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by themainviking
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Heartbroken...rust
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Heartbroken...rust

The original poster has not returned since posting his first time in this thread. I was wondering if there was any possibility that the bike had been subjected to submersion from the Hurricane that had passed through there just prior to his posting, but since he never came back, I cannot ask.
by themainviking
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Honda and the wobble
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Honda and the wobble

thanks for the info...appreciate it. You are not likely to need your forks rebuilt unless you are a very high mileage rider. Your bike is only a 2015 and should not yet have 50 to 60 thousand miles ridden. If it does, then yes, have a look at rebuilding your forks. Other than that, people may have ...
by themainviking
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: OIL TASTING
Replies: 17
Views: 365

Re: OIL TASTING

My signature of 'Oil Tasting for acids' has been up for over 5 years now, has anyone picked up on this trick? Or am I just wasting my time and space? If I had tasted all the oil I have changed over the years, for myself, and for others, because I will change it for you if you buy it from me, I woul...
by themainviking
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: size of 1500 screw
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: size of 1500 screw

Your problem is that the screw was not a philips head. It was a JIS head. They are like a philips with the sharp point ground off and the shoulders squared. If you can find one, you still "might" be able to get the screw out. You can buy sets or individuals at Amazon.ca. Just search using "JIS Screw...
by themainviking
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Cheap (Asian) GPS
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Cheap (Asian) GPS

Also not having seen one, as I also buy Garmin, or Magellan, but not Magellan so much any more since they started breaking down two days after the end of the warranty. Or at least is seems like it. If the chinese made El Cheapo's have an RCA sound outlet that can plug into the bike, I would consider...
by themainviking
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: semi-synthetic oil
Replies: 12
Views: 247

Re: semi-synthetic oil

All three are fine for your motorcycle as long as they meet the requirements to begin with. A 10W40 that is JASO MA/MA2 certified will work just fine. If it is Dino oil, I would change it out at 3K, a Semi Synth at 5K, and a full Synth at 7K to 10K depending on the severity of your riding conditions...
by themainviking
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2010 Fork Mods
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: 2010 Fork Mods

Cannot ask the friend as he has since passed. I was not there when he did the work either. I do know the springs are no big deal to do. The rear spring will indeed give you an additional inch of rear clearance and will help to get the bike on the center stand. If you do the rear spring, it would be ...
by themainviking
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2010 Fork Mods
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: 2010 Fork Mods

I have progressive springs and a friend of mine did also. He decided to go to the monotubes, and said it gave him a lot of additional support and handling improvement. Costly but apparently worth it. I have not gone to the monotube, and still have the progressive springs, and I am contented. It is a...
by themainviking
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Hot Tires
Replies: 19
Views: 352

Re: Hot Tires

I've always thought the pressure numbers on the tires were maximum, not recommended pressures. No? This is supposedly correct, however, most of us have learned that more air equals a better handling bike and more even wear and longer life for the tires. Goldwings are really heavy suckers, and to er...
by themainviking
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Winter Covers
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Winter Covers

As you live in humid climes, and there may or may not be salt in that humidity, I would go for a snug fitting cover, ride occasionally, and wash the bike a couple of times a month during the winter, on nice days when it will dry properly. Only saying what I would do. We had a poster a couple weeks b...
by themainviking
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: bunkhouse or time out?
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: bunkhouse or time out?

six of one, half dozen of the other. They are both pretty good trailers. Like you said, each has its benefits. Do you want to set up fast, or want more room. Leesurelite sets up probably the quickest of all trailers, and has respectable room. You can probably buy add ons for all three to give you mo...
by themainviking
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: "New" Ride
Replies: 8
Views: 264

Re: "New" Ride

Congrats Chief. Does that mean you are retiring the old wore out 1999? :lol: :lol: :lol:
by themainviking
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Just for Fun
Topic: For your information. Quiz. Who are you politically?
Replies: 6
Views: 1308

Re: For your information. Quiz. Who are you politically?

