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Old 07-03-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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Woo hoo, finally get to post here!

My father got a new toy for us to play with, here she is straight from a blind bid at an estate auction...





The chair has a California Sidecars sticker on it but I don't know much about it.

Have not even washed it yet. Guy who purchased it brand new passed away and it's apparently been in probate or something for about 2 years, so that's not too long for it to sit, but I'm sure it wasn't winterized or anything. The gas looked horrible, we drained it and charged the battery, it cranked great but wouldn't start. The fuel pump runs for a couple seconds but doesn't stay on, don't know if that's normal with the GL1500, but we will figure it out.

This is the first outfit for either of us, so it's going to be a learning curve.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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Nice, congrats!
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:18 AM   #3
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Nice rig.
Check out the free books here for riding instruction, and see if you can locate a S/TEP class. Take your time and enjoy.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:55 AM   #4
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Thanks, I've read the little yellow spiral bound sidecar book cove to cover and those PDFs have some more in depth information, right now still trying to get the thing to start.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:21 AM   #5
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Fuel pump is probably o.k. but the carbs will most likely be gummed up after sitting that long.
Great looking rig!
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:51 AM   #6
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Dad got all the covers off yesterday, no spark. Going to start with all the interlocks. It came with a service manual so we will get there.


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Old 07-08-2014, 07:51 PM   #7
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Do the timing belts too. Not to hard to do, just time consuming. Some great write ups on it on the web. Use gates belts. Just as good but cheaper.

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Old 07-09-2014, 05:40 AM   #8
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Also, change the air filters (yes there is more than one, look up the "cruise sub air" filter on google, pretty sure thats what it is called)

New plugs once you resolve you spark issue

fluid flush (brakes, coolant, oil change) since its been sitting

check the adjustable air shock for leaks

remove the 1980's style front wheel plastic cover for a better look

That will make an awesome rig. I really miss my GL1500 rig, and hope to have on again someday
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:23 PM   #9
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I think I have the same Chair...

1st post... (yep, that much of a nOOb)...

I just got a 1300 Venture Royale w/ what appears to be the same Chair.

if that is a Friendship 1, you should know there are 3 versions. two with a ... torsion spring (I think) suspension, and one with a Shock. if you Google around, you should be able to find the difference. best news is if you have the shock, if not, bring it to a shop that knows hacks, and have 'em check it out.

are the 3 tail lights connected? if so, can you diagram how they are hooked up? mine got re-wired by a mouse during it's time in storage with the prior owner...

Good Luck!

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