Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??


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Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby velvetrider » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:42 am



Thanks guys,,,T.belts,,2 Head gaskets, carb disassembly,(didn't separate), New SS braided brake lines
I couldn't have done it without lots of help... THANKS again.

Now Blackvelvet runs fine, starts instantly, and didn't have to sycn. um.. I only have about 150 miles on her so I think all is well.. I travel Blue Ridge Parkway a lot. I have a camper in downtown Laurel Springs,,NC. lol,,(look it up if ya got a chance) Anyone always welcome to visit. Just let me know.

There are a lot of gravel roads I'd like to ride,, but ,,she is a bear doing it.. Anybody got any suggestions ? I know I am asking a lot having a great Hway/road bike,,now I want back roads,gravel,
riding too. ?? It's just that there are many roads I would like to ride and thought someone might have some advice,,insights,, or tips for riding on less than paved roads on my 83. Naturally S L O W.
is understood..



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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:15 am

its great you have your wing all back together and wanting to ride it, but as far as riding it on gravel roads go, advice?, insights?, BIG MISTAKE!. i personally wouldn't recommend it. these wings weren't meant to be ridden on dirt or gravel roads, they were meant to be ridden on pavement such as city streets or open highway. they are too heavy in weight and they aren't very stable on dirt or gravel among a list of other disadvantages of off road riding. there just not built for off road riding.

if your looking for "twisty" roads to ride on, have you thought about "the dragon tail"? its near you, (well, not really), if you know where US 129 highway is. your a good 4 hours north east of it. maybe when the weather gets a little warmer, we could meet in robinsville north Carolina and we could do a "dragon run" on our wings.

final thoughts, if you want to ride on dirt or gravel, get a dirt bike, NOT a goldwing.

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:24 pm

I've had both my GL1100 and my GL1500 on dirt and gravel roads. My suggestions are these:

- Get lots of practice handling and getting the feel of your bike at LOW SPEEDS in a parking lot first.
- When on a loose surface, keep your speed up. Over 10-15 mph, any slower and you can bog down, to the point where the steering is wrenched from your hands, and then it's game over.
- Keep your weight on your feet, not on your seat
- Don't fight the steering. The front wheel is going to be pushed back and forth as you hit ruts and soft parts of the gravel/dirt. Just let it do what it wants for the most part, while gently guiding it in the direction you want.

There's nothing to fear about gravel or dirt roads, it just takes a bit of practice. Up north (and in particular Alaska) they don't have any option, and Wing owners/visitors do just fine there.

This is me on my GL1100:




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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby velvetrider » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:56 pm

Thanks for the replys,,I have ridden 'The Dragon',,being a former road racer I have too much respect to allow myself to be scared sh,, less, by crotch rockets passing on either side...lol..
Have you ever taken the Cherohala parkway,,? I think it is one of the really great rides in the NC mountains..

Wingman,, Good video..I have ridden several gravel/dirt roads, I was just seeking what some know about it. As usual you are right on target. Thanks.

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:03 pm

don't get me wrong, it wasn't my intention to mean you cant take a wing off road, that's your option. i have been caught on a few dirt roads around here on my wing, and from my own experiences with it, (almost dropping my bike), i personally don't like it.

yes, i have been on the Cherohala parkway. great ride as is the dragon. on the dragon i go at my own pace, usually around 28 mph, and if someone wants to pass me, i pull off and let them go. im not there for their enjoyment, im there for mine...

wingadmin, great video, but not the place i would want to be on my wing. bet you and Mrs. wingadmin felt better once you got back onto solid pavement. i'll remember that video for the next time i have to drive down a dirt road on my wing.

