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Got a hankering to visit some locations where I was born, grew up, etc, back in Illinoi as late as 1945.

Trip from W Oregon to Illiois and return could cover as much as 4500 miles.

'89 Goldwing has 71K miles on it; no problems, large or small, at present.

My favorite bike mechanic suggests, at a minimum, replacing belts; friend suggests installing new batt cables and maybe a new battery?

Last thing I need is any mechanical problem on the road covering those 4500 miles.

I would appreciate any suggestions getting the GW ready for such a long haul; also any do or don'ts on the road. Entire trip looks to take at least three weeks.

Thanks for any suggestions.



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If the battery is more than a couple years old, I would probably be inclined to replace it on GP. Be sure the head bearings are snug, wheel bearings, etc... Air filters if needed. A fresh oil change natcherly so you don't need to bother with that on the road. Check all electrical connections to be sure they are clean and snug.

Be sure the side panels have strings on them. I learned about that the hard way two weeks ago on I-8. Maybe throw a spare headlamp bulb in the side pocket along with a spare stoplamp. One of those went out on me last summer while touring away from home.

What is your tire condition like? Be sure to take a tire puncture kit with you. Maybe some top off oil although my bike doesn't seem to be using any oil. Have you replaced the coolant and thermostat in the last couple years? Water hose condition.

When having those timing belts replaced, just have the mechanic perform a good safety maintenance check on everything. That way you should feel much easier about the whole thing. Heed the friend on the battery and cables if they look tired.

I'm sure there will be other good thoughts come along.
 

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Thanks for the tips; New tires last summer; coolant checked ditto. other items you mention make sense.
Probably lump it all together and tell the mechanic to just check it all. Cost of a complete tune-up would bankrupt me right now. GL1500 runs like a top which tempts me to believe all is well but take no chances.
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I didn't mention plugs because if it is running good, then the engine is probably in pretty good order. You might want to start using a little MMO in each tank of gas just to keep the rubber parts pliable and it helps to keep the carbs in order also.

I put some in from time to time. Can't hurt and it might help.
 

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MMO?? Yes, I thot of spark plugs but won't hurt to have new ones in just before we leave.

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AZgl1500:

Slow memory just kicked in about MMO. Thanks for the tip. Just read several glowing testimonials about good effects of MMO use.
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Sounds like fun - we put approx 9,000 on our last june in 20 days, changed the oil before we left & half way, Pulled a trailer, only problem was a flat tire in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Possible a can of tire repair / plugs will go on the next trip. We also carry a small rechargable battery booster & GPS. Enjoy your trip :waving::waving:
 

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Hey Polkwing. 1945!!!! You're too old to be riding that far. :cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:

Just kidding. You've only got a couple of years on me. Be safe and have fun. You shouldn't even need an oil change while you're gone. Battery does sound like a good idea, rain gear, belts if you haven't done it. For long hauls I found that a back brace feels pretty good. I don't have a backrest, but even if I did I would still use the backbrace....you know the kind...like the guys at Home Depot wear.
 

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Hi, Dallas resident.

I'll throw a cpl more things in. Have the brushes checked out in alt, and at minimum, regrease the rear bearing. Probably better to replace the bearing. I regrease bearings all the time on alts., and works good for me. But, you don't want it spinning in rear housing. If anything beside a flat will let you down, it's the alternator.

Do you know the history of u-joint/driveline servicing? The splines could be real dry, and the boot may be shot. Also, at 40k, my splines were pretty dry. Use only 60%+ moly !!!! Look at the boot right at the last back rib, at the top. See if the u-joint has rubbed a slit through it. My 90 was worn that way, and split clear off the swingarm.
I've come across a bunch of them that way. I put a Valkyerie boot on it. The only right thing to do.

PM me with phone no, and I can give you some good info about a fella up there with good parts supply. He's at Junction City.
 
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