Honda Goldwing Forum banner

1 - 20 of 20 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Got my 1989 GL1500 back from the shop this past weekend and got to ride it fully to work yesterday. I had the carbs rebuilt along with the rear brake cylinder (finally have back brakes I can count on!). That daggone engine runs so freakin' smooth now with the rebuilt carbs that I can barely believe it's the same bike. Gone are the flat spots; gone is the longer than normal warm-ups in the morning; gone is the hard starting. That bike rides as smooth as home-churned butter now. It was an expensive repair, but it got rid of a gas smell in the garage as well that resulted from flooding carbs. and hopefully it'll fix my drop in my MPG from 36-38 to 28. In any case, the performance boost and smoother ride alone are worth the price of admission.

Greg
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
15,118 Posts
thats good news and brakes i hear are important. :)
i run seafoam in my wings two to three times a year and have never had a carb problem
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,556 Posts
Had the same repairs done on my 95 Aspencade Greg and made a new bike out of mine too. How much did it cost you?
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
25,864 Posts
The carbs on the older 1500's have been a bit of a pain if the bike isn't used alot. We've had some that required full rebuilds on the carbs, and some that just required a bit of cleaning on the jets, and one that only had one side acting up some.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
thats good news and brakes i hear are important. :)
i run seafoam in my wings two to three times a year and have never had a carb problem
I bought mine w/23K miles 9 mos ago or so. Why I didn't add seafoam when I got it, I don't know since I use it in my other bikes (and my lanwnmower) as a periodic additive. The bike had flat spots from day one, which gradually developed into a gas smell in the garage culminating in a 10MPG drop in mileage. The idel knob was also frozen at the time I go it, but is no longer. Trust me, seafoam is now on this bike's diet.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
3,114 Posts
I am running back down to Auto Zone and buying another gallon. Much cheaper by the gallon.

$50.00 a gallon.

8 pints to a gallon.

=

$6.25 a pint (the amount in a regular can of Seafoam)

On sale around here is $7.99 a pint can. Regular price $9.95
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
I am running back down to Auto Zone and buying another gallon. Much cheaper by the gallon.

$50.00 a gallon.

8 pints to a gallon.

=

$6.25 a pint (the amount in a regular can of Seafoam)

On sale around here is $7.99 a pint can. Regular price $9.95
I had no idea it was available by the gallon! That tip is worth $$, my friend. thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
Same here, I just had to ask you first. I thought it was good value as I couldn't do these repairs and the bike was un-rideable otherwise.
Yeah, they want $800 just to pull the carbs because of all the other stuff that has to come off the bike. I know what a time I had just changing the air filter and fuel filter. There was no way I was going to attempt what they did, so I paid.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
11,952 Posts
I guess the local bike shop is very reasonable at $400.00 to rebuild the carbs!
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
3,114 Posts
I guess the local bike shop is very reasonable at $400.00 to rebuild the carbs!
That is a good deal there.

Maybe they wanted you to bring them in yourself!

Some patience and 3 or 4 tanks of gas with a double dose of seafoam run at highway speeds has always done the trick on any bike I have had that was sitting for awhile from neglect by previous owners.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
344 Posts
I guess the local bike shop is very reasonable at $400.00 to rebuild the carbs!
I bought my 95 SE about a month ago with 30,000 miles, it has been sitting for the past year for sure but I suspect that it has sat unused for longer than that......idle was surging when I bought it. Took it to a local Honda dealer and had all fluids changed, timing belts, brakes replaced and carbs rebuilt......end result $3,000.00 bill.
$1,000.00 of it was to rebuilt the carbs........so YES $400.00 to rebuild the carbs is a GOOD deal.

Bike now runs GREAT.......but OUCH!!!!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
11,952 Posts
I bought my 95 SE about a month ago with 30,000 miles, it has been sitting for the past year for sure but I suspect that it has sat unused for longer than that......idle was surging when I bought it. Took it to a local Honda dealer and had all fluids changed, timing belts, brakes replaced and carbs rebuilt......end result $3,000.00 bill.
$1,000.00 of it was to rebuilt the carbs........so YES $400.00 to rebuild the carbs is a GOOD deal.

Bike now runs GREAT.......but OUCH!!!!

WOW! I hope they provided the KY with that!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
I bought my 95 SE about a month ago with 30,000 miles, it has been sitting for the past year for sure but I suspect that it has sat unused for longer than that......idle was surging when I bought it. Took it to a local Honda dealer and had all fluids changed, timing belts, brakes replaced and carbs rebuilt......end result $3,000.00 bill.
$1,000.00 of it was to rebuilt the carbs........so YES $400.00 to rebuild the carbs is a GOOD deal.

