Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

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Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by Espyworks » Sat May 18, 2013 8:57 am

Just purchased my new bike. I am very excited. Big jump from my old Kawi 750. We are just getting acquainted with each other now. My plans for now are just short runs and day rides with my wife. As this is pretty new to me, what would you recommend as necessary additions to my bike. It is completely stock at the moment. No additional electrical stuff or ancillary lighting or anything. So what is my absolutely must have list?

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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by Fiberthree » Sat May 18, 2013 9:16 am

Welcome to the forum!
Most of the add ons are a matter of personal taste. On my '99 I have added the lights on the trunk, saddle bags, and the spot right below the license plate as these all make the bike a little more visible to motorists. HID headlights also help on the front side. I also changed the stock horns to something that was a bit louder for those that failed to see all the lights. There are also storage organizers attach inside the trunk lid and saddle bag doors that are handy for little things. (sun screen, maps, headset cords, etc.) The fork brace is another option I added but some will say its not realy necessary. For passenger comfort there are arm rests and cup holders and volume controls for the intercom and radio. Some of us have had trouble with the stock alternator and have gone to other manufacturers for increased reliability. I have the Compufire unit in my Wing. Check out for other goodies. Enjoy!

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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by themainviking » Sat May 18, 2013 9:24 am

Absolutely must haves depend on riding style and size of rider. If you are short, then the stock pegs are probably adequite for a bit of time. Highway pegs were something I found necessary. Aside from that, if you have all the radios (AM/FM/CD/CB/Personal Music) and feel like a lot of us do about tunes, then you are pretty much good to go. Ride the bike for a year is something I always advocate, and see what other bikes have on them that makes them easier and more fun to ride. Add these things or make a list of them and add them over the winter, as I see you live in country that has winter. These bikes are remarkably complete as they are, so really, a few helper things, and the rest is as was mentioned above... personal taste. Another place to get stuff for your wing is Their prices are good, and their service is also. I prefer them over Wing Stuff due to shipping to where I live, but that would not be a consideration for you. Ride it and love it.
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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by Mag » Sat May 18, 2013 11:23 am

I would also wait a bit and just ride the bike...this way you can see what bugs you on the bike or not. I then look at pics of other peoples' bikes, and also talk to them a lot when I am out riding to see what they have, get first hand opinions. I do have to admit, I like a little less on my bike than others but this site really has me looking at different things to add on based on the riders here.

Always first on your list....enjoy the ride. But if you have a "bug" to buy stuff, send the $$ my way, I need to add my satellite radio to my bike (going to be this winter's project), among a couple small things.

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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by ct1500 » Sun May 19, 2013 8:22 am

A volt meter is a must have and will prevent unexpected breakdown with some advance warning.

Mine reads .2V high but OK. :D

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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by RBGERSON » Sun May 19, 2013 8:53 am

volt meter, HID headlight, highway pegs if yoiu are 6' or taller, headphones/mic in your helmet for music and intercom with wife, air horn,


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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by Fatwing Chris » Sun May 19, 2013 9:06 am

A good seat.Anything other than stock.Then go for the shiny stuff.
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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by artgrantz » Sun May 19, 2013 12:43 pm

I consider a voltmeter a must have item so I know what my alternator and battery are doing. I prefer Kuryakin's LED meter, here's a link.
If the link doesn't work you can copy and paste. ... indicators

Another must have for me is heated grips, many styles and types available if you do a search.
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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by bustedwing » Sun May 19, 2013 2:31 pm

First, welcome to the site, second, congratulations on the new ownership of a great ride. Gold Wings come with a lot of options but everyone likes to personalized their own ride and it depends on taste and sometimes age what you want or need to add. As several posts pointed out, lights are a big item a believe it or not but it's a safety item, the more the better. You always hear the driver of the car say"I didn't see the motorcycle"other things might be items of comfort, like running boards, heel, toe shifter, hiway pegs, backrest, the list of options is very long. Of course money is a factor also. Ride safe.
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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon May 20, 2013 8:34 am

As everyone has's all personal choice..but to me the voltmeter is a save my butt once when the alternator went south and I was able to limp to a Honda shop (even though they really didn't help much!) Just remember that ALMOST anything you add will be about $75-100 to start!! Plus labor if you don't/can't make the additions yourself! Did you buy from a PO or a shop..either way I would first be concerned about knowing the true condition of the bike.. the timing belts, fluids, tires, brakes..etc!

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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by trike lady » Mon May 20, 2013 1:29 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.
Congrats on the new 2 U Wing.
May I suggest replacing the timing belts since those are original and if you plan on adding a lot of electrical stuff upgrade the alternator.
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Re: Brand New Owner! 1999 1500 SE

Post by redial » Thu May 23, 2013 2:53 am

While you are getting to know the GW, take it for a ride around the car park, and do figure of 8s. This is something that will get you to handle the GW at slow speeds, when it will most likely want to lie down for a while (just to rest). You can also look at the various videos on how to pick one up, after it has rested - this is always good knowledge, as no matter how confident you are, and experienced, there will come a time when you have to wake one up after its short rest.

They are wonderful machines, and I trust that you enjoy it in the future as much as you do now. Happy trails.

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