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by CruiseControl
Sun May 27, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: cruise control switch won't mechanically engage
Replies: 4
Views: 866

Re: cruise control switch won't mechanically engage

This is a pretty common problem. … The solution is to get the grease out of there. A plastic-safe solvent will work, I use CRC contact cleaner... You are an amazing resource! You recognized the actual problem... as opposed to jumping on some other unrelated issue. (Of course the thorough descriptio...
by CruiseControl
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How cold will ya'll ride?
Replies: 60
Views: 5667

Re: How cold will ya'll ride?

Like PileDriver I rode in the snow today here on Island County. Back when I was commuting Greenbank to Redmond I regularly passed the bank showing 25 degrees. But here in the Puget Sound, moisture is a different thing. Very seldom snow. And even though I'm not supposed to admit this to anyone outsid...
by CruiseControl
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Securing my bike
Replies: 5
Views: 860

Re: Securing my bike

I have the exact same problem! Haven't tried troubleshooting yet. Did you figure out what was causing the problem?... maybe save me some steps. :D
by CruiseControl
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling
Replies: 69
Views: 34724

Re: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling

I would still like someone to tell me if the engine has to be running at a certain minimum RPM for the system to work. Does anybody have an answer to that question? New part arrived. I tested it. The answer to the above is Yes . Since my instrument cluster was not connected, I don't know what the m...
by CruiseControl
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling
Replies: 69
Views: 34724

Re: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling

I suspect that, in deference to the comment about abusing the left grip while setting the bike on the center stand, the problem was created when I installed bar backs. I did some more continuity testing hoping to discover where I had stretched the wire. I discovered it was the grip itself. I wrappe...
by CruiseControl
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling
Replies: 69
Views: 34724

Re: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling

I THINK I've finally made some progress on determining what is causing my problem. The upshot is that the left grip (connector 71 C) has an issue. I suspect that, in deference to the comment about abusing the left grip while setting the bike on the center stand, the problem was created when I instal...
by CruiseControl
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling
Replies: 69
Views: 34724

Re: Heated seats/grips update, still baffling

Wow! This is obviously a difficult situation to troubleshoot. I appreciate WingAdmin giving us the troubleshooting steps. But holy Shiite! That seems like the hard way. I'm searching for something more simple. I have questions: 1) Apparently, in order to test whether the grips/seat are heating by fe...
by CruiseControl
Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: 2001 windshield
Replies: 21
Views: 2199

Re: 2001 windshield

Same problem on my 2007. I finally just took the ratcheting mechanism out. Just did it yesterday and haven't tested whether the ratchet is necessary to keep the windscreen/windshield in place. Sure hope it isn't.
by CruiseControl
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Handlebar and grip angle leading to pain
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Re: Handlebar and grip angle leading to pain

themainviking, you're probably right, I want the Helibars. But budget dictates: don't invest in something that expensive unless it really solves the problem. As to my pain issues, they have been diagnosed by physicians. None of them proposed what cihilb had done. Wow! Now that's committing to a solu...
by CruiseControl
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Handlebar and grip angle leading to pain
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Re: Handlebar and grip angle leading to pain

Thanks for the ideas. I have risers that I've considered trying. Of course those will require nearly as much time to install as the Helibars. So, if risers don't solve the problem, I'm left with two episodes of changing my handlebar format. So my question is, "did you (cihilb) have thumb pain t...
by CruiseControl
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Handlebar and grip angle leading to pain
Replies: 9
Views: 812

Handlebar and grip angle leading to pain

I've been struggling with pain in my thumbs. It subsided when I hadn't ridden for a week but came back quickly when I started to ride again. During that same time I also didn't use my computer much. Based on all my study of ergonomics, I'm pretty sure horizontal is not a natural hand position. So I ...
by CruiseControl
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: How much weight can a 1800 Goldwing pull
Replies: 22
Views: 9125

Re: How much weight can a 1800 Goldwing pull

... I know pulling the boat and trailer out of the water with a 4 wheel vehicle can be a slippery PITA, I can't imagine having the traction with a motorcycle even a heavy girl (1800). ... If the back tire spins it's going to go out one side or the other and then be drug back down the ramp on its si...
by CruiseControl
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Trailer Harness
Replies: 12
Views: 2026

Re: Trailer Harness

I started looking for a harness today. I've searched this forum and think this is the best discussion on the topic. But I wonder if anyone has more experience? I use WingStuff (et.al.) as a source for product ratings. There were some very negative complaints about the Show Chrome. Altho those were i...
by CruiseControl
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: How much weight can a 1800 Goldwing pull
Replies: 22
Views: 9125

