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Scooter363y
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Winter upgrades

Postby Scooter363y » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:58 am



Well it's getting to that time of year that I'm thinking that in a couple of months I'll have to put the wing in storage for the winter. Usually that is the time that I plan to do upgrades to my bikes. I've only had my wing for just over a year so not much upgrades yet. Last winter I had the following upgrades:

Belly pan
Trunk/saddlebag carpet kit
Trunk/saddlebag inner luggage
Trunk lid organizer
Ram mount for iPhone
Aux input for iPhone
Hjc helmets with chatterbox Bluetooth

During the summer I replaced the tires at 6,000 miles with Dunlop elite 4's along with Centramatic balancers (wow what a difference).

Now I'm contemplating what to upgrade this winter?
I'm thinking

Hid headlights with LED high beams
Checking the cruise control cable adjustments to get rid of that lag (while I'm in there)

I'm afraid to start with chrome upgrades. That is one slippery slope!
Just like to hear from others about their plans if any for upgrades or suggestions.

Scott



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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby themainviking » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:40 am

Light strips to replace every bit of trim on the bike. Chrome, chrome and more chrome. and light strips.
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby Scooter363y » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:54 am

Lights and chrome scare me! Once you start you can't stop! Like a gateway drug!

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby minimac » Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:13 am

Lights,lights, and more lights. I want to be sure I'm seen. Oh, and a better xm/sirius set up than I'm currently running.

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby Happytrails » Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:12 am

Shiney things are sparkly and nice. But maybe consider some cold weather gloves, jacket w/ liners and possibly some pants and boots. Even though the weather gets a little chilly you might be able to ride clear up until Christmas like we were able to last year in this part of the country. And I think I was able to go for my first spring ride in early March? Riding those extra months really adds value to owning a bike in the northeast imho! And to be honest I kinda like the cooler temps where I dont get too hot wearing all my gear. Just have to watch out for all the piles of leaves. :D
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:47 pm

Thinking of making my exhaust a true dual exhaust system. Was just out there crawling around under the bike. Doesn't appear to be that big of a job.
(But then again, at 10:00 this morning, I started a little job that should of only taken a half hour or 45 minutes. Got done a little after 3:00 this afternoon. :lol: )
Also thought I might replace my speakers. Thought they were going bad but it could be I just need a hearing aid.
Fix my cruise control and replace some burnt out bulbs. ;)
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:49 pm

A heated seat element adds some serious comfort in the autumn months 8-)
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby Scooter363y » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:19 am

My bikes already has heated grips and seat. But I appreciate the suggestion.

I like braided stainless steel brake lines.

Scott

Any more suggestions?

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby Scooter363y » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:43 pm

I have noticed the low number of side viewable lights on the bike. I would like to have a little more there on the sides so I'm thinking of:

Led/reflectors on the front brake covers
Led side rondels
Those light strips just above the cyl heads n below the fairing
And something for the saddle bag area
Upgrading the tail light between the turn signals to have a brake light. Can't believe it came like this

I have installed the rear spoiler/brake light and would like to upgrade to running light option.

Suggestions/opinions

Scott

Trying to stay away from a whole bunch of lights but enough to be seen.

Has anybody installed those hid headlights from SoCal moto? If so opinions?

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:38 pm

The HID headlights sure are bright, but they blind oncoming drivers, particularly at night. I removed mine and replaced them with LEDs, which aren't as bright in total overall output, but direct the light more where it's needed, instead of blasting it out in every direction.

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby Scooter363y » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:53 pm

I can appreciate the feedback on the hid lights but in your profile it says you have a 1500 wing. I think those use the H-4 style headlight Assy. I have read that indeed the hid lights used this way have a problem focusing the beam. I have a 1800 that uses the H-7 style bulb. I have read that this style has much better focusing result . What I have read the set up that works best is hid low beams and led high beams.

I would like to hear from someone with this set up.

Scott

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby Paulcf » Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:19 pm

You have a nice Goldwing (red)! I would keep it looking much the same but some tastefully applied chrome items will enhance it visually of course. One item you must get is a chrome side panels which you have black ones now. Chrome covers will really set the bike up.

The items you initially suggested I have done, and collectively it took about half a day to install them.

What I did this spring was I disassembled my front forks and did a full overhaul on them, new bushings, seals, oil, etc. Obviously your bike is still too new for this but you might consider new fork springs and possibly a new steering head bearing assembly.

One thing you should also strongly consider are Centramatic discs...I put these on my bike and cannot believe how smooth it is and how long the tires last with zero cupping, HIGHLY recommended! I found that they also improved my braking!

Also don't forget about getting the driving lights, they are awesome for daytime added visibility of course. I find the stock headlights more than sufficient to ride occasionally in the dark with.

In fact if it was up to me now, I would NOT have bought the bag/trunk liners, lid storage pockets, removable luggage bags and other such and stuck with ONLY doing the Centramatics!
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby Scooter363y » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:38 am

Thanks for the opinion I appreciate it

I already have the Centramatic balancers and the LED driving lightes.

I agree the side panels would improve the looks but then chrome frame covers would look nice with that,and chrome floor boards, and so on. Well I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on chrome. It's a slippery slope that chrome thing. Maybe a little later.

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby rb550four » Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:54 pm

winter grade Honda

Too much?

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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby keithg64 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:19 pm

A few years ago I added a show chrome windshield 4 inches wider and 4 inches taller. Cut the 4 inches out of the height to see over and enjoy the 4 inches extra in width.
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby keithg64 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:21 pm

Highway pegs and back rest and always a plus.
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:08 pm

i would add more lights in the rear to help be seen, brake, tail and stop lights.
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Re: Winter upgrades

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:28 pm

Been working on a dual exhaust system.
Got the pre-muffler off and then ran into a problem.
Been to two muffler shops. Will be at least 2 weeks before one can even look at it and the other says his machine won't make a tight enough bend. (I think the second guy just doesn't want to mess with it).
So for the time being, I'm using some flex pipe I bought at O'Reillys. Thing sounds like a Ferrari now! :lol:
Its louder now but at cursing speed I can still listen to the radio okay. Have found a couple more muffler shops so I hope to get the flex pipe off soon. ;)


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