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Stranded on the side of the road

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I was out enjoying the nice weather today, went for a ride for a couple of hours. I was heading south down I-71, when I saw an 1100 on the shoulder, with a guy sitting on the ground next to it.

I zipped across a lane, and came to a stop on the shoulder ahead of him, then backed up to where he was sitting. I left my bike, and walked up to him and his bike. He got up, and shook my hand as I approached, thanking me for stopping. He said he had a flat, and had already called for a tow, but really appreciated that I had stopped.

He had a 1980 Interstate. He was the second owner, and had bought it in 1982, when it was only two years old!

Interestingly, he didn't actually have a flat tire - he had a valve stem fail, on his rear tire (thankfully). I noticed he had those valve stem pressure monitor caps on his wheels:


I know those things don't weigh much, but I'm sure they weigh more than a regular plastic valve cap. I wonder if that could have contributed to his failed valve stem?

In any case, after talking to him for a few minutes, I said goodbye and hopped back onto my bike.



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Good one for you stopping. Lots of people just ride on past. :D
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I always stop if I see a bike on the side of the road, even if it's a young kid on a crotch rocket. I know I'd want someone to stop if I was stranded.

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WingAdmin wrote:I always stop if I see a bike on the side of the road, even if it's a young kid on a crotch rocket. I know I'd want someone to stop if I was stranded.
That was nice of you to stop and render assistance if needed. It would have been nice to know how he was going to get help.
I'm toying with joining the American motorcylist Asso. Just for this reason, if I brake down out of town,My regular insurance Co doesn't offer roadside assistance. "American Family ' What do other do in situations like this ?

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I stopped one night to offer assistance to a young man on a scooter. A wire had come loose and he was trying to work on the scooter using the light from his cell phone. I turned my bike around to use the headlight. He had a buddy on the way but we were able to get it going again so he made the next town.

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Bluto wrote:I stopped one night to offer assistance to a young man on a scooter. A wire had come loose and he was trying to work on the scooter using the light from his cell phone. I turned my bike around to use the headlight. He had a buddy on the way but we were able to get it going again so he made the next town.
It's great to read stories like this.I'm sure he will help some one else down the road.

I still didn't get any answers to my question above, as to what does one do when you brake down and are out of town.
Purchase Insurance ???

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I carry some tools and keep a cell phone with me. Not much more than that!

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WingAdmin wrote:I carry some tools and keep a cell phone with me. Not much more than that!
Ok, the tools I can see, along with wire & tape ect.But who would you call with a cell phone?
Back home for a trailer, cycle shop, wrecker service !!

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Precisely! :)

Actually, I'd first need to get a trailer, then teach my wife how to hook it up to my truck, and....hmm. Maybe I need to think about this some more.

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Oh man, I carry so many tools with me, it's probably contributing to my bike only getting 33mpg:

Hammers (ball peen, rubber mallet)
2 of each size of metric wrenches 6mm to 22mm, boxed and open
3 adjustable wrenches
2 sets of allen wrenches
a set of 3/8 drive metric 6 point sockets with a few extentions and 2 ratchets
8 screwdrivers of various sizes
big pry bar
2 channel locks
2 vise grips
12v testing light
flashlight
nice wire crimpers (invasive, not the smashing kind)
a little wire, and connectors
bicycle air pump with guage
Duct tape and electric tape
and probably some other stuff I can't remember

All of this, except the hammers, prybar, and sockets, are in a roll-up tool pouch. All of these tools fit in a little more than half of one of the saddle bags. Probably overkill, but gives me peace of mind knowing I should be able to disassemble the entire bike if I need to. :lol:
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tumunga wrote:Oh man, I carry so many tools with me, it's probably contributing to my bike only getting 33mpg:

Hammers (ball peen, rubber mallet)
2 of each size of metric wrenches 6mm to 22mm, boxed and open
3 adjustable wrenches
2 sets of allen wrenches
a set of 3/8 drive metric 6 point sockets with a few extentions and 2 ratchets
8 screwdrivers of various sizes
big pry bar
2 channel locks
2 vise grips
12v testing light
flashlight
nice wire crimpers (invasive, not the smashing kind)
a little wire, and connectors
bicycle air pump with guage
Duct tape and electric tape
and probably some other stuff I can't remember

