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warnett
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Just Hello

Postby warnett » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:25 pm



Just saying hello. Got my first and maybe last GW. used 1982. I mean its in great condition but god its heavy. I know I'm getting old but gosh. Maybe I'll get used to yet and laugh at myself.



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Don A
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Re: Just Hello

Postby Don A » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:12 pm

Welcome. There's a great bunch of guys and gals here with an unending fountain of information on Gold Wings. The wings are a heavy critter but you'll get used to it. I was awkward with mine when I got it but now I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Re: Just Hello

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:14 pm

warnett wrote:Just saying hello. Got my first and maybe last GW. used 1982. I mean its in great condition but god its heavy. I know I'm getting old but gosh. Maybe I'll get used to yet and laugh at myself.


I guarantee you'll get used to it. When I first got my 1982 GL1100, I thought; "this thing is huge and heavy, and rides like a truck!" I was somewhat overwhelmed by it.

A couple of years in, I had changed my tune - with all the weight down low, it is actually a very fast, flickable and maneuverable bike. The biggest problem I had was stuff dragging on the ground in turns! :)

warnett
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Re: Just Hello

Postby warnett » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:19 pm

Every one says weight down low. Yes lots of weight down there but that fairing has got to be a lot.

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Don A
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Re: Just Hello

Postby Don A » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:08 pm

When I first got mine it felt clumsy, awkward and even top heavy. Good tires and the correct tire pressure make a world of difference and of course getting to know your girl. Don't give up on her. These are special ladies and take time to get to know. Before long it just seems natural and other bikes feel weird.

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wally
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Re: Just Hello

Postby wally » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:26 pm

Congratulations on the new bike, and I agree with the others you'll get used to it. It's rough getting her up on the center stand too, but if you get the rear wheel on a short scrap of 2x4 or 2x6 it'll roll up on the stand much easier. In fact I keep a short maybe 10" long 2x6 with the ends cut at 45 degree angle and keep in the trunk. Works great.

warnett
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Re: Just Hello

Postby warnett » Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:16 pm

Hey Walley thanks for the tip

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Re: Just Hello

Postby redial » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:23 pm

There is a video available on how to pick up a GW, after it has gotten tired and needed to lay down for a bit :twisted:

But take it into a parking lot and try those slow speed manovuers (sp), with lots of figures of 8 and slow parking. Remember to turn your head and face where you want to go, not where you are. An hour or so every so often will have you riding like a "top gun". Dont rush it, it will come to you.
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Re: Just Hello

Postby tandem54 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:31 pm

Congratulations on the new bike, and like the others: you'll get used to it. It’s only a problem at slow speed, never heard anyone complain about handling once you are moving. They are great bikes, just give yourself a little time.
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Iaustin
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Re: Just Hello

Postby Iaustin » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:57 pm

Just started riding again bought 1200 interstate seemed heaven first few rides but just love the way it goes and handles

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WA9FWT
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Re: Just Hello

Postby WA9FWT » Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:57 pm

Like they all say,in time you do get use to it.But I bet there will be a time you do lay it down to take a nap.
We all have done it for sure.I had wide boards and the toe-heal system and found that when I removed the set up
it was a lot better.I guess my legs where just not long enough at times :lol:
After I removed that set up, I had no problem until one day I loaded the bike down and I and wife took off for a trip.After 5 hours and only stopping for fuel, we dumped it and dumped it again. Next day again, dumped it at a stop.This time wife got hurt, landed on her shoulder.She said to me Phil, I'm never going to get on again :o :o

I just said what are you going to do to get home ? Call a cab !... ha ha Well not funny, but at that point I knew I had to do something.We did make it home safe.Thats when I said I have to do something in order to take along the little woman. So I added a very inexpensive kit, well compared to buying a new trike.Made by TowPac Inc.
Best thing I ever did ,was that kit.Age 73

WA9FWT Phil

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Re: Just Hello

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:31 pm

WA9FWT wrote:I just said what are you going to do to get home ? Call a cab !... ha ha Well not funny, but at that point I knew I had to do something.We did make it home safe.Thats when I said I have to do something in order to take along the little woman. So I added a very inexpensive kit, well compared to buying a new trike.Made by TowPac Inc.
Best thing I ever did ,was that kit.Age 73

WA9FWT Phil


In this month's GWRRA there's a story of a guy with a TowPac kit who blew one of the "outrigger" tires, and being that he still had 3 good tires left, was able to (slowly) make his way to a motel. Never thought of that as a benefit before, but it's definitely something to think about.

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Re: Just Hello

Postby Quarteg » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:03 pm

Welcome! I am also fairly new to the Goldwing world. I purchased an '86 and if I can make it last, I am hoping to have this bike for 20 years or more. I went from a '84 Sabre 700 to the '86 1200 Goldwing and boy there was a huge difference. Roundabouts that I take at 35 mph or more now can only be taken between 15 and 20 miles per hour. I am still getting used to it, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
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warnett
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Re: Just Hello

Postby warnett » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:38 pm

The Sabre was worst on turns. I got confused reading your post.

