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GoldwingDocs.com February 2017 Newsletter
The Goldwing as a Performance Bike
People look at our big, heavy Goldwings and aren't exactly thinking "fast, nimble, maneuverable." Yet when the Goldwing first came out in 1975, it was sold as just that - a high-powered, high-performance touring machine. Compared to the bikes of the day, it certainly was.
My first ride on a Goldwing was on a GL1100, and my initial impression (coming from a 400 lb 750cc superbike) was "huge and trucklike." However, as I got more and more used to its handling, I realized that it was eminently throwable - you could toss it around curves and accelerate with an urgency belying its size.
The GL1500 is different. No question it is a huge bike, both in size and weight. It definitely does not feel as nimble as the four-cylinder Wings. However, with the majority of its weight down low, it can be thrown around surprisingly easily. And with the massive torque available almost from idle, it accelerates like a scalded cat.
The GL1800 is again different. An increase in power with a slight decrease in weight, but the real change was the frame and suspension. This turned the lumbering touring bike into a motorcycle that, with a skilled rider, was capable of shaming some sport bikes of the day.
User Rednaxs60, with a GL1200 and a GL1800, wants to know peoples' opinions on the best Goldwing in terms of performance. Check out what people had to say, along with the track day video from which the picture above was taken: The Goldwing as a Performance Oriented Bike
Another GL1800 Airbag Recall
A victim of the defective Takata airbag inflator recall that is affecting millions of vehicles around the world, Honda has expanded the recall to cover almost all airbag-equipped GL1800's.
This recall is due to airbag inflators that can explode unexpectedly, sending shrapnel into the rider's body. This is no joke: as of the end of 2016, 11 people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured by these defective inflators.
We covered the original GL1800 airbag recall from May of 2016 here: GL1800 Airbag Recall
Read the expanded recall details and see if your bike is included: Another GL1800 Airbag Recall
More Honda Patent Filings
Honda is one tight-lipped company. In an age of Internet spies and corporate leaks, information regarding Honda's newest models never seems to leak out. In lieu of actual information, we are left with artist's impressions of what might be, such as the six-liter, ten-cylinder GL6000 in the picture at right. Hey, who knows, it could happen!
Our best source of information as to what Honda may be planning for the next Goldwing is patent filings, which are public information. As far back as the summer of 2015, we saw patent filings picturing a very Goldwing-looking bike featuring unique leading-link suspension.
Last September, more similar patent filings came to light, leading some artists to create renditions of what the new Goldwing would look like with this leading-link suspension.
It would appear that Honda has decided on the front suspension for the new Goldwing, as there are now more new patent filings, which are primarily covering the fastening of a fender to the new "fork system" as well as the ducting of air around it to the two radiators.
Also included is a patent filing for the cockpit and instrumentation of what we assume will be the new Goldwing, with a (not all unexpected) surprise. Read on: More GL1800 Patent Filings
Helping Those In Need
One of the greatest things I see happen on GoldwingDocs is when a rider, on a long-distance trip, writes in with what seems like an insurmountable, potentially trip-ending problem, and users jump in to help get the rider back on the road.
User diverobin posted about his 1981 GL1100, stranded in Mexico with a failed fuel pump. He's on his way down to Guatemala and Belize, but was worried that his trip might be at an end.
With the help of users on the site, he got his bike up and running the same day, and is continuing on his trip: Fuel Pump Failure!
User hotrodpearl posted about his 1988 GL1500, which would no longer start. This is my favorite kind of challenge: An electrical problem that seems at first to make no sense. In this case, the bike would start if the starter button was held down while the keyswitch was turned on, but if you pressed the starter button after the keyswitch was already turned on, you got nothing but a click. We managed to get him up and running: Starter, Reverse, Strange Problem
User 2000 wing posted about his (of course) 2000 GL1500, where he had his heat gauge and voltmeter start indicating higher than normal after the bike is warmed up - but only when the kick stand was up. These mystery unrelated electrical problems are almost always related to a bad ground, and this one is no exception: Short in System
"New" 1986 GL1200 Aspencade
User Goofaroo just joined GoldwingDocs, literally a few hours after he bought his first Goldwing, a 1986 GL1200 Aspencade. It had some brake issues that he wanted some information about. Of course, he got that, and much more. Lacking an owner's manual, he also had questions about the basic operation and functions of the bike.
