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Found a baby Wing....

Postby rodee71 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:28 am



I took a ride down into the Shenandoah Valley Saturday, stopped at a Honda dealer and found this for sale on the showroom floor. Cute or what??

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If you're interested in it, let me know.
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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby Phunnybone » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:11 am

How much were they asking?

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:21 am

I see those around once in a while. My wife thought it might be a good "next bike" for her - but we went and saw one, she sat on it, and realized it was far too tall for her. She's unfortunately vertically challenged, which makes finding a bike that will fit her without substantial modifications (to the bike, not to her) very difficult.

That said...we just put a deposit down on a 1989 PC800 Pacific Coast for her. It really does look like a "baby Wing" - which is what she wanted. I'll need to bring it down about an inch (either seat or shocks) but she's thrilled with it. It looks like this (this isn't the bike, I just found this picture on the net):

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby rodee71 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:33 am

Not sure what they were asking, Phunnybone. I can find out and PM you later today.

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby rodee71 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:46 am

Wingman, Are you sure she wants to wrestle a 550 lb. (dry wt.) bike? But you're right about the looks, it is a gl look-alike. Did you hear you have to remove 7 panels to get to the battery? I smell a whole new set of how-to's coming down the pike.

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:59 am

It is set up so the weight is low - so it feels quite a bit lighter than it is. But she definitely needs to have her heels on the ground, which is the reason for lowering it.

The panels actually come off quite easily - when I was looking at it, it was dead in the water. The guy said he had been riding it the night before, with no problem. He had a battery charger on it, but it wasn't taking anything, so I knew the battery was fine. There wasn't even the faintest flicker of light on the dash, even with the charger on it, so I figured the main fuse was gone. I was right, as soon as I put a new one in it though, it blew as well. He had a service manual (looked unused), so I sat down and did some troubleshooting, and found the regulator/rectifier had failed (dead short across +12V and Gnd). I pulled it out for him, and he's getting a replacement. As soon as I pulled it out, the bike started right up (although running off battery).

In doing all of that I had the chance to pull off a fair number of body panels. It's actually quite easy and quick to do. I wish the Goldwing came apart that easily.

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby rodee71 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:07 am

Ok, Wingman, I'm waiting to see the video of the rectifier replacement....I know it's coming.

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby Mag » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:21 pm

PC800 is off of the Shadow idea (it is a Vtwin under the case, yes?). Always thought it would be a good idea to get one of those, believe it gets good gas mileage, etc., but the storage alwasy looked a little funny. You could do a lot with it though, yes, we have a couple in the NW for sale (red ones).

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby riffraff » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:05 am

WOW! Don't see the real silver wing often. another option replaced the passenger seat with the trunk and made it a solo ride. It was a nice look. Wish I had the cash and the space. 8-)

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:05 am

Mag wrote:PC800 is off of the Shadow idea (it is a Vtwin under the case, yes?). Always thought it would be a good idea to get one of those, believe it gets good gas mileage, etc., but the storage alwasy looked a little funny. You could do a lot with it though, yes, we have a couple in the NW for sale (red ones).


Yes, it's a slightly bored out Shadow 750 V-Twin. Tons of storage, you can fit two full-face helmets in the trunks!

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby Mag » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:14 pm

May have to think about that as long as I can rig a radio to it ;) hmmm. I told the wife if I ruin my current wing enough, I will be getting another ride next year ;)

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:12 am

Mag wrote:May have to think about that as long as I can rig a radio to it ;) hmmm. I told the wife if I ruin my current wing enough, I will be getting another ride next year ;)


There is actually an OEM Hondaline radio that was available for it - there are speaker cutouts in the fairing for it.

I think it will be getting one of those handlebar-mounted J&M CB's, that has the intercom and aux audio input built into it.

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby st4r50 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:15 am

That's at the dealer in Harrisonburg (Blue Ridge Power Sports). I recognize it. I've sat on it a few times along with my wife and kids at different stops in there.

If you are interested call up there and talk to Mitch. He's the big kahuna there.
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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby Phunnybone » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:44 pm

I rode over there and took the baby wing for a test drive. It felt a little funny at first (after driving my 1200 LTD). My conclusion is that it still needs work. Even for a 500, it should have had more get up and go. Even at higher revs it felt like my 1200 feels when I'm in OD at too low a speed and try to accelerate. Foot brake was a little too soft for my liking, but that's easily fixed. When I got back to the shop from the test ride, it was leaking gas from the right side (sitting). It wasn't the petcock, because it's on the left.

Even toward the end of the test ride the steering didn't quite feel right - couldn't put a finger on the actual issue though. If it had more pep (after the shop 'cleaned' the carbs), I might've bought it. But, she still sits out front waiting for someone's tender loving care.

On the plus side, the clutch felt soooooo smooth! Maybe one of these days I'll get my 1200's clutch to feel that good.

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby lovemyzx9r » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:07 pm

the baby wings are nice bikes when you put a 650 with a five speed in them (may have been 6, can't remember its been 4 or 5 years). that being said i have a baby wing case, mounts, and radiator if anyone needs it. i can get pics if interested. i think the case (its black) is good. the mounts and radiator are definately good might just need cleaned up. might still have the drive shaft too. had one just like it. sold it for 1500 with 650 upgrade. in very similar condition. pm me if interested. if i remember right the top back luggage had an option to go over the back seat instead of hanging off the back also.

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Re: Found a baby Wing....

Postby Mag » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:57 pm

http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/mcy/3240328693.html

Ya know for a 750, this is a great price. I even found a lower one, 8k miles and only $2k at a dealer up north, hmmmm.




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