How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?


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How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby simonhibberd » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:11 pm



I recently bought a 2009 1800 goldwing and decided to test the top end. Up to 100mph was ok but then instability (weaving)kicked in at about 105+. Has anyone experienced similar? I appreciate the bike is more for cruising but, nevertheless, I was surprised at how unstable it began to feel once I pushed it. Any thoughts?



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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:35 pm

The fastest I have heard of for a GL1800 is 130. You should not have instability at 105. The primary culprit for this sort of thing on the GL1800 is steering head bearings, but it could be any number of things. What condition are your tires? What pressure do you have them at?

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby jinx » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:13 pm

I'm with WingAdmin actual speed was 127 and no instability. Even now with well over 100k still stable at over 100.
What are your tires like, does the fork need re torquing (sp) ?

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby winginitrick » Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:26 pm

i have had my 03, up to 115, (speedo), and there was no instability, except for my tulsa tall windshield, vibrating a little. the ride was just as stable as at lower speed. but i have new stones front and rear, which is a big deal! keep on winginit rick
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:42 am

I guess I feel I'm much more safety minded than to test the top end of any vehicle.
Maybe to many high speed runs in emergency vehicles :( have taught me there are no public streets or highways where that kind of speed is acceptable. Even w/lights and siren going there's no where around me to run wide open.
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby Bouvier1 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:34 am

About 6yrs ago I did tyre testing for Cooper/Avon tyres on a test track/disused airfield - travelled at 140 indicated on speedo. No movement at all from the front end.
If you want to travel at these speeds on any public road no matter where you are, then I follow tfdeputydawg suggestion of donor cards or be prepared to walk following banning (certainly if in the UK).

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby mbuesing » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:56 am

I'v had115 on speedo and ran out of safe(?) road (able to see cars and deer).
Very happy with the feel of the bike. My Venture Royal would catch air under the faring at 105 and start to float, not good.
The GL1800 is a crotch rocket on Steroids.

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby jinx » Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:44 pm

WingAdmin please delete my above post . Sorry but this post/board is now being taken over by the nannies so I'm out of here.

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:58 pm

jinx wrote:WingAdmin please delete my above post . Sorry but this post/board is now being taken over by the nannies so I'm out of here.

WOW! so sorry I have an opinon that differs. Don't leave on my account. Put me on your ignore list :idea:

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby dragon2000 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:18 pm

mbuesing wrote:I'v had115 on speedo and ran out of safe(?) road (able to see cars and deer).
Very happy with the feel of the bike. My Venture Royal would catch air under the faring at 105 and start to float, not good.


While I am not pro with traveling at those speeds, I have to admit when you need the power the GW has it. I also love it for its handling on both the Interstate Highways and our version here in Canada. In regards to the comments on the Venture Royal I have to agree. It did not like high speeds and was very, very bad for catching cross winds and those produced by tracker trailers which was the reason I changed it.
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby rb7632 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:34 am

I have had my 06 over three digits on several occasions both before and after installing a car tire on the rear. No instability. As stated, tire pressure and condition is the first thing I would check. Then look further if the problem persists.

BTW, even more stability with the CT.
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby ktwgoldwing » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:24 pm

I've had two other wings and both of them between 125 and 130 and know problems with stability. I have a third one and I feel sure that it will be just as stable. The problem if the bike has not got a lot of miles, most likely tires.

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:46 pm

I,ve had my '06 up to 135 indicated. I don't know but, it felt like it had more to give me. Just for the record I am 6'3, 270lbs and 66 years old. That's a lot of weight to get moving that fast on two wheels. Only did it once just for grins.

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby themainviking » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:20 am

Same as Grapeape above. Just the once and all the way to the end of the speedo. Took 16 seconds to get there from a dead stop. GL1800s are mighty fast. Like crotch rockets on steroids. I have done this just once with pretty much every vehicle I have owned that was "advertised" as fast. Minivans don't cut it for top end tests, lol. And I won't donate any of my organs, as I plan for them to be all used up when I go. Hawwwwww.
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:20 pm

themainviking wrote:Same as Grapeape above. Just the once and all the way to the end of the speedo. Took 16 seconds to get there from a dead stop. GL1800s are mighty fast. Like crotch rockets on steroids. I have done this just once with pretty much every vehicle I have owned that was "advertised" as fast. Minivans don't cut it for top end tests, lol. And I won't donate any of my organs, as I plan for them to be all used up when I go. Hawwwwww.


