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Ernest, Ernest, Ernest. Take a deep breath. Put on some Deep Purple. Succumb to the carburetor. Allow its inefficiencies to wash over your being. Smell the raw gasoline. Tell your wife she looks groovy.

And go ride that '95.


I needed a good chuckle. Still cool enough to ride the '95 up here. :music: :music: Need some Uriah Heep (Come Away Melinda was my favourite), Procol Harem, got me a bike that's a whiter shade of pale, and Queen, besides who wants to live forever, and I need to follow the White Rabbit down the proverbial rabbit hole. I'm thinking I'll be around until the Leafs win the Cup again. Cheers

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Looking for a CT for my 1500. Can get the Austone 175R16 out of Ontario for $224.00. Checked the difference between this and a US purchase and with exchange about $10.00 difference, but haven't added duty/taxes/shipping. Will be on the shopping list before next year. The company is out of Hawkesbury & Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada. The company does ship.

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Shifter Brace showed up from Cyclemax today with shifter oil seal. Expected something a bit larger, but as long as it does the job.

Picking up air filters and the front fork kits as well this week. Should have the fork springs and new air shocks by end week as well. Next week will be installing all the parts. Will also look at doing the air dryer desiccant while I have the rear off.

A friend has been window shopping and looking at GWs. We've had a good chat about the 1500/1800 pros and cons. He has a Triumph Rocket III touring and had a bolt in the internal shifter mechanism come loose and drop into the sump, no damage to the bike. While the motor is apart he is also changing the stator. A few of the windings are blackish in colour. Back to the GW issue, we have discussed pros and cons, and for us taller riders, he's 6'4" or so, the 1500 stock off the floor is a better ergonomic fit than the 1800. Huge issue when touring, or riding in your neighbourhood. Yes you can get an aftermarket seat, or have the seat customized for the rider, but for us poor Canadians this is not a small feat considering exchange, duty and other issues.

We had a good chat and he has decided to stay with his Triumph. He was concerned about reliability and I mentioned there are no guarantees with new, newer or older bikes. The best you can do is keep everything in as good condition as possible and role with the punches so to speak.

Back to my '95, looking forward to getting the work done and enjoying the fruits of my labour.

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Did a short ride up island of some 300 Kms or so and thought I'd do some pontificating on the 1500.

Thinking back to my ex-1800 and how I used to get pinched between the shoulder blades and how close my knees were to the front fairing, I'm pleasantly pleased that the 1500 straight off the floor has lots of room for the legs and has a better ergonomic fit than the 1800 for us taller riders. I found this to be true of the 1200 as well.

I checked the fuel economy today as well. So far city/highway is approximately 14/15 Kms per litre and on the highway 16 Kms per litre (with a bit of fooling around stretching the RPMs a bit). Won't go into conversion because the USG is smaller than the imperial gallon. Hoping that this will improve as I use the bike.

The stock seat is quite comfortable as is. The seat covering is starting to show its age and where the embroidered stamping is there are a few small holes. Have been looking at replacement covers - quite reasonable.

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Shifter Brace showed up from Cyclemax today with shifter oil seal. Expected something a bit larger, but as long as it does the job.

Picking up air filters and the front fork kits as well this week. Should have the fork springs and new air shocks by end week as well. Next week will be installing all the parts. Will also look at doing the air dryer desiccant while I have the rear off.

A friend has been window shopping and looking at GWs. We've had a good chat about the 1500/1800 pros and cons. He has a Triumph Rocket III touring and had a bolt in the internal shifter mechanism come loose and drop into the sump, no damage to the bike. While the motor is apart he is also changing the stator. A few of the windings are blackish in colour. Back to the GW issue, we have discussed pros and cons, and for us taller riders, he's 6'4" or so, the 1500 stock off the floor is a better ergonomic fit than the 1800. Huge issue when touring, or riding in your neighbourhood. Yes you can get an aftermarket seat, or have the seat customized for the rider, but for us poor Canadians this is not a small feat considering exchange, duty and other issues.

We had a good chat and he has decided to stay with his Triumph. He was concerned about reliability and I mentioned there are no guarantees with new, newer or older bikes. The best you can do is keep everything in as good condition as possible and role with the punches so to speak.

Back to my '95, looking forward to getting the work done and enjoying the fruits of my labour.

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You should know by now Ernest that a Honda is much more reliable than a Triumph!! :smilie_happy:

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I know but I won't discourage my friend from using his Triumph. He has done some good things to it especially his custom pain job. He likes his bike and he should ride it until it does die which won't be too soon.

Had another friend comment on the maintenance/work I'm going to do starting this week coming. Factored this in when I bought the bike. Got the least expensive 1500 in the right year and considered what should be done. Like a lot of things, do the work/maintenance up front so I can enjoy it, not the next person in line. Besides, I don't mind riding my 1200, it needs some love as well.

Have the air filters, main, sub and cruise, on hand. Timing belts - will replace the timing belt adjusters as well, but the older ones will not go to waste so to speak.

Rebuild forks, new seals, bushings and Progressive fork springs. I have noticed that first thing after sitting all night the front forks tend to stick, then release.

