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Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby liquineer » Mon May 14, 2012 5:42 am



Hi ,
Just got my first wing a few weeks ago, but almost at the same time went away for a few weeks, so not even ridden it yet.Just back home today at 3am so catching up now.
It is a 1988 GL 1500 Phantom gray,originally registered in California, and first registered in the UK in 1998.
I have looked over some of the articles, and downloaded a few already, so looking forward to getting to know my wing- it is raining hard here at the moment and cool also- which contarts with hot and sunny weather where I have just been, so will keep it under cover until the rain stops!

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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 14, 2012 7:29 am

Welcome to the site.
Unless it's different over there,your bike can be ridden in the rain and I'll bet your water proof too. :D

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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby thrasherg » Mon May 14, 2012 9:55 am

Welcome to the club, I lived in and around Milton Keynes for 25 years, before moving to France and the USA. Wings are great bikes and do a good job of keeping the rider dry in the rain.. Hope you enjoy the bike, you should have lots of great places to visit in Suffolk on it..

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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby liquineer » Mon May 14, 2012 2:08 pm

I'm sure the bike is waterproof, but want to make sure I have dry road for my first outing on it- in case I make an error and drop it due to wet, when I am getting used to the bike and how it handles. I have already tipped it over on my drive trying to manouver it- luckily it fell against some wheelie bins and was relatively easy to pick up again.
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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby trike lady » Mon May 14, 2012 8:00 pm

Welcome to the forum.
Congrats on the new 2 U Wing, looks very nice.
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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby GreenDragon » Tue May 15, 2012 6:37 pm

Welcome to the group. Enjoy it once it stops raining. I understand your wanting to take it out the first time when it is dry. What did you ride before?
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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby liquineer » Wed May 16, 2012 2:54 am

I last rode an old BSA classic from the 1960's- it was big, noisy, oily and heavy -swapped it for big, quiet, heavy, clean and comfortable!

My worry is manourvering at low speed around the obstacle of a large caravan on the driveway- only about 60 inches clearance at an awkward angle- once I have that figured, I will be happy in any weather.
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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby Mike 545 » Wed May 16, 2012 7:16 am

Liquineer, the Wing is a lot more maneuverable than you think. Plus, once it gets moving, it becomes a lot lighter than you will expect it to become. I do not think you will have any problems.

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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby liquineer » Wed May 16, 2012 7:24 am

Yes, just had a go today just on the drive, reversing out of garage, turning it around past caravan, reversing it back in to garage. All went well- the only problem I had was that initially the neutral light was visible when starting up, but after manouvering, it did not show- stalled once, got it in to neutral and still no neutral light showing- any explanation for that anyone? (Still a Newbie don't forget)

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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby trike lady » Wed May 16, 2012 11:27 am

Sometimes the switch behind the reverse lever hangs up and the neutral light doesn't come on or the cables may need an adjustment.
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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby liquineer » Wed May 16, 2012 1:41 pm

Thanks for that- still learning as you can see.

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Re: Newbie in Suffolk, UK

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 16, 2012 10:19 pm

I'll be dealing with a intermittent neutral light this weekend.
My 88 will show neutral when shifting up from 1st to neutral but not from 2nd down to neutral.I think the switch is needing attention.
YUCK...it's under the front engine cover...Oh well,another 4 hours at least...I'll take pictures and start a new thread about it.




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