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Hi everyone, new owner here. I justbought a 1999 GL1500SE. Looked the bike over as well as I could (after driving 540 miles one way to get it.) The bike was "as advertised" with 67,000 and hardy a blemish on it. I rode the bike for about five miles checking all of the usual things; wobble, brakes, lights and obvious noises. Everything worked except the resume button on the cruise. I "trailered" the bike back home and have since put 150 miles on it. I have since foundthree issues of concern.

1. In OD, the drive train seems to have an unusually loud "whine."

2. When in neutral with the engine idling, I can hear, what I describeas an "idler gear" still spinning. If you pull the clutch in; it goes away.

3. The right front engine mount, "welded lug" on the frame tube, looks to be cracked, only on the

outboard side of the lug. I looked at the inboard side with a mirror and

appears not to be cracked...Isthis a common issue with this model?

BTW I also ride a 2003 VTX1300RS with H/C double D pipes. It could be

the reason I notice the whine so much.

Thanks for listening.

Norm
 

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Welcome to the board Norm. A lot of 1500 owners say that gear rumble is normal and it goes away when they pull the clutch lever.
You might want to get the lug welded before the crack spreads.
 

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The loud whine in OD is a common problem, I believe it is caused by the use of straight cut gears instead of helical gears for top gear. Straight cut gears are stronger.

The "clutch rattle" is common to many bikes. I still don't know what causes it, my Vulcan 750 has done it since new, and 70,000 miles later, still does, but it has never caused a problem.

While there were several reports of cracking with the early 1800 aluminum frame, I have not heard of an issue with the 1500. If it is cracked, it will need to be welded, but first make sure it is an actual crack in the metal, and not just a paint flaw. A line in the paint can look a lot like a crack. Is there any rust around it? if it really is a crack, the paint will also be cracked, and water will be able to get to bare metal, which will usually cause a rusty spot right away. Can you post a picture of it? If you are not absolutely certain it is a crack, take a Dremel with a polishing wheel, and remove the paint from the area, so you can get a better look at it. If it is cracked, it will have to be welded, and the paint touched up anyway.


That is a beautiful bike BTW, I love that red color.
 

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Circlepilot....as an aside...where did you get the pinstripping on the bike or do you know where it was done before you got it. I have a the same bike in Canada and would like to do the same thing on mine. thanks:waving::waving:
 

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I'll try and post a picture of the "suspicious crack" and I'll try and get the info. on the pin striping. Yes it was already there. Thanks for the replies and the compliments. I just hope it can make friends with the VTX.
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Hey Norm welcome to the forum.....Very nice looking wing you got there...I love the color too....(Psst...it is the fastest you know.)

Like stated above...I would check the crack out completly...I have not heard of a 1500 having this problem.

As far as the loud whine, it is common and not a big problem...you could do an oil change and go with a brand you know...(not trying to start an oil debate in this thread). I use Delo 400 LE 15W-40 in mine and it seams to do good.

Ride Safe Always!!!
 

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Ahem.... yes, Delo 400 15w40 "seems to" work wonders at making things quieter.
 

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I'm still lookin for the info. on the pin striping...I did take a few pictures of the suspect crack. (pretty sure it is)Hard to see it in the picture, I had the lens set on MACRO, but the frame showed up like chrome?? You may be able to see where the frame tube looks to have a distortion below the mount, and you may be able to see some "weld spatter."
The powder-kote looks undisturbed. I'm planning on pulling the drain tubes, pulling the mount bolt and the isolator (supporting the engine of course) and hitting it with the mig.
Norm
 

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