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Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:09 pm



I'd like to compile data about this and just wondering.......

If your bike quit,malfunctioned or otherwise broke down....About to leave you stranded....

What was the bike,what happen and how did you get going again....
Any little trick that you can share that got you moving again and what you carried on the bike to accomplish this...

I have experienced fuel lock (tank vacuum)....
Loss of the pull cable on the throttle(that was interesting to hook the throttle plate)
Loss of the hydraulic clutch(borrowed some rear brake fluid)
Loss of headlights(found a way to bypass the switch)
Bad kill switch(now I know what wires to short together)
ETC,ETC...

This could be a handy tip list of the most common problems and a way to survive it.... :D



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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:44 pm

Never completely standed,but my 89 quit on the road once.Stuck brushes.Happened at the end of a guys laneway in PA.I pulled the alt and the house owner took me to a builder as I didn't have enough tools to take it apart.Dropped it off at 10:00 am and had it back by 4:00 pm.
2nd time I had a rear flat in Ashland ,Kentucky same bike. Too big to plug and no shops that would touch it that day.Quality Inn was about a 1/4 mile from where I had the flat.Managed to plug it up enough to ride it there.Honda shop about 2 miles away closed on Mon.,but got me going with a new tire the next day.I paid large though $509 for a rear installed and the year before I had 2 done in Ashville,NC for $520.
These are the only 2 times and we've been doing trips(3 to 6 k) every year since the late 80's starting on a 75 1000 and then an 83 I,a 84 I,85 Aspy,89 1500 and now the 04 1800.Always 2 up and usually by ourselves.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby Overdog » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:51 pm

I know you asked about my Goldwing...but I've only owned it since last September....so, no. My previous ride was a 1974 BMW R90 which I paid $1100 for in 1986 and rode it for 27 years....in that time it never once failed to bring me home! Hope the Wing treats me as good!

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:03 pm

Thanks..I hope you guys won't mind if I copy and paste with your "by 'name '.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby robb » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:21 pm

The alternator went out about 100 miles from home. Could see a Walmart sign in the distance so I purchased a new battery. It last for 75 miles and the old battery had reserved enough to get it home. Ninety amp alternator and it was good to go.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby trike lady » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:48 pm

My Wing never left me stranded by the side of the road, but my HD did :lol: .
The alternator on my 1500 went south in the garage when I got home, bike started running funny and the lights were dim, upgraded to a Compufire package.
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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:02 pm

Went on a Patriot guard mission to tell city In. I was on the way home coming down a hill put the breaks on and radio went dead and bike started to miss. Got about 2 miles from home and she died,no power at all. Called my son to come jump me and was able to get home. Now new 90 amp alt. I have had the bike cut out on me about 90 miles from home due to stopped up gas cap vent I had to ride home with the gas cap open until I got a new one.
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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:12 pm

I got stranded about a mile from home on my 1100 when the dogbone fuse cracked.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:03 am

WingAdmin wrote:I got stranded about a mile from home on my 1100 when the dogbone fuse cracked.

I hope you had the stuff to get it going again with you.
A spare? A piece of wire or chewing gum wrapper?
What did you do?

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:10 am

HALBUDD wrote:Went on a Patriot guard mission to tell city In. I was on the way home coming down a hill put the breaks on and radio went dead and bike started to miss. Got about 2 miles from home and she died,no power at all. Called my son to come jump me and was able to get home. Now new 90 amp alt. I have had the bike cut out on me about 90 miles from home due to stopped up gas cap vent I had to ride home with the gas cap open until I got a new one.


I can only guess that you had no idea that the alternator quit till the battery ran low.Could a early warning device have helped get you to a safe place?
The bike will run off the battery for a while.
Extending the run time by you shutting off all non essential stuff?

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:00 am

virgilmobile wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I got stranded about a mile from home on my 1100 when the dogbone fuse cracked.

I hope you had the stuff to get it going again with you.
A spare? A piece of wire or chewing gum wrapper?
What did you do?


I didn't know that the fuse (which looked perfectly fine) was cracked at that point - only that the battery was dead. I was thinking at first the stator or regulator was bad. I called my wife and had her bring some jumper cables. Charged the bike up from her car for five minutes, and that was enough to get it started and ride home - at which point everything was working fine! (The dogbone crack opened and closed with the heat of the engine).

