Gold Wing Road Riders
Chapter AB-A Calgary, Alberta, Canada
GL1500 SPEEDOMETER CABLE CHANGE
|An squeak from my front end of my 1992 GL1500 (with over
100,000 Km) was driving me crazy, and I couldn't figure out it's source. A
closer inspection of my front end, and I saw the end of my speedo cable
was partly broken where the bolt holds the housing to the fork. Figure 1
shows an undamaged cable attached to the left front fork.
I then remembered that Don my mechanic mentioned my speedo last time he was looking at it...that it needed replacing soon. Never thought about it again because my gauges were all working normally.
|Reading thru my Clymer manual it says
that cables should be periodically lubricated. Well, I've never
oiled a speedo cable, and it's probably because the last mc I owned
was a 1983
Honda Sabre V45 (750) that had an electronic sensor for the
speedo. I owned the mc for 15 years and never had a problem with the
|Removing and replacing the speedo for
my GL1500 was much easier than I expected. It took me approx 1
hour. Like any other job, it's a matter of removing the cable
and installing a new one I ordered from my Honda dealer. Figure 2
shows the speedo cable on the left fork of the 1992 GL1500 with the
side disc cover and fender cover removed. The fender cover is held
to the bike by a rubber grommet, and it fits nicely with correctly
positioned cables and hoses. Note: the metal holder for the brake
cable must be reinstalled as it was originally. If you have it
backwards, the fender cover won't fit properly. you'll see.
|Unscrew the housing from the front fork.
Simple enough. The cable holder needs to be unbolted. After that,
you need to unscrew the cable from the control panel. Figure 3 shows
|This is not as difficult as you might
think. Simply remove the cover from your ignition switch, and give
the handlebars a hard left turn....all the way. See figure 4. Once
you've cleared a "pathway" for your arm, you can simply
reach up under the dash, and give that connector a few turns counter
clockwise. Mine wasn't on real tight, so it came off relatively
|After removal of the cable it was time to
inspect it. The wire just pulls out of the casing. Mine was extremely
rusty and looking suspicious of being a noise maker. Turning off
the stereo I was listening to, I could hear that darn squeak that
annoyed me so much as I rotated the wire by hand. The culprit of
my annoying squeak was a rusty speedo cable!!
|Install your new cable by reattaching it
to the forks, and feed it up through the "pathway" you
created earlier. Reattach it under the dash, and reattach the cable
holders. Take the bike for a test run, and make sure the speedo is
working properly. Reinstall the disc and fender covers, and Bob's
|Article written by Darryl
Minsky of Calgary Alberta Canada. I assume no responsibility for
Yer on your own dude!
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