Hmm...I used to do the same thing with every vehicle I owned (and I've owned a LOT). I thought about the exceptions - the first exception was my GSX-R750. I chickened out at 170 mph, and it was still accelerating pretty good. I haven't done it with my 1100 because the front end gets light at around 110-115 or so. I haven't done it with my 1500, or my last two trucks...so I'm starting to think, I'm just getting old and don't need to "test" the top speed of my vehicles anymore. :)

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby themainviking » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:37 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I'm just getting old and don't need to "test" the top speed of my vehicles anymore. :)


You are doing that mighty early in life, young man. What - do you want to life forever? :lol: :lol: :lol:

I just can't help it... the devil makes me do it... it's a viking thing... if I have to explain you would not understand... if you understand, no explanation is necessary... and so on, and so on, and so on... :twisted: I dunno - I see a long straight stretch of road with no traffic at 7 AM on a Sunday morning and my cojones take over my thought patterns.

Which reminds me... I never did answer the question as asked. Recommended speed for a 2009 GL1800 Goldwing is no more than ten over the speed limit.
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby seabee_ » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:23 pm

Fast enough to feel the wind in your face. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Hey wingadmin, what year GSX-R750 did you own? I used to ride a '78 GSX-R750 in my younger years. Of course it was actually bigger than that. The PO before me punched it out and had a bigger crank put in it. That thing was wicked fast. I'd break traction if I goosed the throttle in 3rd gear.
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:59 pm

seabee_ wrote:Fast enough to feel the wind in your face. :lol: :lol: :lol:
Hey wingadmin, what year GSX-R750 did you own? I used to ride a '78 GSX-R750 in my younger years. Of course it was actually bigger than that. The PO before me punched it out and had a bigger crank put in it. That thing was wicked fast. I'd break traction if I goosed the throttle in 3rd gear.


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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby okstay » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:51 pm

simonhibberd wrote:I recently bought a 2009 1800 goldwing and decided to test the top end. Up to 100mph was ok but then instability (weaving)kicked in at about 105+. Has anyone experienced similar? I appreciate the bike is more for cruising but, nevertheless, I was surprised at how unstable it began to feel once I pushed it. Any thoughts?


Yeah, slow down and live. We don't need to lose any members like that. Where would you need to do that kind of speed? Anyway, check your steering head bearings for adjustment. They might be loose. How about your tire pressures? You would be surprised at how little it takes to create instability at higher speeds. Any front mud flap on the bike? How about any wind wings? Good luck and slow down. Before you attempt any high speeds, please check your tires, oil and fasteners before you do. Take care...oh yeah, make sure your wife has your paid up life insurance policy in hand before you do!!! LOL

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby snackpak » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:15 am

Ran 130 for about a mile and a half. Real smooth.

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby themainviking » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:57 am

snackpak wrote:Ran 130 for about a mile and a half. Real smooth.


I just put brand new Avon Cobras on and put dyna beads in for balancing. I took the bike out and ran it up to there, for about a mile, to see if I had any vibration anywhere up to there, and there was none... I like these dyna beads. It was straight highway though, and I do not think I would have tested curves at any speed at all till the tires get roughed up. I don't know how brand new Avons grip. I do know that the rear would spin real easy with any throttle at all. So, now to ride some twisties for about fifty miles to scuff these tires up, so I can go back to riding this thing..... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

P.S.: Oh, and I meant 130 Kph, Hawwwwwww......... :lol:
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby Kennyg900rr » Tue May 07, 2013 7:03 am

2005 1800,I got it up to 145

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby Jim1 » Sat May 11, 2013 10:44 am

Now for the burning question, how many gas stations can be passed at top speed? :geek:
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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby thrasherg » Sat May 11, 2013 4:20 pm

this seems to have got a bit of topic. I would be checking tyre pressures, suspension setup and most importantly the head bearings. My wing regularly exceeds 100MPH and I have never felt any signs of instability, I had an R1 prior to the wing and that was a lot quicker, but your wing should feel solid at 105MPH and up to speeds in excess of 120..

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Re: How fast is recommended for a1800 wing?

Postby Jim1 » Sat May 11, 2013 9:33 pm

Bringing this back to topic, how fast is recommended for a 1800 wing? The correct answer is no faster than the bike can be safely stopped.


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