Electrics are generally trouble free but get yourself a Honda shop manual because the amount of relays and wiring is huge.


Woe to he who decides to replace any relays with cheapo car items, so don't say you haven't been warned! Honda recalled lots of 1500's around 1995 to replace a faulty tilt sensor, which shuts down all the engine electrics if you drop the bike.


If you can only restart the beast by turning the ignition off and on again, the tilt sensor needs replacing. Bypassing the sensor with a piece of wire is not a good idea, far safer to get a new unit.


It's not a nice feeling riding along and perhaps going over a small ripple and all of a sudden the whole bike goes dead!



None of the alternator problems of previous Wings although the bearings can wear out which gives a peculiar wobbling sound when you rev the engine to around 2500rpm.


If left unattended the back plate on the alternator will wear and have to be scrapped. It pays to replace the bearing early, before it starts spinning in the cover.


It's a doodle to remove the alternator so no excuses for letting it fall apart. Starter motors are extremely reliable compared to those fitted to all the earlier Goldwings.


The 1500 starter has a lot of work to do as it operates the reverse gear as well and Honda really engineered this one well, so no criticisms here.


Some electric fuel pumps have been known to give up the ghost at low mileages although these are in the minority and not confined to any particular model year.


The LCD clock display on 1996-97 models can be inclined to go wrong and were replaced under warranty at the time, this of course is no use to those whose clock only ran amok a couple of years later.


The jury is still out on the actual cause of the clock problem, I know of two people who had the display replaced under warranty but the new ones immediately went haywire too!


Theories about the cause of the problem are still doing the rounds on the newsgroups and message boards but nothing concrete yet.