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by sparrowhawwk
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: led head light upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: led head light upgrade

I have done both & am very happy with my final choice of HID. It really is a personal thing. I think there are plenty of riders on both sides of this and each is just as happy with there choice. Right on. I will probably try HID again if I can ever get a complete light that will provide me with a s...
by sparrowhawwk
Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: led head light upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: led head light upgrade

I tried HID in my 83. In my case it meant putting an HID bulb into an H4 housing. Very bright but no proper light pattern so could not adjust to eliminate glare to oncoming traffic. Then during a trip through the mountains on a dark rainy night it failed. That was exciting but fortunately I had a dr...
by sparrowhawwk
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:50 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Afterburner LED Headlight H4 replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Afterburner LED Headlight H4 replacement

Can't believe I haven't ridden with it yet. I installed it in the Vetter fairing on my old MG Convert and after almost 20yrs the wiring got to me. Now the bike does not have any. There is a big pile of wiring etc. on the floor though. Sadly that bike is the only one I have close to rideable. My 83 1...
by sparrowhawwk
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Sid's Helpful Hint
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Sid's Helpful Hint

I always say that if someone steals it you can find it on the first right (in your case left) hand corner. :lol:
by sparrowhawwk
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: My winter project
Replies: 14
Views: 576

Re: My winter project

Looks like minor maintenance to me. :shock: :lol: :lol:
by sparrowhawwk
Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Goldwing trailer hitch choice?
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Goldwing trailer hitch choice?

I know this is an old thread but because it didn't come up here I'll give you the real reason for the swivel coupler. The hitch is the hitch on the bike. The swivel coupler mounts between the trailer coupler and tongue. The main reason for this item is that if or should I say "when" :lol: you drop y...
by sparrowhawwk
Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Afterburner LED Headlight H4 replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Afterburner LED Headlight H4 replacement

Sorry. Work keeps getting in the way. Have it installed. Seems really bright. Pattern cutoff is not as defined and the angled up to the right part of the original pattern is gone. However, I have been able to adjust it to where it should not bother oncoming and it is really bright and lights up the ...
by sparrowhawwk
Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Afterburner LED Headlight H4 replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Afterburner LED Headlight H4 replacement

Got my LED bulb from Canadian Cruiser Customizing and installed it in the old Guzzi Vetter fairing last night. For now this is my winter bike with sidecar due to the fact my 83 is getting a single carb mod and a C5 ignition after Christmas. I'd say you need about another 1/4" behind where the plug u...
by sparrowhawwk
Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Why never enough motorcyles?
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Why never enough motorcyles?

Couldn't stop myself. Just added another 83 to the collection. No time to see how it runs for a couple weeks. Probably paid too much but I wanted a parts bike if it comes to that and the motor etc. is supposed to be good. Bike has braided brake lines and looks to have been maintained well before the...
by sparrowhawwk
Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Heated grips or heated gloves?
Replies: 43
Views: 3095

Re: Heated grips or heated gloves?

A bit off topic here. I vote only for gloves. Keep in mind that when the hands get cold, it is because the body does not have enough heat to keep them warm. On a bike, this may be the wind removing heat fast from the body. But heating the hands does not heat the body, as when the hands are cold the...
by sparrowhawwk
Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Heated grips or heated gloves?
Replies: 43
Views: 3095

Re: Heated grips or heated gloves?

Best solution IMHO is installing a pair of grip heaters (to keep your hands warm) underneath your favourite, comfortable grips and a set of removeable handlebar muffs/ Hippo Hands to keep the wind/rain/snow off of them and keeping the heat from the grip heaters within the muffs, allowing you to use...
by sparrowhawwk
Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: SuperbrightLEDs.com Driving Lights
Replies: 12
Views: 8216

Re: SuperbrightLEDs.com Driving Lights

Because of this review it reminded me to check out the Superbright site. Can't believe I finally found the spot light I've been looking for forever. 4" round with a 10 degree beam and an LED. I've been needing a light that I can aim down the side of the road looking for eyes attached to animals I re...
by sparrowhawwk
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Adding an avatar to your profile
Replies: 113
Views: 164034

Re: Adding an avatar to your profile

Thanks for the reminder in the newsletter. Thought I'd use a picture of my first street bike in 65. Yup. It was a HONDA. :D
by sparrowhawwk
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: Trailer Jack Review
Replies: 7
Views: 2664

