Long Trip


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portugeezer
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Long Trip

Postby portugeezer » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:59 pm



Ok I have owned my 1976 Gl1000 since Feb. I think I have everything on it working perfectly. I have two bikes my "76" Goldwing and a 1984 Magna V30. I'm taking a 750 mile trip next week. The Goldwing has more storage and better comfort for the trip. Does anyone think I should have any concerns about taking a bike so old on a trip that long? I'm bringing my spare coils. Anything else?



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Re: Long Trip

Postby thrasherg » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:06 pm

750 miles isn't long for a wing, go for it, I would have no concerns riding that far on a well maintained wing, no matter what the age of the wing.. Let us know how it went.. Carry a few basic supplies, Electrical tape, mobile phone and a few spanners, just in case..

Gary

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Re: Long Trip

Postby scotterichmond » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:08 pm

If you are not "pointless" Take new points and the tools to set them.
Plugs too !

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Re: Long Trip

Postby portugeezer » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:59 pm

I did the points conversion. I have new belts new water pump new fuel pump. All new cables. I did a ton of work to this bike. I'm leaving Monday and will let everyone know how it goes!

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Re: Long Trip

Postby portugeezer » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:01 pm

Good idea on the plugs I had not thought of that. I have a set of basic toold I put together on the bike already.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby thrasherg » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:54 am

Fingers crossed for you, but I really doubt you will need any good luck, these bikes go for ever with a bit of maintenance.. Hope you have a great trip.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:18 pm

What about a tire iron and patch kit. If you bring them, you will not need them. I go without, but typically ride with someone else.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby landisr » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:04 pm

All good ideas above. Have a great ride, and YES... be sure to give us a full rode report when you get back.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby portugeezer » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:35 am

Ok I rode over 800 miles yesterday! Goldwing is fine and so am I but my butt is like raw hamburger meat! I drove from Chicago into a pretty hot climate. Visiting an old HS friend. When I got into the heat The bike got hotter and the oil pressure dropped. I ran Valvoline 10W 40 motorcyle oil on the way down and it gave my inconsistent oil pressure at different speeds and temps.I run synthetic in my Magna and it stays cooler. I can't find the oil I use but they have Rotella T-5 here. Has anyone used this oil in an old Goldwing? Just want to make sure my seals and clucth would be ok if I switch to this stuff.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby TheArtist » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:58 am

I use the 15-40 Rotella with no problems in my 79.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:45 am

I use castrol 10w-40w

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Re: Long Trip

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:55 pm

I run Rotella T6 viscosity 5W40 in my 1977 with easy shifting and cool running at 100 F.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby grusg » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:24 pm

It's encouraging the trip went well for you!! I'm planning on taking my 1997 gl1000 from Massachusetts to Alaska and back next summer, which is going to be 8-10 thousand miles :shock: I too am wondering if the bike is up to it, so I'm just going to consider it 20+ shorter road trips in a 23 day span! glenn

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Re: Long Trip

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:34 pm

well grusg, we expect a great trip report after than epic adventure. Sound fun. I suspect my 34 yr old ride would be up to it as well.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:47 pm

You guys need to read this story: North America: Riding a 21 year old Goldwing - caution, plan to kill 2-3 hours of your life reading his story. It's fascinating.

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Re: Long Trip

Postby grusg » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:37 am

That's good stuff WA, I had to spread it over a couple nights to get it all in! I have probably read about 20 accounts of trips so far but hadn't seen that one yet. Each one adds a couple more good tips and ideas. Even though I am going to be rushed a bit, I will have to remember to pull over and put the camera to work.

Fred, there is still time to talk your 34 yr old bike into making the trip next summer!!!




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