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bkv68
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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by bkv68 » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:21 am



hello, bkv here. 1st time posting, jyst joined the group. ive ridden motorcycles most of my 50 years. after a 5 year not riding ive been craving a goldy. a big,luxery, touring interstate rider.with not much to spend my budget was around 1500 buks. i found a gem! looking for months i found an 81 gl1100. fully dressed. clean, next to mint condition with 41,000 miles. for a 37year old bike this was a good find. ok,now my problem. i put on 1400 miles early this summer mainly short rides 15-50miles at a time i always had a faint gas smell, since i bought it. never saw a leak on ground, always doing a pre trip inspection before every ride. about 2 weeks ago i started her up and fuel is leaking out of left side, kinda around the carb,s but dripping pretty good on the exaust pipe.its a serious leak i need repaired asap. i talked wirh a honda shop this morn and he kinda bummed me out .discouraging me talking price, and probably couldnt get the gasket thats leeking cause the bike is old. just acted like bwcause its an 81 they wanted no part in repairing it .this guy at service desk quoted me 450 buks for a new front tire installed!!! nuts!! i was born on a day... but it wasnt yesturday! so anyone with a hint of price, for this repair.??? be a great help and appreciated very much. thanks.bkv...



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landisr
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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by landisr » Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:51 pm

Welcome, bkv. Did you check for loose or split fuel lines? Also, you may have a sticking carb float. If you can identify the one that's leaking, try tapping on the float bowl with a small hammer on a wooden dowel.

Good luck.

Ron in AZ
I'm not so sure about an inner child, but I have an inner idiot that surfaces every now and then.. :mrgreen:

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RickR
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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by RickR » Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:51 am

Hi there,

just joined although have scuttled the site for a few years.
am on my 5th goldwing, anyone in the Dayton Ohio area hope to see you out there.

Richard R

jimbobs
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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by jimbobs » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:19 pm

jimbobs saying hello to all for the 1st time. Live in God's riding country in Brevard, NC. If you're gonna be in the area give me a heads up and we can talk about great riding in my area. I'm on a 2018 Wing 6-spd manual, yes manual, and I love it! :D

eyes
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Post by eyes » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:28 pm

First time (Only time?) posting. A little background. First bike was a Cushman scooter without a motor. My younger brother and I would take turns riding it down the hill. It took us both to push it back up. Then we built a mini bike using McCulloch chain saw engines. When I was old enough to get a drivers license I bought a 50 cc bike from Montgomery Wards. Blew the engine going downhill with a strong wind from behind at 62 mph. That was in 1967. Many different bikes over the years including 3 Goldwings and various Harleys.
Wanted to share a little info gained from my 40 years as an Optometrist (now retired and happily so). More times than I care to remember I had folks, usually older, in my office driving with vision below the legal limit. Some still with a license to drive and some that had lost it due to their eyesight. One day after work I was at the local hardware store to pick up something and was in the checkout line behind a man that I had assisted to obtain the benefits for someone legally blind. When I said hello to him he put his face 6 inches from mine and said. "Oh, hello Doc". After he paid for his stuff I watched him walk out to his car and drive away. It still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
I trust no one when I am on the road with a vehicle. Whether it is my current 96 Goldlwing or my 1 ton diesel Chev pickup. The folks who can't see and refuse to give up their driving are out there, more numerous than you think. I have also had folks in my office with dementia who are driving with a spouse telling them when to stop, which way to turn and making the other decisions necessary to drive. Really scary! It was not legal for me to take their driver's license away. I had to write to the Department of Transportation with the documented information for them to lose their license. There was then an appeals process that they could chose and string it out for another 90 days. I even had several of these folks come back to me for a second opinion. I couldn't fault them for not wanting to lose their independence but was many times unable to convince them of how dangerous they were on the road.
So stay safe and enjoy the ride. I'll keep an eye out for you!

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by JohnUSA » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:27 pm

Welcome, eyes.

Yeah, as the oldest son, one of the hardest things I had to do was lead my family in taking the keys away from our mom.

It started out slowly enough...a small fender bender here or there, or running up on a curb and damaging a tire. At first, it was laughed off. Then, it became a trend, not to be laughed at.

