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

Post by Mac45 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:32 pm



I rode and bought my first wing when I was 18. Fell in love immediately. Quit riding for a while to raise kids. Now 25 years later I'm on one again. It's older, an 86 aspen cade but it's in excellent condition and comfy as heck. Love the throttle clamp and stereo. Plus my wife can almost take a nap on the back.



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

Post by aj1500 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:22 pm

well nothing all that special, I have been riding since I was 8,54 now. when I married the practice wife I was riding cruiser type bikes
one summer when I was about 20 my bike was broke down for something, can't remember now but my friend (bless his heart) loaned me his Honda 754. it was fully dressed. after I rode it to work 1 day I knew I would have a gold wing one day. even went and looked at some that weekend but they were way out of my reach at the time. My friend ended up letting me ride his bike all summer even after I got mine fixed.
because the practice wife really wouldn't ride I just stayed with the cruisers. no real gumption to travel back then or go camping
so we fast forward and my current and till the end wife loves to ride. I had picked up a little Suzuki 850 and had dressed it up with fairing saddle bags and trunk. we made a couple short trips and she loved it. I knew then it was time to look
I happened to be riding by a dealer one day and out front sat a nice looking 86 1200 aspy, they had just taken it in on trade the day before
I brought the wife back to look at it and sit on it and that was all it took :D
after about 6 years I moved up to a 1500 and then a few years later bought my current 1500 SE
after many trips she started having knee and back problems on the long hauls, So I added a side car and now life is great when it come to our trips. we just hook up the camper grab the pup off we go.
can't wait till I retire so we are not limited to my vacation time

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

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:59 pm

aj1500 wrote:well nothing all that special, I have been riding since I was 8,54 now. when I married the practice wife I was riding cruiser type bikes
Laughed out loud (literally) when I read this :lol:

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Post by dingdong » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:18 am

I initially was speed reading the thread and missed that. That is funny. Hmmm. I guess I'm a slow learner. I have had two practice sessions.
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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by noviwinger » Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:51 am

Growing up my father always owned Harley's and in 1981 he bought a brand new Honda Goldwing. I was awed by the bike it was sleek and very appealing, for its time. This bike was given to my brother and he has since given it to his son. It is still going, though it only has about 100k miles. During this time I had a 1973 CB500, I loved this bike but pined for the goldwing. In 2000 I came across a dealer who has 1986 Aspencade and I bought that bike, which I still have. Last year I moved into a 2015 Goldwing. I bought it from a dealer in Ark. and the wife and rode it back, over 1200 miles. We were both pleasantly surprised on how much more comfortable it was than the 1800 and I was pleased on how much the handling improved. Though now a days I end up scrapping the outside my boots more than I ever did on any other bike. I have ridden hondas, yamahas, and harleys and nothing has come close to the goldwing. I think my 86 is more comfortable than a 2013 harley, at least compared to the harleys I have ridden. So why did I buy a Goldwing, initial childish AWE which turned into the idea in my mind of the Goldwing being the PREMIUM LUXURY touring motorcycle.

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

Post by Green Dragon1976 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:31 pm

I just bought a 1986 Goldwing Aspencade 1200, I have always liked these bikes since my older cousin had one back when we were all teens, and then sold it. This one looks exactly like his old one, and runs great, and i got it for a steal at $1800, and have ridden it all over the DFW area in the last few weeks.

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Post by Paul Narramore » Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:16 am

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 had become too much for this ageing rider. Last summer I rode up through France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark to Norway, solo, with the plan to ride around the north of the Baltic into Finland. However I got bored. Bored? Yes really. Norway looks wonderful in pictures but these are often taken from helicopters and aircraft. Riding through tunnels of dark green pine trees at the national speed limit of 55mph, for days on end, sent me to sleep. The BMW is a wonderful bike but without the Pan's unbeatable weather protection, my eight hours in the saddle became six, then five or so, and I was dog tired when I got off. I needed another bike.

