Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright


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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by detdrbuzzard » Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:58 pm



" Is it the footrests or have I reached the point where I think my luck has finally ran out lol
I m thinking that taking the footrests off would make a difference ??? "
I'm thinking he means floorboards and in his case I would try some pegs before giving up on the 1500 wing


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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by OldZX11Rider » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:42 am

I don't know if he's got boards or pegs, but I also hope he doesn't give up on his ' Wing.
I think more saddle time is what it will take. Like me, he has no problem riding, just keeping it vertical while stopped.
I put more time and miles in riding this 1500 than any other bike I've owned, before I was comfortable letting my wife climb on behind me.
It just takes time to become comfortable on the 1500 but after that, Woweee! Couldn't wait to do what the 1500 was built for, travel!
Made a trip to Wyoming and the Dakotas and then a second trip to Montana. Got to go back there again. Although my old '94 ' Wing sprung a small oil leak on the second trip, it started every day and my confidence in the bike grew.
It will just take a bit of time. :D
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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by FM-USA » Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:20 am

I've read and re-read the original post several times in varying views.
My understanding is, he's a 1 time poster (May 2016 - now Nov 2016) who hates GoldWings and is disparaging them.

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by OldZX11Rider » Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:00 pm

Too bad. He's missing a mighty fine tour bike experience. :lol:
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My 91 Gold Wing SE

Post by tbird71 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:22 am

Was reading the guys post with the 91SE...I too had a 91 and that big ass thing scared me to DEATH
(I had to do a "skip to my loo" dance to even get ON it, then they call HARLEYS Hogs?)

Wife and I pulled into a rocked area once, and I made her dismount before i tried to get it out of there.
I know those early ones are supposed to be all alike but I swear that partucular 91 model was BIGGER (to me anyway)
Well I sold it and last year picked up a bone stock 89 with 9000 actual miles...NO PROBLEMA...I easily start stop etc without fear or worry. Why I do not know. But no more 91 models for THIS old boy.

I also own a 1984 GL1200 Stripper with a Hondaline fairing. Just about perfect, I love it.

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by AntiqueModeler » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:01 pm

One thing that helps tremendously is to practice. When I first bought my Wing and rode it for the first time, all that mass really scared me (and, I had been riding bikes for many years). I had never ridden anything that heavy before.

There is a large parking lot near my house. Once every week or two, when weather is decent, I'll run over there and practice tight figure 8 turns and stops (as many here have noted: rear break, left foot down). If you have an injected engine, you can leave the bike second gear and the engine will pull you around at low speed without having to feather the clutch/throttle. This is a good setting for getting started on your figure 8 drills and (I understand) is the way that show riding teams do their routines. Later, you can use 1st gear and the clutch, but is easy to bog/race in tight low speed turns with that combination if you aren't careful. I use the lines on the parking lot to target my turns and evaluate results. For me, just inside of three car widths is pretty good for a 180, and I'm sure a more skilled low speed rider could be considerably better than that (Wings handle remarkably well). The practice in stopping is important for me, as I tend to want to plant the left foot a bit early -- not a good thing.

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by c141engineer » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:21 pm

Just a thought... how good are your steering head bearings? I had a devil of a time back when I had my '78 1000. Had ridden 'big' bikes for years, but my '78 had me looking like I belonged on four wheels instead of two. Decided to rebuild my front end and found the bearings very dry and the races pitted. With new bearings, I could now come to a complete stop before having to put a foot down.

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by Lastcowboy1871 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:48 pm

Well what can I say, I have dropped my 1988 twice since i purchased her in June of last year 2017. After the first drop I removed the cruise pegs, the left hand side punched a hole in the rocker cover (I'v never used cruise pegs in 50 odd years of ridding) Second time was on gravel, no damage on that occasion. Me I'm 5' 8' 32 inside seam and weigh 188 lbs and 65 years young. I have a custom seat but still have to tip-toe at stops, I can slide to one side of the seat either side depending on road camber, like many I slow down with both brakes and use rear brake for final stop front wheel dead straight. Practice makes perfect and if at first you don't succeed try again. :D Pete.

