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by Paul Narramore
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:18 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Throw-over saddlebags
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Throw-over saddlebags

I have bought some throw-over saddle bags and am wondering how best to attach them to the bike. The saddle bags come with 'boot laces' which look utterly useless for securing them. I was thinking of nylon straps with snap-on type plastic buckles which I might find in camping shops. At the back, I on...
by Paul Narramore
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: Trip Info, Reports & Gatherings
Topic: Holiday of a lifetime planned - yet another one!
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Holiday of a lifetime planned - yet another one!

In November I will be 70 so my wife persuaded me that we should have an exceptional holiday this autumn - to visit New England to witness the Fall. This is not a riding trip though. We have booked the trip through a travel adviser, something new to us, and everything seems to be planned - hotels, tr...
by Paul Narramore
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:46 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?
Replies: 16
Views: 751

Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

The 'body' would read his PMs and all would be revealed :D I'd be happy to send in return a UK motorcycle licence plate, not that they are much to write home about. Yellow reflective plastic with nothing to indicate where they are from.
by Paul Narramore
Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:10 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?
Replies: 16
Views: 751

Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

You're halfway there, which ones do you still need? Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, North Virgini...
by Paul Narramore
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?
Replies: 16
Views: 751

Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

I came tried four US-based websites and none recognise the bike's VIN number - GL13024822 or GL1E3024822.
by Paul Narramore
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?
Replies: 16
Views: 751

Re: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

Brett, I'm certain you are partially correct. Some states do and some don't. I am building up a collection of US licence plates, one from each state, (up to 25 now) and some are almost impossible to obtain as the actual plate has to be sent back if the bike is destroyed or exported. But, as you say,...
by Paul Narramore
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?
Replies: 16
Views: 751

What US registration number did my '77 GL1000 have?

My 1977 GL1000 was imported from the US and was examined by HM Customs & Excise at Felixstowe Docks, Suffolk on 18 July 1994. I wonder if the bike was still carrying it's US license plate or would this have been removed in the US and returned to the local licensing authority? Is there a way of disco...
by Paul Narramore
Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: GL1800 DIY Articles
Topic: How to tell the age of your tires
Replies: 17
Views: 17571

Re: How to tell the age of your tires

I knew my tyres were old but after reading this article, I've just been out to the workshop to check them. This is what I found. Front - 046 - January 1996, rear - 435 - October 1995. 20 and 21 years old! :shock: :shock:
by Paul Narramore
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing
Replies: 404
Views: 47000

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

So this morning I thought I would drain the petrol tank and replace the fuel with ethanol free fuel, BP Ultimate to be exact. I spoke to four members of staff at the local BP station, none of whom had heard of ethanol. According to what information I've found on line, this is the right stuff. So whe...
by Paul Narramore
Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:19 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing
Replies: 404
Views: 47000

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

Thanks Phil. I shall look into it.:D
by Paul Narramore
Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing
Replies: 404
Views: 47000

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

Dave, I took out the spark plugs this afternoon, cleaned them and heated them up with a hotair gun. Checked the points - how damned fiddly are those? - and found one had closed up. Still no joy so I am looking into stale fuel, or at least ethanol free fuel. I am not too far from a BP station and und...
by Paul Narramore
Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:43 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing
Replies: 404
Views: 47000

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

Part 2. What did I find and what were the problems? Oh dear, where to begin? Well after giving the engine a thorough servicing with fresh oil and coolant, new hoses which no longer resembled ebony, new plugs, and so forth, she still ran poorly, very poorly. Right, lets swallow my pride and take her ...
by Paul Narramore
Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:23 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Do you wear your " Helmet "
Replies: 308
Views: 21576

Re: Do you wear your " Helmet "

Wear my helmet? Of course I do. It's the law here in the UK and so it should be. No matter how hot it is - 115f in Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley - I would never, ever contemplate not wearing one. I motor scooter crash back in the early 1960s landed me in hospital for gravel rash to me teen age face ...
by Paul Narramore
Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:16 am
Forum: Goldwing Chat
Topic: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing
Replies: 404
Views: 47000

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

Why did I buy a GoldWing? Well after a few years of a CX500 ownership followed by twelve years of a Pan European (ST1100) which I still think is the best bike I've owned in the last fifty years, I restored a BMW R100GS-Paris Dakar as a replacement. As much as I loved the Pan, her weight and height h...
by Paul Narramore
Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 headlight ground terminal
Replies: 1
Views: 503

GL1000 headlight ground terminal

I have a newly bought steel headlight shell for my 1977 GL1000 and on the inside there is a soldered on male electrical terminal, obviously an earth (US = ground). However there's no sign of any earth wires with female terminals within the headlight wiring which might fit there. Maybe this is an ear...
by Paul Narramore
Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: Headlight bucket
Replies: 2
Views: 456

Re: Headlight bucket

I don't see why not. I have de-customised my 1977 GL1000 by removing the matt black plastic 'thing' and café racer brackets and fitted proper chrome 'ears'. I bought a secondhand steel headlight shell, had that chrome plated, and it all fits. Provided you have the correct distance between the ears -...
by Paul Narramore
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 Headlamp mounting bolts
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: GL1000 Headlamp mounting bolts

Ian, I am a numpty when it comes to storing images. I have loads but I seem to store them on Facebook and then every time I join a new forum, I have to learn their way of showing images. The best I can do is this. It's not my bike but identical to it. David Silver has kept we waiting for about six w...
by Paul Narramore
Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: GL1000 Information & Questions
Topic: GL1000 Headlamp mounting bolts
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: GL1000 Headlamp mounting bolts

Yes, I bought a short length of 1/2" stainless hex. bar and turned up a pair. Just note that the male thread is a Metric Fine thread and not the usual standard thread you come across. I won't quote the pitch as I'd just be guessing but I have a note of it down in the workshop. Twenty minutes to make...
by Paul Narramore
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to get a Goldwing on and off the center stand
Replies: 44
Views: 27578

Re: How to get a Goldwing on and off the center stand

I couldn't agree more with the resident from Strongsville ;-)
by Paul Narramore
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to get a Goldwing on and off the center stand
Replies: 44
Views: 27578

Re: How to get a Goldwing on and off the center stand

Ian, Isn't size 7 small enough? No, I shall get some shocks the right length and "all my troubles (will) seem so far away". :D
by Paul Narramore
Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: GL1100 DIY Articles
Topic: How to get a Goldwing on and off the center stand
Replies: 44
Views: 27578

Re: How to get a Goldwing on and off the center stand

My 1977 GL1000 came to me fitted with S&W Street Stroker shocks #10291 which have a 320mm eye-to-eye measurement. The standard shocks are 335mm. I have tried and failed to ever raise the bike up on it's centre stand as my foot doesn't have sufficient room between the centre stand pad and the bottom ...