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Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby themainviking » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:10 am



Hello All

Happy to have found this site. I just yesterday bought a new 2009 GL1800 AD and have discovered that Goldwing riders may actually have skills that to date I have not mastered, coming as I am from a line of Harleys. (I think you may have seen me on the road. I am the one who does NOT have an attitude, lol) I hope to have a long happy relationship with this site as I become better at manoevering this behemoth at low speeds.

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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby jinx » Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:29 am

I think you will find that bladder control is very important. I find that I have to empty my bladder before I need to fill the gas tank.
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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:27 am

hello viking and welcome to GWD.your goldwing has a longer wheelbase and overall legnth than your harley
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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby actionpack » Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:24 am

welcome viking , sounds like ya got a nice ride
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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:18 am

What are the skills you are looking to acquire?

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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby nvrider » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:25 pm

Welcome Vicking from Las Vegas, I think you'll find that Wing rider are more to your liking, instead of bar to bar we tend to ride for the enjoyment of riding and will ride with just about any one it dosn't matter what they ride. There is a LOT of Info. on this site from how to fix it, Fun places to ride!!

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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby themainviking » Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:46 pm

detdrbuzzard wrote:hello viking and welcome to GWD.your goldwing has a longer wheelbase and overall legnth than your harley


Hey dr buzz;

Actually, as I have a softail custom, the goldwing is not longer overall, nor, I think, does it have a longer wheelbase, but I will look at the book specs to be sure. My softail is a half inch over eight feet if I remember correctly.

And wingadmin, the skills I am looking to acquire involve coming to a stop and putting my feet down at the right time. The passenger boards keep catching me in the back of the legs. Hey, it is a new toy, it takes refreshing of some old old skills, not learning new ones. I am already better at it over three days, so S'All good.


P.S.: Okay, I checked the specs and the Softail is WB = 66.4, Overall length = 94.0 // Wing WB = 66.5, Overall length = 103.5 (which would be rear overhang), so overall length of the wing is more by nine inches, but the wheelbase is pretty much the same. I believe the whole different feel is due to the rake of the bikes. I have not ridden a bike with a rake like the Wings for more than twenty years.
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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby themainviking » Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:55 pm

nvrider wrote:Welcome Vicking from Las Vegas, I think you'll find that Wing rider are more to your liking, instead of bar to bar we tend to ride for the enjoyment of riding and will ride with just about any one it dosn't matter what they ride. There is a LOT of Info. on this site from how to fix it, Fun places to ride!!


Hello nvrider;

I have had FLH Harleys too, and used to ride 900 miles a day (never did a thousand mile day, ever). I do believe I am past those days now, and I have not ridden bar to bar for quite a while either. I know what you are saying tho. I can do a hundred miles between stops on the wing, and maybe more, and do not need to pee as bad when I do stop, lol. What decided me to buy this bike was doing a 250 mile trip about a month ago, returning the same day. Five hundred miles on a softail is way too much for this ole geezer.

I just met up with a Harley riding buddy at the coffee shop, and I had come a hundred miles to get there. He had come ten. He was frozen about stiff, and I was just comfortable. Man, this is great. I wish I'd a thunk a doing this a long time ago. I missed a buncha miles on the road the last few years, lmao.
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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:19 pm

themainviking wrote:And wingadmin, the skills I am looking to acquire involve coming to a stop and putting my feet down at the right time. The passenger boards keep catching me in the back of the legs. Hey, it is a new toy, it takes refreshing of some old old skills, not learning new ones. I am already better at it over three days, so S'All good.


I had the same problem when I first got my Wing. I had permanently bruised shins (inner shins) from bashing my legs into the foot boards. Doesn't happen anymore, so I guess I learned along the way somewhere. :)

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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby actionpack » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:17 pm

themainviking wrote:Hello All

Happy to have found this site. I just yesterday bought a new 2009 GL1800 AD and have discovered that Goldwing riders may actually have skills that to date I have not mastered, coming as I am from a line of Harleys. (I think you may have seen me on the road. I am the one who does NOT have an attitude, lol) I hope to have a long happy relationship with this site as I become better at manoevering this behemoth at low speeds.

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2009 GL1800 AD
1987 Softail Custom
1974 FLH
1966 Electric Pan/Shovel
1956 Wisbone Pan hardtail springer
1947 Knuckle

they do handle diff then the hd , when i got mine i had a hard time getting use to the fareing not moving with the wheel and low speed was a bit more of a problem for me , now that i have had it , it;s no longer a problem
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Re: Brand new here with a brand new wing

Postby themainviking » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:05 pm

actionpack wrote:they do handle diff then the hd , when i got mine i had a hard time getting use to the fareing not moving with the wheel and low speed was a bit more of a problem for me , now that i have had it , it;s no longer a problem


WingAdmin wrote:I had the same problem when I first got my Wing. I had permanently bruised shins (inner shins) from bashing my legs into the foot boards. Doesn't happen anymore, so I guess I learned along the way somewhere.


Well, I have now had the bike for six weeks, and have ridden 2500 kliks, and I no longer have bruised legs, nor do I get hit by the boards. I no longer have a problem with the higher center of gravity, but can see how a day or two of riding in the spring is going to be necessary to sharpen back up. I still sometimes come to a stop like a new rider, but it is only a little bit embarassing, as I have not had to lift my bike up off the pavement yet, LOL LOL. I have discovered that my legs are exactly 1/2" too short. I think I love this bike more now than when I bought it. Thanks for being here, and having this site. It is great.

Viking


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