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5'5"

Post by hap2 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:22 pm



I'm bigger than 5 '5", but someone 5'5" 160 lbs, wants to buy a 1500 & wants to know if he's big enough to handle it. I said yes, but what do you guys think?



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Re: 5'5"

Post by DenverWinger » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:02 am

Question would be can he get both feet securely on the ground, can he hold the bike upright at a stop, especially on uneven pavement or like many city streets where there's a berm and the pavement on the right is lower than on the left.

I would say, try it for fit.

My GF is 5'2" and she is tip-toes holding up her '83 Virago 500. The rear suspension is on it's lowest setting, and I lowered the triple tree 1 1/2". Fortunately it is a light bike.
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Re: 5'5"

Post by Viking » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:57 am

Experienced rider, I would say try it. Inexperienced, I would say take great care or do not do it at all. These suckers are heavy, and they do not take well to leaning over very far.
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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:59 am

right to both of your very appreciated replies

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Re: 5'5"

Post by MikeB » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:03 am





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Re: 5'5"

Post by mterraci » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:41 pm

I agree that it depends on whether or not they're an experienced rider.
I'm only about 5' 5 1/2" and I manage an 1800 fine.

I don't recommend any new riders to start out on a wing as a first bike. There's a steep learning curve and a big price to pay if you don't handle the weight and the power correctly.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:08 pm

Copy that & I dig it.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by RockportDave » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:12 pm

mterraci wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:41 pm
I agree that it depends on whether or not they're an experienced rider.
I'm only about 5' 5 1/2" and I manage an 1800 fine.

I don't recommend any new riders to start out on a wing as a first bike. There's a steep learning curve and a big price to pay if you don't handle the weight and the power correctly.
All good comments.
As mterraci said, I wouldn’t recommend it as a starter, even if they are taller.
Even after 4 Goldwings 20 years ago, when I got the 99 1500 a year ago, it was a learning curve all over again to get used to the beast. Only had to pick it up once right after I got it. Slow turn around on a street and stopped mid turn, eased it right on down. Probably won’t be the last time either...
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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:35 pm

That's why I'm gonna sell mine

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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:23 am

If I have to turn around on the street, I go around the block. It's a bit of a nuisance, but I know Im not gonna turn so tight, I drop it.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:48 pm

I've got the sidecar out there to prevent it from falling down on a tight slow turn!
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Re: 5'5"

Post by Sidcar » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:39 am

I'm with Alan_Hepburn, I never give the weight a second thought.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by RockportDave » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:07 pm

Some golden rules of Goldwings.
1. Feather the clutch with about 1,000 rpm when moving very slow to turn around or when on uneven/loose pavement (rocks etc).
2. Be sure the front wheel is straight when coming to a stop.
3. Make sure both tires have proper inflation.
4. Practice, practice, practice.
I practice stopping a lot concentrating on how the bike acts. About 5 feet before I stop, I have found if I keep my right foot on the brake/peg and put my left foot out, the bike tends to lean slightly left and I place my left foot on the ground just as it stops. It seems to keep the bike from wandering and keep it’s balanced. I am able to make “semi-perfect” stops 90% of the time.
Slow speed is where I will usually have trouble. I always check where I am stopping for uneven pavement or anything that will cause the bike to get off balance.
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Re: 5'5"

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:14 pm

The best way to ride a Goldwing slowly is to use the clutch to control your speed, and use a bit of trailing rear brake. I've been using this method for years and I promise it works once you have got it down.

You hold the RPM at around 1200-1500 RPM. Apply a slight bit of rear brake, just enough to let it drag a bit. This hooks up the suspension and keeps it taught. Now let the clutch out and let it slip to get the bike moving. As you let the clutch out more, apply enough throttle to keep the RPM constant. To slow down, pull the clutch in - all speed control is being done with the clutch.

The best reason why this works is because if what you can do if you suddenly find yourself at a speed that's too low. If the clutch is all the way out and you are controlling speed with throttle, meaning the engine is at a low RPM, you can open the throttle - but by the time the engine responds, starts making power, and the bike starts speeding up, it's too late - you're going to fall over.

When regulating speed with your clutch, if you find yourself going too slow, simply let more clutch out. The engine is already making power, so the response is instant, and the bike picks right up.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by Viking » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:36 am

I totally agree with this method of slow speed maneuvering. I practice it every spring in parking lots and couple of times during the year if I happen upon a reasonably empty lot. This is not an original idea that I had. It is recommended by GWRRA. I know not everyone is a fan of that organization, myself included, but they do keep old guys riding safely. Their motto - "Fun, Safety, Knowledge".
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Re: 5'5"

Post by timscoble » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:29 am

I’m 5’3” and have riden my GL1800 with the wife on the back for the last 6 years or so. Is the lowest seat height bike i’ve owned. It can be a bit of a handful manoeuvring but, like everything, gets easier with practice.
If in doubt, have a try on one before committing to buy one. We hired a GL1800 for the weekend before buying one. Money well spent!!

