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gl versus hd riders

Postby jhngardner367 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:13 am



True story :
About 12 yrs ago,when I had my first '84 'Wing, I owned/operated a small engine repair shop.
My truck was down for service,and I needed to take 2 Briggs twin engines to a customer.So,I loaded them onto my small trailer,that I was using for trips on the 'Wing,and started out.
All was well,until I pulled up to a light,to turn left. At that moment,2 of my friends,both Harley riders,pulled up. Terry,the closest to me,glanced at the trailer and asked if I was taking them to the scrapyard.
I smiled,and replied " No,T,...they're spare engines for Harleys !",and I turned the corner.


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I can't fix it,if it ain't broke...you want me to break it,first ???

Give me a Goldwing,...or give me Viagra,cuz either way, I'm gonna ride !

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:49 am

Fortunately you knew them.. :D That could have turned out different.

They probably would have chased you down (eventually) and offered to buy them. :D

Doesn't hurt to have a spare...Guys round here do...even complete ones...just in case.. :roll:

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby jhngardner367 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:58 am

Yeah,they're both good guys,and we always teased each other.
I used to have an old,'56 hardtail,but it kept throwing oil pumps,so I sold it and bought a 'Wing.
When I first rode it,with them,they didn't say anything.......but the next morning,when I uncovered it, there was a bottle of Sake on my seat!
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:34 pm

It does go around like that.
"They" sprinkled rice under mine.

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby jhngardner367 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:26 pm

I've seen some not-so - nice,too. A friend went to Sturgis with his wife,and his '93 Wing was torched!
I,personally,don't see what the deal is .Rivalry,...fine, but arson?
I always thought we were ALL bikers.but the 1%ers don't see it that way. Too much testosterone, I guess.
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby themainviking » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:49 pm

I was in Sturgis when a guy parked a wing outside the bar frequented by the Hells. They torched it, but paid the guy a pretty good buck for the bike. I never did find out if it was all prearranged, but a lot of Harley riders were very entertained. I personally never cared what a person rode, as long as they rode. That said, until medical reasons forced me to stop riding my Harley, I did not want a Goldwing. Now I have one, I see the reasons for owning and riding one. Ignorance is normally, but not always, eliminated through enlightenment. Another one for alla Y'all. Two years ago at a run called the Cow Patty, south of Ottawa, the Harley boys tried to blow up a Kaw. They ran it at high revs for hours, and even got it to miss a couple of times, but it never went pow. They burned the rear tire right off, replaced it, gassed it up again and kept on running it wide open, but they finally gave up and rolled it away with no rear tire again. What does this prove? Nuthin. Ride em till the wheels come off - all of them.
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby bustedwing » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:06 am

You remember the High School boys pitting the Chevys against the Fords against the Japanese made cars, we'll this is the same thing. These guys just forgot to grow up. I don't really care what kind of bike you ride, but I consider anyone on a bike/trike a family member. I wave at all of them, but of course the attitude shows through with some because I am on a Honda. Oh well, maybe I will see that same bike broken down.
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby wilmo » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:58 pm

..... and like a true Winger, offer to help 8-)

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby Breakdancer » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:08 am

When I meet someone and they say they ride a Harley, I simply reply " that's okay, I wont hold it against you". :lol:
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby erikwillke » Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:08 pm

I ride both a harley and my wing. I used to be in an MC. The official rule was any bike over 500cc but almost all of them rode Harleys. Sure, I caught some flak for buying the wing but I'll tell you, to a man everyone who sat on it had a smile, even my most die-hard harley friend. I honestly think one of the things they respected most about me was I liked what I liked and no one was going to sway my opinions unless they brought me clear facts to the contrary. I've always loved my Hondas. They may not look like what someone considers cool but they look sexy as hell to me and I love riding them. Not to mention that I've had almost no trouble out of any of them.

Side note, Two of my very good friends just bought 2014 Ultra Glide Classics and they've both had them back in the shop before 1000 miles. Electrical, not mechanical but I'll put up $1000 to anyone who wants to tell me that a Harley is more reliable than a comparable Honda.

(not to mention their brand new touring bike cost $14k+ and my $4000 '96 beats their's in comfort, features and gas mileage)
Finally bought the same bike that brought me so much joy as a kid from the backseat.