Re: How much weight can a 1800 Goldwing pull

Interesting thread. Good input from lots of great people. Could I get any other feedback on the same topic for my situation? I'm considering towing this boat. The boat is 400# + trailer weight. Tongue is pretty light, I'll check the weight. No electric brakes. I'm likely to tow no more than 25 miles...
by CruiseControl
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)
Replies: 105
Views: 8236

Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

I shudder at the thought. I guess for me the choice would be based on: How my future riding plans have changed. I don't do LD like I used to. But I do ride almost everywhere I go. The changing condition of my physical health. Arthritis in my thumbs is making clutching and holding the throttle diffic...
by CruiseControl
Sun May 29, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions
Replies: 39
Views: 6033

Re: Aftermarket GPS Suggestions

This may be off topic, but I'm more interested in GPS features. Weather-proof, frequent updates and anti-glare are important. But it seems to me, if I'm going to invest ($300+) in something to route my trip I want 2 things: 1) EASY input to determine/choose my route, 2) vehicle aware settings. EASY ...
by CruiseControl
Sun May 29, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Anyone using Hippo Hands?
Replies: 13
Views: 2171

Re: Anyone using Hippo Hands?

I bought covers from Bent Bike here in Lynnwood. Unlike the Vetter, there is no stiff structure to them, they're just insulated pockets. They go on the handlebars easily. I did have to open the handlebar hole of the left side to get it around the controls. But a simple strap on each locks them on ti...
by CruiseControl
Sun May 29, 2016 8:27 am
Forum: GL1800 DIY Articles
Topic: Bluetoothing a GL1800
Replies: 59
Views: 51620

Re: Bluetoothing a GL1800

Some great solutions posted here. Seems the best solution is to mount one of the Sena's on the bike to transmit/receive to/from a Sena on a helmet(s). I actually considered that but couldn't work out the electronics. Apparently Steve Schmidt worked it out and Sierra Electronics sells the solution wh...
by CruiseControl
Sat May 28, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Breaking up with an older bike
Replies: 27
Views: 2345

Re: Breaking up with an older bike

I periodically wonder what to do with the bikes that don't get ridden as much as my GL1800. The idea of finding someone who would love the bikes as much as I appeals to me. But I can't imagine anyone appreciating my 96 K1100LT (105K miles) as much as I. I added a 5 gallon tank, custom made and paint...
by CruiseControl
Sat May 28, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Removing Rust
Replies: 19
Views: 3262

Re: Removing Rust

Great timing for me to read this article. I was just considering taking on the task. I was hoping to find someone who has tried Ospho. (see http://Ospho.com for info) I just learned about this stuff and bought some from Ace Hardware. I used it to de-rust a hitch cooler rack that I bought from Wing S...
by CruiseControl
Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: camping trailer should I buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 12304

Re: camping trailer should I buy?

HA! Just under a month ago I was looking for a trailer to have some extra cargo space when running errands... grocery shopping once every other week can fill the trunk and saddle bags quickly. Anyway, while searching I found the Solace ( http://theusatrailerstore.com/solace-motorcycle-camping-traile...
by CruiseControl
Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Heated grips or heated gloves?
Replies: 44
Views: 5851

Re: Heated grips or heated gloves?

I agree with the heated grips + hippo hands combo. But cold hands only impacts your reflexes for clutch and front brake. If you're fighting cold feet or any other kind of chill, that's going to impact your reaction time as well. I also wear heated vest and socks. I commuted 100 miles a day regularly...
by CruiseControl
Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Goldwing Navigation System - to update or NOT to update...
Replies: 15
Views: 8499

Goldwing Navigation System - to update or NOT to update...

... that is the question! I wish someone had written and I had read this post before I wasted my time. I'm sharing to save you the struggles. I've finally made a decision about updating my 2007 Goldwing from the City Navigator North America V7, May 2005 map to the latest City Navigator North America...
by CruiseControl
Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: GL1800 Wheel rim cleaning
Replies: 53
Views: 12599

Re: GL1800 Wheel rim cleaning

For Aluminum polishing (your wheels), this is the absolute best stuff I have ever used. This is the site address http://www.captainrichardsbest.com/ . I was amazed at how little effort it took to remove the oxidation from both my GL1500 wheels and my GL1800 wheels. I followed the directions on the ...