Needed to get her out from behind the wheel before things evolved to more deadly circumstances. If we had not taken action and she had killed someone, that would be an unbearable guilt.

Timely advice, and thanks for bringing up a touchy topic.

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by 2003Cobra » Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:36 pm

HI my name is Bill, I've been riding since I was 15, but had to take some time off to raise a family. I spent 20 years in the Navy and had the opportunity to ride in many other countries around the world, My favorite being Spain. Recently I bought a 2003 GL1800 with a CSC Cobra trike kit. This is my first wing and I must say I'm enjoying it a lot more then I thought I would. I'm 70 and I always said that I would give up riding before I went to a trike but my good friend bought a Triglide and let me ride it and I have a couple of other friends who have Goldwings. So I decided to give it a try and it has opened up a whole new world to me. I really feel kind of like I did when I was a kid learning how to ride. I wanted to ride all the time and that is how I feel now. I hope we have some Trike riders here because I'm finding out there is a difference in just a wing and one that has been triked. Thanks Bill
2003 Goldwing GL1800 with CSC Cobra trike kit.
1988 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 with Hypercharger Bobber.
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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by JohnUSA » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:35 am

2003Cobra wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:36 pm
HI my name is Bill, I've been riding since I was 15, but had to take some time off to raise a family. I spent 20 years in the Navy and had the opportunity to ride in many other countries around the world, My favorite being Spain. Recently I bought a 2003 GL1800 with a CSC Cobra trike kit. This is my first wing and I must say I'm enjoying it a lot more then I thought I would. I'm 70 and I always said that I would give up riding before I went to a trike but my good friend bought a Triglide and let me ride it and I have a couple of other friends who have Goldwings. So I decided to give it a try and it has opened up a whole new world to me. I really feel kind of like I did when I was a kid learning how to ride. I wanted to ride all the time and that is how I feel now. I hope we have some Trike riders here because I'm finding out there is a difference in just a wing and one that has been triked. Thanks Bill
Hi Bill. I just got a Goldwing Trike a few weeks ago. Also took a trike safety course, and learned new skills specific to trikes. Wife is loving it, too.

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by 2003Cobra » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:17 am

Hi John, Was the trike course a national sponsored course or a local? I've not heard of a trike safety course but it's a good Idea. I have found many differences between the two wheel and three wheels.
Thanks Bill
2003 Goldwing GL1800 with CSC Cobra trike kit.
1988 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 with Hypercharger Bobber.
West GA Chapter 89 Southern Cruisers riding club.

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by Bettedavis » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:29 am

Hello, hello, hello! Been riding since I was 12, first bike was a Honda 50, dad said I could have it if I got it running, I did, he was surprised! Now 45 years later... I have a 94 Goldwing SE! 68000 miles, got it in Wisconsin and rode it to Washington State. Had issues of sort the whole way. When I got back I found your site and have managed to fix several of them. First thing was I replaced the fuel filter, meh, then I found the post for the petcock. Boom, mine had a tear. Friend was amazed it ran at all. Now I'm doing the bushing in the clutch lever and an oil change. Thought id start there, it just started not engaging till its all the way out. Oh and it was almost empty of dot 4, filled it and it's still full. Long story short, I love the Goldwings, always wanted one, but I'm to vertically challenged to ride one. This one has an Escort sidecar attached. So appreciative of your site. Thank you, :D

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by bigsteveswing » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:51 am

2003Cobra wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:17 am
Hi John, Was the trike course a national sponsored course or a local? I've not heard of a trike safety course but it's a good Idea. I have found many differences between the two wheel and three wheels.
Thanks Bill
Here in PA they do a 3 wheel riding course through the state program (there is a separate endorsement you can get on your license that only allows only 3 wheel riding, no 2 wheel riding) if you have a full motorcycle license you don't need it. They do it for trikes, sidecar rigs, and Spyders (the state actually has a whole bunch of Spyders they use for people who don't have a bike to bring)

http://www.pamsp.com/learn/3WBRC.php

I was scheduled to take the course in July but I couldn't get my bike inspected early enough to do it, may have to wait till next year now. I'm just interested in learning what they have to teach (and it is totally free). I took my license course last year so I don't need the endorsement anyway.

