Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings


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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by MiWinger51 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:32 pm



rcgreg wrote:I'm 70 - and my wing is a 85 Ltd. Looks like this year I'll finally have to put the 'training wheels' mod on it, of course - I will add a gear to one of the wheels and a motor and chain drive so that i have reverse.
Tell me, what training wheel kit are you considering? I have an 87 Aspencade that I am considering doing that modification on. If it doesn't sell, I need to make it drivable for my wife.


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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by rcgreg » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:39 pm

The DIY article on this board, couple of 12V 4" stroke actuators, some angle iron and iron pipe 2 6 inch wheels and there you have it. You can get the actuators with mounting hardware and a REMOTE to pu on your key chain for about 120 bucks US - check out ebay.

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by Spaceman7015 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:43 pm

That 83 came with a journey kit installed. I do plan to remove it. Probably should keep it for later....??????

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by 2014redwing » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:44 pm

practice practice practice . loosing your footing while parking!!! i have seen this happen a few times while the rider is pushing the bike backwards , but never a goldwing , once a couple young bucks laughed at the older gentlemen ! After we went over and helped him pick it up i told them all if thats the worst thing that happens i will kick mine over on its side everytime i get on it . KEEP THE SHINY SIDE UP!!!!

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Post by tbird71 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:50 am

The one thing I have learned ABOUT THE GOLDWING (FOR ME ANYWAYS) is to ALWAYS come to a complete stop
at intersections...do not try to make rolling stops! If you misjudge traffic and have to panic stop you WILL be picking the bike up. Just take your time and dont ever try to "horse" the thing around...you will LOSE

These are pretty easy bikes to ride once you learn how, and it WILL be a learning experience, as with any bike.

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by Mav4G » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:14 pm

I think some of us 'older guys' simply enjoy the heavy ride for what it is. In my youth the average car started out around 3200 lbs and came with a big block motor. I didn't drive through ruts I made them. The beauty of the weight is in the handling. I can do things with an old Cadillac or Lincoln people today can't manage with a Toyota or midsize car. On the open road, with all those ponies, you felt invincible and comfortable - room to move and the power to get it done. I have owned many vehicles and motorcycles and I left my 77 Harley XLCH for a 78 Wing when I was in southern CA. On the road it handled like a boss. AND I could take a passenger and all our belongings for extended weekend road trips and my passenger enjoyed it all too. Like the old cars with big trunks and back seats we owned the road. Right now I own a GL1500 but I also own a Honda VT1100T - a cult bagger only produced for a few years. Its much lighter than the Wing and yet almost every time I head out I must decide which one I want to ride - and ninety percent of the time I find myself on the Wing. Its an easy 350 lbs heavier than the ACE and the difference just feels good to me. On the lighter bike when an 18 wheeler wants to barrel a wind tunnel on the road I have to be extra diligent handling the jet wash as he goes by me. On the Wing its barely noticeable; due in part to my skills, but only because the Wing lets me handle it the way it should be. You can't compare the big Honda to a dressed Harley; they're like apples and oranges. But with the Harley I would get tired from the vibrating loud pipes all day. I can go twice as far on a Wing and not feel half as bad at the end of a long ride compared to almost any other bike I've ever owned which is why I'm on my 6th Wing. And during those times I find myself in inclement weather Im so much more confident on my Wing - as it handles so much better with so little effort. I think once a newbie understands that greater weight means early planning they'll gain the confidence they need. You simply anticipate whats coming and adjust for it early. In this way everything glides and your passenger is having fun too. I never tailgate in any vehicle, but since I can stop a bike on a dime and I know the guy behind me can't - I leave room for all that. I rarely have to brake hard or make sudden moves so the ride is just fun. And at the end of the day my aging issues aren't working against me like they might on another ride. And it gets better if you're pulling a tailer. Honda made the Goldwing to do all the work so I don't have to. :)

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by RoadRunner15 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:33 am

I celebrated my 65th Birthday and retirement by riding my 2015 GL1800 Level III from New Jersey to Alaska and back - over 16,000 miles this past summer. It was a very enjoyable trip!

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:00 am

RoadRunner15 wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:33 am
I celebrated my 65th Birthday and retirement by riding my 2015 GL1800 Level III from New Jersey to Alaska and back - over 16,000 miles this past summer. It was a very enjoyable trip!

Awesome!

I would like to do that myself, but I'm not sure that I would enjoy a full month on the road.
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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by RoadRunner15 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:23 pm

We took our time, visiting 11 U.S. National Parks; 4 Canadian Provincial Parks; rode U.S. 50 across Nevada; Million Dollar Highway in Colorado, and many attractions and points of interest along the way.

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by redial » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:47 am

I have taken the plunge and purchased the "Legs Up" 'training wheels'. They should be here next week, so I will write a review when I have some experience with them. They provide a pretty good write up on their web pages on how to fit them, so if anyone was to stuff it up, Redial is the man! I still love my 1500.
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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:13 am

redial wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:47 am
I have taken the plunge and purchased the "Legs Up" 'training wheels'. They should be here next week, so I will write a review when I have some experience with them. They provide a pretty good write up on their web pages on how to fit them, so if anyone was to stuff it up, Redial is the man! I still love my 1500.
Looked at this companies web site last year. Impressive videos. Look forward to your review once you get the install done.