Our users helped him out with the brakes, a mirror issue, suspension, and more. He pulled the radio apart to fix the controls and buttons, and continues to work on the air suspension. The suspension was not pumping up, the compressor wasn't working, and there were cracked air lines.
Along the way, he posted lots of pictures, which of course everyone loves!
If you'd like to participate in the rediscovery of this wonderful old bike, or just read along and see the trials and tribulations that he is going through, check out: Questions About my 86 Aspencade I Bought a Few Hours Ago
GL1100 "Poorboy" Alternator Installation
A well-known weakness of four-cylinder Goldwings is their stator - the unit that produces electricity to charge the battery and run the electrics on the bike. With owners' common propensity for adding electrical farkles, these already-taxed systems are a frequent failure item.
While the GL1000 and GL1100 had problematic stators, it was the GL1200 that really started showing the limits of the system. Frequent, common stator failures left riders stranded.
An aftermarket alternative utilizing a common external automative alternator was the solution. A kit known as the "poorboy" kit was created, allowing owners to replace their 360-watt stators with a powerful 750 watt alternator that can charge their batteries even when the engine is idling. This is a conversion that the home mechanic can do to their GL1200.
User Wilcoy02 has done this same conversion to his GL1100, and has posted very detailed instructions and pictures of the process. You can read more about his conversion: Wes's GL1100 Alternator or Poor Boy Conversion
We Miss Riding
Having traded riding my six-cylinder GL1500 for operating a one-cylinder snowblower, I can truthfully express the sentiment many Goldwing riders are experiencing at the moment: We miss riding!
No worries, user Chickenlegs has just posted a fabulous video to help tide you over until Spring. He spent five days riding through Yellowstone, Bear Tooth Pass and the Grand Tetons - just an epic ride. He has compressed this ride down to a five minute video, with some of the most amazing visuals, you almost feel like you're there. It has mountains, woods, plains...and a buffalo!
Drift away for five minutes - and be sure to play it at full screen! 2016 Yellowstone Vacation Ride
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) 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
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GL1500 In-Dash Voltmeter
User AndyFromWI wanted a voltmeter added to his GL1500, to monitor the health of his electrical system. Without a voltmeter, the first indication that your alternator has failed may be when your engine quits.
He found a small voltmeter on Amazon for around $12, and with a little bit of work, fit it into his dash. The result looks almost factory!
He has documented the process for anyone else who might like to add this valuable item to their GL1500: GL1500 Voltmeter In-Dash Installation
GL1100 Coolant Leak Mystery
User Nybz got his first Goldwing this past fall. To his consternation, his 1982 GL1100 would start leaking coolant all over the ground whenever it warmed up, and then when it cooled off, the radiator was low. The coolant reservoir was not overflowing, and the radiator cap was recently changed.
The solution to the problem was a simple one - but it wasn't until he took a close look at the reservoir that the solution became apparent. Can you guess what what the problem was? Coolant Overflow Issues
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
Lots of options for Warm Winter Gloves are given.
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
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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If you haven't visited our Goldwing Message Forum lately, you owe it to yourself to check it out. With tens of thousands of messages posted by thousands of helpful and friendly people, you can just about guarantee that you will find the information you're looking for, or find an interesting topic to chat about. Stop by and just say hello, we'd love to hear from you!
GoldwingDocs Vendor Database
The GoldwingDocs Vendor Database is a great place to search for sellers of Goldwings, parts and accessories. Not only do we have a huge, user-maintained database of vendors, but each of those vendors is rated in several categories, with written reviews from other Goldwing owners. Both traditional bricks-and-mortar vendors and Internet vendors are represented. If you want to check up on the reputation of an online vendor, or simply look for a Goldwing-friendly shop nearby, the GoldwingDocs Vendor Database has got what you need!
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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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