Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:01 pm

Don't remember if I posted here or not.

My son was headed to Iraq as civvie mechanic making the big bucks, 2 year contract.

he had a '84 Honda Goldwing that was going to be sitting still, and he knew that "would not work" period.
so he brought it over to me and told me to start riding again..... I had quit 30 years earlier because "my kids needed a daddy" and I had started getting really stupid riding my off road bike, sold that to stay healthy.

I traded the 84 for a '94SE, and when he came home, I found him a 86SEi which he really liked.....


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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by gwbldad » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:36 pm

No one made me buy a Goldwing...I wanted to!

My first Goldwing was purchased from a co-worker who felt he spent more time polishing it than riding it, and thought someone else would enjoy it more than he did. It was a 1975 model, with very low mileage and few accessories. After many years and many miles of riding this classic, I had the opportunity to purchase a 1983 Interstate...again with low mileage and plenty of polishing.

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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by walkerll » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:58 pm

My wife and I were ridding a 750 Honda Shadow from Myrtle Beach to Lumberton, NC for a GWRRA rally. The person we were ridding along with us was ridding a Goldwing. I suggest my wife ride with him, since she would be more comfortable. When we got to the rally she told me I had to get a Goldwing. That was all I needed to hear. With in three months I was proud owner of a Goldwing. This happen in 1999, I have been enjoying ridding Goldwings ever since.

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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by Mount hope ed » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:00 pm

The sidecar attached to it!!!

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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by hondapotamus » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:14 pm

What "made me" buy a Goldwing?.... Simple..... a test drive. :roll:

Now I tell people, if they are looking for a bike, "don't test drive a Goldwing unless you are prepared to buy it!"
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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by Soupcat 1920 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:56 pm

I had two 650 Yamaha twins and a 1975 CB400F and struggled to keep up with my son on his 06 Bonneville. The Yamahas tend to rattle your teeth at higher rpms and the 400F maxes out at about 70 MPH with me on it. He suggested getting something bigger for highway riding and someone planted the idea of a goldwing in my head. I decided that I wanted a 75 , 76 , or a 77 wing for three reasons, I like spiked wheels, these three years came with an auxiliary kickstarter arm stored in the right side of the shelter , and they are old enough for pioneer plates in the state I live in. My brother in law knew what I was looking for and found a pair of them for sale in a general for sale ad on Craig’s List.I ended up buying both , non runners , one titled , one not, basically a parts bike. After cleaning carbs , changing fluids , going through all the brakes ,and changing timing belts , they both run . I have since put together one complete stock wing and did all of the paperwork and steps to title the other one. Now I’m impatiently waiting for spring to come to get on the road and put some miles on it.

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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by echinus1988 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:11 am

That sure brings back memories! My 1970 Yamaha XS650 was a rattler!

Ride it long enough and your butt gets numb, your hands get uncomfortable but damn it was light nimble and fun! Rode it for about a year when the 1977 Yamaha XS750D came out.

Three cylinders, shaft drive, fairing and saddlebags. Only bad part were the saddlebag brackets (the ones around the saddlebags) kept breaking at the weld. I would see them merrily bouncing down the road behind me! Luckily my dad could weld them back together without damaging the chrome too much. None of the repaired ones ever broke! That's the bike I put the heavy mileage on. 32,000 miles in 18 months which is just shy of 1800 miles per month.

My next bike was a 1980 GL1100 Goldwing. Lots of work, lots of fun. Just sold it this month. I am hoping the new owner gets the use and fun out of it that I did.

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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by harveysmedlap » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:25 pm

Met my future wife back in 1972. We spent most of our dating on my 1956 Triumph so I suspected she was a keeper. Got married in 73 and she suggested we buy a new Cl350 Honda it was then I knew she was a keeper. Flash forward and many bikes later, while planning our 30th anniversary with a trip to Hawaii, we both decided it was way to much money to spend for only one week of fun. Enter our sons inlaws with there 93 gl1800 for a quick visit. As soon as they left my wife (the keeper) looked at me and said find us a Goldwing. Within one week there was a 89 gl1500 sitting in the driveway. Then came the 04 1800, then the sidecar for the wife, and after 150000 miles it was replaced with a shiney eight year old 08 with 439 original miles. We don't travel as much as we used to, but you won't find any cobwebs growing on the bike either. Only regret is selling the 56 Triumph, even though it leaked oil everywhere. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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