Goldwing and Shadetree mechanic


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dalez
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Goldwing and Shadetree mechanic

Postby dalez » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:01 pm



At what bike year do you think the average Joe with basic mechanic skills should consider taking his bike to a shop instead of repairing himself? I like to do my own repairs but I imagine just like cars the bikes get more technical to the point that you are clueless what's under the hood.
So my question I guess is where do I cut off my bike search if I want to maintain and repair my own bike?



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Re: Goldwing and Shadetree mechanic

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:21 pm

To me...it's the 1800. Many more computers and complex systems. The 1500 is still pretty much a basic motorcycle, albeit with lots of wiring in it.

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Re: Goldwing and Shadetree mechanic

Postby seabee_ » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:37 pm

I agree. 1000 thru 1200 are easy to work on with basic mechanical skills. And with the help of this site.
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Re: Goldwing and Shadetree mechanic

Postby trike lady » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:13 pm

The GL1800 with the myriad of electrical stuff and electronic things.
GL1500 is still a normal bike and with a good service manual you can do it yourself.
The GL1200 Limited and SEi are unique
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dalez
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Re: Goldwing and Shadetree mechanic

Postby dalez » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:19 pm

The help of this site got me through an almost total rebuild of an 1100 and now I would like to move up to something newer. It's just a little intimidating with all the covers on the newer bikes. Mine is an '81 Standard. Looking for a bike that can be trusted for 300 mile rides.

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Re: Goldwing and Shadetree mechanic

Postby trike lady » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:24 pm

A good GL1500 would be ideal.
There are some good deals out there.
If you just want an ordinary Goldwing without the frills look for a GL1500 Interstate model.


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