A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger


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A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby dlquack » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:58 am



Yes folks,
This past Monday was a very sad day around our home. You see, up here in Canada we are getting ready for (brrr) winter. Infact as I type this it is starting to snow a little. Monday I put my Goldwing to bed for the winter (WAAAaaaaaa!) Yep, it was like saying goodbye to a best friend knowing that it is going to be about 4 months before we can get together and renew our aquaintances.

I guess, most of you in the North know what I'm talking about. But those of you who live where you ride 12 months of the year can not understand the "grieving" a goldwinger in the north goes through each year.

But, there are some good things to look forward even during the winter monthes.... I can make those modifications I've been dreaming about all summer but didn't want to take the bike apart because I prefered to be riding. Yes, my old friend and I will be together undergoing the surgical proceedures in my garage but by spring NEW LIFE will return and we will be out and about like a couple of young kids again.

Enjoy the winter as you look forward to the spring, and everyone have a very safe and Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year. See you on the road in April.
BLessings,
dq


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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwingeer

Postby xackley » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:21 am

My gl1100 is sitting out in the cold with nothing but a ill fitting cover.
I thought I would get one last day in the 40s, but here in the New York Finger Lakes region, winter struck yesterday.
Looks like Saturday may be sunny with temps in the 30s. The Vetter fairing with lowers should make it comfortable for an hour ride before parking it in the shop.

Bought the bike in late august, and got 4000 miles riding nowhere in particular. The 82 had only 12,400 miles when I got it. With some superficial maintenance and riding it runs a lot better that when I got it. Clutch is a lot smoother, and low rpm cruising is sounding and feeling better.

This winter I will replace the belts, polish the aluminum, drain and refill the rear shocks.
I might get brave and pull the carburetors for inspection and cleaning. Might not. There is a intermittent miss when first started, but it goes away when the gauge rises above the blue, and there seems to be plenty of power. Gas mileage from 40 to 48 mpg.

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwingeer

Postby myYellowbird » Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:12 am

Was just thinking about riders like you guys last night. I live i South Florida and it was 54 here i froze my butt, thinking man when lived up north this would be it for the winter. Will just have to break out the leather for a few times we use it down here. Has for yours Carbs try running some marvel mystery oil in them works wonders on bikes with carbs. I use 2ozs per fill up on my 05 Royal Star Tour Deluxe she had 65,000 miles with no problems other then general maintenance. I still use it in my vehicles today walmart 12 buck a gallon.

At lease you guys get some good quality Maintenance time over the winter. I fine it hard to find time always riding down here.
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:49 pm

My tail starts wagging the first sign of spring.. :lol: I love trailering the bike, camping trips..yehhh Food over a fire, Rain booooo :cry: , fishing, canoeing, hiking :D ....I love it, sometimes I'll take my daughter along.. :D

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby jel1967 » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:34 pm

Winter riding: Several years ago when I was bored during the nonriding season I with my fathers help mounted shortened ski's to the rear frame of an old HD and mounted a wide shortened ski under the front wheel. Took a while to learn how to ride the darn thing but it was fun in the snow.

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby rvsandell » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:49 pm

So Sorry Northern brother!! Went to work this morning on my 05 with 44,00 miles on it in 44 degree weather. Had to put on a couple more layers of clothes but came home after work in 65 degree air, clear skies. It will continue like this for the next three or four months then get hot for both ways so less clothes changing. Still the best way to get to work if you do have to get to work!!

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:53 pm

jel1967 wrote:Winter riding: Several years ago when I was bored during the nonriding season I with my fathers help mounted shortened ski's to the rear frame of an old HD and mounted a wide shortened ski under the front wheel. Took a while to learn how to ride the darn thing but it was fun in the snow.

Hey Jel1967... HeyJel1967.. Watch for those guys wearing the white suits, they might be coming for you... :lol: That's taking fun to a whole different level..

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:20 am

my 1200 has been in hibernation going on two months now and saturday i have to pick up the 1500 from the dealer. it's going to be about 35f and may be snow flurries too but i have synergy gear ( except gloves ) to keep me warm on my 10 mile ride home
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby luckychucky60 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:15 pm

Just rode across town and got a coffee. People said "you're not freezing?" I said "no good to feel alive!" I'm still trying to get the sidecar married to the 83GL1000. Well, at least I'm still riding, no snow so far.
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby maestro319 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:51 pm

It hasn't been a week since i drove my girl the 5 miles to the garage for her winter hibernation. It was a cold (39 degrees) day with a slight drizzle, but I was riding. Gosh i miss her already!!

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:31 pm

maestro319 wrote:It hasn't been a week since i drove my girl the 5 miles to the garage for her winter hibernation. It was a cold (39 degrees) day with a slight drizzle, but I was riding. Gosh i miss her already!!

i know your pain. i rode from the dealer to my niece's housewhere the 1500 wing will spend the winter. i wanted to keep going but i had other things to do and couldn't get them done on the wing. it was 32f and the wind was kicking up but it was dry and i was warm. hopefully 2011 will be simular to 2010 as far as getting the bike back on the road is conserned. i was riding by mid-march
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby candycalientered » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:14 pm

Know just how you feel! Put my '08 to be a month ago. I'm not a mechanic so I took it into the dealer for a pre storage oil change. Topped off the tank plus added some "Seafoam" and took my bike for a short ride. I have in stored in my Mothers heated garage hooked up to a battery manager. Hopefully the winter will go by fast.