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby rottiman » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:24 am

Remember: 98% of the Harleys they ever made are still on the road...........the other 2% we able to make it home

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby bustedwing » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:44 am

Now THAT'S funny, except if you are a Harley rider.
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Postby seelyark1 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:09 am

"I remember back about 1971, I had a 350 chopper. I was a service manager in a Honda shop in Mpls. One of my mechanics and I were made honorary members of a local bike gang, just a bunch of young guys, wanna be's. Most drove Harleys. We would meet up on a Sunday morning for a ride at a local coffee shop. Well when it was time to take off they would all go outside and try to kick start their bikes while Mike and I had another cup of coffee. We'd then join them and always road up front so that the misc. bits and pieces that fell off them wouldn't hit us or nick up our bikes! Really, they were good times."

Saw this on the Honda SOHC site and had to send it to an old riding buddy. When I saw it I had to laugh and send it on. We had been following a Harley in traffic and stopped at a light. When it changed, he took off and a foot peg fell off and he just kept on riding like nothing was wrong. Bet he had a sore leg when he got home.
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby robb » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:42 am

After 35 years of the Wing being built in the USA, it you put 100 HD riders in the room your lucky to find 1 who knows it.

Over a 10 year period our group went from Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, to Harley and me with my 89 Wing. The group promoted a ride that was at the local HD dealer. Dealer had us park out bikes under the front canopy. Couple old timer HD guys took it upon themselves to remove what they called an offensive Japanese bike from an area reserved for HD's. My helmet bounced off ones head and the pissing contest began. I told him I stand by my superior built American made product. After he pointed out his better bike a $500 bet was made as to how many parts were made in USA. First 10 parts on wing were stamped USA while only 4 on Harley were. It was at that point the dealer stepped in and educated the HD riders, who eventually handed over $500 to cover the bet. Used $300 to buy beer for everyone which made a good impression on the boys. The main guy in the altercation turned out to be a very good mechanic an even offered later to resolve a problem on my Vstar. He replaced an exhaust spring without removing the head, very crafty. I had a Harley that was stolen at Myrtle Beach and all the stripped parts are on the Vstar, more HD than Yamaha. Find my stolen bike and I'll replace the parts.


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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby seabeechief » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:46 pm

Breakdancer wrote:When I meet someone and they say they ride a Harley, I simply reply " that's okay, I wont hold it against you". :lol:


Breakdancer, I just tell them I'm a "recovering" Harley driver.

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Postby seabeechief » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:01 pm

rottiman wrote:Remember: 98% of the Harleys they ever made are still on the road...........the other 2% we able to make it home


This sign says it all.

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby jhngardner367 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:41 am

As I've said before, I've "ridden the alphabet"(even owned a 1960 Pannonia 250 ),and I only actually disliked one.
It was a Bridgestone 350,and was so top-heavy,it felt like I would fall over in the corners.
One of my favorites,was a 1967 BSA 441 Victor,even though it had crappy electrics,and,if you didn't use the compression-release,properly,the kick starter would nearly break your shin !
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Postby Evilrick » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:15 pm

seabeechief wrote:
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rottiman wrote:Remember: 98% of the Harleys they ever made are still on the road...........the other 2% we able to make it home


This sign says it all.

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True story..My cousin bought one of the heritage specials brand new. After he had it a couple months he ask if I would shoot some pictures of it for him. We rode to a couple parks ( looking for good background) and then to a lake about 50 miles from home. On the way home the sky was getting heavy rain clouds. I told him we had better get em down the road else we were going to get wet. I set the throttle lock on my 750K on about 95mph, just cruzin. After about 20 miles I couldn't see him in my mirror so I slowed down, then stopped on the shoulder, just to make sure he didn't drop it or something. I lit a cigarette while I waited. After I put it out, I was getting ready to go back to look for him he came down the highway and stopped. I told him he better crank on it, I don't want to get wet. He said that 82 was all he could get out of it. I think he was getting wet while I was drinking coffee at home. He never rode with me again.
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby jenagle » Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:40 am

Back in 1972, I had two weeks leave, and road my Honda 750 from Jacksonville to San Diego to visit relatives. Three days out, three days back. Outside of Tucson, AZ, on the way back, I had a flat rear tire, so I pulled it off to haul it the 1/2 mile back to a service station to fix it.