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Re: 5'5"

Post by toanogreen » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:33 am

The 1500 is very heavy. I had issues balancing it at 5'10" when I first started riding. I would possibly recommend lowering the seat or getting a customized seat like a Corbin. Even with that you need to be healthy enough to hold it up at a stop. The 1800 is lighter and lower and easier to manage.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by hwydoc2 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:38 am

Just a thought, but if 5'5" hasn't taken recently (this spring) a MSF riding course would highly recommend that first prior to riding that 1500. Low speed riding is the weak link in most riders skill sets. :o :oops:
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Re: 5'5"

Post by mdrehm51 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:53 am

Unless you are exceptionally gifted, I'd suggest against it. I'm 5'8" and test rode an 1800 a few years ago when in the market for another bike. I have 50 years of riding experience, but none with a bike this big. It was fine while moving - nothing like it on the highway - but I almost lost it when coming to a stop. Now, I don't have the strength I used to have, but it was all I could do to keep it from laying down, as my foot slipped a bit in some gravel. So, for me, anything but a perfect stop was going to be risky. I looked for options to lower the seat height and found none that suited me. One was a suspension modification that lowered the bike. This would have reduced the available lean angle. The other would be to reduce the seat padding. This would reduce comfort on long rides.

Unless you plan long distance trips, you might consider the following:

I eventually settled on a Honda CTX700. This is not a long-distance cruiser, but it has a low seat height that allows me to sit on the seat, heals on the ground, and knees bent. I do have some gripes about it, though: It has feet forward controls with no provision for feet under pegs; and the horn and turn signal controls are reversed from the other 5 bikes I've owned. On the plus side: electronic ignition and fuel injection; very smooth for the engine size; and a very low center of gravity.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by RAF » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:57 pm

I'm a 5 ft 8 in male who owned a 1500 and had a rough time on it but bought a 1800 and it is all the difference in the world. I can flat foot the 1800 but was on tiptoe on the 1500. Neither bike had any modifications on them.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by johnny42 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:39 pm

I bought my new 1983 GL1100 Interstate and have ridden it ever since with no real problems other than being extremely careful. I scope out parking spots for a "pull through" to ensure I don't have to back up but if I do, I try to park on a slight downhill so I can roll backwards instead of trying to move it either seated or beside it. At stop signs I am on my toes, but I usually lean it to the left to get one foot flat on the ground. Sometimes, due to road conditions at intersections, there's a slight valley caused by car tires. If I'm lucky enough to find these, I wait there with both feet flat on the ground on the high points. I'm only 5-4 or 5-5 and have made no modifications to the suspension or seat. But I add no air to the front or rear suspensions since I'm only 145 pounds. I also wear boots with soles that are sticky and grip well. I think the seat height on later Wings are lower than mine, so if I can do it, so can you. However later wings seemed to have gotten heavier each year, so factor that in.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by Wildwilly018 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:05 pm

My thoughts are, if you can handle the bike, it doesn't matter your size. I do have a buddy who is short in the legs and decided to buy a Spyder since he couldn't find a fit for him on 2 wheels.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by aperry » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:15 pm

I am 5' 6" with a 29" inseam and don't have issues with the GL1800. I also didn't have problems with my GL1500, but the 1800 is better. What made the difference was watching the video made by the former policeman and practicing in the parking lot. Recently I have started using second gear for take off and slow speed maneuvering and found that even better.

Like many here have said, if it is not your first bike (not a good first bike) rent one and see how you like it.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by kyleboedeker » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:24 am

Well, it's a beast of a bike and especially difficult to maneuver at slow speeds, even for experienced riders. I'm young (31), tall (6'2") and pretty strong and I'm happy for those facts when making an imperfect stop or need to muscle the bike. I've been riding for more than a decade, but the Wing definitely requires an additional level of finesse at times where other, smaller bikes might be more forgiving. All that being said, it's still my favorite bike i've ever ridden. You just can't beat it.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by gervais » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:50 am

well
i am 5.8 and 180 lbs.
i never drove such an heavy bike before and i still have difficulties,the major is balancing the bike .
First time i took her out of my garage,,,i felt on the ground and my wyfe smilled at me !!!

it is a 1200 1984.
At the end of last summer i was beginning too feel the bike,
i would suggest ride alone or witha friend and ask him too check you when
driving and tells you what he see wrong.

if it is falling dont try too stop it ,,
buy some crash bar

the bike is good,just gave you time too adjust .
it is still a 1200,so respect the power .

gervais.



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