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Would love a "to-do" or "to-watch" list for a GL1500

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Hi all,

I have a 92 GL1500 that I bought last year after I finally gave up trying to duct tape my ventures plastic back together.

I have had it since last fall and have put about 10k miles on it. Which, for NY is quite a bit of riding. It has 108K miles on it and is in excellent condition.

Now while I am not mechanically declined, I usually don't love jumping into the guts of stuff until I have a need to. Recently I have noticed the brakes are chattering when the brake pedal is not depressed so I am going to change brake pads and clean stuff up per the forum posts that I have seen on here. I was also investigating a front end wobble and found the metzeler tire cupping issue that is quite common so I will be replacing tires this week as well. So I figure, while I have this stuff opened up, gonna do a basic tuneup and stuff, what other things are items I should look at, be aware of, inspect, etc. I know what the back of the manual says but what do YOU guys say? There are so many posts about fork seals and pressure and bearings and stuff that it makes my head spin. How bout a list of the most common or most important things I should learn how to check/adjust/repair on these bikes. If you have links to other forum posts that give instructions but if not, I can surely do the leg work, I just need some things to track down.

Thoughts? Like I said, there is nothing obviously wrong but just because it isn't blatant, doesn't mean I shouldn't be looking at it.

Would love to hear everyones take on this.



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Ya, I am not terribly concerned about finding the how to stuff because there is a ton of stuff on this site, the one you mentioned, and in various other places. My main question is WHAT would be the priorities to look at when there isn't anything obviously wrong and rpeters549 gave some great starting points. Think I will make a list and post back.

A few other items that I have thought about since the original post.

1. I have yet to play with the suspension, have not added or subtracted air. Is that going to add height, stiffness, or both?

2. I had a minor stroke today when I priced out new tires. Dunlop E3's. After reading more forums on here, there are as many opinions as members. Do most people stick to the stock 130/70 B18 for the Front and the 160/80 B16 for the rears? I have heard good reviews for the Avon Venom as well but the price delta is negligible. Some folks are even putting a car tire on in back. Any reason I should stray from and E3 or a Venom in the sizes that came on the bike? I am still sticker shocked but slowly getting on with my life.

Thanks for all the info. It helps a lot.

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