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by dtrider
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: 1800 Speedometer Accuracy
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: 1800 Speedometer Accuracy

My '12 typically shows about 5MPH fast at 60 on the GPS. That's with the standard 180/60R16 rear tire. For a while I was running with the larger 180/70R16 and I noticed that the speedometer was closer to agreement with the GPS. At the time I didn't think to check the accuracy of the odometer. /dwight
by dtrider
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: LED Headlight replacement: all 4 now or just low beams?
Replies: 11
Views: 282

Re: LED Headlight replacement: all 4 now or just low beams?

So the replacements showed up in the mail today and I got them installed tonight. Wasn't too bad, even for somebody as ham-fisted as me. It was a bit of a PITA trying to make the connection to the inline drivers, but with a little persistence I finally got it done. I found it was actually a bit easi...
by dtrider
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: LED Headlight replacement: all 4 now or just low beams?
Replies: 11
Views: 282

Re: LED Headlight replacement: all 4 now or just low beams?

Thanks all. I've ordered one set and I'll get them swapped out when they arrive. Had a family emergency so I haven't had much time to look into the process yet, but it sounds like it shouldn't take too much. If nothing else it will be a good way to spend an evening out in the shop. Thanks again. /dw...
by dtrider
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: LED Headlight replacement: all 4 now or just low beams?
Replies: 11
Views: 282

LED Headlight replacement: all 4 now or just low beams?

I responded with this on a headlight thread earlier, then realized that that thread was in the review forum. I thought it might be better to start a new thread here. On my way in to work this morning I noticed that one of my headlights was out, so I guess it's time to upgrade to LED. Looking at Amaz...
by dtrider
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights
Replies: 108
Views: 19852

Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

On my way in to work this morning I noticed that one of my headlights was out, so I guess it's time to upgrade to LED. Looking at Amazon I see the Pathfinder for $110 (same price on Wingstuff). I also see others that are advertised to fit my 2012 GL1800 in the $35 range, but I'm thinking that these ...
by dtrider
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: 2018 Cleveland Motorcycle Show Report - Pictures! Video!
Replies: 44
Views: 3805

Re: 2018 Cleveland Motorcycle Show Report - Pictures! Video!

Thanks for the review WA. This pretty much confirms my thoughts that the '18 GW is not in my future. It's not just the storage space. The real deal breaker for me is the passenger comfort. When you mentioned that you found the rear seat uncomfortable and that several other people at the show mention...
by dtrider
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: GL1800 Information & Questions
Topic: Rear trunk side pocket broken
Replies: 11
Views: 625

Re: Rear trunk side pocket broken

I had the left side break on my 2012 a while back and I'll be looking at repairing it today. This has got to be one of the crappiest designed things on the bike. I lost the door on the right side shortly after I got the bike, but I was able to get the dealer to replace it and the pocket (since that ...
by dtrider
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Motorcycle stuff for Christmas
Replies: 14
Views: 845

Re: Motorcycle stuff for Christmas

My family and I came to an understanding years ago that they were not allowed to get me anything related to my hobbies (such as motorcycling). Unless they are also intimately involved in said hobby, then more than likely they would not really know if a given item was useful or not, and if it was the...
by dtrider
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Photo Tag ---Anyone want to play?
Replies: 441
Views: 31198

Re: Photo Tag ---Anyone want to play?

I'm going to leave the tag alone for now. At the moment I think the problem is as Mag mentioned - it's too blasted cold and slippery to get the bike out to go find ANYTHING, let alone an LEO. At the moment I wouldn't feel comfortable taking my bike anywhere beyond my own driveway. And Stew - I actua...
by dtrider
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review
Replies: 25
Views: 4550

Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

So I got a set of these guards through Amazon and got them installed yesterday. Now I just need to wait for the roads to clear up bit more so that I can go for a ride and try them out. One thing to note though - while they will work with the Kuryakyn ISO grips, they won't work with the Throttle Boss...
by dtrider
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review
Replies: 25
Views: 4550

Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

On the installation video earlier in this post it shows you drilling a hole in the throttle boss. And maybe change spacers. I failed to mention I have a 1800. It does not contact the mirrors at all. Thanks. Guess I should have watched that video first. Or even just paid attention in the test-ride v...
by dtrider
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review
Replies: 25
Views: 4550

Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

I really like the thought of these and I'd like to get a pair (maybe after the first of the year). However I have the Kuryakyn ISO grips with a Throttle Boss. That means a thicker than normal grip plus that tab at the end of the throttle. Will that mean any type of conflict with these handguards? /d...
by dtrider
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Move over proprietary computer systems, Linux now owns the show
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: Move over proprietary computer systems, Linux now owns the show

At one point in my career I was doing some work on the AIX kernel. I've moved on from that and I've been using Linux now for a number of years. Don't really want to say how many years, but I will say that my first install was Slackware 1.1. Nowadays I do low-level bit-twiddling on low-end HP Laser p...
by dtrider
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Which tire?
Replies: 17
Views: 711

Re: Which tire?

