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by raven41951
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: 1800 Ride Quality: seats and suspension
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: 1800 Ride Quality: seats and suspension

Things to look at are the suspension and the seat. At 16 years old, the foam gets brittle and feels harder when sat on. I have read that wing front ends are peak for about 20K then need rebuilding. I have not ridden for a year due to surgery but expect to be back on the road this season so my '16 is...
by raven41951
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Storage Temperatures
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Storage Temperatures

My trailer is a 6x12 CarMate. This was the smallest trailer that would fit the Goldwing inside. No pics right now, but if you look up there web site you will find plenty. Its designed to be a work trailer with gasoline powered equipment in mind, thus the vents. I had a wheel chock and four d-rings i...
by raven41951
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Some riders...
Replies: 17
Views: 872

Re: Some riders...

Back 49 years ago I ran my 305 Super Hawk year round, mainly to college and home, about 10 mi rt. There were a few excursions in the bad weather times and I missed a few days while clearing snow. That bike took a beating. The Goldwing does not see the ground once the road salt is out and until the s...
by raven41951
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Storage Temperatures
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Storage Temperatures

The "Tupperware" is made from ABS. It starts to soften at 185F and will distort beyond 220F. I would recommend no more than 160F. If your enclosed trailer has vents, open them (some have doors, others are open), and think about a small fan in front of one blowing air out. This will help to reduce th...
by raven41951
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Fuel mileage question
Replies: 75
Views: 4310

Re: Fuel mileage question

You did not give the gallons for the 100 mile legs, but from your initial fill that's 25 mpg which seems to me to be low. My 1500 would get 35 +/- on a mix of interstate, state and local roads. The best I got was on an extended run of state roads where I maintained a speed between 45 and 55 mph and ...
by raven41951
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights
Replies: 111
Views: 26207

Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

I only installed low beams and did not have to make any alignment adjustments. Inserted and turned them as far as they would go. Nice horizontal beam.
by raven41951
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: installing a power socket
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: installing a power socket

I ran my battery tender cable into the rear trunk (loose). There are tons of accessories from power outlets to volt meters for the SAE connector. When I park it, on goes the tender cable (I have the four port tender) to keep the battery topped off. When I'm riding it is available for usb or socket p...
by raven41951
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: F6B Heal Toe Shifter
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

I have had mine on for less than a year but so far no issues. I had to make a few adjustments as after the initial install there was some slight binding of the shifter when connected to the heel/toe device but after a couple of tweaks that issue is resolved.
by raven41951
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: just looking for a little help
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: just looking for a little help

If you go to the DIY forum and look for changing timing belts in the 1500 section, that will show you how to remove the tupperware around the front of the bike to find your leak.
by raven41951
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: GL1800 DIY Articles
Topic: A new method of demounting and remounting tires on rims
Replies: 34
Views: 5180

Re: A new method of demounting and remounting tires on rims

I was just trying to give some technical input. Washing with soap gets that soap into the crevices around the stem to add to its longevity. Using armorall or other treatment also helps. I can remember when almost everything was over engineered and lasted a lifetime. Our first washing machine went 20...
by raven41951
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: F6B Heal Toe Shifter
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

I too have scraped a floorboard or two but no problems resulted.

As far as Markland goes, I had a pair of Markland highway boards that came on my 1500. I have searched, but it appears they are no longer doing business. You’ll have to find some used ones.
by raven41951
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: GL1800 DIY Articles
Topic: A new method of demounting and remounting tires on rims
Replies: 34
Views: 5180

Re: A new method of demounting and remounting tires on rims

Just a few words about rubber. It is a mix of natural and synthetic materials which injected into a mold and cured. The brass/metal portion has been inserted into the mold first and the rubber then injected. The mold is heated to the "curing temperature", which is a chemical reaction called cross-li...
by raven41951
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: cell phone
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: cell phone

It depends on how much you are willing to spend. There are a few posts here from those who have built up their own systems that work quite well. On the other end of the sprectrum is the Sena 10s and the Sena Freewire which will do what you want but be prepared to spen upwards of $600. As I said, you...
by raven41951
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: Advice please

I think its a bit high. No matter how hard you look, they always end up need something and before you know it you've spent $1,000 (775 pounds) or so for routine stuff.

