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by mberk01
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Fantasy Bike Week
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Fantasy Bike Week

OK, I just made that up. Why? Because were now in the umpteenth week of COVID restrictions and I can't safely go on a multi-day bike trip. So I'll just make do with day trips and during down-time I'll fantasize about motorcycles I would like to own. Tell us your fantasy bike. Here's the rules: 1) Yo...
by mberk01
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Distinguished Attire
Replies: 90
Views: 8990

Re: Distinguished Attire

Regarding summer gloves for riding in the rain: If it's warm out and you want protection but don't mind wet hands, I have found that Kinco Buffalo gloves are very comfortable. They aren't bulky and don't interfere with pushing switches or turning knobs. They get soaking wet and when it stops raining...
by mberk01
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Distinguished Attire
Replies: 90
Views: 8990

Re: Distinguished Attire

Full face helmet always. I feel that as far as protection from road rash, leather is hard to beat. I wear as much leather as temperatures will allow. In really cold weather (freezing or below) I'll be wearing leather chaps, leather jacket, 17" leather cowboy boots, and leather gloves - probably gaun...
by mberk01
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: eyeglasses with a snug helmet... any tips??
Replies: 27
Views: 1078

Re: eyeglasses with a snug helmet... any tips??

I had the same problem with eyeglasses. The last time I went to get new eyeglasses I took my helmet with me. The ladies at the eyeglass place thought it was pretty cool. The solution for me was a flat wire frame that's not too wide and temples that are also flat wire and fit tight against the side o...
by mberk01
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Steam Cleaner For Motorcycles - Anyone Tried This?
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Re: Steam Cleaner For Motorcycles - Anyone Tried This?

Now you have me curious. I've been using a leaf blower to dry my bike for years. What problems have you experienced or heard about? By the way, I wrap my handle bar controls with Walmart bags to keep the water out. I know they are supposed to be water proof; but since I started doing the Walmart bag...
by mberk01
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Steam Cleaner For Motorcycles - Anyone Tried This?
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Steam Cleaner For Motorcycles - Anyone Tried This?

I'm thinking of buying a light-duty steam cleaner for cleaning my motorcycle. I'm leaning toward a McCulloch MC1385; $199.99 on Amazon. Intended use would be on metal parts only, like the engine, frame and wheels. I would never use it on plastic parts. I'm interested in hearing from members with fir...
by mberk01
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: The Magic Is Gone!
Replies: 39
Views: 1538

Re: The Magic Is Gone!

I've been riding motorcycles since 1969. Do the math. I sympathize with my comrades that are ready to hang it up. All I can tell you is that for me, motorcycling isn't something I do; it's part of me. It's in my DNA. It's part of who I am. I like to think that I'm a better rider than I was 50 years ...
by mberk01
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: New video: What's in your bike?
Replies: 15
Views: 1620

Re: New video: What's in your bike?

In the event a pack of rabid zombies attempt to eat my brain: In the left saddlebag, a Sig M17 9mm with 21-round magazine + two spare 21-round magazines. That's in addition to the .357 magnum in the breast pocket of my jacket. In the event me or my riding buddy has a mechanical failure: A full set o...
by mberk01
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: high mileage vs age
Replies: 22
Views: 1305

Re: high mileage vs age

I would consider 89,000 miles as "low" mileage for a Honda Goldwing that was properly maintained and cared for. I have seen properly maintained Goldwings go in excess of 200,000 miles with no major mechanical issues. It would not surprise me if there are Goldwings out there with excess of 300,000 mi...
by mberk01
Fri May 15, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What's the strangest thing you've hit?
Replies: 33
Views: 1196

What's the strangest thing you've hit?

This isn't intended to be a bragging post. It's more to chronical close encounters and "Holy Crap" moments. I once hit a chicken. I was on rural 2-lane and topped a hill at about 45 MPH. The chicken was in the process of crossing the road. (I never learned the reason why.) It was the ditch or the ch...
by mberk01
Sat May 09, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings
Replies: 188
Views: 24639

Re: Questions regarding "older" men and Goldwings

All these posts offer great advice. One thing I learned early on is that with a heavy bike you really need to pay attention to where you place your foot when coming to a stop. Oil slicks at stop lights and pot holes in gas stations are two of the worst. I would also recommend boots with rubber soles...
by mberk01
Tue May 05, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: How Has COVID-19 Affected Your Riding?
Replies: 25
Views: 892

How Has COVID-19 Affected Your Riding?