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby 24.4ZOOM » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:04 am

Gosh, with what passes for winter here, I have a hard time imagining months without two wheels. Wing is down for maintenance, otherwise I would have ridden her in tonight. Temp is now 25 F , and the Majesty will have to suffice for now. No substitute for the huge fairing and 72 cu. in. spaceheater.

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby luckychucky60 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:17 pm

It's 8pm just came home from across town. GWs are one of the coldest natured bikes I've ever owned. Takes 3/4 the way there or back to get warmed up. But, at least I can tuck my feet and legs in and stay fairly warm. I love the fairing protection on a chilly 49 degree ride! Brrrrrr, but it was worth it, love riding my motorcycle. I've been using this Starbrite Enzyme product the last two fill-ups. I think it's rejuvenating the carbs. Really, I can't swear to it, but I think the bike is regressing back to it's early years. This GW is sitting up proud with all it's new stuff. Keeping my fingers crossed for the next aging weak link to stay strong, and not give-in to the elements of age. Ok, I'm starting to warm up. I just had to sit down and get the blood in my hands warmed up by pecking on the keyboard after removing those cold leather gloves. After I took my First Gear jacket off, I could feel the reserved heat stored up in the reflective liner as I was removing it. It's good to come home to a warm house. Glad I'm not homeless and glad I have a GW under the carport even if it is 28 years old. Amen.
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:35 pm

luckychucky60 wrote:It's 8pm just came home from across town. GWs are one of the coldest natured bikes I've ever owned. Takes 3/4 the way there or back to get warmed up. But, at least I can tuck my feet and legs in and stay fairly warm. I love the fairing protection on a chilly 49 degree ride! Brrrrrr, but it was worth it, love riding my motorcycle. I've been using this Starbrite Enzyme product the last two fill-ups. I think it's rejuvenating the carbs. Really, I can't swear to it, but I think the bike is regressing back to it's early years. This GW is sitting up proud with all it's new stuff. Keeping my fingers crossed for the next aging weak link to stay strong, and not give-in to the elements of age. Ok, I'm starting to warm up. I just had to sit down and get the blood in my hands warmed up by pecking on the keyboard after removing those cold leather gloves. After I took my First Gear jacket off, I could feel the reserved heat stored up in the reflective liner as I was removing it. It's good to come home to a warm house. Glad I'm not homeless and glad I have a GW under the carport even if it is 28 years old. Amen.


Keep in mind that the colder (and dryer) the air is, the better your bike will perform, the engine will make more power. Colder air is more dense, which means your bike is packing more of it into each cylinder - kind of like supercharging your engine, except without the supercharger.

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby luckychucky60 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:33 pm

Oh darn, I was hoping it was the Starbrite Enzymes, anyway thanks for the info it does like the chilly weather. Just got back from riding again. You peeps that put your bike away read the above post. Your bike likes to be rode in the cold!!! :)
You all have a great weekend and thanks for the charger info.
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:37 pm

I would freeze a bit riding my Nomad in the cold, change bikes and the 81 with the faring, yes, much better.. :D

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:09 pm

I spent quite a few hours huddled next to the headers warming my fingers.I wont forget those winter rides anytime soon.Just gotta ride.

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:18 pm

I LOVE my heated gloves...I can remember not-so-fondly days of shoving my hands into the engine of my GSX-R at stoplights, trying to thaw my fingers a little bit before the light turned green! :)

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:25 pm

I like that heater-AC thingy I saw on here, they should have the tubes so they will go up each leg..

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby luckychucky60 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:41 pm

This morning weird thing. I unplugged the trickle charger turned the key and nothing. So, I checked fuses, they seemed ok. The best my 50 year old eyes could tell. Then I wiggled the key around, still nothing. I plugged the charger back up. I honked the horn, but still no dash lights. Then I pulled in the clutch and hit the starter. Then finally the engine light came on. It wasn't in neutral, low beam was on, so no lights should have came on, except the red light. I'm just glad it tricked me, but still started. Now there is 23 mile an hour winds. Cold won't stop me, but wind and rain will. Yea, sissy. Thought I was tough till I saw an asian girl riding here metropolitan around in the torrential down pour of rain. I submit she is more of a biker than I am. She also sews great thru leather. Sorry for the scattered thoughts. My wife tells me I have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD). :)
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:56 pm

Me too.. Hey Asian's folks are tough to the bone.. :lol:

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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwinger

Postby arkansassuperdrafter » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:39 pm

Rode to work twice this week. It was 65 degrees here today so I rode my 85 Interstate. Weird weather since it is supposed to be a possiblilty of snow Sunday. :)
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Re: A Very Sad Day for a Goldwingeer

Postby fysty-1 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:57 am

xackley wrote:My gl1100 is sitting out in the cold with nothing but a ill fitting cover.
I thought I would get one last day in the 40s, but here in the New York Finger Lakes region, winter struck yesterday.
Looks like Saturday may be sunny with temps in the 30s. The Vetter fairing with lowers should make it comfortable for an hour ride before parking it in the shop.

Bought the bike in late august, and got 4000 miles riding nowhere in particular. The 82 had only 12,400 miles when I got it. With some superficial maintenance and riding it runs a lot better that when I got it. Clutch is a lot smoother, and low rpm cruising is sounding and feeling better.

This winter I will replace the belts, polish the aluminum, drain and refill the rear shocks.
I might get brave and pull the carburetors for inspection and cleaning. Might not. There is a intermittent miss when first started, but it goes away when the gauge rises above the blue, and there seems to be plenty of power. Gas mileage from 40 to 48 mpg.


If your baby is just sitting outside with an ill fitting cover Like me then this is what you need. http://www.cycleshelter.com/products.php I am getting onbe in April. Angela


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