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RFW&LMW
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New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:24 pm



I have been reading through this site and am very impressed, I just wish something like this was available years ago when I was riding BSA and other English bikes. My last bike was CB 750 Honda, so long ago I can't remember the year for sure, maybe 1972? It was a great bike and so much of a improvement over previous British products. I always liked the look of the Goldwing which was on my bucket list. I found a 1995 in the local area for sale with fairly low mileage (78000km) and looks to be well maintained. Only time will tell. This will be my first adventure on a bike this big so wish me luck. I am sure I will make good use of this site for any maintenance or repairs. I am retired now so hope to do a good deal of riding come spring. RFW


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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby harvey01 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:23 pm

RFW,
Congratulations on your new ride! It is always a great feeling to get a new bike, even if it is only new to you.

I don't know your previous experience or training but I do hope you will attend a basic riding course before doing many miles. You have a good training program in Canada and it really helps to learn or relearn to do the right things when riding.

I wish you many miles of riding and smiles.
harvey
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby aj1500 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:23 pm

welcome to the wonderful world of Goldwing's, I'm sure you will have many many miles of fun filed riding
if you can't confirm it has been done may I suggest you replace the timing belts, it's a small price to pay for piece of mind
there are other things that are a good idea when you get a used bike like all fluids and plugs, filters and such but none of them can take out the engine if they fail like the timing belts can. I am on my 3rd wing and the first thing I always do is replace those belts

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1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:30 pm

Thanks for the advice & will follow any helpful hints as I am new to Goldwing.
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby wingman12 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:46 pm

Welcome RFW from the land of Lincoln, I know you will enjoy your new to you GW. Yes the timing belts are a definite must, they are 20 years old, I believe the manual recommends changing around the 90,000 mile mark anyway. Since winter is beginning to sneak unto your area, you have all winter to do any and all upgrades and inspections you wish to do or need to do. Best of luck and may you have many enjoyable and safe miles on your new to you ride. Do not hesitate to ask a question about a repair if you are unsure, the how to do articles and tutorials on this site are great. :D :D

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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:39 pm

Good Luck RFW.
My last ride was also a 750. The weight of the 1500, to me at least, was very intimidating. I haven't had it too long, couple weeks now, and I'm getting more used to it.
The thing I find about it, as soon as you hit 5 or 10 MPH, you don't feel all that weight. I went to a vacant parking lot one day and did some slow speed S's. Nothing so slow or tight I would scare myself, just getting to know the bike.
Like you, I'm retired and hope to do a lot more long distance riding. This Goldwing is going to be a lot more comfortable than that 750 Shadow I had. Good luck and enjoy!

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1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:18 pm

Thanks for the feedback OldZX11Rider, I am looking forward to spring so I can do so serious riding & get used to the bike. It is getting a bit too cold up north here to do much riding.

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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby bstig60 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:18 am

Welcome aboard. This is a great forum with a lot of knowledge. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you have problems to deal with.
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1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:27 am

Thanks Bill, I have already taken advantage of members advice & with a very quick response. this is without doubt the best site I have found.
WingAdmin has done a great job on this site for new & experienced Wing owners.

Ride Safe:
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby bstig60 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:05 am

There is nothing like the GW 1500 for long distance riding. I did a 5500 mile trip on my 88 in June/July of 2013, then located the 99 I have now with only 3500 miles on it in a local shop, so I bought it. Made them change timing belts and put on new tires and I was off. No really long distance trips last year, but I put 15000 miles on it anyway last year. If my health holds and the finances hold out, I plan a cross country trip from California to South Florida next spring. I hope to do another trip up into Alberta and over to Vancouver and back down the coast highway as well next year. This will be in addition to a lot of local rides with the group I belong to. I am retired and 70 now, so I want to do these rides while I can.....
One point about the GW! When you are making a slow turn either from a stop sign or just maneuvering, be careful of the front brake as too much of it will throw you off balance and you can go over. I came close a couple of times before I learned to be careful in those circumstances.
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby Happytrails » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:37 pm

Congrats on the new bike, looks like a beauty. Goldwings weight can be a little intimidating at first but you'll get comfortable on it with some practice. Don't feel bad if it tips over it happens to us all. And the bike rests on the guards so slow/no speed tip overs aren't going to damage anything. Have fun on your new bike :D

p.s. this might come in handy later on :D

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1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
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Motorcycle: 1995 Goldwing 1500 SE/1971 CB750 sold/ 1963 BSA 650 Gold Star Twin,/
1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:24 pm

Thanks to all for the warm welcome & helpful advice.
Ride Safe:
Best Regards
Roy
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby H20loo » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:12 am

Roy, I'm a recent 1500 buyer also and since I have been riding dirt bikes, I also found the weight and size intimidating. Darn thing takes up a whole parking spot and makes my Kim look like a kids toy.
Perhaps we will meet up in a spring m&g
Good luck with the bike

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1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:15 pm

Hello H200loo,
I am sure looking forward to spring since I have not had a chance to get the bike out for my first ride on it. I have to admit I am a little apprehensive about the size as the last bike I owned was a CB750 Honda back in the late 70's. Rode my brothers HD a couple of years ago so hopefully I won't do too much damage. Keep in touch & try to hock-up in the future.

Ride Safe:
Regards Roy
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby Pam » Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:20 am

Welcome... Don't worry about the size and weight it kind of grows on you. After a bit you don't even feel the size or weight. When the wind blows and you get blasted by wind from a semi you will be more than happy about the out the weight.

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1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:38 pm

Hi Pam,
Thanks for the encouragement, come on spring.

Ride Safe:
Roy
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby Happytrails » Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:56 pm

Just a suggestion. You might want to look into something like Ride Like a Pro. It definitely helped me get better at controlling such a big bike. I bought the DVD's and practice every spring as much as I can. It's helped me in ways that I didn't expect and helped me be a better rider overall. :D

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1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
Sun Flare Gold Metallic
Vallant Brown Inset

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RFW&LMW
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1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:36 pm

Thanks again Happytrails, will look into that.

Roy
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Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby H20loo » Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:48 pm

I just took a closer look at your bike- holy crap you have a lot of bling on there. I'm very curious about your mirror covers. Are they lighted and if so, does anyone know the source of them?
I will make sure to wear my sunglasses if we do meet up LOL.
Doug

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RFW&LMW
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1958 BSA 650 Golden Flash, both bikes long gone way in the past.

Re: New member, first bike in many years.

Postby RFW&LMW » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:02 pm

The mirror covers are the stock chrome, it is just the camera angle that makes it look different.

Roy


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