All of this, except the hammers, prybar, and sockets, are in a roll-up tool pouch. All of these tools fit in a little more than half of one of the saddle bags. Probably overkill, but gives me peace of mind knowing I should be able to disassemble the entire bike if I need to. :lol:
Don't feel bad about the Gas mileage, my 1982 A only gets 29 to 30 MPG around town. if I ever break down ,I hope your close by :D WA9FWT Phil

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Several years ago I broke down on the side of the road. I called a local MC towing service but since it was a Sunday it was going to take a while to get to me. I always keep a book in my trunk so I sat back to get some sun and read a little. I had so many people stop and offer assistance by means of tools or phone that I never got any reading in. People on bikes and cars stopped. One was a young girl about 18 who offered to help because her father was a biker and she would hope someone would stop to help him if he needed it. Many others, rather than stopping slowed and signaled to see if I needed a phone or help by a thumbs up or down.
While my day's ride was ruined I truely enjoyed the interaction with all the people. It gave me a great feeling of both pride in bikers as well as did a little renewal in my faith in man.
By the way I always ride with a big ole bag of tools, my phone and have a towing service on my insurance. Oh yeah and always have a book with me too.

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Bob W wrote:Several years ago I broke down on the side of the road. I called a local MC towing service but since it was a Sunday it was going to take a while to get to me. I always keep a book in my trunk so I sat back to get some sun and read a little. I had so many people stop and offer assistance by means of tools or phone that I never got any reading in. People on bikes and cars stopped. One was a young girl about 18 who offered to help because her father was a biker and she would hope someone would stop to help him if he needed it. Many others, rather than stopping slowed and signaled to see if I needed a phone or help by a thumbs up or down.
While my day's ride was ruined I truely enjoyed the interaction with all the people. It gave me a great feeling of both pride in bikers as well as did a little renewal in my faith in man.
By the way I always ride with a big ole bag of tools, my phone and have a towing service on my insurance. Oh yeah and always have a book with me too.
Can you tell us how did they tow your bike in ? what did they use...And what was your problem!!
WA9FWT Phil

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I'm looking into picking up one of these trailers. Just like a Kenyon but not as expensive. Plan on getting a ATV winch from Harbor Freight to aid in loading. This will come in handy when the wife and I go visit family and we carry the dogs with us. Plus if anyone passes through the area and breaksdown I'll be better equipped to help out. Figure between the trailer and a garage with tools will give fellow Wingers some piece of mind.

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MJSantos wrote:I'm looking into picking up one of these trailers. Just like a Kenyon but not as expensive. Plan on getting a ATV winch from Harbor Freight to aid in loading. This will come in handy when the wife and I go visit family and we carry the dogs with us. Plus if anyone passes through the area and breaksdown I'll be better equipped to help out. Figure between the trailer and a garage with tools will give fellow Wingers some piece of mind.

http://cgi.ebay.com/3-Rail-Motorcycle-T ... 1e5d157908
I have seen a trailer that your front tire hooks up to the hitch ball. Only the front tire is off the ground, and part of the ramp
that is used to get the front tire off the ground is removed when under way. I have used bike trailers, and it was a bear to get
the bike up on that trailer when it's not running.
Good for you to help out fellow Wingers...
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That sure is a sweeeet trailer. :D :D :D
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WA9FWT wrote: I have seen a trailer that your front tire hooks up to the hitch ball. Only the front tire is off the ground, and part of the ramp
that is used to get the front tire off the ground is removed when under way. I have used bike trailers, and it was a bear to get
the bike up on that trailer when it's not running.
Good for you to help out fellow Wingers...
WA9FWT Phil
Don't use this type of trailer for your Wing. Your transmission uses engine oil pressure to keep it lubricated. Dragging your rear tire will destroy your tranny.

As for road side assistance you may want to consider joining the Goldwing Road Rider Association (www.gwrra.org). Part of their membership includes road side assistance but you may find out that you don't need it. Also included with their membership is the "Gold" book which is a listing of other members throughout the world that is willing to offer assistance. Keep it inside your saddle bags and you will find help close by no matter where you are. Included with the membership you get a great magazine devoted to just to Goldwings. They have a technical column that offers a lot of help with problems that members submit. That alone is worth the membership to me.