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by jandjgoldwing » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:57 am

I'm 5' 10", 32" inseam, 73 years old, on a GL1500, sometimes with my bride aboard. I pay a whole lot of attention to where I'm going to put my feet down when stopping, to be sure my feet have a level, clean surface. I leave space in front of me, so that I can find the optimal spot, and I'm one who twitches left and right at slow speeds to avoid coming to a complete stop, because I find that "safer" than having to put my feet down.

Each of the 4 or 5 times I dropped mine, the road surface played a big part, because I didn't make sure I had a safe place to put my feet down. I always try to lean to my left foot when stopping. That means that, if I drop the bike, it will be on the kickstand side, which adds to the drama of trying to get it back up without going over. (Probably one of Murphy's laws). Then, there's the panic that sets in when I try to restart the bike, because somehow the run/stop switch has been operated. Yes, 4 wheelers have horns!

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by Stew » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:09 am

I tipped mine over for the second time last week. It was more the result of me being in a hurry, and it happened right after I was feeling proud of myself for making a tight slow speed U-turn.

I just made the U-turn in this tight dead end parking lot and coming out of the turn pulled into the parking space which was a parallel spot that had a slight slope toward the kickstand side. In my mind the order of coming to a stop, putting the kick stand down starting to dismount the bike was executed with ninja precision but in reality things went a bit differently :lol:

My foot must've missed the kickstand or something because when I went to lean it on the kickstand to get off, the kickstand was still tucked neatly up against the side and well, you know the feeling once it's gone past the point of no return. I don't think anyone saw my dumb mistake but you can bet I will make sure that kickstand is ACTUALLY down from now on.
Winging it every chance I get 8-)

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by 89 1500 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:42 pm

Just read this entire thread with a firm north/south nod. Not sure what's up with that low speed unrest and it's way more noticeable on my 89 than my friends 97. At first I thought I had an issue with that big boy Corbin seat. (It was way wider than stock causing cramps in the hip muscles and maybe an inch higher.) Nope went back stock got lower and tucked back where I belong still a little sketchy. I almost fell over in a parking lot coming to a stop but my wife had the presence of mind to grab her handle and hang in the opposite direction, great save on her part btw. Made a side by side comparison ride with my buds 97 and found that his still sat lower than my 89 both with factory seats and 28 lbs pressure in the shock. The 97 had better manners overall low speed u turns were way smoother and easier, close quarter handling was better, and it seemed that the seated position was a little different. Last week I rode a low miles 99 and it felt even better than my friends 97. They did tweak the 1500 line a lot through it's production run and it get's really noticeable toward the later 90's. The 2018 is not for me although there is a lot of gee whiz pretties added they took away what's important to me. This weekend I'll be riding a 15 GL 1800 that has been set up for a rider over 6 foot with passenger and comparing it to the 99 1500. My 89 needs some down time I want to restore it to factory so the hunt for another workhorse is on.

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by brian.peters » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:53 pm

Read through it as well then realized it was started in 16 :o

I dropped mine leaving the house where i bought it. I half dropped it again during a skills class. Bike was very intimidating and still is not to be trifled with but the more I ride the smaller it feels.

I'm 6' 2" with a 34 inseam. I'm also 53 weigh 220 and have no problem picking the bike up.

When riding two up I'm just way more cautious.

As far as stopping I'm a both feet down once stopped kind of guy so the last foot or so is on the handbrake. I do point the bike between the lines of traffic and stay in gear until traffic stops behind me.

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by Fuzzyswing » Tue May 29, 2018 5:12 pm

I have a 1988 1500 it has drivers foot pegs, It is a lot more manageable than the 1990 1500 that I had previously, witch had drivers floor boards. Making a wider stance of your legs.
Also when I first got the 1990 1500
The steering head bearings needed to be tightened up. Which made it almost unmanageable at very slow speed. I've been riding motorcycles for 42 years. Add loose steering head bearings made me feel like a amateur. Good luck with it

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Re: Having a real problem keeping my 92 1500 cc Gold Wing upright

Post by rcgreg » Tue May 29, 2018 7:48 pm

Change those floorboards for pegs - and the problem is fixed



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