Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.


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zeekxxx
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Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by zeekxxx » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:38 pm



Hi all,

New here. So Hi! :)

I am noticing a few things that seem interesting. Please comment if you can.

1. I notice a slight tick from the engine, Sounds like lifters but not sure if that's normal. Seems to go away at different engine speeds.
It's not horrendous just detectable. Is that normal?

2. My OD in the highest gear almost seems like it needs one more gear. I know that is not possible but are these bikes geared a bit low so you can pull trailers and people?

3. What mileage should I expect for the 2006? I think I got 34 but I think the tank was not full enough. It seemed to come off full too quick. I guess many fill ups will give me more experience.

Thanks all. Here is a pic of my new girl!

Bart
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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by DaveO430 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:54 pm

There is always a slight tick from the injectors, easily heard at idle.
Yes they do seem too low geared but will run as fast as you want to go all day.
Lowest MPG I ever got was about 36, pulling a trailer with a passenger or running twistys hard. Mine is very finicky about getting it full, have to just trickle in the last couple 10ths until it's not bubbling air up in the filler neck.

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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by Techdude2000 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:53 pm

Agree with all of the above, one point to mention. When you fill the tank avoid filling the gas above the bottom of the metal sleeve in the opening. Filling above the skirt can allow liquid fuel to be sucked into the vent system and cause the evap canister to flood with gas and leak out on the inside of the lower front cowl(gray). If you start smelling strong gas fumes in your garage after a fill up, then it was too full.

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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by jim34481 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:18 am

Bart
I have a 2006 1800 that I have put about 4000 miles on since I bought it in June. I am getting 42-43 mpg on the back roads going 50-55 mph. When in 5th gear(OD), I am seeing somewhat less than 2500 rpm. This is the smoothest, best balanced and most comfortable bike I have owned. I am very happy with it.
Jim

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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by themainviking » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:03 am

To address the fuel mileage part of your questions. It depends on how hard you are running. A lot of stop and go with quick take offs will lower your fuel mileage considerably, as will running above 70 miles per hour or 3000 RPM. A lot of Goldwing riders in the US are able to run at 80 Plus speeds, and that will cut the top off your fuel economy quickly. Goldwings are big and wide and push a lot of air out of their way.
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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by zeekxxx » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:33 am

Thanks to all the people that replied,

That's a good tip watching the rpm's. I'll do that next time.


I have to say riding the Goldwing is amazing. I never had one before and I want to take it everywhere. :)

Sadly now the humidity is high but our "Season" where the snow birds comes back and the humidity is low is about ready to start soon.

Should be a joy then.


I live in a semi rural area of Florida and I hold about 70mph all the way to work in the morning.

I leave before day break so I set the cruise at that with and enjoy minimal traffic. About 20 of my 32 miles I have to drive to work are constant rpms with no stops.

Not that gas is a big deal when you are only buying 5 gallons or so but I like to know what it is doing.


Last question.

Is it worth it to go with the higher octane gas or just do the lower tier octane?

Bart

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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by baumedagn » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:54 am

There are a number of factors that can effect fuel economy. Spark plugs, air filter, tire pressure and riding style just to name a few. These bikes are made to run on regular gas. Putting premium in the tank is just wasting your money. You may try running some Techron or something similar through the fuel system to clean things up a bit.

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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by jackjohn » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:09 am

zeekxxx wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:38 pm
Hi all,

New here. So Hi! :)

I am noticing a few things that seem interesting. Please comment if you can.

1. I notice a slight tick from the engine, Sounds like lifters but not sure if that's normal. Seems to go away at different engine speeds.
It's not horrendous just detectable. Is that normal?

Probably, most riders report a slight ticking from the injectors, for it to come from the lifters the bike would likely need to be high mileage and not well cared for.

2. My OD in the highest gear almost seems like it needs one more gear. I know that is not possible but are these bikes geared a bit low so you can pull trailers and people?

A lot of riders feel there should be a sixth gear on these bikes and maybe they are right since Mother provided a sixth on the 2018 manuals and even a seventh on the DCT. I have never thought too much about it as the bike rides smoothly at any speed and has that famous 'phone post climbing torque' available at all times.

3. What mileage should I expect for the 2006? I think I got 34 but I think the tank was not full enough. It seemed to come off full too quick. I guess many fill ups will give me more experience.

As several of the contributors have said, YMMV depending on any riding style or condition. We have some high speed limit interstates here in Texas and when cruising past 80, you can almost watch the fuel gauge drop, otherwise mine will run between 38 and 42,

Thanks all. Here is a pic of my new girl!

Bart

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Re: Just got a "new to me" 2006 ~ Question.

Post by prockey » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:44 pm

When I got my 2005 a couple years ago, I heard the ticking sound and thought it was something to be concerned about but it seems to be typical of the GL1800s. Reminds me of my grandmother's sewing machine!


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