There is also a "Club" atmosphere associated with GWRRA. If you wish to get involved with. It is more of a social thing with group rides. Some people like it some don't. True story, a new member joined just to find some riding friends. They had just purchased a 85 1200 about a year ago. While touring around the city their bike died. They called up a member they meet he picked them and their bike up on a trailer and took it to the groups "mechanic's" house. Stator had died. Local estimates to repair started at $2,000. A couple of other members showed up and helped pull the motor while a new stator was ordered. While the motor was being pulled they also noticed that the main drive splice had not been lubed so that was changed too. Total time to fix the bike during riding season 1 week. Delay was waiting for parts. Total cost to the owner; parts approx $800, Labor $0.

Clubs are not for everyone. I like going off and doing my solo rides but it sure is nice to know I have some knowledgeable friends to lend a hand if I need help. On last thing, if you do decide to join use my member number as a referral #314471. I think I get a pin or something like that.

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I remember going put-put down the road on my Cushman Eagle about 1960. If I stopped for any reason, various big hairy bikers on HDs or European bikes would stop & ask if I needed any help. They were nice people. It was like belonging to a club, with no dues. It was reassuring to be offered help even if I didn't need it. I could count on them, people I had never met before. And yes, when I saw one stopped on the shoulder, I stopped and asked if they needed help. I still stop & ask. Not everyone does anymore.

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jcn59 wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:49 pm
I remember going put-put down the road on my Cushman Eagle about 1960. If I stopped for any reason, various big hairy bikers on HDs or European bikes would stop & ask if I needed any help. They were nice people. It was like belonging to a club, with no dues. It was reassuring to be offered help even if I didn't need it. I could count on them, people I had never met before. And yes, when I saw one stopped on the shoulder, I stopped and asked if they needed help. I still stop & ask. Not everyone does anymore.
Agreed. I still stop to check on riders.

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Most times that I see a biker off on the side of the road they have their phone in their ear. I don't stop for that. If they need my help they will flag me down.

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When riding my bike to work (not much of that lately) I usually pull over on the very wide paved shoulder of the off-ramp from the interstate at the exit for the office to light that "Last Smoke" before I walk in the office door. I'm stopped there with bike running and turn signal on for only the short time it takes to light a smoke.

In that very short time that I'm stopped, I'm surprised (and pleased) at how many different occasions someone has pulled in behind me to ask if I'm OK... I tell them all is good and thank them kindly for their concern. :) :) :)
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A few years ago when I was still on a Yamaha Royal Star I had a bolt from my shifter disappear while I was out in the middle. As it turned out I had a bolt in my kit that would do nicely as a replacement, so it wouldn't take any time to get it installed and get back on the road. However even though I was in an area where I would have expected very little traffic, I spent more time talking to the farmers and ranchers who pulled over to make sure that I was OK than it would have taken me to completely replace the shifter.

Gotta love the country people who know what it's like to have a breakdown far from service.

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I am a member of GWRRA and their standard membership includes "Rescue for your motorcycle" then if you want a more inclusive program you can purchase at least two upgraded programs "Rescue Plus and RV Rescue". Now even though I am an officer of our district, I don't have a very good opinion of their Rescue Program. I know a number of riders that broke down and called for assistance and never got any help. You have to call the Rescue number and give them your membership number and they are supposed to get a tow company to come out and help you, then call you back to confirm someone is coming. But I had this happen to me just 9 or 10 miles from home and made the call. After at least an hour I got a call back from Rescue and they said they could not find any tow service that would come out to help me, I was near a larger city sitting in the parking lot of Walmart, so that should have given more tow companies available. So I had to get a cab to take me to my house (With an out of pocket cost) then go get my trailer from storage and me and my wife went and picked the bike up and brought it home.This was from 8 pm until 11:30 pm in the rain. Have you ever tried to push or pull a Goldwing Trike up the ramp on a cargo trailer. It is almost impossible with out some type of come-a-long or a wench. But I am fairly mechanical and we did get the Trike in the trailer and took it home. I have never gotten anything back from GWRRA or Rescue about the failure of getting help. I think this service is not worth a dime and should be dropped.
This was the first time I have ever wanted or needed any type of roadside service for my motorcycle. I also have roadside assistance on my Auto and Motorcycle Insurance policy so why carry another. I just ask that GWRRA Lowers the price of membership by the cost of the useless Rescue Program.


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