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by JohnUSA » Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:21 am

2003Cobra wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:17 am
Hi John, Was the trike course a national sponsored course or a local? I've not heard of a trike safety course but it's a good Idea. I have found many differences between the two wheel and three wheels.
Thanks Bill
Hi Bill,

It was local, and was developed some twenty years ago. That being said, Can Am somehow got involved, and subsidized a significant portion of the cost, which was a pleasant surprise. We were introduced to several models of trikes and sidecars to understand the differences and handling characteristics between them. Then, each student gravitated towards the style that they would be riding. We had two students that owned sidecars, so that's where they spent their time. I split my time between a Sportster trike and a Spyder. The Spyder wanted to kick in safety features if you got too aggressive, but the Sportster was just engine, throttle and brakes..woo-hoo...let the good times roll!

I've been riding since before the MSF was founded, and I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I would learn anything new, but I sure did learn some new skills and techniques. Hanging my butt off the seat and trying to drift into a power slide was pretty cool.

The skill I most appreciated was setting up for a corner, getting positioned to stabilize the bike and get through the corner with all three wheels on the ground. I rode the trike a few times before I took the class, with wife behind me. Cornering seemed clunky. After the class, we took a ride and she commented on how much smoother the corners felt.

If you can locate a trike specific training class, I recommend it. Shortens the learning curve, makes for a safer ride.

Best,
John

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by 2003Cobra » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:43 pm

Thanks John, I googled for a trike safety class here in GA but basically came up empty except I read an old post that said the MSF in Alpharatta was developing a course but that was back in 11. I can differently see the advantage of such a course and will keep looking for one. Thanks for the info and be safe out there.
2003 Goldwing GL1800 with CSC Cobra trike kit.
1988 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 with Hypercharger Bobber.
West GA Chapter 89 Southern Cruisers riding club.

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by gwtdct18 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:07 pm

Hi,
My name is Cathy and just wanted to say hello. Just bought a new 2018 Goldwing Tour DCT. I have been riding since 2010. I bought a 2009 Silverwing with 3700 miles on it. I put almost 80,000 on it and road it in 41 states. I gave it to my brother. The Goldwing is only my 2nd bike. My husband has been riding almost 25 years. We enjoy touring the country. I learned early that I prefer automatic transmissions over manual. Hope to learn a lot on this forum. Ride safe.

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by JohnUSA » Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:05 pm

Hey Cathy, welcome. My wife has been riding only a few years, and has the little brother of your bike. It's a 700 DCT...she would never go back to a manual.

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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by 2003Cobra » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:31 am

Hi Cathy, Welcome to GoldwingDocs. There is a lot of good info here and a lot of experience.
2003 Goldwing GL1800 with CSC Cobra trike kit.
1988 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 with Hypercharger Bobber.
West GA Chapter 89 Southern Cruisers riding club.

TerraKacher
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Re: First time Poster, new update restoration

Post by TerraKacher » Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:11 pm

TerraKacher wrote:
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:37 pm
Hello, this is my first post of many I hope. I have a ton of questions.

I just bought a 1980 Goldwing GL1100, with only 18k miles on it. Besides not been ridden much, it sat all winter outside. So I have my work cut out for me. In case your wondering, I only paid $800 for it. It has a full fairing and fiberglass side bags and trunk.

So, lots of things have happened since April.

I first started up my wing and it spit and sputtered. So I go on line found out I'm going to need a carburetor rebuild. I bought the Rankind book and kit, and proceeded to remove the carbs. Following the book, I stripped it down, and cleaned the carbs the best I could. Now the book says you can't remove the Slow Speed Jets. I put it all back together and put it back on the bike. I also found the igniters needed replacing.
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So I bought a pair from Ebay. The throttle grip pipe tube was broken... replaced. The on/off switch was cracked. Found a used one on Amazon... replaced. I replace all the fuel lines. Inside of the tank wasn't that bad, but I did clean it out. Replaced the fuel filter. The three wires that go to the battery through the plug, got fixed. Good thing I did, the plug showed signs of getting hot and was badly corroded. ;) Funny, as soon as I got rid of the that connection plug, my battery start to recharge! :roll:

Cranked it up and it ran really rough, wouldn't idle down or it wouldn't stay running. Lots of backfires, and I knew that the Slow Speed Idle jets needed cleaning. I found on line how to remove them, they popped out easily. There is only one year that these jet were not to be removed, all the other years were threaded in. I just happened to get that year... 1980.