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:00 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:don't get me wrong, it wasn't my intention to mean you cant take a wing off road, that's your option. i have been caught on a few dirt roads around here on my wing, and from my own experiences with it, (almost dropping my bike), i personally don't like it.

yes, i have been on the Cherohala parkway. great ride as is the dragon. on the dragon i go at my own pace, usually around 28 mph, and if someone wants to pass me, i pull off and let them go. im not there for their enjoyment, im there for mine...

wingadmin, great video, but not the place i would want to be on my wing. bet you and Mrs. wingadmin felt better once you got back onto solid pavement. i'll remember that video for the next time i have to drive down a dirt road on my wing.

stuart.


I had no problem with that road or dirt roads in general - what was keeping my attention on that road was the large ruts down the middle of it. It was relatively steep, and water would run down it during rains, carving large ruts out of the road. Catch your wheel in one of those ruts, and it's game over. So I was a little preoccupied making sure that didn't happen.

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby Dusty Boots » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:16 am

Relax, don't have a 'Death Grip' on the bars and keep bike in 2nd gear for better throttle response(possibly 3rd depending on speed) and keep the throttle on slightly so as to keep the front wheel 'light', so it's not so prone to 'digging in' while on gravel.
If you have any dirt bike experience, you'll know what I'm talking about

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby blackomen » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:02 am

http://www.amazon.com/The-Longest-Ride- ... ingdocs-20

This guy rode a gl1100 around the world, through the sahara and many other off the pavement situations. So, dirt roads? No problem.
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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:12 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:don't get me wrong, it wasn't my intention to mean you cant take a wing off road, that's your option. i have been caught on a few dirt roads around here on my wing, and from my own experiences with it, (almost dropping my bike), i personally don't like it.

yes, i have been on the Cherohala parkway. great ride as is the dragon. on the dragon i go at my own pace, usually around 28 mph, and if someone wants to pass me, i pull off and let them go. im not there for their enjoyment, im there for mine...

wingadmin, great video, but not the place i would want to be on my wing. bet you and Mrs. wingadmin felt better once you got back onto solid pavement. i'll remember that video for the next time i have to drive down a dirt road on my wing.

stuart.


I had no problem with that road or dirt roads in general - what was keeping my attention on that road was the large ruts down the middle of it. It was relatively steep, and water would run down it during rains, carving large ruts out of the road. Catch your wheel in one of those ruts, and it's game over. So I was a little preoccupied making sure that didn't happen.


we have an area near here that's a gold panning site. maybe you've heard of it? its called "Doc Rodgers Field, and its located in CokerCreek Tennessee. the road leading into it is like an old logging road. i took my wing down it one summer day after it had rained, and that was a BIG mistake and will NEVER, EVER do that again lol.

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby velvetrider » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:31 am

All you guys roc,, I always get a smile on my face, most always, when I see a reply. I am considering a 2-3 week trip on Blackvelvet. Just bought "The Longest Ride" from Amazon. Being retarded, opps, retired and in decent shape, Seems like a adventure. Actually thinking of making a video blog about the whole thing. What ya think ? Best to you all,,Velvetrider.

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby 4wred » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:36 am

Wish I had a gravel road to drive on today,we have about 2 feet snow being dumped on us now :x

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:14 pm

4wred wrote:Wish I had a gravel road to drive on today,we have about 2 feet snow being dumped on us now :x


ah yes, 2 feet of snow, how i remember that well. used to live up in NJ and PA, so i remember it. glad i don't have to deal with that anymore. we have only 2" of snow here, streets are mostly clear, but i still wouldn't venture out on my bike just yet.

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby 4wred » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:12 am

4wred wrote:Wish I had a gravel road to drive on today,we have about 2 feet snow being dumped on us now :x


I thought 2' would be it---- WRONG!!
wound up with 30" plus,I'm 6' tall drifts up to my waist :roll: :roll:

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Re: Rebuild completed,,yea rah,,Now,,about those dirt roads??

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:16 am

i moved up to Allentown back in January of 2002, and i can remember stepping out of the bus at the bus station onto what i thought was pavement, but was actually a 2 foot snow mound on the street corner.

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