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GoldwingDocs.com January 2017 Newsletter
Riding in the Rain
For most of the people reading this, rain is a way of life. Sometimes it just rains outside. Whether or not you ride in rainy weather is up to the individual - a decision based on their own skills and experience, their desire to avoid getting their just-cleaned bike filthy, or even just whether or not they actually want to ride in the rain. Some people are afraid of the reduction in traction and visibility in the rain.
For others, rain is just an inconvenience, and not a showstopper. In that case, adaptations have to be made to ride in the rain: rain gear to keep you warm and dry, and perhaps water-shedding coatings for your windshield.
And therein lays another issue: many of us ride behind tall windshields, and we look through them at the road. When it is raining, our vision can be obscured. Options such as motorcycle windshield wipers have sprung up, and several riders (including one of our own users) have created their own windshield wiper system. In Japan, motorcycle windshield wipers are required by law.
Keep in mind, it's not just droplets of rain, but road grime and other contaminants that need to be cleared from your windshield. So what is the best way to go about it? Read what our users think, and some ideas they have come up with: Keeping your Windscreen Clear During Rain
Park it or Ride it?
A large percentage of our members are in the midst of winter at the moment, and riding motorcycles is a distant memory. Of course, there are strange exceptions - we had a 60F day on the day after Christmas, and I saw people out riding motorcycles, even though the roads were covered in salt.
And therein lays the dilemma: salt.
It's perfectly possible to carefully ride a motorcycle in snow. It takes a great deal of skill and patience, and studded tires sure don't hurt. If you live in an area where it only snows occasionally, this might be an option for you.
However, there is that salt problem. Our bikes have none of the rustproofing protection that automobiles have, and they have tons of nooks and crannies for salt spray to get up inside, places where you can never get to when washing the bike. Worse, our bikes have hundreds and hundreds of electrical connectors. Unlike cars, which have sealed connectors to protect against environmental corrosion, the electrical connectors on our bikes are open to the atmosphere. Salt spray and vapor will get inside these copper connectors and cause massive corrosion. The problems might not show up for a year or two, when they will manifest themselves as strange, intermittent, unreleated and near-impossible-to-track down electrical failures.
So is it wise to ride during winter? Or is there a guideline that makes it safe, both for the rider and for the bike? See what our members and experts have to say on the topic: Park it or Ride it?
Trailering your Motorcycle
Some "snowbirds" prefer to put their motorcycle on a trailer and tow it down to more southern climes, away from the snow and cold. One of our users is looking to trailer his Goldwing from Maine to Florida in the dead of winter. The last time he tried this, he put a cover on his bike to protect it - only to discover once he arrived that the flapping cover had worn large areas of paint off of the bike! This is why you should never use a cover when towing a motorcycle on an open trailer.
The problem is, again, salt. Even worse, the salt spray kicked up by the tires on the tow vehicle completely envelop the bike, giving it a thorough salt bath for hours and hours. This is a sure-fire way to cause massive corrosion, electrical faults, pitted aluminum and worse - basically, a really good way to destroy your expensive motorcycle.
So what other options are there? Read the suggestions offered by our users, who have many years of combined experience towing their bikes on trailers: Trailerable Bike Covers
Locked Your Keys in the Trunk
You're in a hurry. You just set your keys down for a moment, so you could take your gloves off and throw them into the trunk. You're momentarily distracted by the bike pulling up next to you. Ready to go, you close the trunk. The instant you hear the latch click shut, a screaming erupts in your head. You vainly pull the trunk release, hoping against hope that the trunk was unlocked when you closed it - but no joy. You just managed to lock your keys in the trunk. The only other key you have is a hundred and fifty miles back at home. You're now stranded.
Have I done this? You bet! Many of us have.
Fear not, all is not lost. Before you get out the hammer drill, read through our helpful web site.
There's always the ever-popular article How to Open your GL1500 Trunk Without Keys - one of our most popular How-To articles, with over 10,000 views.
Fear not, GL1800 owners, we have solutions for you as well! A user recently locked his keyfob inside his trunk, and realized he had no way of getting it out. He describes how he got the trunk open, and others chime in with their ideas as well: Read on: GL1800 Locked Keys in Trunk
Restoring a Submerged GL1500
Back in August, one of our most helpful and expert users, virgilmobile, suffered a tremendous disaster: Living in Denham Springs Louisiana, massive floods caused by poor engineering flooded his entire property. He lost everything - house, vehicles, everything. He's unable to accept any FEMA funding to help rebuild, so he and his wife are rebuilding on their own, a day at a time, with one of the most admirable positive attitudes I have ever seen.
Virgilmobile is now attacking the rebuilding of his GL1500, which spent days completely submerged in floodwaters. This is a GL1500 that he spent a great amount of time and effort restoring once already, so it is a bittersweet task to have to do it all over again.
The first question he has to face is: is restoring a motorcycle that was completely submerged in floodwaters even possible? Well he's sure going to try.
Read his ongoing saga, the steps he is taking to try to bring this bike back to the living: Restoring a Submersed GL1500...is this Possible?
