How to Upright GL1800

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How to Upright GL1800

Postby richoho » Sun May 01, 2011 11:32 pm

I'm new to this site and look forward to getting acquainted with your information. Yesterday while in a very slow turn I lost balance and dropped my GL1800 to the ground without damage. I was unable to upright the bike without help from a passer-by. I frankly did not know how best to upright the GL1800. Any tips?
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Re: How to Upright GL1800

Postby Steve F » Mon May 02, 2011 5:46 am

Watch this video, and you'll be amazed at how easy it is. Only thing I recommend is that when you try this, leave the bike in gear so it doesn't roll around (ask me how I know).
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Re: How to Upright GL1800

Postby thrasherg » Mon May 02, 2011 10:29 am

Also if your wing falls on it's right hand side, flick the side stand out before you lift, that way if you lift too high and it topples over to the left, the side stand will save it.. As mentioned, it's surprisingly easy to right a wing with the correct technique!! We all find out at one time or another.. :oops:


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Re: How to Upright GL1800

Postby patton57 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:05 pm

The day after I got my 85 GL1200 back in 1991, I was in the garage and I dropped it. At first I tried what I had always done with every previous bike, and quickly came to the conclusion that there was no way in the world that anyone could ever get one of these monsters back up. I decided that I could never ride it again, because if it ever went over I would just have to leave it there and hitchhike home. Well I let logic take over and decided that if that were true, then Honda would have quit selling them long ago because no one would ever buy them. It took me about 30 minutes of experimenting to finally discover how to pick it up without straining myself. I learned that it was good that I did it in the garage, because if this first drop had happened out in public, then with my luck, I would have blocked traffic, and the police would have ticketed me.

After I got my 1500 a couple of years ago, I intentionally set it over in the garage and made sure I could get it back up.

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Re: How to Upright GL1800

Postby macka » Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:23 am

Thanks for the video. I was curious as to how to lift the wing.

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