Exactly where I thought I was.
by themainviking
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: older style wet cell battery
Replies: 29
Views: 517

Re: older style wet cell battery

Today I started a plan of charge/rest cycles. Voltage was at 12.1 volts this morning. I connected the charger and ammeter to the battery and the battery is drawing 156mA. I'm going to leave it for several hours. Then disconnect and let it rest for same. Repeat for about 5-6 cycles. I'll take measur...
by themainviking
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Uncomfortable riding position
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: Uncomfortable riding position

LarryMStearns wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:13 am
Any way to get comfortable on a Goldswing
Depends on your size. If you are a really tall guy, perhaps not. I am 5'8" and had to buy a handlebar relocation set, a custom seat, and highway pegs. Now I am comfortable.
by themainviking
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 2016 GL1800 INTERMITTANT REVERSE
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: 2016 GL1800 INTERMITTANT REVERSE

I have this problem occasionally as well, however, I can quantify it. It always happens when the bike is cold, and the RPMs are still high. I think the bike is refusing to damage itself. At least in my case. What I do is as you do, return the bike to neutral and wait for the RPMs to drop further (ch...
by themainviking
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: do I have a dead battery or ?
Replies: 13
Views: 304

Re: do I have a dead battery or ?

Perhaps you could try replacing your battery with a known good one, even a jumped in car battery, to see if the problem persists. If it does, it ain't your battery - if the problem goes away, it is your battery. (by jumped in, I mean a car battery connected to the bike terminals with jumper cables.)
by themainviking
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: WHAT HAVE I DONE?
Replies: 13
Views: 632

Re: WHAT HAVE I DONE?

Yes, as aj1500 said, what I meant was that the minute all this started, you should have disconnected the negative cable to stop it all before damage occurred. I know it does not help with your static problem, but if weird power occurrences take place, the first thing one should do is remove the powe...
by themainviking
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: WHAT HAVE I DONE?
Replies: 13
Views: 632

Re: WHAT HAVE I DONE?

Very first thing you should have done is to disconnect the negative battery terminal.
by themainviking
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Hello, everyone!
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Hello, everyone!

Cheers. Welcome to the site. Do you have a motorcycle? If so, you might want to add it to your profile.
by themainviking
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Who Never Wears A Helmet
Replies: 28
Views: 990

Re: Who Never Wears A Helmet

Your math is a little off ; but close . I've been riding for 55 years and my motorcycle has always been my primary transportation . Many own motorcycles as a weekend recreational vehicle , but I'm not one of , "those guys" . For years ; my daily back and forth to work was 145 miles . Buy gas for a ...
by themainviking
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How cold will ya'll ride?
Replies: 38
Views: 1067

Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

It depends on the humidity. As bridges and overpasses freeze before roads, and this at temps of 39 F or 4 C, and below, if the humidity is high enough, 70 to 80 percent, that is my limit. I have too many bridges and overpasses relatively close to home in all directions, so getting away from here bec...
by themainviking
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Oil Viscosity
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Oil Viscosity

For all you ever wanted to know (or did not want to know) about viscosity, and why synthetics outperform dinosaur residue oils, go here:

http://www.kewengineering.co.uk/Auto_oi ... lained.htm
by themainviking
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Oil Viscosity
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Oil Viscosity

Okay, that is an oil brand for which I have no experience whatsoever, so take what I wrote in my previous post with a grain of salt. To me, Lucas only made additives, but now they are bottling oil, or synthesizing it. Sorry I cannot help further.
by themainviking
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Oil Viscosity
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Oil Viscosity

It could cause your sprague clutch to not engage when cold, so your starter could be slow to engage. It is a bit thick for your application, and will reduce fuel mileage, but yes, you could use it. Is it recommended? No, not really, but as long as it is a motorcycle specific oil with JASO MA/MA2, it...