1979 GL1000 Garage Find
There are hundreds if not thousands of these bikes. Long-forgotten, abandoned Goldwings, sitting covered in a layer of dust in the back of a garage. The owner lost interest, had to stop riding, or perhaps passed away. Perhaps the owner bought it with the intention of learning to ride it, but just never got around to it.
Once in a while one of our users will come across one of thse relatively low-mileage "garage queens" which appear to be in excellent condition despite their advanced age. This is the exactly what happend to user edheedles, who came across this 1979 GL1000 that had been sitting, unused, in a garage for over ten years.
She has cleaned up quite nicely, but the exterior is only half the battle. These bikes are now approaching 40 years old, and many of the original components are deteriorating and need replacing. Hoses, seals, tires, and in particular, timing belts all are in desperate need of replacement.
Looking for help with his new-to-him GL1000, he came to our site to ask for opinions as to what else he should be looking for. Of course, our users were more than happy to help.
Read more about edhhedles' 1979 GL1000, and what he's doing to keep it running and on the road! 1979 Goldwing Garage Find
The End of Ethanol-Free Gasoline in the US
The federal mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency declaring the amount of ethanol to be mixed into the US fuel supply for 2017 has been released, and it's not good. The EPA states in its report that its corn/agriculture lobby-influenced goal is to completely eliminate all non-ethanol gasoline in the US.
This is bad news for owners of motorcycles not intended to run on ethanol fuel - which is most of them. Our older Goldwings are especially susceptible: ethanol turns the non-ethanol-compatible fuel hoses and seals to a sticky black mush, clogging our carburetors and creating a safety hazard.
Airplane owners who have an STC (supplemental type certificate) allowing them to run their aircraft on automotive fuel are bound by FAA regulations to use only zero-ethanol fuel. This is a safety-of-flight issue, as ethanol in aviation fuel can cause engine stoppage at altitude. They are faced with the prospect of not having any fuel available for their aircraft.
Read more about this issue, and what we might do about it: The End of Ethanol-Free Fuel in the US
Electric Goldwing Conversion
This topic arises from time to time - someone thinks about reworking their Goldwing to run off batteries instead of gasoline.
It's an interesting idea, and as technology marches forward, it becomes more and more feasible all the time: Battery density increases, charging capabilities and locations increase, traction motor technology is constantly improving. So is it realistic to think about converting our Goldwings (which admittedly, already sound almost electric) to run off batteries?
User NoWings is going to find out. He has purchased a 1977 GL1000 with the intention of making it an electric commuter. Hear what others have to say about his project: Goldwing Electric Motor Conversion
Hundreds of Goldwing Parts for Sale
The huge number of used (mostly GL1500 and GL1800) parts that I bought a couple of years ago continue to be added to the site for sale. I split my time between photographing and adding new products, and filling the orders that people place.
There are still literally hundreds (probably thousands - I haven't even opened all of the boxes yet) of more parts that have yet to be added to the site, and I'm working my way through them as I can.
So if you are looking for some parts for your Goldwing, check back regularly to see what's been added. You can see the store here: GoldwingDocs New and Used Goldwing Parts
Omron G8MS-H30 Relays for GL1500's
Goldwings, particularly GL1500's and GL1800's, are filled to the brim with relays. These electromagnetically-actuated switches are used to switch all kinds of circuits, from headlights to radios to even the starter. However, they are a mechanical device, and after some time they will fail.
If one of the many relays in your GL1500 has failed, or if you'd like to have a few on hand to carry around just in case one does (to avoid being left stranded!) - and you'd like to take advantage of my quantity purchase, now is the time to buy them for less than half the retail price. Check out our GL1500 relay store page: Goldwing GL1500 Omron G8MS-H30 Relay
That's it for the January edition! Happy New Year, and keep riding!
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GL1100 Mystery Hose
User diverobin found this hose and odd plastic container on his GL1100. He thinks it might be connected to the air box, but is unsure as to its purpose, and if it's supposed to be there - and if he needs to do anything with it.
Of course, our users jumped at the chance to help him out. Do you have one of these on your bike and wonder what it's for? Wonder no longer:
Stripped Screw Head
User Halcombrick was trying to adjust the headlights on his 1982 GL1100 Interstate, and managed to strip the adjustment screw. He was hoping for some ideas on how to get the screw out, without doing further damage.
There are more methods of extracting stripped screws than I care to list here, but some of the better ideas were given in response to halcombrick's dilemma. Read how we helped him fix his problem:
Goldwing GPS Input Device
The Goldwing GPS Audio Input Device continues to be far and away the most popular product we have ever offered, and the tons of positive feedback we continue to receive really makes us happy that we're making something that people really like - and use.
What is the GPS Audio Input Device? It's an American-made plug-and-play device that lets you hear the audio output of your GPS, cell phone or radar detector over your GL1500 or GL1800 (including F6B) intercom - so that you can hear the spoken instructions from your GPS or cell phone in your headset. It's a simple plug-and-play device that can be installed in minutes, and does not permanently modify any bike wiring. It's been receiving rave reviews - check it out today!
