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Post by hap2 »

Better to park wings facing uphill or down? I'm thinking facing up, but in gear with, of course, engine off.

It may also have a trailer behind so thinking of putting a choke behind a tire &, if with a trailer, parallel parking it.

Also, looking for an inexpensive Goldwing salvage place. (specifically lookin for a radio cover for the 1500)


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Post by wilmo »

I park nose uphill. With the 1500 you can use the reverse lever as a parking brake. Cyclemax has the radio cover you're looking for $31. Rare to find one in a salvage yard, they usually don't make it that far.
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Post by dingdong »

I suppose uphill or level is the safest but choices are not always available. If I have to park downhill I will use reverse as parking brake. If you limit yourself to parallel parking you will spend a lot of time looking and never finding a spot. Then going on to the next place thereby missing out on that scenic view. Never saw the need to chock trailer wheels. If you are going to be pulling a trailer learn to back it up for the same reasons as parking.
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Post by FM-USA »

Parking uphill, wherever possible. I don't have reverse so I use gravity as my reverse.
Steep inclines in gear front wheel turned left.
I'll walk a distance if the incline is unsafe.

Parking downhill, always in 1st gear. Steep declines in gear & wheel turned left. I'll avoid really steep declines.
Sometimes I will turn the bike at 'right angle' right in relation to the trailer so the trailer pushes on the side stand.

Up or down hills, only once had I chocked a tire but in later years found it unnecessary.
ONCE there was a rearward wind strong enough to push the bike forward (didn't fall over) even though it was on the side stand with wheel turned and not in gear. Since then, if there are any gusty winds, it's in gear.

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Ding-Dong & FM-USA:

Both your suggestions helped. I turned engine off then put in it reverse, then in gear. I was gonna bring a choke to put under the bike tire, but it was all ok & didn't move an inch. Kinda scary tho, but it was / is all good. So thanx again
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O ya, I did have a trailer behind me, so cudn't really maneuver the bike against the curb or I'd b jackknifing the trailer
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Post by WingAdmin »

Park at an angle facing uphill, then back up until the rear tire contacts the curb, just like in Hap2's profile picture above:

Parked uphill
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ok, but what if I hava trailer? Turn it off, put in reverse, & then 1st gear? Or what? Thank ya
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Post by brettchallenger »

You could always use a wheel chock/s designed for caravans/trailers. They are effective and very inexpensive.
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Post by MikeB »

Parking uphill is always a good idea no matter what you are riding. Then, leave it in gear, However, sometime back an article in Wing World Magazine by Stu Oltman said you should not use reverse as a parking brake, on a GL1500 or a GL1800. It is not a good idea.

If you are worried that it will roll one way or another, then by all means use a chock at the rear wheel.
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Post by emwarrenfeltz »

I was thinking about this parking brake question because of a situation I had earlier this year. I ended up at this topic and I do see it is over a year old but still relevant. I did some searching for a 'parking brake' for a Goldwing GL1800 prior to the new 2018 models. What I found was that in some cases the transmission in 1st gear, parked facing down-hill will allow the bike to move. If you are on the bike it would not be easy to place a chock under a wheel. So how do you keep the bike from drifting?

One suggestion I did find was to wrap a band around the throttle and front brake lever to engage the front brake. That could work but I was hoping for something less likely to be tinkered with and immediately visible. Hate to have someone walk by and release the band and the bike roll off the side stand and downhill it goes.

Some device to engage the right side foot brake would be the ultimate because it would engage the brakes on both wheels. And it would be less noticeable or obvious. I noted the ideas in this topic about using reverse and not sure whether that would have any long lasting effects on the reverse system, or get it into a bind that would make it very difficult to get it released. Probably not an intended use of reverse.

My interest came from a situation where the rider in front of me, going downhill on a winding road, lost control and crashed. Myself and the rider behind me were able to stop without contributing to the accident, but I was not able to park my Goldwing, in gear, engine stopped, side-stand down, without the bike slipping downhill. The rider behind me was able to get off his bike with his passenger holding his front brake lever to keep his bike from drifting downhill. I guess I could have made a U-turn and faced uphill with maybe better luck keeping my bike from slipping downhill backward while in 1st gear.

The downed rider was able to get up and pick up his bike with the help of the other rider, but I was unable to help. That made me think there had to be a solution for this situation if I had been the only other rider in this situation.

Any more ideas out there?
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Post by LeMaitre »

ATVs and Snowmobiles have the ability to lock the hand brake. It is usually a plastic wedge you engage with your thumb when squeezing the brake. A mod could be designed to do the same on a bike. Easier than messing around with a bungee cord or Velcro strap.

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Post by C-dub »

The 1500’s can be in 1st gear and reverse at the same time? Odd,but cool.

If I want a “parking brake” I just put mine in reverse before turning it off.
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Post by AZgl1800 »

have owned a 94 and a 98, and now an '02 gl1800

I have nearly always put the bikes in Reverse to prevent them from drifting off from where I left it.

have never used the Hand Brake idea, but for short term use, I think that is good....
doubt that anyone would fool with it... most folks won't mess with another guy's bike.

on the 1800s, Reverse is a terrific tool because when that key is turned OFF, that bike is not going anywhere unless a tow truck picks it up off the ground.

Releasing the parking brake, I always lean forward/backwards to release any tension on the gears as it switches back to normal...

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Post by Viking »

AZgl1800 wrote: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:03 am ... most folks won't mess with another guy's bike.
I have found with Goldwings that this does indeed seem to be the case. However, when I was still riding Harleys, I would occasionally exit some place I was doing something in to find some F@#$ing fool sitting on my or another of my fellow riders bikes, seeing how they fit the Harley profile. This did not often end quietly nor smoothly for them. I even went so far as to make a small engraved sign for the dash of my bikes that said "IT IS NOT YOURS - PLEASE DO NOT SIT ON IT", which normally kept fools off of it, but not always. There is no way to account for the stupidity of some peoples children - even when they have grown large.

So, in addition to ways of safely parking... fools who know nothing about this problem can be a detriment to the safety of ones motorcycle.
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Post by tamathumper »

AZgl1800 wrote: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:03 am on the 1800s, Reverse is a terrific tool because when that key is turned OFF, that bike is not going anywhere unless a tow truck picks it up off the ground.
I would have agreed a month ago, but surprisingly this is not the case. The bike can still be pushed forward, albeit with great difficulty. A single person can manage some forward motion with great difficulty on a level plane, while two men can manage a very slow crawl, and three or four men can push it along at the pace of a slow walk.

Unlikely? Absolutely. But impossible? No.

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