I have a set of Dunlop E4s on my 1800. I currently have a tad under 13,000 miles on them. I would guess that I'll get another 5,000 out of them, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that great at that type of estimating. They replaced a set of E3s that I had 14,000 miles on when I saw steel i...
by dtrider
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How cold will ya'll ride?
Replies: 60
Views: 2508

Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Two quotes come to mind: "Every day is a good day for a ride. Some days are just better than others." and "There's no such thing as bad weather. Just inappropriate clothing." Like some of the others, I'll ride year-round as long as the roads are clear. I may get real cozy with the fireplace when I g...
by dtrider
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS
Replies: 58
Views: 4672

Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

WingAdmin wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:55 am
I made the same point here, including saddlebags: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=40481&start=25#p244356

Either that or a Honda option.
Yeah, I saw that after I did my post. Nice to know that I have the same thought processes as the WA. :lol:
/dwight
by dtrider
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS
Replies: 58
Views: 4672

Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

For the most part I like the looks and the improvements that I've read about. The reduced fuel capacity doesn't concern me too much if the fuel economy really is 22% better. That will more than make up for the reduced capacity. Even a 10% improvement in fuel economy would make up for it. Besides, I'...
by dtrider
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: DO NOT PURCHASE METZLER TIRES !
Replies: 46
Views: 2964

Re: DO NOT PURCHASE METZLER TIRES !

FWIW: I had some Metzlers on my previous bike (2006 Yamaha Royalstar). Didn't really like the way they handled, and if I remember correctly they only lasted about half a season (around 5000 miles). I have some Dunlop E4s on my bike now. Put them on the middle of last year. They currently have 12,000...
by dtrider
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Photo Tag ---Anyone want to play?
Replies: 441
Views: 31198

Re: Photo Tag ---Anyone want to play?

Nope. I guess nobody wants to be seen with their local police. How about a car then. If you can't get a photo with a police officer, get a shot of your bike next to a police car instead. That should be fairly simple. But then I thought getting a shot with an officer would be simple.
/dwight
by dtrider
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Photo Tag ---Anyone want to play?
Replies: 441
Views: 31198

Re: Photo Tag ---Anyone want to play?

Guys - I didn't say you had to get one on the road. You can always just go to the police station and ask one of them to come out for the photo. I'll loosen it up a bit though. As brettchallenger mentions, not all areas have motorcycle cops, so instead of restricting the challenge to that let's just ...
by dtrider
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Feel so dumb
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

Re: Feel so dumb

Don't feel bad. Knocking that door off is a common occurrence. The thing that is really bad is that the part that usually breaks isn't on the door but on the compartment itself, which means that you'll have to replace the whole assembly. Poor design in my opinion. I may have to see if I can figure o...
by dtrider
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Is your shield high or low?
Replies: 22
Views: 1371

Re: Is your shield high or low?

I have a Windbender on my 1800, and it's great. With it's split shield it breaks up the pressure behind the windshield and throws the air coming over the top even higher. On the freeway I'll typically have it set to just below eye level so that I'm looking over it, and it throws the wind over me and...
by dtrider
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The Invisible Motorcycle
Replies: 144
Views: 7007

Re: The Invisible Motorcycle

Riding around town is when you need a headlight modulator the MOST! That's when people are most likely to pull out in front of you, at intersections, and so on. It's far less useful out on the open road, where there isn't much traffic. I hear what you are saying and I don't really disagree, but I d...
by dtrider
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The Invisible Motorcycle
Replies: 144
Views: 7007

Re: The Invisible Motorcycle

On the visibility standpoint, I wear a yellow HiVis jacket. My bike is black/silver. In general I haven't really had any issues with not being seen. I suspect though that between the jacket and the coloring on the bike, people think I'm a motorcycle cop so they tend to be more aware of me. I do have...
by dtrider
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: 2017 Total Eclipse, who's traveling?
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: 2017 Total Eclipse, who's traveling?

We traveled - away from it. We live just on the edge of the totality band and everyone was predicting a traffic nightmare, so we took this as a good opportunity to go where everyone else wasn't. We left Boise Friday morning and headed West on Hwy 26 to John Day, OR (saw lots of fields set up to rent...