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?

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

Sleep?
I've been riding 24/365 for 4+ years.
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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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?

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

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

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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by wildberj » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:08 pm

Could you please list the replacement gauges. Model number or part number. What size gauges are going to replace the original?
Found a broken bolt at lower radiator mount, that's my winter fix it job.
Thank you

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Post by gamartin » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:57 pm

Wildberj,

If you were talking to me, I started this afternoon replacing the analog gauge cluster. After 5 rounds of chemo, my daytime energy level is back where it was 3-4 years ago, so I am starting to work on my projects now.

Here are the links to what I got:
To replace the altimeter, I went to a Ritchie X-21BU Compass. They are normally used in boats, so the lean angle will not affect it. Figured I could use a compass more than an altimeter:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/261323552610?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

For the Outdoor Air Temp, mine had a bad tube on it and I wanted one that worked, so I went to a digital unit from Intellitronix. They are made in Ohio and carry a lifetime warranty on their products. I am using the blue LED model.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/302166333210?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

For the clock, mine was yellowed badly, so it is getting replaced with another digital unit from Intellitronix also in blue LED.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/302172482862?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

The analog voltmeter always bugged me. Since our bikes are sensitive to voltage issues, I wanted something more precise, so it was replaced last year with this unit that is on Amazon. I really like it and it was clearly visible in the brightest of day.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006G ... ingdocs-20

I need to do some plastic welding on one of the bottom ears of the cluster housing this week. Once I do that and get it back in and wired up, I will update with a pic.

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Post by wildberj » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:29 pm

Thanks for posting the links to retrofit the fairing instrument cluster. Mine is trashed, only thing that works is the volt meter. I always wanted to redo the whole package.
Also for this "Winter" (as I am in San Antonio) Winter isn't anything like North of here.

Service the front forks, I remove the air, the air valve, the air tube, then drain. Pump the shocks by sitting on the bike. Reinstall drain bolt, and I use pump bottle I bought on ebay to refill. Don't have to remove the caps off the forks. I put the fluid in where the air hose connects. On the side with the air valve it goes in really well, on the other side, I have to burp the hose after about 10 pumps, and some dribbles out with the air bubble. If I have the gumption I also flush it out with Sea Foam transmission flush, then let it sit over night with bolts in the top holes to keep air out, then drain that and flush with a bit of ATF until it runs red, then refill.

Also putting on the Lid keepers. I have bungee cords on the insides of the saddle bag lids now.

Waiting on a set of stud removers because the broken bolt on the lower radiator wouldn't budge with vice grips.

Good to hear the treatments are helping you. Hang in there!

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Post by Grindl » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:56 am

@ WingAdmin : Old Truck Drivers trick on dash lights is to put in Orange bulbs in the dash , if you can find them to match your sockets . Cuts down on the glare , and lets you see the instruments much clearer & sharper at night . And it doesn't mess with your night vision , as much .
Lucky you live in the Buckeye . Out here in Zona , any visible blue lights on a scooter can get you a ticket from DPS . Only the Po-Po allowed blue lights anywhere on a bike . :roll:

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Post by brettchallenger » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:39 am

Lot of Texans like burnt orange
This is a very popular colour for cars here in the UK, except we call it rust.
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Post by FM-USA » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:13 pm

brettchallenger wrote:
Lot of Texans like burnt orange
This is a very popular colour for cars here in the UK, except we call it rust.
Considering your TAXES, I'm surprised you can afford a smile.
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Post by themainviking » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:25 am

My bike goes in its bed and sleeps till rain washes the salt away in the spring. About all I do is hook up a tender so the battery stays nicely topped up. It is what I do prior to putting it to bed that counts most, like oil change, top up gas and treat it, wash the bike, take it for a last run to dry it off and run the new oil through everywhere to wash it all down. With four feet of snow as an average accumulation here, not too many bikes on the road. Like none. We get a thaw in Feb usually, and some Harley rider will get out and run the salty streets for the day making noise. I did that about forty years ago, but I don't get overly antsy any longer.
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Post by FM-USA » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:49 am

Monday, Jan 30th, I have a weekly evening short trip to Kenosha.
I usually take the back roads, fewer Quadofiles to contend with. 8-)

As I rode back, the roads that were once dry were covered with about 1/2 snow. Before I left for home, everyone was concerned about a bike on snowy roads. So I went out and shuffled my feet on the road where the snow was unmolested and on the car tracks. In my book, both had plenty of traction, tho I would be riding slower.
Anyways, I went back in and told all that there's plenty of traction for 2 wheels. I said, "I'm more concerned about you and the snow. You have 4 wheels and do know what that means... you have twice the chance to slid into a ditch than I do with just 2 wheels." Stunned faces turned to smiles as they took a moment to think about it. :D

MAN-O-MAN that car tire on the rear is nice, got home without a problem. ;)
The only time a tire slipped is when I blip't the throttle for a gription test.
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Post by Alan_Hepburn » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:21 pm

While we don't really put the bike into "hibernation" out here in California, I am taking the time to upgrade the seat in the sidecar for my wife - the existing seat is a fiberglass shell made for a dune buggy or sand rail, with about 1" of worn-out foam padding, similar to this:


It's being replaced with a seat made to replace the seats in old CJ5's - like this:


Wife already gave it the "sit" test when it arrived and it's getting installed as soon as I can defeat this bloody cold that has me by the lungs right now!


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