Re: Trailer Jack Review

Often wondered if that would work. Thanks. Don't know if this is the case here but a long time ago there was a town named USA so products such as this could legally have the Made in USA label on them. :lol: I would suggest breaking the wheel lugs loose before lifting.
by sparrowhawwk
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Bigfoot Rendezvous July 26-28
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Bigfoot Rendezvous July 26-28

Well, only a few days now to our 30th Bigfoot Sidecar Club Rendezvous. Info at www.bigfootsidecarclub.com I have a sample of the new c5 optical ignition system for the GL1000's with me for viewing. Everyone is welcome to attend or just stop in for a chat. Toad Rock Campgound near Nelson B.C. CA
by sparrowhawwk
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: rake a trike
Replies: 5
Views: 3827

Re: rake a trike

I have been building sidecar rigs and trikes for too many years to admit. LOL In 1990 I was co-founder of Champion Sidecars. Aside from the occasional home built rig the main way to reduce trail (yes trail, not rake) on a rig was with a custom built leading link front end. While very popular in Euro...
by sparrowhawwk
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: HID Headlight for 1100/1200
Replies: 41
Views: 5756

Re: HID Headlight for 1100/1200

Thanks for the review. I have used HID before and absolutely loved the increased vision. I had two problems with mine. First was the beam pattern. Once I got it lowered enough to stop bothering oncoming traffic the beam was not extending far enough forward to even match the H4 halogen it replaced al...
by sparrowhawwk
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Wing not very good in snow
Replies: 6
Views: 233

Re: Wing not very good in snow

Much as I like your GL/Watsonian rig that old Beezer is just too cool. Don't often see rigs like that here with the possible exception of the Griffith Park meet.
by sparrowhawwk
Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Auxiliary Fuel Tank
Replies: 6
Views: 1148

Re: Auxiliary Fuel Tank

Have you actually hooked one up to an 1800? Because the 1800 is fuel injected and the fuel system is pressurized I'm wondering how you connect a gravity fed tank into the system? Actually, the GL1800 fuel system runs at vacuum, therefore, it would suck the fuel out of the auxilary tank. However, it...
by sparrowhawwk
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Auxiliary Fuel Tank
Replies: 6
Views: 1148

Re: Auxiliary Fuel Tank

Have you actually hooked one up to an 1800? Because the 1800 is fuel injected and the fuel system is pressurized I'm wondering how you connect a gravity fed tank into the system?
by sparrowhawwk
Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Camping Trip: KY to AK and back
Replies: 53
Views: 2644

Re: Camping Trip: KY to AK and back

Master Chief- I'd thought about getting the 'old fogey' pass; guess I better :) We will be doing a number of trips this year as well as the GWRRA Blast and regional events... Admin- I know gun laws are very restrictive north of the border, so I hadn't even considered taking one... Always fascinates...
by sparrowhawwk
Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Sidecar event in BC
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Sidecar event in BC

For those of you that have or are interested in SIDECARS the BIGFOOT SIDECAR CLUB is putting on the 30th BIGFOOT RENDEZVOUS at the TOAD ROCK MOTORCYCLE CAMPGROUND, July 26 - 28. For those of us with 83 or older GL's the campground gives us a break on camping fees which are cheap to start with. Of co...
by sparrowhawwk
Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: I couldnt take it anymore............
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: I couldnt take it anymore............

Im still stuck in the valley bottom as there is WAY too much snow in the passes to even think about venturing up there yet. So far I have managed to ride this bike every month since buying it in early April 2012.Tomorrow looks good for a short ride too. I love global warming 8-) Mary over at the To...
by sparrowhawwk
Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: GL1100 Information & Questions
Topic: New guy restoring a GL1100
Replies: 19
Views: 2679

Re: New guy restoring a GL1100

I've seen a lot of really neat rigs in my time but that is just too cool. I love it. Because I am building a complete new model sidecar I will be putting on my 83 I am still a ways out. I have decided to build a set of links for the front and will be doing a custom wheel for the rear to accept a car...
by sparrowhawwk
Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Repair Aluminum
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Repair Aluminum

dj norm wrote:WOW WOW WOW realy impressed has anybody used it to test
I haven't tried it yet but as soon as I get time I have a motor that needs a mount fixed that I will try it on.