Now to the average man in the street, the typical GoldWing is a fat, bloated, obese fashion statement ridden by fat, obese riders and their pillion passengers, however they clearly haven't seen the early naked GoldWings. For me the '75, '76 and '77 models LOOK the best - I'm carefully avoiding saying they ARE the best. But they look like real motorcycles with conventional frames, forks, spoked wheels and chrome mudguards, just the way (for me) real motorcycles should look like. Plus they come with a car-like liquid cooled flat four engine - just like my Citroen 2CV ;-) Well the 2CV is air cooled but still a flat twin, like my two BMWs. I bought mine on eBay for £1500 as a project. By American standards, that's damned expensive, but I'm British. That's what stuff costs here. Now I know I could have been more sensible and bought a decent roadgoing alternative for the same money or a little more but I like the look of the naked GoldWings.

Having bought her home, the first thing I did - as she didn't run right - I hadn't ridden her as she was/is a project - was to change the timing belts and do the timing. A thorough clean, pump up the tyres, then take her for a run. She sounded like a bag of spanners. Dreadful. Also she went on reserve at 135miles. The Pan would do 295miles and the Beemer 250miles. What on earth had I let myself into?

There's much more to my story but that'll do for now, folks.
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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:20 pm

Paul Narramore wrote:Having bought her home, the first thing I did - as she didn't run right - I hadn't ridden her as she was/is a project - was to change the timing belts and do the timing. A thorough clean, pump up the tyres, then take her for a run. She sounded like a bag of spanners. Dreadful. Also she went on reserve at 135miles. The Pan would do 295miles and the Beemer 250miles. What on earth had I let myself into?

There's much more to my story but that'll do for now, folks.
A bag of spanners....that made me laugh. :)

OK, you can't leave us hanging like that! What did you find? What was the problem?

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

Post by garwil » Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:24 pm

I have been riding since 1978, and have ridden a number of bikes. I mostly rode alone, so I chose the bike based on what I wanted.
A few years back, my wife's best friend and her husband got a Gold Wing and started riding with the local GWRRA chapter.
They invited us to go along, and my wife rode with me on my 2010 Honda NT700 for a couple of supper rides, etc.
We were enjoying this new dimension in our relationship when the club went to a place that was two hours away. That ride caused my wife so much discomfort that we had to let the rest of the group go on without us so that we could stop and rest. That was when my wife told me that "she would not ride with me anymore, unless I got a Gold Wing". :shock:
Well, it was a real sacrifice, but I love my wife, and I want to make her happy. So, I found a 1999 GL1500SE, and we have been riding together since.
We have traveled to Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, and this past summer to Canada and back.
I enjoy the Gold Wing as much as any bike I have ever owned, and really enjoy being able to take my wife with me. :D

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

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:09 pm

Got back into riding with the purchase of an '07 Suzuki C90T (1500) bagger. It was quite nice, but was quite unrefined when it came to handling. I also did a 1000 Km trip from Victoria, up through the Okanagan Valley and back. When I returned, I had a wish list of items I would like to have. Took my list and put a dollar value against it and decided that no matter what I put into this bike, I would never recoup my investment, and so I went looking for a bike that had everything, or close to everything on my list. Looked at HDs mostly, but my son-in-law was also browsing for me. He found my '08 1800 on line. Went and saw it, an '08 with 37,000 Kms on it (I bought it in fall of 2014). Bought it right there, had most of my wish list and preceded to put some 36,000 Kms on it last year before I bought the '85 LTD. There is nothing better that knowing that your bike will give you trouble free riding when you embark on a trip and the 1800 GW did this for me.

Having been retired since 2012, I have taken stock of my personal and financial situation so that I can keep doing what I want, integral to this is riding. This led me to buying the '85 LTD. Both have everything I need with a few minor exceptions, but only need one bike and it is going to be the 1200. The 1800 is coming up to being 9 years old and will start to need more detailed maintenance, and I feel better diving into the 1200 than the 1800, seems more user friendly for some reason.

Also went for a ride the other day, 2 up and the 1200 was more than able to take us. Went over the Malahat that has a vertical rise of 356 metres (1,156 ft) and never had to downshift. I was very pleased, and we cruised between 90 and 100 Km on the highway.

Other than a few additions such as a GPS, not much else needed. I'm looking forward to riding quite a few miles on the 1200, and doing several trips. May even cross Canada again to visit family and friends in Ontario. Lots of riding to do and I think the old girl will take it in stride.

