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by Old Wing Man
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 5W-20 oil
Replies: 37
Views: 3886

Re: 5W-20 oil

I don't understand your statement about using quality oil. There is no issue of quality when using 10W-40 rather than 5W-20. I agree with the poster who doesn't care about mileage just taking care of his engine. The one and only reason a manufacturer specs. 5W-20 oil is to get that extra MPG that a ...
by Old Wing Man
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: waterless antifreeze
Replies: 8
Views: 850

Re: waterless antifreeze

"It stands to reason that replacing more (or 97%) of the water with propylene glycol would make it more efficient." Ethylene glycol for sure (haven't looked up the propylene glycol specs)needs water to make it more freeze resistant. IIRC, pure antifreeze will freeze at a much higher temp. than antif...
by Old Wing Man
Mon May 22, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 5W-20 oil
Replies: 37
Views: 3886

Re: 5W-20 oil

I suppose folks that ride in below freezing weather might have a problem with 15W or 20W oils but I don't find it a problem shifting in freezing weather because my bike is on its center stand in my shop.
by Old Wing Man
Sun May 21, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 5W-20 oil
Replies: 37
Views: 3886

Re: 5W-20 oil

I would never use xxW20 oil in any vehicle regardless of what the OEM said. They only care about their CAFE numbers and not your engine. Here in the south, I use Shell Rotella T6 in 5W-40 which is good for year round use. It is also good for anything that I own from lawnmower, motorcycle, truck, car...
by Old Wing Man
Sun May 21, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Regular or mid grade gas for 2006 GL1800?
Replies: 14
Views: 3212

Re: Regular or mid grade gas for 2006 GL1800?

The only time I use high octane fuel is when I top up my tank in preparation for winter storage. I get the non-ethanol high octane Shell gas and then put in a double dose of Stabil for storage. So far I have not had any problems with it and I get about 40 mpg with 87. I have not checked the mileage ...
by Old Wing Man
Sat May 06, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Camping Trip Planning Advice.
Replies: 45
Views: 3253

Re: Camping Trip Planning Advice.

Just wondering, does anyone carry spare alternators with them too? I notice in the "has your goldwing ever left you stranded" thread, there are many alternator failures. My opinion is that most alternator failures is due to the owner adding a lot of heavy electrical draw components or in many cases...
by Old Wing Man
Wed May 03, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Camping and Trailers
Topic: Camping Trip Planning Advice.
Replies: 45
Views: 3253

Re: Camping Trip Planning Advice.

Of all the stuff folks packed up, I see no mention of clothing other than rain gear. Do you guys wear the same clothes for a week or what? Clothing is what usually takes up the most room. I see food storage bags packed, but food can always be bought along the way for a day or two of consumption if y...
by Old Wing Man
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: They said I wouldn't make it
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Man you got that right about hard to get up from the ground. With my worn out knees and hips plus herniated disc in my back and arthritis everywhere, I think my tent days are well behind me. My idea of a long distance ride would be from hotel to hotel. :lol:
by Old Wing Man
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: They said I wouldn't make it
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: They said I wouldn't make it

My bike is a bit newer (2000) but if my body would stand it, the bike surely would. These Goldwing engines just keep on and on. New tires every now and then and oil change and it is good to go for 6K more miles.
by Old Wing Man
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize
Replies: 29
Views: 2520

Re: USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize

Wife and I lived in Coatzacoalcos for about 8 months and did visit several places including Tuxtla Gutierrez which is above the cloud line and cold. Wife only packed me shorts and thin shirts so I had to find a market to buy some clothing to wear. The market was very interesting as were the Mayan ru...
by Old Wing Man
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Cold weather stamina
Replies: 29
Views: 1748

Re: Cold weather stamina

In addition to above post, heated gloves would have made even long rides comfortable. I found that fingers get cold way before anything else even with the best insulated gloves. I just don't ride enough in cold weather to justify the cost of any heated equipment. Insulated boots with thick wool sock...
by Old Wing Man
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Cold weather stamina
Replies: 29
Views: 1748

Re: Cold weather stamina

While living in Alberta Canada, I managed to ride my 1500 Kawasaki Vulcan (with windshield only) at least once a month all thru winter. My limiting factor was getting out of my sub-division and onto main streets because they didn't plow the sub streets so I had to wait for a Chinook to melt the ice....
by Old Wing Man
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: It is time to say goodbye.
Replies: 51
Views: 2719

Re: It is time to say goodbye.