While I was in the process of removing it, a Harley rider on a chopper pulled over to see if he could help. We got to talking, and he volunteered to stay with my bike while I went back to the service station. He said that there had been several thefts of bikes in the area and he'd watch it for me.

Well, when I came back from fixing the tire, he was still there, the bike was un-touched, and I proceeded to replace the tire. He said good-by as I was working, since he had someplace to go. By far, one of the best road trips I've ever been on.

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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:29 am

A friend of mine bought a brand new Road King. He rides it all over the eastern part of the US... from Virginia to PA several times this summer.. and he loves it... says it will run 100 MPH in third or fourth gear (6-speed I think) ... and it is a nice looking bike. I work with several folks who also own (some actually ride) H-D motorcycles. I think they sound great, look awesome and if they make their owner happy, I'm happy for them.

I never looked down my nose at anyone for riding anything. I don't plan to start any time soon. I do get sick and tired of the people who buy the motorcycle, the pants, the shirts, get the ink, and then their motorcycle gets trailered to Daytona once a year, so they can pretend they ride motorcycles.. but, there are worse things a person can do with their life, I suppose.

I'll ride with anyone. I have to admit that I don't like riding behind a noisy motorcycle, but I can stand most anything as long as I know it's temporary. I've met a lot of jerks in my lifetime.. some of them also happened to ride motorcycles... not all of those rode any particular brand
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:54 am

Both bikes are pretty cool... I would like one of each please.... :lol:

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Postby joeincalif » Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:05 am

The sad part is most people don't realize that until 2011 the Gold Wing was made in Marysville OHIO USA.
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Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:52 am

a friend of mine picked up a new Harley road king with the 103ci motor a few years ago i'm happy for him. we did a group ride to Columbus, oh ( about 35 of is made the trip ) and on the way home I let the 1500 wing run about 95mph on part of us-23. I stopped for gas in north Baltimore and my friend on his Harley pulled up next to me smiling and said " you can't get away from me " and my reply " its pretty sad when a two year old Harley can just keep up with a '93 wing "
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:32 am

I rarely ride that fast. I seem to be a radar magnet, so I tend to ride a lot closer to the speed limit... case in point, I had to make a run to the store yesterday (I forgot to get a few things for dinner when I went out on Tuesday) and after passing a car that was running under the speed limit, I had thought of opening mine up since I figured no self respecting Police officer would be out looking to hand out speeding tickets on Thanksgiving morning... WRONG ... as I rounded the next bend in the road, a Va. State Trooper was sitting on the side of the road "taking pictures" ... I looked at the speedometer, and was doing a little under 65 in a 55 MPH zone... I looked right at him and waved... he waved back and never turned on the lights. Maybe he was waiting for a HARLEY LOL..

Anyway, the comment I intended to make was, I pick my speed and that's how fast I'm going to ride. I generally run 3-5 MPH above the posted speed limit. I've had other riders "join" me and then pass after a fashion. I guess I wasn't riding fast enough for them. I always nod and wave when if something like that happens. I figure a rabbit running out in front of me is more likely to get a ticket than me. Harley, Hayabusa, Ninja, or Model-T... if they want to run with me behind me, in front of me, it doesn't change my life an iota ... It is funny your friend thought to put it in those terms...

detdrbuzzard wrote:a friend of mine picked up a new Harley road king with the 103ci motor a few years ago i'm happy for him. we did a group ride to Columbus, oh ( about 35 of is made the trip ) and on the way home I let the 1500 wing run about 95mph on part of us-23. I stopped for gas in north Baltimore and my friend on his Harley pulled up next to me smiling and said " you can't get away from me " and my reply " its pretty sad when a two year old Harley can just keep up with a '93 wing "
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Re: gl versus hd riders

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:44 pm

Someone help me please,,, I for the life of me, cannot understand something..... Why do Harley riders and other riders in general haul ass to the next light just to stop again... I was invited to ride with a guy here in Kansas City, I rarely do that anyway,, but he wanted to jet to the next light when our traffic signal turned green, I don't like racing around like that,, I remember now why I enjoy riding alone much more , I ride easy but not slow, pretty much the traffic posting speed... But why do these folks race from light to light like that? :shock:




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