When I started tracing power, and touched my meter to the fuse, the fuse crumbled into dust, and I knew I had found the culprit.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:14 am

Glad you had a phone with someone to help.
With what you found bad,could you have got it going by yourself.?
Maybe carrying a test probe,a few tools,tape and wire.?

Kinda like being prepared with enough stuff and details for emergency repairs to get going.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby robb » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:04 am

WingAdmin wrote:I got stranded about a mile from home on my 1100 when the dogbone fuse cracked.


That was the first thing I found when the bike went dead. I usually carry a piece of aluminum foil for emergency and wrapped the dogbone fuse and secured with tywraps. Good enough to get it home. Could not find a fuse locally and Honda wanted $10 so a change was made to a fuse available anywhere. It will do till dogbone can be purchased.



virgilmobile wrote:Kinda like being prepared with enough stuff and details for emergency repairs to get going.


Tire repair kit, tywraps, tape, 10-15-20 amp spare fuse, 12" piece #14 wire, Piece of aluminum foil and a flash light app for cell phone. Don't worry about relays, can remove one from high beam if needed. All fits neatly in a 1.5" x 4" x 8" box.

Carry the same kit along with a slime pump, 3" piece of 1/8" stainless steel wire and 18" stainless steel tywraps for my Vstar. When I get out with my stepdad and his HD buddies, all pre 60's, the tyraps have been used to hang exhaust and fenders. The stainless wire has been used several occasions to repair a broken chain. Yeah I had a 75 1000 sportster and they were needed.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:08 am

virgilmobile wrote:Glad you had a phone with someone to help.
With what you found bad,could you have got it going by yourself.?
Maybe carrying a test probe,a few tools,tape and wire.?

Kinda like being prepared with enough stuff and details for emergency repairs to get going.


I could have, except I would have needed a push start - there wasn't enough juice left to crank the engine.

I carry a small multimeter, tools, wire, electrical tape, etc. now, so I could fix a lot of electrical issues on the road.

Incidentally, I was able to rescue a stranded biker on the side of the highway once with my emergency supplies. Her bike (a fairly large displacement sportbike) was dead, the battery was dead and obviously the regulator or alternator had given up the ghost. She turned her bike around (pivoted it on the kickstand, I was amazed that a girl could do that to her bike) and I pulled mine up side to side with her. With the wire I had on board, I was able to make makeshift jumper cables to connect her battery to mine. I let my bike charge hers for a little bit, and we then push started her bike (so as to not use up valuable energy reserve cranking her engine). She managed to get off the highway and to a friend's house.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:11 am

All this information is indeed helpful.
My intention is to be able to make suggestions to a possible stranded person of (first) what they should carry and how to make emergency repairs.
Many of us ride alone with no means for other help.Myself included.
I guess its a Cub Scout thing and reduced anxiety of the "What if"...

Keep posting.All your tried ideas are needed.

As I said in my first post,I lost the hydraulic clutch at a rest stop.It leaked fluid and I didn't notice it.
200 miles from home,60 miles from town.Nobody around.
With a screwdriver,wrench and a 'found' drinking straw,I was able to transfer enough fluid from the rear master cylinder to the clutch master...bleed the air enough to get it to town.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby lhelber » Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:23 am

I had my dog bone go bad on my 1100. I was riding with friends and one recognized the problem right away and the other pulled the inline fuse holder off the heated gear connector on his bike and we in installed it there. We didn't even miss dinner with the rest of the gang. Next time I was in an auto parts store I bought my friend a new fuse holder. Except for putting terminals on the end of the fuse holder the fix is the same.

I got stranded with a flat once but my towing insurance brought me all of the way home where I can fix it.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby PastoT » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:17 pm

Only through my own ignorance...! I was 150 miles into a 560 mile trip when I stopped to change out of my cold weather gear and had a coffee and snack while listening to the radio. Family members left an hour behind and I was making great time so I fuddled around a bit longer not realizing I had the ingition in run and not accessory. Needless to say I saddled up and hit go and only heard click click... Fortunately I was on a sloping parking lot and was able to roll start the big girl and recover with only my dignity bruised. :oops:
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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby Krazy48446 » Thu May 01, 2014 6:44 am

Sadly my Goldwing and my Silverwing have both left me stranded.