Do you already have one of our GPS Input Devices? We've had quite a few people who want to buy a GPS with audio output that they know will work with the GPS Input Device. Take a couple minutes to help out your fellow Goldwingers by posting your GPS make and model on this forum thread. GPS manufacturers don't commonly specify audio output jacks as features, so it can be hard to decide which model of GPS to buy, unless you know beforehand what you're looking for.
Goldwing GL1500 Omron G8MS-H30 Relay
The Goldwing GL1500 Omron G8MS-H30 Relay is a relay used for quite a few different functions in the GL1500.
The GL1500 is filled with relays - there is a box full of them, next to the fuse box! These relays are mechanical devices, and have a limited life. When they do fail, critical systems can be affected, leaving you stranded! It's always a good idea to carry one or two spare relays with you.
Honda sells replacement relays, Honda part number 38380-MN5-003, for over $25 each! These are the exact same relays, brand new, from the original manufacturer. Thanks to a quantity buy from the original manufacturer, we are able to offer them at a much reduced price. Stock up now and make sure you never end up stranded because of a failed relay!
If you have a GL1000, GL1100 or GL1200 Standard Goldwing with mechanical (not electronic LCD) temperature and fuel gauges, you've had this problem. Or...you will. It's only a matter of time. You'll start noticing thkat your temperature and fuel gauges are reading off the scale - the temperature is in the red, and the fuel shows full. The only thing is, the bike isn't overheating, and you know you've only got a quarter tank left. Or...even worse: your bike is operating normally, and suddenly your temperature and fuel gauges just turn off, and look like the picture to the right. How much fuel have you got left? You'll have to guess!
What's causing it? A faulty, worn-out 7 volt voltage regulator. Behind the fuel and temperature gauges is a special voltage regulator that turns your motorcycle's normal 12 volts into the 7 volts on which these two gauges run. When it starts to fail, it typically starts doing so intermittently. Left in a failed state, it can cause damage - allowing a full 12 volts into your temperature and fuel gauges, destroying the delicate coils inside! That gets expensive, requiring the replacement of the entire center gauge cluster!
What's the solution? For almost five years, we've been manufacturing a modern, solid-state 7 volt regulator to fix this problem once and for all. Hundreds and hundreds of Goldwing owners all over the world now have operating fuel and temperature gauges thanks to our 7 volt regulator. If you've got this problem - or you know someone who does - check out our 7 Volt Regulator and get it fixed!
Newest Product Reviews
The Dr. Long Spark Plug Socket gets a positive review.
An overwhelmingly positive review for Pro Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish.
A good review for some CD Changer to MP3 Converters for GL1800's.
A Generic 1156 LED gets a dismal review.
A mixed review for the Corbin GL1500 Master Saddle - but with rebuttal!
The Go Pro Hero Camera gets a great review, with some included video
The National Cycle Plexifairing for the GL1000 gets two thumbs up
A fantastic alternative to expensive bluetooth headsets: The Cheap UClear HBC Budget Bluetooth Headset
Show Chrome GL1500 Heated Grips disappoint, even after repeated attempts
A simple and cheap tool to avoid expensive and time-consuming fork seal failures: The Seal Mate Fork Seal Cleaning Tool
Much love for Emilio Scotto's book "The Longest Ride", about riding a GL1100 around the world for ten years
Some cheap but not-so-great 90 degree valve stems - and an inexpensive high quality alternative!
The SKNZ Half Bike Cover gets a very positive review, especiall in comparison to other half covers
A great review for inexpensive but high-quality LED driving lights from SuperbrightLEDs
Nothing but positive reviews for Cyclemax
WingNutJC is very disappointed in his GL1100's new Progressive 416 shocks
Show Chrome LED Driving Lights get a positive review.
Pictures? We Love Pictures!
Do you have pictures of your bike you want to share? Of course you do! And we want to see them!
We have one of the largest collection of Goldwing-themed images on the Internet, with over 10,700 images, and it grows every day. Visit the Member Picture Gallery, view some of the great pictures, and add yours to the collection!
The newest pictures uploaded each day are compiled into a single page, and if you like, you can have these pictures sent to your inbox waiting to greet you every morning. Check it out: Image Update Email
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How To Articles
Want to do some of your own maintenance but scared to take your bike apart? You're going to like this: We have tons of world-reknowned How-To Articles articles - the largest collection of Goldwing How-To Articles on the Internet! Even if you think you might not be capable of working on your bike yourself, our illustrated, step-by-step instructions make it easy - even for the beginner. Check them out today! We've added lots of new ones, and more are being added all the time.
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The GoldwingDocs Member Picture Area has over 10,700 pictures, all uploaded by GoldwingDocs members. There's nothing that Goldwing owners love more than to show off their bikes - so take a few minutes and upload a few pictures of your pride and joy, to share with the world! You can search through all of the existing pictures, or just browse to your heart's content!
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