New rear Progressive air shocks. Expect that the OEM shock bushings will probably be in need of replacement and shocks do not last forever. Interesting that Honda had two air shocks on the rear of the 1200 series and on the higher end models - load leveling. The 1800 doesn't have this either. If the 1200 had reverse, be even better.

Since the front forks are off going to do the steering stem bearings. When I did the steering stem bearings on the 1200, the bearings fell apart. expect the ones on the 1500 may be past the best before date.

Sourced an Austone 175R16 for the 1500 rear. Will do wheel bearings and brake pads when tires are changed.

Coolant change. Already changed/flushed brake and clutch fluids.

Not a lot when it is detailed, but sounds like a lot.

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Graham who owns the 82 Aspencade (amongst many other bikes (30 plus)) showed up on his new acquisition an 89 Gl1500 with cruise and reverse. :good:
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It's an epidemic!

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When I sold my second '85 LTD, I listed everything I did to the bike because it would help in selling the bike more quickly, and to me it's full disclosure. My 1500 has some good upgrades and I'm not thinking about the lighting. I would have thought that the PO would have informed me of these.

Here's the kicker, there is an aftermarket Superbrace fork brace installed, it has progressive fork springs as well. When I found the Superbrace, I started to think that maybe PO to the fellow I bought the bike from had done some additional good work. I mention this because if the fellow I bought the bike off had done this work, certainly he would have mentioned it as a selling feature. Thankfully the rear shocks are OEM. Only have to figure out what to do about a second set of Progressive fork springs. Since the bike has been fairly inactive for the better part of 2 if not more years, changing out the Progressive springs for new may be the way to go. Will contact the company to see about a return as well. Will measure the old springs against the new for length.

New air filters in today as well. The main, sub and cruise filters. New fuel filter to install tomorrow.

Took the front end off today to rebuild the front forks and to prep the forks for new springs. Doing the timing belts and timing belt adjusters as well. Coolant flush, shifter seal, and shifter brace.

I would submit that main air filter change on the 1500 is the easiest to change. Definitely easier than the 1800. I would also say it is easier than the 1200 because of space limitations of the 1200.

Notice that the 1500 front forks do not have a locating clip on the forks like the 1200. The OEM service manual mentions that you "align" the upper surfaces of the fork tube and fork top bridge. Like the locating clip on the 1200 better.

Notice that there is an extra piece on the left fork called an oil lock piece. If it is supposed to be on the right as well, it was not installed last time these forks were apart. Any information on this would be appreciated.

Looking at the wiring for the LED lights and it is a bit of a spiders web, lots of splicing, using connectors that you would see on an auto trailer install:
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These need to go. Need to install OEM style connectors for ease of removing panels and such for work/maintenance.

Also found some small damage on some panels. Need to get some ABS cement for repairs.

Turning into an interesting project.

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More work today.

New fuel filter installed. decided to cut the old one in half to see what it looks like:
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Looks likes the filter was doing what it is designed to do; however, don't believe it has been changed in a while as I was told.

Installed the shifter brace and new shifter oil seal as well. This took the rest of the afternoon. Spent an inordinate amount of time getting the shifter shaft extension - not a lot of room to take this part out. Had to have the moon and stars aligned properly.

I received my Progressive springs and shocks today. Compared the new Progressives to the old spring and there is a difference:
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The new Progressive springs are about a 1/4" longer and there is a distinct change from the ones I took out in that the Progressives ave a distinct transition from a progressive winding to the more tightly wound section. Will be looking at the rear shocks tomorrow.

Dumped the coolant today. Looked quite murky as if it had been in the engine for a while. Have to say that I think a coolant change on the 1500 is the easiest between the 1200/1500/1800.

Going to get the front forks back together and ready for install tomorrow. Will install after the timing belts are changed. Lots of room to work on the timing belts with the front forks removed.

More to follow. Cheers
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Not a day for bike work, but did get a few minutes in this early evening.

Readjusted the shifter position, did not like where I had it. Also took less time to take the side cover and shifter extension shaft out. First time round always takes a bit longer.

Looked at the new and old fork springs. Checked the preload of both. The new Progressive springs are 20 1/2 inches. The ones I took out are 20 3/8 inches. This lets me know I have an extra 1/8 inch preload. Probably not enough to make a radical difference, but with the different spring winding, could be a significant difference. Looking forward to getting it buttoned up and getting some riding in. Here are pictures of the measurement for preload. First picture is the old spring preload:
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Next Picture is the preload for the Progressive spring:
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Next issue I have been researching is the case of the oil lock that is on one fork only. I took the forks apart and did not pay a lot of attention to this until I had the forks apart and the upper tube side by each. Did some further research and there is apparently only one oil lock and from what I have found, it is in the right fork leg - Virgilmobile over on GWDocs posted pictures of his 1500 front forks disassembled and still on the bike. Here is a picture of the forks showing the oil lock - bottom fork leg:
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All for now. More to follow.

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It's an "anti-dive" feature...helps keep the front of the bike from nose-diving on hard braking. :yes:

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What's an oil lock and what does it do?


My question as well. No idea. Have to find out.

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