You can always trust a politician- to lie that is, but only if their lips are moving. Along those lines you can also always trust data gathered and dispensed by a government agency OR private organization with a political agenda- trust it to be manipulated to show whatever the current agenda needs i...
by Old Wing Man
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: It is time to say goodbye.
Replies: 51
Views: 2719

Re: It is time to say goodbye.

Don't trust television or news reports of actual shootings by ambush of police officers, but trust the FBI and it's stats? That is really naïve at best and purely stupid at the worst end of that thinking. All Police agencies distort crime facts to suit their current agendas and that is a proven thin...
by Old Wing Man
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: It is time to say goodbye.
Replies: 51
Views: 2719

Re: It is time to say goodbye.

I agree that most law enforcement and emergency personnel are way underpaid in initial salary, but they do at least have a decent retirement plan if some a-hole doesn't embezzle it all away as has happened in some instances. I sure wouldn't put my life on the line in todays "lets kill a cop today" s...
by Old Wing Man
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: It is time to say goodbye.
Replies: 51
Views: 2719

Re: It is time to say goodbye.

Solina Dave: Are you quoting cops salaries at 80-100K per year. NOT around here $30K starting salary for Highway patrol and less than that for sheriff's deputy starting salary. Large cities like New York will have higher salary but then cost of living is so high there that rent eats up any advantage...
by Old Wing Man
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: side stands and mounting your bike
Replies: 35
Views: 3190

Re: side stands and mounting your bike

I mount from which ever side that I walk up from and always by stepping up on the pegs to do so. With a back rest on the bike like most of us have, you need all the height that you can get to give clearance to get over it. I don't think age is the only factor (maybe biggest factor though) in getting...
by Old Wing Man
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: It is time to say goodbye.
Replies: 51
Views: 2719

Re: It is time to say goodbye.

I am glad to see that you got out alive on those two crashes. Personally I don't believe a word of what cagers say when they say I didn't see him. I think that is just the excuse they all use to cover up for negligent driving. I might believe that if it were a dirt bike without a headlight, but a Go...
by Old Wing Man
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Getting Older
Replies: 21
Views: 1351

Re: Getting Older

I mount and dismount my wing by standing on the foot peg with the side stand down. I have never found it to try to tip the bike over doing this. If the bike is setting on a slight incline to the side stand side( as sometimes happens in parking lots), I will mount and dismount on the uphill side. It ...
by Old Wing Man
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel

It did start leaking oil and the forks seem to not absorb shock very well. Since most of the cost is labor to remove them, it only makes sense to replace everything inside with new. Just got the call to bring it in to the shop today. Might be a couple of days before he can work on it but the weather...
by Old Wing Man
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel

Thanks for the info on the fork rebuild kit. The guy said he would get the parts and seemed to know what he was doing. He even asked if my bike had the air adjustable ones and it does. He said the parts were a little different for them vs the ones without the air adjust. I didn't see any mention of ...
by Old Wing Man
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel

Just to clarify, the $125 is just to mount the tire, I don't know what the fork rebuild will cost. Dealer quoted $400 to do just the forks. Was supposed to take it to his shop later this week but so far haven't heard from him. Weather is not for riding today though.
by Old Wing Man
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Sleeping beauty with restored rear shocks!
Replies: 14
Views: 1550

Re: Sleeping beauty with restored rear shocks!

I have seen them held in place with tie raps even on OEM shocks.
by Old Wing Man
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel

Well I found a guy ( actually my neighbors son-in law knows him) that will replace my rear tire for $125 AND rebuild my front forks. Saves me at least $75 over an independent dealers estimate. This guy does mostly custom work on Harley's but he says he has done some GL1500 and GL1800 tire changes al...
by Old Wing Man
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 749

Re: Changing air filter and maybe the rear wheel

You are right, I have only had the bike about a year, don't ride much anymore, too much arthritis, too much age (67) worn out knees, worn out hips etc all make for not having pleasant rides anymore especially long distances. This is my second Goldwing, first one was an 84 GL1200 Aspencade. All I eve...