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    • Engine

    • Liquid-cooled 1520cc six-cylinder engine is tuned for excellent roll-on power and sophisticated cruising comfort
    • Gold Wing-derived engine adds six carburetors, revised camshaft timing and a freeflow exhaust system to boost engine output considerably
    • Carefully designed chrome engine accents, including manifolds, timing belt cover and reshaped head covers, add to custom styling appeal
    • Five-speed transmission with close gearratios for exciting roll-on performance
    • Quiet and virtually maintenance-free shaft drive
    • Simple-to-service screw-and-locknut valve-clearance adjusters
    • Tuned six-into-six exhaust system has three individual outlet pipes enclosed in a single muffler-like casing on each side
    • The six separate pipes give a unique and exciting sound, along with excellent performance
    • Maintenance-free hydraulic clutch, electronic ignition, belt-driven camshafts and shaft drive reduce servicing time and cost
    • Powerful, 546-watt alternator offers plenty of power for electrical accessories.
    • Chassis/Suspension

    • Strong, rugged tuned chassis features solidly mounted engine for confidence inspiring handling
    • Massive, 45mm inverted front fork gives 5.1 inches of plush, well-controlled travel
    • Large-section aluminum alloy top and bottom triple-clamps add to fork rigidity
    • Dual rear shocks with five-position preload adjustability give 4.7 inches of wheel travel
    • Large-section radial tires provide superb grip and an excellent ride
    • Polished aluminum hollow-cast wheels complement the sweeping styling
    • Dual-front and single-rear disc brakes are equipped with twin-piston calipers
    • Long-range 5.3-gallon fuel tank. Large, comfortable two-piece custom seat features a detachable passenger section and rear backrest
    • Relaxed and comfortable riding position comes from a wide, low, large-diameter handlebar and low, 28.9-inch seat height 

      Specifications

      Model GL1500C
      Engine Type 1520cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder
      Bore and Stroke 71 mm x 64mm
      Compression Ratio 9.8:1
      Valve Train SOHC; two-valves per cylinder
      Carburetion Six 28mm diaphragm-type CV
      Ignition Solid-state digital
      Transmission Five-speed
      Final Drive Shaft
      Suspension:
      Front: 45mm inverted telescopic fork; 5.1 inches travel
      Rear: Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
      Brakes
      Front: Dual disc with twin-piston calipers
      Rear: Single disc
      Tires
      Front: 150/80R-17
      Rear: 180/70R-16
      Wheelbase 66.5 inches
      Seat Height 28.9 inches
      Dry Weight 682 pounds
      Fuel Capacity 5.3 gallons, including 1.1-gallon reserve