Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

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

Post by Goldwing7777 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:59 pm

Forgot one. (knew I would!)
Suzuki GS500E

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

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:34 pm

Swore off riding back in '73 when I did a stupid jump over a hill I have never inspected before, the backside was full of ravines....

Made a pledge to God "Let me live thru this so my kids have a father and I will sell this damn thing".

it was gone the next day.

About the time of Desert Storm, my son volunteered to go over there as a civilian mechanic....
came over with his 1984 aspy and told me to ride it. if you don't in two years it won't be worth a damn.

'84, '86, 94, 98, 2002 now and still going.

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

Post by DonaldLColeJr » Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:27 pm

When i was a kid i used to do back yrd moto cross. Nothing big just friends riding trails and takeing jumps.... well one day i was about 2hrs from home by bike and we were all in the woods, i took a jump slower then the kid behind me and got bumpped off and then under my bike mid air tearing out my inner knee... i rode home left leg dangeling at the knee and only shifted upto second gear and fell over in my yrd for my step mom to take me to the ER. I never rode again... now im a grown ass man and if i wanna ride by golly ill get me another bike and ride.. ive got alot of catching up to do and had two bikes fall into my lap for a steal. I have all winter to fix them and thats what im gonna do too.
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Re: Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing

Post by C-dub » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:17 pm

machineshop_steve wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:08 pm

I also ride a Turbo Hayabusa, with about the same horsepower as it weighs! I've racked up nearly 100K Miles on it, and absolutely love it, other then riding a 100mph is like walking speed, so it's hard to ride it normal! Fun as can be though!
I had a 2005 limited, not turbo, and even without a turbo it was difficult keeping it under 100 mph. So much fun! I think I had around 25k miles on it before selling it after ~8 years. I would have put more miles on it, but my wife and I drove to work together for many years and rode sometimes. Once, we were in an accident on the Busa and she refused to ride for several years. She was a little afraid, but the bigger issue for her was that she didn't want to be on the bike with me and something happen to both of us when we had a young daughter.

Never say never, but I think my 100 mph days are well behind me. I think my Wing has only been to 85, maybe 90, and I think the only reason for that was to see if the cruise control would engage. There was another thread around here discussing how older versions were limited and would not engage above 70 or 75 or something like that. Anyway, my 2016 engages above 80 mph.
I am not and have never been a LEO. My avatar is in honor of my friend, Dallas Police Sargent Michael Smith, who was murdered along with four other officers in Dallas on 7.7.2016.

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

Post by olewingrider » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:54 am

in 1991 I brought a 75 GL1000 home that the dealer said needed a motor.paid $300 for the bike. had Vettor bags and fairing..first thing my 10 and 11 yr old boys said was. lets set the valves.I taught them that for there XR80s and 100s. we did. they were all set too tight.thus no compression,it fired right up and all of us piled on it and went around the wife came out and said ,.whose bike is that? I promished her I would not onw a street bike after dam near dying in a few crashes before we got married in 79. anyway I said its OURs dear, she grabbed 2 helmets and said lets go for ride. we did. for 3 hours? we put over 100,000 on that ole 75.we have had a few of each size since. triked a few too that she didn't like. so now back to a nice ole 1200 I got yesterday for $500 .. On the road agin !

heres pic of that first 1000 and todays 1200

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

Post by tbird71 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:13 am

I've always liked Hondas, still have 2 350-Fours, they are jewels.
The ride that got me into wings was back in 1983, dealer going out of business
and he had 3 or 4 brand new 1982 GL1100 strippers. I rode the dark blue one and
was in heaven. What a fine motorcycle that was!

Years went by, I started riding Kawasakis and later Harleys, then one day
I happened across a 1984 GL1200 stripper! Last year for strippers and first yeaqr for the 1200.
This one had a dealer installed Hondaline fairing on it! I still own it, IMO the best GL stripper they made
(notwithstanding the F6B) I also found an 89 GL1500 with 9000 original miles last year! So I'm good.
I like em ALL, tho Goldwings are the most refined IMO

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

Post by gervais » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:48 pm

beautiful and clean

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

Post by tbird71 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:17 pm

Thanks. By 1984, the strippers had all gone out of vogue. Every GL buyer wanted an Interstate or Aspencade
(and why not?) So dealers found themselves sitting on the 84 1200 strippers. In an effort to move them, a few dealers
put 1983 (round headlamp) Hondaline fairings on them. That was all that would fit the 84 stripper with the round headlamp, also the last of the GL1100 Hondaline fairings as well.

(They probably had an overstock on them, dealers used this to work out a deal and get them off the floor I'm sure.)

I'm glad mine ended up with one! it looks like an 83 GL1100 Aspy going down the road viewed from the front.
(below, before I took off all the "stuff")

Except a LOT more power than the 1100s. Only 2000 or so 84 strippers were ever made.