This time I boiled the carbs with the jets removed but in the bath, with a grease cutting detergent, and citric Acid. Someone said they boiled their carbs in lemon juice. I had a bottle of Citric Acid for my Kerig coffee machine. So I dumped that in the water too. The carbs came out all nice and pretty. Even the jets looked good.


The jet was plugged, It took be a bit to clean it out.


I had to wait a bit before I could reinstall the carbs. Put everything back in the bike, this time it ran nice and idled down woohooo :D . But now I had a new problem. Gas was pouring out of the carbs. Removed the carbs again :cry:

Found that the float needles, that little spring loaded pin on top, 2 of the needles were frozen. So I bought four new float needles. I put everything in numbered cups, but when I went to put the new needles in, #4 float pin, the pin that the float hinges on, was missing. :shock: Another set back.

So if anyone should happen to have an old carb and can spare a pin, I'd pay for it and shipping. Otherwise a new pin and float gonna cost about $35 or more.

I'm hoping on getting this fixed before summer is all gone. My riding buddies have been on some amazing rides this year and I missed all of them.

marshallscottw8758
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Re: First time posters, say hello!

Post by marshallscottw8758 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:44 pm

Hello hello hello,

Goldwingers, bikers and the like. I'm Marshall. I own currently a 1987 GL1200a and a 1983 CB1000c.
I learned how to diagnose and repair motorcycles and scooters before I even knew how to properly drive a "1 down, 4 up" bike. I live in Arkansas, native to Dallas, Texas. My neighbor has a 2010 GL1500 or 1800 trike and when I walked up to have a look I though.. "Jesus.. Is there a built-in toilet, heart monitor and soda machine included as well?"
In marketing, finding a good deal is comprised of the following equation:
Bikes value as-is ÷ the sellers need for cash opposed to their desire to kerp.the bike subtracting your low ball offer based on their desperation. I got my 87 Aspy ($4000 KBB official appraisal) for $300. Drove it home. It's still insured under the previous owner.
I began research of.my bike and.troubleshooting and found this site. Love it. So here I
Am..

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New update restoration GL1100i, need help

Post by TerraKacher » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:01 am

Found that the float needles, that little spring loaded pin on top, 2 of the needles were frozen. So I bought four new float needles. I put everything in numbered cups, but when I went to put the new needles in, #4 float pin, the pin that the float hinges on, was missing. :shock: Another set back.

So if anyone should happen to have an old carb and can spare a pin, I'd pay for it and shipping. Otherwise a new pin and float gonna cost about $35 or more.

I'm hoping on getting this fixed before summer is all gone. My riding buddies have been on some amazing rides this year and I missed all of them.
I found the trash that I swept up after the missing pin. I hand sifted every little bit, but it wasn't in the trash. I looked under my work bench and found the missing pin. (Angels singing).

Back in business again. I put the carbs back in the bike last night after I purged the carbs with fresh gas. Cranked it over and it fired right up. Idled down to 1000 rpms, so nice to finally hear that sound. I wanted to slap on the seat and take off for a parking lot ride. But hey, I'm on a role, right? Went and got out the sync gauges and hooked it up.


Now what? Whats up with #1? I couldn't get the needle to move off of that spot. So I thought, lets try moving #2, no matter where I turned the little carb adjustment screw, nothing happened. The needle didn't move up or down. At least #4 was in sync with #3, right? I only thing I haven't done, and probably should of done sooner was adjust the valves. After I put everything away, I thought I should of switched gauges with 1 and 2, to see if it was just the gauge. I opened up the gauge valve all the way and backed it back down till the needle was just barely fluttering on all four.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. :?



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