New owner of GL 1200L


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New owner of GL 1200L

Postby mtfm » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:15 am



Hello all, I have just become a Wing owner, and thank you for letting me become a member of this group.

I have always been a Honda owner since early teens, Trail 70. CB 175, XL 125, CB 550, Early CBX, V65 Magna, and several CA 77's. Its going to take a lot of "getting use to" on this Gold Wing for me. The biggest problem for me is the rear brake pedal/lever. It is somewhat awkward for me for I have to bring my foot backward to press the pedal down, which in turn changes the balance of the cycle, and gives me an uneasy feeling. So my question is.. is there a longer brake pedal/lever that will bring it forward making it easier for me to operate? I am 6'7" tall and as i said above it is awkward for me.

Again Thanks for letting me be here and I look forward to some good advice.

John Moore
Washington NC



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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:45 pm

I haven't seen an extended brake pedal - not to say that such a thing doesn't exist. Do you have pegs or floorboards on your bike?

At first the Goldwing feels like a massive, lumbering beast, it really took me a while to get used to it. But once you realize that all that weight is very low to the ground, and the bike is actually quite flickable, it's a joy to ride.

That said, I took my friend for a spin on her Suzuki SV650 a few months ago, and even with the two of us on it, it felt like I was riding a toy, it was so light!

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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby mtfm » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:43 pm

Thanks for the reply. It has floorboards. After I posted the above I wondered if it is meant to use ones heel to actuate the rear brake. Hmmmm........

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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:45 pm

It is a toe brake, but now that I think of it, I HAVE seen kits for older Goldwings that move the rear brake up to the crash bar, so you activate it like a Harley's brake, almost like riding with highway pegs.

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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby chitown2010 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:33 am

Hey John,

I'm 6" 3" and have GL 1200 . My long legs and size 11's make the shifting a pain and when I use the existing driving pegs it feels like I'm a jockey on a horse. Braking is not too bad for me.

I am considering getting running boards and a heel toe shifter - how do they work for your long legs? Also, do you know who made the floorboard kit?

Thanks -

Brian

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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby mtfm » Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:25 pm

Mine has heel and toe shift also. I havent gotten acustomed to it yet either. I dont know who made the floorboards but will see if I can find out when I get back home.

Thanks for the replies from all

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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby mtfm » Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:46 pm

I couldnt find a name or mark on the floorboards. I have riden the beast a couple of times since my last post and am becoming more use to it. Now I have to get all the accessories back up and running, ie; trip computer,volt meter, air suspension, etc:.

Stay tuned,

John Moore
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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby Mooseman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:44 am

mtfm,
I feel you pain buddy. I'm only 6-4 but wear a size 14/15 shoe. Trust me those big feet get in the way often. I do use them as feelers to check lean angle from time to time. Making a u-turn I will drag the ball of my foot across the pavement and sometimes feel a little scrape just befor the exhaust makes contact in a higer speed turn. The GL1200 is a well handling bike and can be hussled right along on a twisting mountain road. No I am not telling how I know. Pratice lots of slow riding, u-turns, throttle - clutch control and you will learn just how nimble these bikes are. Nice down the slab and a joy on the back roads. I get out on my narrow dead end road and do u-turns and figure 8's. The neighbor on his Harlem Davis just shakes head and says mine won't do that. I just smile and say, Yes it will. No I'm not telling how I know... :twisted:
As I say, Enjoy the ride, just some are better than others.
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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:44 pm

I agree. When I first got the bike, if I ever scraped a floorboard on the ground, I usually got a slap on the helmet from behind, because my wife did not approve of the lean angle. That still happens now, but when I'm on my own, I very regularly scrape them on every corner. I just got back from lunch on mine, and as I was banking into a long, sweeping on-ramp, I felt the familiar scraping on my right foot as the metal tabs on the bottom of the floorboards hit the pavement. I looked down and realized I was scraping my floorboard while doing 45 mph and accelerating. Sheesh. I could hardly imagine riding my Goldwing like that when I first got it, and thought it was a big, lumbering truck!

I'm going to have to get my welder out and start building up the scrape tabs on my floorboards soon...

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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby Mooseman » Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:56 pm

WingAdmin,
I have had several bikes with floorboards. They use to get worn to a sharp edge and have to be repaired or replaced. Must admit though, that my employers paid for the maintance. Paid to drag floorboards. How cool is that? ;)
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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby mtfm » Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:09 am

Hello again to all !

Just wanted to update all on my GoldWing progress. Just as you said it was a matter of getting use to the machines weight and handling characteristics. I have spent the last few months getting all the gadgets working, (cruise, trip computer, auto suspension, CB and such). I have procured the original tool kit, air hose, and correct owners manual. Now searching for the original LTD Travel Bags for the trunk and saddlebags.
The biggests help for me was discovering that the seat would adjust back. What a big difference 1and1/2 inches makes when you have long legs like mine are ! I did a 200 mile road trip putting it thru its paces and finally realised how nice this machne is. It has been fun learning about it and hunting down problems and parts.
Only problem now is weather here putting a damper on ride time!

Happy Holidays to All !

John Moore
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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:06 pm

mtfm wrote:I have procured the original tool kit


Perhaps you could post the contents of the tool kit in this thread? Aspy tool kit - he's looking to build one himself from purchased tools.

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Re: New owner of GL 1200L

Postby rrboomer » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:07 pm

Hello! The owner's book has a list of the tool kit items specfic for each models needs. At least my ltd book has a list. I was fine until I found out I'm missing 2 tools. joe




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