Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?


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Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby urbanmadness » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:21 pm



I'm lucky, I can ride most of the year, baring rain (I don't like riding in the rain, much); But many of us can't, so all we can do is either look at or maintain our rides.

I'll start, I bought a "new" seat for my 1500. I also have some new speakers I want to install, and I'm shopping for a blue tooth adapter for the stock stereo. I'm also going to do new timing belts, plugs, oil change, flush the cooling system, and change the hydraulic fluids in the clutch and braking systems.



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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby FM-USA » Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:05 am

Sleep?
I've been riding 24/365 for 4+ years.
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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby wingman12 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:29 am

While my wing is hibernating for the winter I will be replacing the timing belts and tensioner pulleys, checking front wheel bearings for squealing noise, replacing all brake lines with stainless steel lines, install shifter stablelizer support, install louder horn, finish changing all lights to LED. Already have HID headlights, rewire HID headlight to relay activated by oil pressure switch, locate the LED flasher unit needed for the LED turn signals, change spark plugs, change out all vacuum hoses, change out the heat shield on top of engine, and what ever else I find needs changing or fixing, planning 6000 mile in 2 week ride this summer and don't want any break downs spoiling my trip to the west coast. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. Ride safe and ride often. :D :D

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby gamartin » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:43 am

With the 1100 put up for the winter, I've got a laundry list of stuff I want to do in the down time. Last year being my first with the wing, I got a bunch of maintenance items caught up, so this time it will be a time for uupgrading some items.
First replace the original headlight with a Hella E-code unit and silverstar bulb, Replace the four round tail lights in the Vetter trunk with 2 oval LED tail/brake light assemblies, replace the trunk side reflectors with LED side markers, replace the brake/tail light bulbs with LED units.
Then remove the Clarion Type I radio and install a Boss 3" round marine gauge radio for better sound. Then for the fairing gauge cluster since the glass lenses are bad, replacing the analog voltmeter with a digital unit, the altimeter with a Richie 2" compass, the analog air temp with a digital unit (Never has worked right), and installing a digtial clock.
Lastly, flushing the forks and replacing the oil, then replacing or rebuilding the rear shocks (May go will Harley units).
Looking forward to the upgrades and riding again this spring :D

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:06 am

What I plan to do and what I actually do are usually two different things. :)

I still have a stainless rear brake line (the one you have to pretty much remove the swingarm to get to) to install. That one's been on the list a long time. I kind of doubt it will happen this year (again).

My cruise "set" light is working intermittently. The cruise works fine, but the actual light itself comes on only sometimes. I think there must be a loose connection somewhere.

I should do a carb sync.

I'd like to do a rebuild of my Bike PC, moving the heat control circuitry to a secondary module, to get the high-current circuitry off the board, and to expand the channels from 2 to 4 (for more heated gear).

I'm going to flush my brakes and clutch this winter. I have a Randakk reusable fuel filter that I'll pull, clean and replace. The air filter and spark plugs will get replaced.

I'd like to pull the blue LEDs I used for dash lighting out and replace them with white. I don't like the way that all the red markings (i.e. low fuel) on the dash disappear at night when using the blue LEDs. I also want to diffuse the light better to get a more even light dispersal across the dash.

And I'd like to put some kind of alternator warning light on the dash, to give me some kind of warning if my alternator has packed it in.

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby urbanmadness » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:57 am

One upgrade I'd love to make on mine, is to figure out someway to get SE foot warmers on my bike... :)

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:32 pm

urbanmadness wrote:One upgrade I'd love to make on mine, is to figure out someway to get SE foot warmers on my bike... :)


On your GL1100?

That said, I don't really notice a whole lot of difference from those foot warmers. The ambient air carries away the heat before it can make much difference.

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby Happytrails » Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:00 pm

Just got done replacing the rear brake line with a stainless steel one. Took me awhile to do it too. Missed out on quite a bit of fall riding. My rear brakes kept letting air in but not leaking any fluid out. It was unsafe to ride the bike so had to do it out of necessity. On the good side replacing it totally fixed the problem.

1. Replace fork fluid and check the spring length. Possible rebuild the front forks but the cost of the tools is making me a sad camper.
2. Replace the air compressor dessicant.
3. Change the shaft drive oil.
4. Change the radiator hoses and flush the coolant.
5. Start replacing some of the easier vacuum hoses to get to.
6. Replace tires and install billet valves and balance beads. Polish wheel up.
7. Buy an SM10 for the bike.
8. Possibly do a projector headlight project.

Its supposed to be an El Nino winter so I'd like to be ready to ride by March. Maybe I am setting my goals too high :D
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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby crock4 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:07 pm

Already did most of my list. Forks, front and rear brakes, rear tire, flushed, and changed all fluids, had newest recall done, putting balancing beads in my tires, then ride most of the winter :)
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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby golden highway » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:56 pm

Crying :cry: doing some nessary and unnecessary maintanance and crying :cry:

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby urbanmadness » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:59 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
urbanmadness wrote:One upgrade I'd love to make on mine, is to figure out someway to get SE foot warmers on my bike... :)


On your GL1100?

That said, I don't really notice a whole lot of difference from those foot warmers. The ambient air carries away the heat before it can make much difference.


No, I sold the 1100, I have a 1500 now. I just don't have good pictures yet and it looks like crap with the torn up seat and faded paint. Getting the seat tho, is kinda rekindling my interest. I'm still trying to figure out what color I want to paint it.

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby wingman12 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:13 pm

Wingadmin, ref your blue LED in the dash, I did mine in blue and agree with you, not good at night, I had a hard time seeing the tach and speedo arms. I took your suggestion last year and on the bulbs that were rounded on top, I took a fine metal file and flattened them down a little bit, then cut a small pc of bounty paper towel covered the head of the bulb and glued down with a thin coat of silicone clear adhesive, let dry reinstalled. I had no hot spots. I also will return to the white, but LED for night driving. :D :D

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby Happytrails » Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:14 pm

urbanmadness wrote: I'm still trying to figure out what color I want to paint it.



Burnt orange :D

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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby NVSB4 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:13 pm

Happytrails wrote:Burnt orange :D

Lot of Texans like burnt orange \m/ :D
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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:16 am

NVSB4 wrote:
Happytrails wrote:Burnt orange :D

Lot of Texans like burnt orange \m/ :D

When I was down there in the mid 80's for a couple years, didn't look like Texans riding in them Burnt Orange cars and trucks. :shock:

Color suggestion...
Think, "Paint-Ball" paint job.
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Re: Winter's Upon us, what are you doing to your wing while it sleeps?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:52 am

urbanmadness wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
urbanmadness wrote:One upgrade I'd love to make on mine, is to figure out someway to get SE foot warmers on my bike... :)


On your GL1100?

That said, I don't really notice a whole lot of difference from those foot warmers. The ambient air carries away the heat before it can make much difference.


No, I sold the 1100, I have a 1500 now. I just don't have good pictures yet and it looks like crap with the torn up seat and faded paint. Getting the seat tho, is kinda rekindling my interest. I'm still trying to figure out what color I want to paint it.


You need to update your profile to show your new bike! :)




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