Bike now runs GREAT.......but OUCH!!!!
Unfortunately, with older bikes, replacing brakes often means rebuilding them, which is expensive. The parts are fairly cheap, but the labor is killer. They may have had to replace the discs on your bike, too, which is what I need to do prior to state inspection next year. Plus, I want to do the timing belts since I don't know when or if they've been changed. All that will be another $1,000.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
344 Posts
Unfortunately, with older bikes, replacing brakes often means rebuilding them, which is expensive. The parts are fairly cheap, but the labor is killer. They may have had to replace the discs on your bike, too, which is what I need to do prior to state inspection next year. Plus, I want to do the timing belts since I don't know when or if they've been changed. All that will be another $1,000.
Thanks Greg, makes me feel a little better.....I guess??

There were a few other things done to the bike too like new plugs, air filter, fuel filter etc. To add insult to injury when I picked up the bike from the dealer they had forgotten to do a state inspection as I had requested and the guy said "Oh.....OK that will be another $14.50", I said I am spending $3,000.00 with you and that did NOT include the $14.50 for inspection????? WTF!!!!!

Oh well as I said previously the bike looks and runs great now and I don't have to worry about any maintenance issues that may not have been done by the previous owner because I had them ALL DONE!!!!! The guy at the Honda shop told me......yeah but you got almost a brand new bike that you can take anywhere without worry now. I guess there is somewhat of a trade off when buying an older bike that is in good shape and then spending the money for maintenance or buying a new bike for almost $30,000.

As a side note the guy I bought the bike from told me" It doesn't need anything, just jump on it and go across country" but he had no record of maintenance that had been done.....anyway the guy at the Honda shop said the timing belts were original, so was the air filter, spark plugs and most of the fluids and he said all 3 sets of brakes were shot. So much for jump on it and ride anywhere!!!!!

A good thing to remember when buying an older bike is GET MAINTENANCE RECORDS, or plan on spending some major $$$$$$ and you had better be getting the bike for a deal without the maintenance records.

Still I love the Wing!!!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
Thanks Greg, makes me feel a little better.....I guess??

There were a few other things done to the bike too like new plugs, air filter, fuel filter etc. To add insult to injury when I picked up the bike from the dealer they had forgotten to do a state inspection as I had requested and the guy said "Oh.....OK that will be another $14.50", I said I am spending $3,000.00 with you and that did NOT include the $14.50 for inspection????? WTF!!!!!

Oh well as I said previously the bike looks and runs great now and I don't have to worry about any maintenance issues that may not have been done by the previous owner because I had them ALL DONE!!!!! The guy at the Honda shop told me......yeah but you got almost a brand new bike that you can take anywhere without worry now. I guess there is somewhat of a trade off when buying an older bike that is in good shape and then spending the money for maintenance or buying a new bike for almost $30,000.

As a side note the guy I bought the bike from told me" It doesn't need anything, just jump on it and go across country" but he had no record of maintenance that had been done.....anyway the guy at the Honda shop said the timing belts were original, so was the air filter, spark plugs and most of the fluids and he said all 3 sets of brakes were shot. So much for jump on it and ride anywhere!!!!!

A good thing to remember when buying an older bike is GET MAINTENANCE RECORDS, or plan on spending some major $$$$$$ and you had better be getting the bike for a deal without the maintenance records.

Still I love the Wing!!!!!
I'm with you. And my advice is... plan on spending money when buying an older bike. Thankfully, I got a good deal on my '89 with the Voyager trike kit, that kicking in $1500 (total cost of all work done - carbs, rear brake rebuild, new clutch and brake fluids, a few other little things) still didn't match what I would have paid for the bike had I bought the bike and trike kit separately. Hey, it's all part of maintenance and you just absorb it over time.

Now, you have the piece of mind of knowing the condition of your bike. Sure, it cost ya, but you can ride in confidence - and you'll spend less on it going forward... unless you are on the mailing list of Chrome World catalog, at which point, you'll spend more :)
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,976 Posts
Got my 1989 GL1500 back from the shop this past weekend and got to ride it fully to work yesterday. I had the carbs rebuilt along with the rear brake cylinder (finally have back brakes I can count on!). That daggone engine runs so freakin' smooth now with the rebuilt carbs that I can barely believe it's the same bike. Gone are the flat spots; gone is the longer than normal warm-ups in the morning; gone is the hard starting. That bike rides as smooth as home-churned butter now. It was an expensive repair, but it got rid of a gas smell in the garage as well that resulted from flooding carbs. and hopefully it'll fix my drop in my MPG from 36-38 to 28. In any case, the performance boost and smoother ride alone are worth the price of admission.

Greg
Glad you hear the bikes running great. I had my carbs done about 3 years ago. The bike performance improved quite a bit but didn't see much of a difference in the gas mileage.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
277 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
Glad you hear the bikes running great. I had my carbs done about 3 years ago. The bike performance improved quite a bit but didn't see much of a difference in the gas mileage.
I just had my first fill-up after the work; 28MPG to 32MPG. I was hoping for better since it was 36-38 a few weeks back. I assume that because it's running the best it has since I've owner it, 32mpg is probably where it should be. Of course, I need to check the plugs here shortly to make sure they look good.
 
1 - 20 of 20 Posts
Top