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Post by Paul Narramore » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:43 am

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 to a Honda dealer. The first (Kent Honda) said "No problem, but what is the year?" "1977" "Oh in that case we couldn't possibly" "But why?" "Well we could be opening up a can of worms and we have no idea what we'd find". Oh dear. Another local dealer couldn't fit her in for a few weeks (it was last summer) and I had this crazy idea that with a bit of expert tinkering, I'll be riding off into the sunset within weeks. Then I found a firm in town, the sons of a former Honda dealer, who'd started their own business. "Yes, no problem, drop her over and we'll see what we can do". Weeks went by, then months went by. "The carbs are rubbish and I cannot get her to run right. I'll get another secondhand set" came the response. More phone calls and more weeks slipped by. "Yes, I'm taking her for another test ride tomorrow. She's nearly there" came the encouraging phone call. After four months and a wacking great bill (I won't embarrass myself by telling you the amount) she was ready. Or so he said. So I thought I'd ride her to the seaside about 60 miles away. After ten miles, the engine hesitation became apparent so I left the motorway and headed into a nearby town. The hesitation got worse and misfiring sounded like a firing range. If I was embarrassed by the bill, riding her was even worse.

Enquiries back home suggested that the 1977 bike (which has a 1976 engine) had the wrong carbs judging by the serial numbers and the replacement secondhand ones were ALSO wrong. I also believed that the mechanic had simply had had enough of working on her as the hours had increased so much and he was no nearer than solving her problems.

Following John Evan's advice, I then bought from him the correct and rebuilt set of carbs for the bike. I was getting better by now and removing and refitting carbs although the scabs on my knuckles didn't reflect that.

By now winter was approaching and as I already had a reliable roadgoing bike, a BMW R100GS-Paris Dakar, there was now no longer any rush to get the GL1000 back on the road. So I spent the next few months tinkering with her as this would save me time later. Some of the time was spent undoing some of the awful customising that previous owners wasted money on. I found a steel headlight shell and had it rechromed. Found headlight ears and rubber bushes (rocking horse manure) so fitted that. The wiring harness was an unsightly mess of incorrect joint blocks and these have been replaced with shrink wrapped crimped fitting, far neater than the originals. The fuel tank sender unit was removed and after soaking in vinegar for a couple of days, cleaned up like new. The fuel gauge still reads 'Full' but at least I know it's not the sender. Unable to get the bike on the centrestand, I discovered that the aftermarket S&W Street Stroker shocks were only 320mm instead of the correct 335mm. My dainty little boot wouldn't even fit between centrestand and the silencer. Something else to correct. The dreadful looking King & Queen seat, extremely comfortable but so so ugly had to be replaced. I bought the parts of another K&Q seat, a new cover and an electric carving knife, and spent hours carving away until it at last resembled the standard seat.

I still need to replace the brake hoses with braided stainless steel ones especially as I have junked the horribly high US handlebars and fitted lower ones. The top hose is now not only too ancient but too long. So nearly there and looking very pretty. But now she won't start. Am I discouraged? Not a bit of it. It's still cold and damp outside so I can happily tinker until she's running right, and if the worse comes to the worse, I can sell her to another mug and buy a Honda Deauville. That that makes a lot of sense.
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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by Solina Dave » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:16 am

Good story Paul. I've got a '78 that I bought new, and it's had similar episodes through the years. Love that bike!
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Post by Paul Narramore » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:32 am

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 understand that BP Ultimate super unleaded is good stuff. So, drain tank, blow through the system and try with good new petrol. :mrgreen:
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Post by pixel288 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:19 pm

You may want to replace the condensers on your points. I've not owned a goldwing of that vintage, but I have had loads of experience with breaker points ignition. I have repeatedly busted my chops getting everything to spec on an engine, only to have it run so poorly as to make me question everything I did, or, as in your case stop running altogether. An older farmer friend of mine came by, listened for a moment and proceeded to open up the distributor, pull out the old condenser, put a new one he happened to have with him.... lo! and behold... It ran like a new! ( it happened to be an old tractor). One thing I've never forgotten is what he told me... You CAN'T tell whether the condenser is any good... No moving parts! You just gotta change 'em and see if it makes a difference. Also, have a good look at the surface of the points themselves, file them good if need be.
Hope this will help.
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Post by Paul Narramore » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:19 am

Thanks Phil. I shall look into it.:D
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Post by Paul Narramore » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:57 am

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 when I got home I undid the fuel pipe below the petcock and with a container at hand turned on the petcock. Apart from a gentle sigh, nothing came out. Turned the tap onto 'Reserve' and still nothing. Undid the fuel cap and inserted a length of bamboo cane and the tide mark registered 1/4". How strange. I hadn't run the engine for a few months but I expected more than that. It seems it had evaporated.

