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blueridgerunner
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Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby blueridgerunner » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:19 am




Hello, I have been riding for 40+years but never had a Goldwing until today. My bike is a 1987 Interstate (old like me) with only 22000 miles. I am lucky to live only 12 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The bike is waiting for me to get her tags tomorrow. I restored a 1981 Honda CB650 to pristine condition but sadly have to sell it according to the wife :lol:



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virgilmobile
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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:04 am

If I runs as good as it looks,your gonna love it.
There's plenty of info here on what needs to be maintained and how to do it.
I usually recommend some preventive repairs before going too long of a cross country trip tho.

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby hockeystuff54 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:24 pm

blueridgerunner wrote:

Hello, I have been riding for 40+years but never had a Goldwing until today. My bike is a 1987 Interstate (old like me) with only 22000 miles. I am lucky to live only 12 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The bike is waiting for me to get her tags tomorrow. I restored a 1981 Honda CB650 to pristine condition but sadly have to sell it according to the wife :lol:

i m an old timer to 62 years young ,havent riden in ten years but decided to ride again,just bought an 1980 goldwing gl1100,real nice bike,im gonna have to get used to the wieght of it but should be fun expeience

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blueridgerunner
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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby blueridgerunner » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:13 pm

I rode a Police Bike for years and got pretty comfortable with a big bike. Had a 10yr hiatus then got a China scooter to ride to work :oops: After that fiasco I rebuilt a barn find CB650 to like new condition (now for sale). But wanted something big, comfortable and reliable. At 67 I don't need to go canyon carving anymore but always thought of the Goldwings as, well, not my kind of bike. Mia Cupola folks! I was wrong and sorry I waited so long.

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:00 am

I have no idea how I missed your posting, Welcome to the site man, it's good you're here I think you will like it here, lots of neat stuff to read, please pay no attention to my stuff, I'm full of it half the time the other half I'm truly trying to help..But welcome to the site.. :D

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby goldwingmad » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:59 am

Hello there Older Rider, Newbie Goldwing Owner. I know how you feel I rode BMW's for about 20 years. Now I own my dream bike :D a 1998 GL1500SE Goldwing called Silver Fox

I have brought lots of Bling for it LOL but thats what you do to them to make it yours :D

Ride Safe and Free

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby Birdman-68 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:13 pm

Welcome "Old Rider". I took a long break too, and find riding again at 69 yrs old to be a hoot.
You only go around once in a lifetime, but once is enough if you make the most of it!

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby zamboni920 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:01 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I have no idea how I missed your posting, Welcome to the site man, it's good you're here I think you will like it here, lots of neat stuff to read, please pay no attention to my stuff, I'm full of it half the time the other half I'm truly trying to help..But welcome to the site.. :D

Ergo....only believe half of what he writes :D
Welcome to the wonderful world of Honda Goldwing on Goldwingdocs.com

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:22 pm

Heyyyyyy...Why I..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:15 am

Also welcome too this site from Sheboygan WI.Your post sounds like me some time back.Rode for years on smaller
bikes, and had to get a Goldwing.Loaded up the bike a few years back with the little woman and off we went across the state.Found out I was too old or just plain tired after 5 hours driving and over I went.Not only once that week end,but three times. Wife says to me, Phil I will never get on that bike again ! :( :(

What was I to do, but add the extra wheels so she would ride with me again.Well the extra wheels got her back on again,and we are happy campers. :D :D I'm sure you are enjoying that new ride... :) :)

WA9FWT Phil Age is 73

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:18 am

littlebeaver wrote:Heyyyyyy...Why I..... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Thats OK Beaver, we all still Love you!!!!!! :roll: :roll: :roll:

WA9FWT Phil

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:55 pm

You know what, I think every new guy needs to tell us a riding story, that's what I think, I really enjoy reading other riders adventure, it's always an adventure for me, everyday is an adventure for me, going to Walmart is an adventure for me, something funny aways happens, once up in KC we went to a walmart over in Bonner Springs and there were two guys having roadrage fits in the parking lot, they had come off the main road into the walmart parking lot, my 12 year daughter and I were walking toward the entrance of the store when we turned and saw a van and a jeep, these guys were freaking mad at each other, well the guy in the van was, anyway one guy went around the first row of parked cars and was going to make his way out of the lot when the guy in the van just plowed into the jeep he justa smacked right into him :o :o :shock: :shock: , I was shocked :shock: and my daughter too, so what does he do [van] he backs up and plows the living crap out of him twice but this time he shoved the jeep into a parked car and that parked car was pretty too, I said I gotta stop this so I jetted over and yelled at the guy in the van to get the blank out of the vehicle with all the authority I could give and he got freaked out and jumped right out and I told him to get over there and stay there and he did...Cop's came and when the smoked cleared I told the guy in the van that he only did what everyone wishes they could do because I know that younger guy [20] started this mess ...I'm sure of it..So we proceeded in to walmart so I could get my Captain Crunch.. :lol: and Milk.. So yeh, new fella tell us something neat..I know you have a cool story or two..Oh we rode the bike there so it is now motorcycle related.. :lol:

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blueridgerunner
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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby blueridgerunner » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:44 pm

Years ago I was an off-duty cop riding my personal Moto-Guzzi V7 in civilian clothes. I was maybe 23 or so. Saw an accident where a car had hit a tree. The driver was lying in the grass injured. ID'd myself and told bystanders to call PD and Fire/rescue. (This was before 911 and cellphones- told you I was old). After the cavalry arrived I prepared to leave. Just then this old guy came up to one of the officers and said.....wait for it...."I saw the whole thing. It was that kid on the motorcycle's fault!" :roll:

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:24 pm

Oh man see, that's excactly I mean, that was a really cool story, thanks man.. :D

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby GreenDragon » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:39 pm

blueridgerunner wrote:I rode a Police Bike for years and got pretty comfortable with a big bike. Had a 10yr hiatus then got a China scooter to ride to work :oops: After that fiasco I rebuilt a barn find CB650 to like new condition (now for sale). But wanted something big, comfortable and reliable. At 67 I don't need to go canyon carving anymore but always thought of the Goldwings as, well, not my kind of bike. Mia Cupola folks! I was wrong and sorry I waited so long.


It will carve the twisties better than you think!! Enjoy.
Light travels faster than sound, that is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak!

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blueridgerunner
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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby blueridgerunner » Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:01 pm

Left house to go get bike inspected. 1/2 way out my 1/2 mile gravel road I discovered something I forgot back. Tried to u-turn in road that was an incline. Of course, I had a foot down but the downhill side caused the bike to tip. Found out if it leans over too far while almost stopped...well you can guess. Then found out that these big bikes will eat you up trying to set them back up if you are on the down hill side. :oops: No real damage except two of the gills on the side of fairing got cracked. A set is en route from Straightwings. Nothing but my pride got hurt as I had to get neighbor (Harley rider) to help. I could get it up using the technique I've seen, but after my legs were straightened I still needed about a foot more. If I could have lifted it the rest of the way I would be on the way to the Olympics! So have a sniker on the new guy, I deserve it.

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:54 pm

I did some work on that type bike here's a photo of it, it sat for years [since 89] carbs were a mess, I brought back from a bad place and it hums like a kitten now..
1980 honda cb 650
1980 honda cb 650
yes it has brand new bridgestone spitfires on it with raised white letters too..Sweet.. :D

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skier
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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby skier » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:43 pm

Welcome, Blueridgerunner

I also the '87 Interstate, 108k miles and still going strong. Has been lots of fun, for an old man of 62.

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blueridgerunner
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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby blueridgerunner » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:49 pm

Looks like my CB650 which is for sale. Looks and runs like new after many skinned knuckles and frustrations. Sadly, it is for sale as wife says two bikes is one too many.

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Re: Old rider, Goldwing newbie

Postby bustedwing » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:14 pm

Welcome to the site even tho you have had many years experience already .You are also going thru a learning process with your "new" wing and hopefully the both of you will servive that .I sugess that you take the bike to an empty parking lot and space two markers out at 30 feet and run a figure 8 around those markers, and go as slow as you can without putting your feet down.Practice this until you feel comfortable,then move the markers closer together. Keep working at this, it will help you with handeling and confidence. The more you do it the more it helps.


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