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New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby Goddie » Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:30 pm



HI all,
have no idea where to start so feet first is not a bad way I reckon.. I am in Melbourne, Australia, had an XVS650 as a cruiser for a little while now commuting on a GSX750f (Katana is the US version) anyway, looking at getting a goldwing, anm 49, got hammered about he mid life crisis thing as I have only been riding for about 18 months, on the 4th bike :D
So looking at a nice looking Aspencade, an 86 model I believe as it is the white on beige scheme, it is an SE-I too, trouble is that guy selling it hasnt used is too much, it has about 37k (miles on the clock), says the computer thingie (yep, I know bugger all about these babies) and he mentioned some kind of sensor that might be out of whack.
One other thing, I am used to using only the front hand brake to pull up my bike, I believe these moving comfee's need to have foot and hand brake to pull them up?
The cost cruncher!! [for me anyway] upon buying, seeing as the bike has sat, what SHOULD I change/replace, and or what COULD I replace/change?
As I said, I know nothing about these bikes except they are big, comfy and I reckon it might the only way my missus might come for a cruise with me.
Are there any places recommended here in Australia that are goldwing specialists or old blokes that know their stuff without costing me 2 arms and a leg!!
thank you and regards to all
Godwin



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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:18 pm

The Golding you're looking at has split brakes - the brake lever operates one of the front discs, and the foot pedal operates the other front disc and the rear brake. So you definitely will have to get used to using both!

The only thing I would worry about is parts availability. The SE-i was only manufactured for one year, and there are a lot of parts for the electronic fuel injection that simply aren't available anymore. If part of it packs it in, your only option is to find another part from an SE-i that someone is parting out. And because of this, those parts are EXPENSIVE.

I personally would veer away from an SE-i for specifically that reason. Other than that, it's a great bike!

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby Goddie » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:39 pm

thank you for your feedback, was not aware of it's rarety in that case, considering the computer/trip contraption is not working, nor is the fuel gauge on it. Just tried a local honda shop but they wont touch an 'import' as they are 'more trouble then they're worth' they say, so contacted the company that imported the bike and they service them without a worry, only thing is, someone else had recently brought a bike in with a similar problem [trip computer thing not working] and left the same way, doesnt give me much confidence in these guys.
Might switch to a locally sold model.
thank you again for your valuable input.
cheers

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby papaspengler » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:41 pm

You may think about contacting Steve Saunders. Just Google Steve Saunders Goldwing page. Also to your benefit he is located right there in Aussie land. Put on some wings never look back you'll never regret it! Had a 84 Gold wing took me 4 bikes since then to find what I was missing since I sold that bike. It's a 2008 Goldwing 1800!

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:48 pm

Actually, Steve is based in Ireland, not Australia. But his site is an excellent resource.

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby papaspengler » Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:53 am

Whoa! Sorry about that. Teach me to stay up too late on the Web. The heat here couldn't have anything to do with it. 60 days now over a 100 degrees. Does anyone know where the Air conditioner switch is on a 08 Wing?

Keep the dirty side down!

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby kamirider » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:55 pm

Keeping the dirty side down is definitely good advice as I found out by experience a little while ago. I' okay. I talked to a guy yesterday that put 452000 km on an'82 Gold Wing with no trouble. He now rides an '93 Wing.

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:41 pm

Yep, these old wings keep going for as long as you decide to keep them maintained - i.e. forever, if you want!

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby M&T82WING » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:17 pm

Mark & Tamilee here we just traded my pride & joy 72 CB750 chopper for a sorta of a rat style 82 Interstate Goldwing has seen better days has a lot of bondo repair done to the front fairing but the more I look at it I know I can fix it and make it into what I think it should be. I wouldnt do that with a perfictly good fairing because of there value so this one will give me the opertunity to make it a custom. Back the wing once we starting rideing it the more we like'd it they handle great and are good on gas sip regulare & I do mean sip something like 40 plus miles to the gallon and we can liston the radio while we ride our Goldwing or have a plesant converstaion cerntly could not that with my chopper after about half an hour I needed a break. Not a problem with our Goldwing as long as ther gas in the tank we'll keep on going. No regrets for us we just love our's we hope what ever you decide to do it works out for you :D
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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:53 am

If you're going to work on the fairing, keep in mind it is ABS plastic, not fiberglass (and Bondo is not the correct way to fix it!).

The best way to repair a Goldwing fairing is to get some ABS cement (plumber's cement), some ABS pipe, and a rasp. Use the rasp on the ABS pipe to make lots of fine plastic shavings, then mix the shavings in with the ABS cement until you get a thick paste. You can then slop that onto the (inside of the) fairing and make whatever repairs you want. When it hardens, it will have bonded into the original plastic, and will be as strong (or stronger) than the original fairing was before the repair.

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby cyclewizard » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:28 pm

WingAdmin wrote:If you're going to work on the fairing, keep in mind it is ABS plastic, not fiberglass (and Bondo is not the correct way to fix it!).

The best way to repair a Goldwing fairing is to get some ABS cement (plumber's cement), some ABS pipe, and a rasp. Use the rasp on the ABS pipe to make lots of fine plastic shavings, then mix the shavings in with the ABS cement until you get a thick paste. You can then slop that onto the (inside of the) fairing and make whatever repairs you want. When it hardens, it will have bonded into the original plastic, and will be as strong (or stronger) than the original fairing was before the repair.


I have a crack in my trunk lid, I'm going to give this a try.
thanks WingAdmin for the info.

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Re: New Member thinking of buying a wing, feedback?

Postby cyclewizard » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:32 pm

The 82 wings are damn near bullet proof and real simple to work on.
I like the old school 1100 wings.......




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