My Silverwing had the stator wires fry, but never left me stranded because of that - I did have to push start it a few times when the battery was not charging properly before I fixed it. The Silverwing left me about a mile from the gas station, when I forgot that I flipped it to reserve and ran it out of gas. My own fault, and I pushed it to the gas station, and then had to push it around the station a few times to get it to start, since it was not charging the battery properly. All in all I wasted a lot of time and felt like an idiot.

The Goldwing... I had her for about 2 days. It was cold and the driveway was icy, but the roads were clear so I decided to take my new girl for a ride. I knew I didn't have much gas in it, and rode around a bit then about a block from home I ran out of gas. I looked down, and it was already on reserve. I pushed it back home into the garage, and laughed at myself.

I have never ran out of gas with any other vehicle. Now most of the time I look down and make sure my fuel is set to run, not reserve when I start for the day.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby Duq_ » Thu May 01, 2014 6:46 am

I can remember two occasions. The first was with my '76 GL1000. Taking off from the lights I lost drive and found that the universal joint had shattered. No hope of fixing that with whatever I would have had with me.
The second time was on the GL1200. It just cut out and wouldn't start again. Thanks to the previous owner butchering the electrics the three yellow wires from the alternator had welded themselves together. Called the missus to come with jump cables, cut off the alternator and charged the battery for a while on the jump cables, enough to make it home.
Other than that I've found the old GL's to be incredibly reliable.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby Dusty Boots » Thu May 01, 2014 8:06 am

I've only had 1 instance of trouble in 257,000+ km and that was when my Compu Fire died on me, 227 km from home.
Had to get it trailered home by a bike shop ($150) and then pulled the alternator to take over to an auto electric place to get it rebuilt. Took them a few days to get the job done.



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Postby scootsx2 » Thu May 01, 2014 9:19 am

The aftermarket (unknown brand - not a Dyna) electronic ignition module on my '75 GL1000 failed about a year ago while out on the road. Fortunately I was only about 4 miles from home on the way back from a ride in the boonies. This was the only time I had to use the Rescue Plus service that I got through GWRRA. Embarrassing and annoying but sure glad it didn't happen out in the boondocks.

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Postby larrycole » Thu May 01, 2014 9:54 am

Years ago on a trip from Denver to Glacier National Park on my 1976 GL1000 (which I still ride), I had a throttle cable break near Salmon Idaho. I swapped the broken pull cable with the push cable and was able to make it to the local Honda dealer. They mostly sold generators and ATVs, but had a dusty bag in the back with the appropriate throttle cable. They were glad to sell it and I was glad to get it. Made it 1,500 miles home with no further problems.

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby Bobbyb » Thu May 01, 2014 10:15 am

Yes! We have a 2005 Goldwing trike. Our first time out this year and had traveled about 100 miles when it just stopped. Had to push it off to the side of the road. We were out in the middle of nowhere and NO phone service, my husband walked about 1/2 mile back to a little store and called my brother-in-law and he came with his trailer and took us home. We have had this for less than a year and think it is the alternator. :-(

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 01, 2014 10:37 am

Bobbyb wrote:Yes! We have a 2005 Goldwing trike. Our first time out this year and had traveled about 100 miles when it just stopped. Had to push it off to the side of the road. We were out in the middle of nowhere and NO phone service, my husband walked about 1/2 mile back to a little store and called my brother-in-law and he came with his trailer and took us home. We have had this for less than a year and think it is the alternator. :-(


Please post what you find happend.
Did it loose all lighting too or simply die?

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Re: Has your Wing ever left you near stranded....

Postby Young » Thu May 01, 2014 11:16 am

I have had a similar issue with the fuse dying on my 78' gl1000 as well. Fortunately I was riding with my buddy, and so I was able to take his to the local Wal-Mart and get some new wire and a new fuse. Now I keep a wiring kit in my saddlebag (different gauges off wire, distant size fuses, wire strippers/cutters, and some connectors.)

Another time I had just gotten to a friend's house for a night of drinking with a bunch of people from work (fully intended to stay the night anyway). Went to park, I pulled in the clutch and it just went click. I tested it out and I could shift through all the gears but nothing would grab. Didn't want to deal with it,and it was dark so I waited till the morning. When the next day came I figured that something had happened to the clutch lever, so I popped off the cover and sure enough the return spring was broken. I just made another one from a spare spring I carry, hooked it up, and it works fine now (granted I don't pull it too hard. The spring is a lot stiffer than stock and will over pull the clutch lever if I am not careful). Got a order for a new OEM spring in the mail and I will replace it when it gets here.




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