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by dwlarson
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: traffic light stop/wait/go best practice?
Replies: 31
Views: 2623

Re: traffic light stop/wait/go best practice?

Stopping with your eyes looking forward will eliminate that last-second "wobble" which can happen if you look down. And while "left foot only down" may be "ideal practice", with a short inseam, 5'5", and 135# I need both feet on the ground (tip-toe) to be secure... but if the pavement is sloping one...
by dwlarson
Fri May 17, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: 5'5"
Replies: 33
Views: 1776

Re: 5'5"

I would just add that a passenger does make a big difference. Instruct them to sit square in the seat and don't "help you lean" (someone did that to me once in the middle of a corner and nearly tumbled us over). Let YOU do all the leaning - you don't need help! If they are bouncing around back there...
by dwlarson
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing
Replies: 463
Views: 62673

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

I was about 17 when the first GL1000 was on display in the local Honda shop. They could balance a nickle on edge on the motor while it revved -- and it didn't fall over. My first bike was a Honda CL360, which I rode EVERYWHERE. I took a 3,500-mile trip on it from WI to CO (with accompanying hand-num...
by dwlarson
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings
Replies: 184
Views: 24005

Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

I dunno, at age 61 (and 5'5", 140#) after nearly 40 years of riding Gold Wings, I can't imagine not doing it. You learn to balance well, plan your stops carefully, look ahead, don't do quick maneuvers at slow speeds, and how to carefully pick it up when it tips over (NOT just muscling it back to upr...
by dwlarson
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: 5'5"
Replies: 33
Views: 1776

Re: 5'5"

I'm 5'5", 140#. I've been riding Gold Wings for nearly 40 years. I've had a '78, an '85, and currently a '96 GL1500. It's a big, heavy bike with a fairly tall seat. I always thought that everyone balanced their bike on tippy-toes... until I sat on a low cruiser. ;) All the comments about experience ...