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Sidcar
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Re: Just Hello

Postby Sidcar » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:32 pm

Hi from the UK.
I bought my Wing with sidecar attached so have no worries about it falling over. Frosty, icy, wet and greasy roads don't bother me much either. However unless you want a hernia you don't use the centre stand.

Sid

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WA9FWT
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Re: Just Hello

Postby WA9FWT » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:03 pm

Sidcar wrote:Hi from the UK.
I bought my Wing with sidecar attached so have no worries about it falling over. Frosty, icy, wet and greasy roads don't bother me much either. However unless you want a hernia you don't use the centre stand.

Sid

Now that got me laughing, that was a funny for sure ! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Just Hello

Postby wjnfirearms » Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:42 pm

Welcome aboard. You'll find this a great home in more ways than one.

Any heavier bike takes getting used to. I managed to completely embarrass myself in public after I started riding a Harley motor when I stopped one day curbside on a call and slid the front tire on some fine gravel coming to a stop and down the Road King went on it's crash rails. They do call them that for a reason. I had one helluva time picking it up and a truck driver felt for me and came to my aid. :oops: That never happened a second time. I also learned the proper way to pick it back up.

Like I said, they take getting used to.
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littlebeaver
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Re: Just Hello

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:33 pm

Wow man, you plumb got you a all star group of guys greeting you to the site, awesome...welcome..

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Re: Just Hello

Postby Ghostrider52005 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:00 am

Welcome :) When I first got the 85 LTD to be honest it was so the wife could go long trips as a passenger and not kill her doing it. Years had finally said enough naked non touring style bikes for 1000 mile trips for her. And for the first two weeks I absolutely hated the thing. I was a no windsheild softtail naked bike kinda guy and this thing felt like a semi. Fixed faring when I was used to what few times id had a fariing turning with the forks drove me nuts. It felt top heavy. Anything below 40 felt like it was actually trying to throw me down. But on the highway or at speed it was great. Smooth quick, responsive.
Took about two weeks of me riding it 100 or so miles everyday here in the country side twisties and town to get used to it but after that all was bliss :lol:
Youll get the knack of it and once you do itll take a pretty skilled crotch rocket rider to run away from you in the twisties. Just like HD Wings have a ride and feel all their own. Youll have it down "no pun intended" ;) In no time.

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Re: Just Hello

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:15 am

It's only heavy until you get it rolling then it's light as a feather.... :D I absolutely love my 81, It's sweet, here's something you could try if you haven't yet, put some cotton balls in you're ears, forget the ear plugs man, they suck and always fall out, cotton doesn't...Ok here's what I have learned doing this, I learned that the engine sounds super cool shifting through the gears and you have very little or no more wind noise, you can hear your stereo better because of that... :D :D I cannot tell a lie...try it...It really helps me on long runs...Freakin semi's make alot of noise..

warnett
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Re: Just Hello

Postby warnett » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:48 am

Cool idea about the noise.

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rooferx
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Re: Just Hello

Postby rooferx » Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:49 pm

Howdy from Pasadena Maryland,,,Avoid the tipping point,,you:ll get used to it ,AWESOME BIKE,,

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twostrokes48
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Re: Just Hello

Postby twostrokes48 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:56 am

well I agree with about everthing everyone else said. I have been around wings for a long long time having bought about the 1st one in the USA back in 75. I also thought I had made a mistake coming off a 74CB750k2. I would flip that thing between lanes of crazy drivers in Manila all day long. I got the wing and knew there was a tipping point I could not pass. That made me afraid to really lean into it for a few months. Then I realized I was doing most everything I wanted to without fear. Have ad a couple bikes inbetween that one and the wings of late, but they just didn't ride like a wing. After 3 different bikes, I went back to looking for a wing. I still think the old CB750 are great, but not for long rides.

Another thing, I am only about 20miles from you by Calaveras Lake.
Maybe we can ride one day. We'll get Littlebeaver too. I just have a few medical issues to get straightened out first, hopefully this month. If I'm lucky a medication change will fix things up.

warnett
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Re: Just Hello

Postby warnett » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:11 pm

Good luck with the medical twostrokes. Maybe we can ride sometime. Good one wa9. So someone to me about the tipping point. Thats when your leg gets to short?? :lol:

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Re: Just Hello

Postby bustedwing » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:34 pm

Welcome from the U.P. of Michigan and any new bike handles different. One way to help you get used to the weight and slow turns is to set up two cones approx. 50 feet apart and do figure 8s around them at slower speeds without putting your feet down. Then move the cones closer together. You will be surprised how much confidence this practice will give you. A few hours will boost your knowledge of your bike handling too. And its cheap.


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