If you can knock off a thousand pounds that would be a good deal for you. As said, mileage is no concern, proper maintenance is.
by raven41951
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: F6B Heal Toe Shifter
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

I installed matte black Kuryakin floor boards with heel-toe shifter and Rivco Aero pegs from cyclemax. Easy install for both. I like riding with floor boards and find with them I rarely need highway pegs as I can never get comfortable with them anyway. The boards allow me to move my feet about to st...
by raven41951
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Regular or Premium
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Regular or Premium

I should have been more specific. The "previous" engines were carbureted (GL1500, Shadow ACE). The Startron cleared up the Shadow within half a tank so I used it in the 1500 too JIC. Because it worked so well I continue to use it in my fuel injected 1800 for the same reason as you. Stabil works well...
by raven41951
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Regular or Premium
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Regular or Premium

I use 87 unleaded. Every other tank I add two ounces of Startron Starbrite. It has helped me in other engines and I will continue to use it now so I won't need to later. Also I have no objections to Sea Foam and upper end lube. They can't hurt unless overused. And its difficult (and expensive) to ov...
by raven41951
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: LED Lamps & Flasher for GL1800
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: LED Lamps & Flasher for GL1800

I installed the SoCal Pathfinder low beams in about a half hour with not too much effort. Toughest part is squeezing your hand into the opening. Great lights. I also installed their Pathfinder LED cowl running/fog/drl/directional lights. The toughest part there was getting the Tupperware back togeth...
by raven41951
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Product Reviews
Topic: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights
Replies: 111
Views: 26207

Re: SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights

I replaced just the low beams with the pathfinders in a half hour. Had them on my 1500 too. The low beams are pretty easy to swap out. The high beams require small strong flexible hands. The 1800 uses the same bulb for both low and high beams but the reflectors focus the high beams on a higher plane...
by raven41951
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: satellite radio
Replies: 24
Views: 2700

Re: satellite radio

First, think about where you ride. Second, think about S/XM radios; cost of unit, subscription, longevity of unit. I have had several Sirius radios and thought I could move them from my truck to the bike as they have a plug-in base. Although infrequent, the swapping of the unit from one base to the ...
by raven41951
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: O2 sensor issues
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: O2 sensor issues

Assuming you have read the MIL blinks and traced the DTC to the O2 sensors. You may need to erase the DTC, but you need an SCS service connector. This is from a 2012-2017 manual and yours may be different. There are 48 pages covering the PGM-FI system.
by raven41951
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Fog lights
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: Fog lights

I believe the color is a function of the wavelength as well as the material the diode is made from. And yes, here in Mass only police and some emergency vehicles are allowed to run blue lights. My LEDs are in the 5000 micron wavelength and are bright white and I prefer them for vision enhancement. T...
by raven41951
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Is This Rim Trashed?
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: Is This Rim Trashed?

Guess I was too brief but I agree with the posts. Knowing the cost of machining, given the distortion, is there a crack in the wheel that would make it unusable, etc. plus the fact that I just got a spare wheel and tire for my own trailer for 100 bucks (US) I figured it as a no brainer to go new.
by raven41951
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Is This Rim Trashed?
Replies: 12
Views: 1601

Re: Is This Rim Trashed?

If you bore it, how do you know ahead of time if you have it centered? Too expensive to find out.

Time for a new wheel.
by raven41951
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2001-2017) Information & Questions
Topic: Fog lights
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: Fog lights

Forgot to mention: Note: This rectangular light kit can also be installed on a 2001-2010 Goldwing GL1800 under the following conditions. You must first purchase a lower front cowl with rectangular light openings. The chrome lower cowl from Show Chrome, B52-908, will work. Or you can get a painted OE...