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:59 pm

redial wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:47 am
I have taken the plunge and purchased the "Legs Up" 'training wheels'. They should be here next week, so I will write a review when I have some experience with them. They provide a pretty good write up on their web pages on how to fit them, so if anyone was to stuff it up, Redial is the man! I still love my 1500.

I am betting that you really like them.
the videos that I have watched, seem to make a statement for safety for us ole codgers.
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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:05 pm

Not inexpensive, but less expensive than a trike or trike conversion. Videos are excellent and the manual for the 1500 is quite good.

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by themainviking » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:17 am

I do not know if this post is going to be received in open mindedness or not. I have just read the entire thread through, and many have stated that buying a Goldwing at a later period in life was dependent on being able to afford it, as they are expensive. There are an awful lot of young bucks who have shelled out the same or more on Harleys many times over, over the years, so I cannot believe that the expense of the Goldwing is the reason that we "older" men have them. I just think that when we learn better, we do better. I bought my Goldwing because the Harleys were bothering my tendinitis with the V-Twin vibration. What I discovered was that the Goldwing is a superior motorcycle to anything Harley ever built, and I had a '57, a '65, a '74, all sold since I bought the Goldwing and still own a 1987 Softail Custom on which I put 130,000 miles in 13 months, the year I got out of the army. It was my psychiatrist, and I got back home at least partially sane, which I was not, on departure. I lived like a scooter tramp for just over a year. Over the years, however, it got so I was riding less and less due to the difficulty with riding with no feeling in my arms :lol: . The Softail now gets, if lucky, a hundred miles a year for the shear hell of the noise and balls to the wall riding. The remaining 15,000 or so miles every year are on the Goldwing. It is an absolute pleasure to ride. I will turn 70 this year, have been riding since I was 15, and have counted a little over 800,000 miles, aiming for a minimum of the million mark before I have to trike out a bike. The advice about finding parking lots for slow speed practice is bang on, as is the advice to continue to educate oneself with MSF courses. I took my first basic MSF in 1988, and was amazed at what I learned that I thought I knew before but did not. Since then, I take advanced riding courses and do parking lot practice whenever I can, and at the least, every spring before I begin riding in earnest. I lay my GL1800 on its right side on a pad in order to change out rear tires and never have any trouble righting it. Have I accidentally allowed it to lie down? Of course, but so far only through careless parking, without damage to my baby.

Do I wish I had discovered the Goldwing earlier in my riding life? Not a bit. I enjoyed the years on the Harleys with the riding buddies I had then, but at the end of it all, unless you ride with a significant other in the passenger seat, a person is alone in their ride, no matter how many others are around at the time. The ride is what it is about and it is a singular event, for me, and I would think for many others who share the love and the freedom of it. When I rode a Harley, I did not care what you rode, as long as you rode, and I would ride with you any time any place. That has not changed. I will still ride with any one, any where, at least until you demonstrate that I should not, or I demonstrate that you should not. Either is possible as not all of our personalities mesh. I read a book a long time ago, called "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" which had pretty much nothing to do with wrenching and a whole lot more to do with attitude. I have tried to live my motorcycling life and indeed my whole life in the vein of acceptance of others and of their differences. The only thing I have difficulty accepting is the ones who attempt to mandate us off our motorcycles. Nuff outta me. Ride brothers ride.
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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by seabeechief » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:58 am

Viking, that was the most articulate account of how we got here as I have ever read. I'll be 73 in couple of months, and though I don't ride as much as I used to, I still enjoy my time in the wind as much as I ever did. I had to trike my Phoebee out a couple of years ago and I don't regret it a bit. It has allowed me to stay in the saddle. The only thing I would do differently is try the new front wheel trike kit that lets you lean into the curves. I was not aware of it at the time I triked, and I don't know if I would have opted for that particular method, but I most certainly would have checked into it. Ride SAFE!

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by themainviking » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:16 pm

Chief, I totally agree with your thoughts on the front wheel trike kits that allow one to continue to ride the twisties like a two wheel. That is one of my favourite activities. I absolutely love Tennessee and Virginia for all the "Dragon" parts. We have an eleven mile stretch of seriously curvy road about 60 miles from my house, and I get there two or three times every year to practice handling with the fun attendant with the practice. I believe these front wheel systems are a tad more costly than a rear trike conversion, but not seriously so. It would be something I would look at personally. If and when I begin to think about a trike, I shall attend Americade again, or another Wing Ding. They usually have the opportunity to actually try the different triking systems by riding them. It is a pack ride, with no possibility to really test them, but it would give a reasonable amount of information for the decision making process. Hey, maybe I have just given myself another reason to go back to Americade and Laconia this June. I will already be just north of the border from NY at the end of May. Whahoo, another adventure on the horizon.
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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by seabeechief » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:31 pm

Viking, we will be making our first Dragon ride this coming May while on our way to Rolling Thunder in DC. The twisty's aren't as much fun as they used to be, but I still have to punch holes in the bucket list. I think I would enjoy going to Americade one of these days. If nothing else it will give me the impetus I need to visit Upstate New York. I understand it is really beautiful up there. So much to do, so little time. Ride SAFE!

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Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

Post by themainviking » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:36 pm

seabeechief wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:31 pm
So much to do, so little time. Ride SAFE!

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