Just Bought my First Goldwing


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Ken Styles
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Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby Ken Styles » Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:44 pm



Hi All,

I just bought my first Goldwing it's a 1986 GL1200I.

I'm 35 and been riding since I was 18. Mostly sports bikes, like a Yamaha R6 and GSXR1000. But I haven't been on 2 wheels in about 4 years.

This is my first big cruiser style bike)
My wife said it was the only way she would allow me to have another motorcycle.

I wanted to know what kind of gas milage can I expect from a 1986 Goldwing?

Is there anything I should know about this particular year bike?



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FM-USA
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Re: Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby FM-USA » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:03 pm

First off....
WELCOME!


if I remember what others said.
The 1200 gets avg. 44 with a low/high of 38 to near 50, depending on load (body size), wind, throttle use, etc..

I have the 1500 and I've noticed I get better MPG's riding 2 up.
I think it's the "vacuum bubble" collapsing on her back, giving us a little push. :P
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby redial » Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:10 pm

Welcome, to the friendly bunch from the Deep Deep South.
Unless you have reliable service records, change all the fluids, check the brake clearances, change oil and filters, and do timing belts. Also check the age of the tyres. After you are happy with it, take it for a ride, and see what you have been missing out on. There are very good "How to's" on this site, for how to do them. Whatever, and whenever, you do any maintenance on the gw, record it, including the price of components. This will be useful for you, and if you decide to sell it into the future, (but only after it has done a million kms/miles :o ). Look after it and it will look after you.
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Re: Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby c5cruiser » Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:48 am

Even tho I'm new to the site I say WELCOME!
I'm in the mits of buying a Wing too but I'm stuck between an 04 1800 or a more affordable 99 1500.
I hear (by going through all the blogs) that 1500 is a little top heavy but is great on the body for long trips. The 1800 is great for maneuvering and stopping with ABS on it.
Though choice. :?

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MADE_IT!_200K_Oct_17/2016
iRide 24/365 99% SmileMiles
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HD to be SATISFIED,...
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HD friends PACIFIED."
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Re: Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby FM-USA » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:14 am

c5cruiser wrote:I'm in the mits of buying a Wing too but I'm stuck between an 04 1800 or a more affordable 99 1500.
Though choice. :?


Might help choose...
Getty-up and go or get gone.

I'm partial to the 1500, never had a 1800.
I don't care for the weak aluminum frame, I haul heavy trailers.
"OIL CHANGE?" _FM 07-2009
Know its new taste and be loyal, you'll know when to change that oil.
Taste testing as the miles flow, souring as that acid grows.
And don't flirt with dirt or darkened oil, all the faster your engine will spoil.

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Re: Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby c5cruiser » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:40 am

Well here's my dilemma. I had taken my VTX to the Republic Of Texas motorcycle rally (aka ROT) a couple of years ago. My wife was on the back and the bike being at little top heavy anyway, I was going abou 3-5 miles an hour and while mauve ring thru the crowd my X stared leaning to the left. I probably would have dropped it if it wear the for a bystandard who help straighten it back up. Thus she hasn't been on the back since.
I asked numorous times why not get her her own bike like a 750 but she won't ride unless I get something bigger and the she just would rather be a passenger. She doesn't like or trust the drivers around here. They are idiots, I'll give her that.
This why I've been looking for something with a lower center of gravity. I'm not getting any younger but like being in the wind.
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Re: Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby rooferx » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:53 pm

Welcome from Pasadena Maryland,,,

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Re: Just Bought my First Goldwing

Postby trike lady » Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:13 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.


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