For now I've quit taking overnight trips. I'm afraid of staying in motels and such until the number of new cases drops dramatically. In the interim I have discovered several new scenic loops close to home that I can complete in one 8-hour day. There's something to be said for returning home after a ...
by mberk01
Mon May 04, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2018+) Information & Questions
Topic: Wax on black plastic
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: Wax on black plastic

I did the same thing on my pickup truck - slopped paste wax on a piece of textured flat black plastic. An Artgum eraser works like magic to remove the dried wax. Just rub it gently on the affected area and watch the wax disappear. https://www.amazon.com/Sanford-Design-Artgum-Eraser-2X1X7/dp/B004E2TQ...
by mberk01
Sun May 03, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Tips for riding in the rain
Replies: 51
Views: 5525

Re: Tips for riding in the rain

One item I would like to expand on is avoiding standing water while traveling at high speeds. As previously mentioned early in this thread, riding through puddles generally invites problems or disaster. I have personally experienced hydroplaning of my front tire at 70 MPH. I will suggest that hydrop...
by mberk01
Sun May 03, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What Were The Worst Riding Conditions You Ever Experienced?
Replies: 29
Views: 1380

Re: What Were The Worst Riding Conditions You Ever Experienced?

Whittier, Alaska - 2007. Driving from Anchorage to the town of Whittier, you must pass through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. The tunnel is 2.5 miles long and is the longest highway tunnel in North America. The tunnel is one lane and is shared by trains and cars/motorcycles. Traffic is carefull...
by mberk01
Sun May 03, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What Were The Worst Riding Conditions You Ever Experienced?
Replies: 29
Views: 1380

What Were The Worst Riding Conditions You Ever Experienced?

Some years back we were headed north through Wyoming on the way to Alaska. We experienced crosswind gusts that I would estimate at 45-50 MPH. It was a dangerous situation as we could not stay in our lane. We stopped on the shoulder and my buddy lost his balance, dropping his Wing twice. I was afraid...
by mberk01
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.
Replies: 59
Views: 3758

Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

When I started riding, we had to refine our own gasoline (groan). Like you, I never thought much of Harleys. Until recently all I've ever owned or consider owning was a Honda. When Honda came out with the 2018 Gold Wing I was sadly disappointed. I wanted so much to trade in my '96 Gold Wing on a 201...
by mberk01
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.
Replies: 59
Views: 3758

Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

I too owned a '96 GL1500 SE. It was a great bike and I put a ton of miles on it. Other than normal maintenance the only part that ever failed was the fuel pump, and that was an easy fix. I agree that they aren't the easiest to work on. I have a fully equipped shop that would be the envy of some mot...
by mberk01
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: GL1500 Information & Questions
Topic: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.
Replies: 59
Views: 3758

Re: This is the most difficult bike I have ever worked on.

I too owned a '96 GL1500 SE. It was a great bike and I put a ton of miles on it. Other than normal maintenance the only part that ever failed was the fuel pump, and that was an easy fix. I agree that they aren't the easiest to work on. I have a fully equipped shop that would be the envy of some moto...
by mberk01
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Tragedy in New Hampshire.
Replies: 32
Views: 2315

Re: Tragedy in New Hampshire.

I'm internally conflicted regarding how I feel about continuing to ride after reading about this tragedy. I guess I have to settle with the side of me that feels when it's your time to go there's nothing you can do about it. Recently I was forced off the road by an on-coming driver passing a semi on...
by mberk01
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: ride to a stranger?
Replies: 26
Views: 1768

Re: ride to a stranger?

Regardless of whether the prospective buyer has a valid motorcycle license and has handed over the cash for you to hold, there is another aspect to consider. The bike is still titled in your name. If the prospective buyer causes a serious accident the liability for property damage, injury or death w...
by mberk01
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2018+) Information & Questions
Topic: 2018 Goldwing broken engine case from small rock on road
Replies: 31
Views: 1881

Re: 2018 Goldwing broken engine case from small rock on road

If the damage pictured was caused by a rock, the rock must have been the size of a softball, and the velocity must have been 70 MPH.
by mberk01
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2018+) Information & Questions
Topic: Honda disgraced themselves with the 2018 Goldwing
Replies: 72
Views: 10855

Re: Honda disgraced themselves with the 2018 Goldwing

I agree that Honda really dropped the ball with the 2018 Goldwing. I had been waiting patiently for the 2018 Goldwing, thinking that I would trade in my '96 GL1500. The 2018 misses the mark on so many levels I ended up trading for a 2019 Harley Davidson. Here's a few of the things that are wrong wit...
by mberk01
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2018+) Information & Questions
Topic: 2018 GL1800 minimal shock travel
Replies: 29
Views: 4397

Re: 2018 GL1800 minimal shock travel

...and on the US website: http://hondanews.com/channels/gold-wing/releases/2018-honda-gold-wing-tech-document On the Gold Wing Tour, front and rear damping force are electrically adjusted, with a stepping motor moving the needle in each system to control the oil flow rate and adjust front/rear dampi...
by mberk01
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: GL1800 (2018+) Information & Questions
Topic: 2018 GL1800 minimal shock travel
Replies: 29
Views: 4397

Re: 2018 GL1800 minimal shock travel

I found the following description of the 2018 Goldwing suspension at: https://hondanews.eu/eu/lv/motorcycles/media/pressreleases/116767/2018-gl1800-gold-wing This is the official Honda website for European Media News Total weight saving of 48kg compared to the previous model Brand new aluminium beam...