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New bike

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:39 am



My wife has been talking about getting her motorcycle license for years now. She loves riding on the back of the Wing, but always wanted to try it herself. So...the Goldwing now has a friend in our garage: a little Yamaha Virago 250. My wife has signed up for the MSF Basic course, and I'm working on teaching her about gears and clutches and what they do. :)
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Re: New bike

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:50 am

Congrats. on the cycle, got a great deal on it I bet..She's gonna have fun on that for sure, perfect choice and style to learn on...I will hide this post from my wife.. :lol: when I read the topic I said to myself, oh man he got him one of those 1800's..wrong again..It has a windscreen and all, great ..

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Re: New bike

Postby sweetoldwing » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:16 pm

That sounds very cool (depending on how quick she picks it up of course). My wife wants a bike as well; of course she wants a HD 883 with fairing. A new one too. With a CD so she can listen to Josh Grogan music. And cruise control. Oh by the way in 24 years she has never ridden with me. Not once. But she says she will take the plunge if I buy her that specific bike.

ps I have no garage pic with her bike in it to show cause she DOES NOT have it. And will not until she ponies up the bucks for one.
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Re: New bike

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:18 pm

It had sat unridden in a garage for two years, with gas in the tank (and carb). I had to keep the choke on in order to keep it running on the ride home. Once home, I drained the gas out (it was yellow and horrible looking), poured in half a can of Seafoam along with a tank of fresh gas, and took it out for a half-hour ride on the highway. By the time I got home, it was running like new.

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Re: New bike

Postby suvcw04 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:34 pm

You're getting an 883 for your wife?
GOOD TRADE!!!!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. (Even though I should have.)

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Re: New bike

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:52 pm

Ohhh... :lol: :lol: that one stung... :oops: :oops: :lol:

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Re: New bike

Postby actionpack » Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:58 pm

congrat to mrs. wingadmin on her new bike , good luck teaching her , :D
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Re: New bike

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:03 pm

I bet you can find just about any replacment part on ebay too...Wingman they made a lot of those little buggers it looks like..You won't have many issues with it.. Great bikes...Wingman ya better hope the kids don't run in that door in a big hurry...Wham bam the bike will have a scratch..

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Re: New bike

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:03 am

looks like a great starter bike, gonna have to get a bigger garage now though.
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Re: New bike

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:04 am

Now that you got your wife the new bike, you wont have anyone riding two up with you. Im sure your daughter will want to ride with mom on here new bike,HaHa it is a nice looking bike but need to see more pics cant tell much from the rear. Have fun riding !!! Hal
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Re: New bike

Postby sweetoldwing » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:11 pm

Love that 883 trade for my wife idea!!! Hope I don't have to throw in much cash.
Kind of like that country song about the guy who leaves his wife for fishing. 8-)
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Re: New bike

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:31 pm

congrats and good luck getting the wife rolling on her new bike but start looking for something bigger once she decides she is going to keep riding
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Re: New bike

Postby wally » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:49 pm

Nice bike! I hope it has an easy clutch for her. I hope this won't affect your marriage. Good Luck!

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Re: New bike

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:16 pm

littlebeaver wrote:I bet you can find just about any replacment part on ebay too...Wingman they made a lot of those little buggers it looks like..You won't have many issues with it.. Great bikes...Wingman ya better hope the kids don't run in that door in a big hurry...Wham bam the bike will have a scratch..


Yeah, they made tons of those bikes. No problem with parts there, but the thing is in great condition, has just 5,000 miles on it!!

That door is always locked, never used, never opened! :)

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Re: New bike

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 01, 2011 11:31 am

I spent a couple hours with her on Thursday evening teaching her how to engage the clutch, i.e. how not to stall the engine. The poor starter on that bike. :) She got it after a bit, and then just practiced going up and down the driveway, starting and stopping.

Yesterday she went and wrote the test for her learners permit, and I then took her out to a deserted dead-end road in the industrial area. I had her work on turning a bit, braking, and then introduced the concept of upshifts and downshifts. It didn't take long, she's a pretty quick learner - her shifting is by no means smooth, but she's not doing too badly. To her credit, she's listening to everything I tell her, and is really trying her best to listen and not take what I'm saying as criticism. I'm quite proud of her!




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Re: New bike

Postby littlebeaver » Sun May 01, 2011 11:52 am

That's great, does she drive a 5 speed car or a manual trans. if so, she should learn those gears alot quicker , if not then she's going to know how to drive a manual car after she learns on the bike..Pretty cool.. She will know how without ever trying it..Here's what's funny she may not even realize it either.. :D That's great she's learning so quickly and I'm sure she's excited..

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Re: New bike

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 01, 2011 3:30 pm

littlebeaver wrote:That's great, does she drive a 5 speed car or a manual trans. if so, she should learn those gears alot quicker , if not then she's going to know how to drive a manual car after she learns on the bike..Pretty cool.. She will know how without ever trying it..Here's what's funny she may not even realize it either.. :D That's great she's learning so quickly and I'm sure she's excited..


She's never driven anything without an automatic transmission, so I had to sit her down beforehand and give her an explanation of just what a clutch does, why you need gears, and draw a few pictures beforehand.

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Re: New bike

Postby HALBUDD » Sun May 01, 2011 8:04 pm

Well the pictures must have worked ! Looks like she was having fun,and sounds like your having fun too. keep up the good work and post more pics, the weather was great here on Saturday went to brown co. about 200 miles round trip now its raining again. Good luck with the training Hal
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Re: New bike

Postby littlebeaver » Sun May 01, 2011 8:27 pm

I want a photo of WingAdmin. on the little bike.. :lol: :lol:

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Re: New bike

Postby actionpack » Sun May 01, 2011 9:28 pm

man thats great , she is doing good , she made that turn around down at the road good ,tell her were proud of her ,
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Re: New bike

Postby bovine » Mon May 02, 2011 11:16 am

I wouldn't mind having one of those to commute to work on myself! I hear they are great little bikes and as reliable as a hammer.
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Re: New bike

Postby WA9FWT » Tue May 03, 2011 1:37 pm

I too thought you were going to show us a new Wing in that garage. Thats great that the two of you can now travel along side each other. the only way I will ever get my wife on a bike again is to get a trike after last season we dumped it 3 times in one week end. Maybe I should just come home with a small one for her like you did !!
I'm working on my problem like having the seat redone to lower my self to the ground,removed the big boards, back to the toe shifter.Of coarse I'm not getting any younger, and when you take off across state for a whole day of ridding two up, bike loaded with gear it just got to top heavy. It was our first long trip in 10 years and I thought I was still 20 I guess.So far the weather around the big Lake Michigan for ridding has not been good.

Temp here in Sheboygan Wi is only 39 as I type....Glad to watch all the Video's on this great site.At least some one is ridding. WA9FWT Phil

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Re: New bike

Postby tandem54 » Tue May 03, 2011 9:46 pm

Wow by the way she did the turn around it looks like she's been riding for awhile!! The safety course is great too, keep up the good work!
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Re: New bike

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 04, 2011 8:34 pm

I showed her all your guys positive comments, and she's just beaming. She's thrilled that you think she's doing well! :)

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Re: New bike

Postby WA9FWT » Wed May 04, 2011 8:53 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I showed her all your guys positive comments, and she's just beaming. She's thrilled that you think she's doing well! :)

Well you have a Sweet gal there for sure.....

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