A Honda GL1500 Goldwing is designed to traverse long roads in comfort, allowing its riders to store necessities within its spacious saddlebags. While these saddlebags are extremely useful on road trips, they tend to get in the way when it comes to maintaining the motorcycle. If fact, the saddlebags obstruct the rear wheel, drive shaft and suspension. In order to attend to any of these components, the saddlebags must be removed first. Although the procedure may add more work to your maintenance chores, it is straightforward and can be done in just a few minutes.
1. Insert the ignition key into the lock on the rear of the motorcycle’s trunk box. Depress all three release levers on the bottom of the trunk box to release the saddlebags and the trunk’s lid.
2. Open the trunk lid completely. Unplug the motorcycle’s tail and brake lights from the wiring connector on the bottom of the trunk box. Locate the cables that open the saddlebags on the trunk release mechanism. Pull the cables off the mechanism’s hooks.
3. Use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the four bolts on the bottom of the trunk box. Pull the lower trim cover away from the trunk box. Remove the square bolt covers from the saddlebags’ lower covers. Unscrew the cover’s bolts with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the lower covers off the saddlebags.
4. Open the left saddlebag completely. Remove the bolts that attach the saddlebag to the frame, using a 5-mm Allen wrench. Pull the left saddlebag off the frame and set it aside. Open the right saddlebag completely. Remove the bolts that attach the saddlebag to the frame, using a 5-mm Allen wrench. Pull the right saddlebag off the frame. Reach behind the saddlebag and pull the air hose off the valve attached to the rear of the saddlebag. Set the saddlebag aside.