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

Post by oldcase » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:04 pm

My father talked about borrowing old Indians and Harleys in the '30s or '40s. There used to be a Harley dealer across from the International Harvester dealer where we would go on a parts run for the hay baler. He always admired the full dress Harleys. He always said, if you learn to ride, and don't kill yourself, you will be a better driver. 30 years ago, I bought a Yamaha ATV for the farm and loved it. A few years later I decided to get a bike to learn on -- a logical choice a Suzuki GS 1000 or 1100. I traded it shortly thereafter for a '79 full dress 'wing. Much more my speed. I quit riding before my daughter was born, she's almost 22, and I just bought a '97 SE. Now I am learning to ride all over again at 63.

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

Post by Skynight » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:49 pm

Like most of us, I had a dirt bike since I was a kid, then a street bike when I was old enough to get a license. I grew up hearing stories of my dad and mom going taking their bike to Daytona’s bike week, Marti gras, the trip “out west”. I had Almost every kind and size of bike at one time or another. I took my wife on a bike ride on some of our first dates, some 35 years ago! Our first goldwing was in ‘90 on a family vacation to Daytona, there was a bike shop going out of business, and they had an older ‘84 goldwing for sale...I bought it and rode it back to Ky. I wasn’t ready for a wing. My wife loved it...comfortable...she could see better...but me, I still had a little p&v in me, and I wanted to bark the tire and bring the front wheel up and...well, you know. So we sold it that year....and bought an airplane. Now, every clear sunny day, I was at the airport. Ended up selling my other bikes and was bikeless....until six years ago. We flew from Ky to Panama City for our anniversary. We went to a little dive bar, sharkys, and saw 30 bikes out was the start of bike week! We had a beer and a sandwich and when we came out...I couldn’t keep my eyes off the bikes...My wife said...we’re getting another bike, aren’t we? She knew the look in my eye! We bought an 89 wing, loved it...until I rode it on the tail of the dragon, with some friends...we stopped at the end, had a bbq, and my buddy said, ride my bike back home and let me ride yours...he had a 2007, 1800. What a bike. We came back and I sold the ‘89, and bought a 2008. Loved it! Rode it a year. The wife loved much that she said...I wonder what a new one rides like! A “wife” suggesting we look at the new bikes! I am....blessed. We bought a new 2015 anniversary edition Goldwing. Still have it, and we both still love it! Can’t wait till the weather breaks and we get to ride!

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

Post by dwlarson » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:42 pm

I was about 17 when the first GL1000 was on display in the local Honda shop. They could balance a nickle on edge on the motor while it revved -- and it didn't fall over. My first bike was a Honda CL360, which I rode EVERYWHERE. I took a 3,500-mile trip on it from WI to CO (with accompanying hand-numbing tingles of 6000rpms for hours, and the hard-butt stock seat)... when I returned, I started looking for a used Gold Wing. I loved traveling on motorcycle, but knew it had to be a comfortable one. And so the journey was born... I've traveled much of the country on motorcycle, and have rarely had any troubles.

After nearly 40 years of Gold Wings, (the first '78, a later '85, and my current '96), I still love the bike, despite the onerous weight. I've not tried out an 1800, because I would probably like it too much. ;)

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

Post by 89 1500 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:19 pm

I've been riding since junior high.KE 125 with 100 badging. Went through a couple of street bikes RD 350 Kaw 400 triple and then the summer before high school a KZ 650 SR that crossover pipe was so sick. Rode a KZ 900 through college then stopped riding for a couple of years the first wife was afraid of them and me on one. Divorce relocate for a job and the first H-D an old FXR. Rode it a few years and traded up to a Wide Glide. Rode the dog out of that glide and loved it. By this point in life I'm getting a little long in the tooth to deal with no protection on a naked bike. Traded for a Road King. Loved it and rode her for 7 years. Got the Ultra in 07 and 6 months later divorce number 2. Had to let her go for financial reasons and I was bikeless for a couple of years again. An old friend and I reconnected after my divorce and he was on a 97 SE. I got to ride it a couple of times but wasn't at a point to actively look for another ride. The last divorce was hard on the credit score so financing another was a no go. Anyway all of my old friends were riding again and one of them came up with an 89 1500 that was parked on the side of a barn for 2 years. Good thing it w as cheap. Well he bought it and got it road ready something he's always enjoyed to do. After it was back on the road he made me an offer I couldn't refuse pay him for whet he had in it. $3000 and I was down the road. That 89 taught me a lot about the 1500, painful Tupperware removal to do anything more than wash it. Antifreeze odor detective, replace valve stems with every tire change and ace tire changer, carb rebuilder, brake tech etc... The same bud that got me back to riding did a lot of boat and bike work for a college professor one summer and the guy gave him his old 92 which is in excellent condition for all of the work. By this time I've been on my 89 for 5 years and it was getting a little rattier due to it's previous life living outdoors and all of the riding I did during that time. I get a call the second week in February and my friend says he's done with riding and if I wanted he would trade me out right for my 89. Man I threw on my snivel gear for the hour ride to go get it. Swapped a few goodies off of my 89 to the 92 that I wanted to keep including the year old AGM. A couple of hours work paid TTL and inspection and I was headed back home with a clean bike. There wasn't never any who or what that made me buy anything in my life. I wanted a 1500 after the first ride on that 97 SE. The GL 1500 ticks all of the boxes for me, leg room, storage space, protection from adverse weather, and fill up to fill up riding comfort.

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