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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daughter named her Big Bird :lol:
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