Emptied a gallon of 97 octane in there, full choke, and after a few attempts, she burst into life. White smoke poured from the silencers so the workshop doors needed to be wide open. I let her run for five minutes to warm up a bit, and she's as lumpy as hell, popping and misfiring, but at least she runs. Now for the carb balancing gauges I must borrow back from my friend. :D :D :D
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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by Big Bee » Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:17 am

Brother and Sister in law each bought a 2008 Wing. I took my bro's out for a cruise one afternoon and was impressed. The next year I was getting my old Nighthawk 550 ready for the season. It needed some parts for a repair, and none were to be had. I was getting tired scrounging parts for old bikes. One day my wife told me get arid of it, I can buy a new bike. A couple of days later, "we" were new members of the Goldwing community. :D

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Obtaining the maximum enjoyment from operating a motorcycle is a mind game. Keep the mind on the ride from exiting the friction zone to kick stand down at the end of the ride.

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Post by redial » Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:02 am

Nice bio, Jim1. Have you modelled a GW yet?
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Post by Jim1 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:25 am

redial wrote:Nice bio, Jim1. Have you modelled a GW yet?
Those are friends of mine and interestingly he has not done a GW. I need to contact him and see if he will do my trike. I have owned 5 to include the first year it hit the streets as a curser. I got a kick when he told me it only took a weekend to decide to own one.


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Post by Geofd » Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:13 pm

I just traded a 02 victory v92 for an 86 interstate with 46k I have been looking at potential trades for a few months
a kawasaki concours,kawasaki voyager
older bmw I turned them all down I finally rode it today what a nice ride
very comfortable can't wait to really ride it very sharp looking the victory is hard to get parts for they won't even make keys and I know these are very
Reliable and will last a long time....
My wife even likes it she has hated most of my bikes!!!!!

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Post by Redwing blackbird » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:17 pm

I've always had motorcycles and have always loved riding. When I met my wife 25 yrs ago I had 12 bikes in the garage and she was riding a Heritage Soft-tale, it was love at first sight. Took our honeymoon on the Heritage. Switched to riding dirt bikes and did that for about 10yrs, then we switched back to street bikes and went through quite a few, among them were C-90's and M109r's. Wife got the first M109R and I just couldn't let the wife have a bigger bike so I bought one too. Rode the heck out of them until she wanted something more comfortable for longer distances and so she bought a BMW 1150RT and I bought a Concours14. In 2012 with me on the Connie and her on the RT we rode from Ohio to Wilmington Beach then to Georgia and ultimately headed west. Ended up in Flagstaff AZ with stops in Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and other points out that way. We were on the road for 6 weeks and loving every minute of it. My wife researched a bunch of motorcycles articles and said when she turned 50 she was going to buy a Goldwing, she didn't, she waited until she was 50 1/2 and traded her BMW and M109R on a 2015 Wing in silver with abs and navi. Again I could not allow my wife to have a bigger bike so I traded my Connie and M109R on a 2105 Wing, a red one with abs and navi. Now you know that it was my wife that made me buy a Wing and why. :lol: God I love her. :D

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

Post by twocams » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:01 pm

Yep, sounds like shes a keeper to me. :D

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Post by biker guy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:47 pm

I bought my goldwing just this past weekend, I have always wanted one and the opportunity came along and fell in my lap very unexpectedly so I had to jump at it, and I do not regret a single minute of it.

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Post by Solina Dave » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:02 pm

biker guy wrote:I bought my goldwing just this past weekend, I have always wanted one and the opportunity came along and fell in my lap very unexpectedly so I had to jump at it, and I do not regret a single minute of it.

Welcome! You can't beat a Goldwing..........period! You got it nice and early in the season so you should have a lot of good riding ahead. You've got a lot of interesting riding country out your way down towards Niagara and Lake Erie, and southwestern Ontario, and also to the northwest of you. Have fun, and ride safe. Just go slow. There really is no rush, you know.
Just a suggestion, but you might want to change your timing belts, if you don't have any idea how old they are......................Dave


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