alex mentions to manually adjust by means of an external pump.
No, it was not after market. The control was in the fairing in front of the left leg. A flip of a switch allowed an increase or decrease of air in the front forks or rear suspension.
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I keep 3 to 4 psi in the fronts. Dandy. I do it with a low pressure gauge and a little sports air pump.

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