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Hello from Japan

Postby Okayamapiper » Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:39 am



I purchased a 99 GL1500SE last month after riding an ST1100 for 14 years and 220,000km. Love the GL though the alternator seems whimpy as it is having trouble powering my Widder vest, sleeves, gloves and chaps. I rarely use the chaps and now that I've located an old Hondaline Foot Warmer (plastic thing that covers the heads to direct the heat to the feet and legs) all I need to do is get some pre-98 engine guards and I will be in business and hopefully avoid buying a compu fire. Love the site. :D

Cheers,

James



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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby WA9FWT » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:47 pm

Congratulations on the new ride James.Sounds like you are all set for cold weather riding, except for the currant draw thing. I get plenty of heat on my legs, but not the feet and that doesn't bother me as long as I don't drive below 30F for long rides.
Can you send pictures for all to see those plastic covers to direct the heat to you ?

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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:37 pm

They were an actual Hondaline accessory that mounted to the crash bars, that allowed the heat from the SE's foot warmers to actually reach your feet. They've long been out of production, and are only available from bike breakers (mostly). The Hondaline version was color-matched and fit in the middle of the crash bars as well as below:

Hondaline Foot Warmer
Hondaline Foot Warmer


There are aftermarket versions by Baker that they call "Foot wings" that are snap-on snap-off, and fit below the crash bars:

Baker Foot Wings 88-97
Baker Foot Wings 88-97


Baker Foot Wings 98-00
Baker Foot Wings 98-00

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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby Okayamapiper » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:06 am

Yep. I managed to get a set of the Hondaline ones in white. They are new and were sold online here in Japan by a dealer closing out his stock. He couldn't remember what they were for so I picked them up for 3000 yen ($40 USD).
I ride all year round so I am a little worried how the Goldwing will handle in the snow. My old ST1100 was an ABS/TCS model, and the traction control saved my bacon a few times over the years.

I also notice a tire sound when banking. Is this a bias thing? The last time I had bias was on my 76 CB750F, but that thing was so noisy that tire sounds couldn't be heard. Tires are inflated to 40psi. The bearings and tires are new. The dealer says that the sound is normal but the guy reminds me of Joe Isuzu so I take everything he says with a grain of salt.

Cheers,

James

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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:44 am

what brand are the tires? i am running dunlop e3's and when the air pressure is low they are noisy, oh and welcome to the forum
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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby Okayamapiper » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:21 am

They are Dunlop K177 tires.

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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby dingdong » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:14 am

Okayamapiper wrote:I ride all year round so I am a little worried how the Goldwing will handle in the snow. My old ST1100 was an ABS/TCS model, and the traction control saved my bacon a few times over the years.

Cheers,

James

Wow! You have more nerve than I do. Somehow I doubt you will be riding the 1500 in the snow.
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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:07 pm

Okayamapiper wrote:Yep. I managed to get a set of the Hondaline ones in white. They are new and were sold online here in Japan by a dealer closing out his stock. He couldn't remember what they were for so I picked them up for 3000 yen ($40 USD).


What was the part number on them, do you know?

Okayamapiper wrote:I also notice a tire sound when banking. Is this a bias thing? The last time I had bias was on my 76 CB750F, but that thing was so noisy that tire sounds couldn't be heard. Tires are inflated to 40psi. The bearings and tires are new. The dealer says that the sound is normal but the guy reminds me of Joe Isuzu so I take everything he says with a grain of salt.


I get quite a bit of noise from my E3's when I bank on mine, and tire pressure doesn't seem to affect them. I'm less than impressed with the E3's, and they'll be replaced next year, I think.

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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby Okayamapiper » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:48 pm

I'm afraid the dealer didn't have a part number for the foot warmers. As I commute, I have no choice but to ride the Goldwing to work or call in and cancel my lectures :D and stay home with the Mrs.

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Re: Hello from Japan

Postby dingdong » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:03 am

Okayamapiper wrote:I'm afraid the dealer didn't have a part number for the foot warmers. As I commute, I have no choice but to ride the Goldwing to work or call in and cancel my lectures :D and stay home with the Mrs.

What about this? Still only two wheels.
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