Goldwing Riders Check In!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by BRAAAP, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    I concur. My 1200 with the same carb bank as the 1100, jetted for sea level went over the 70 outside of Denver only felt underpowered in comparison to sea level. Not a problem at all.

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  2. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    I'll add my 1994 Goldwing/Hannigan sidecar to the check-in. I bought it 2 years ago with 102,000 on the clock, now it has 135,000 on the clock.
  3. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I guess, with that being the consensus, I can probably get everything done I want to do with the GL1100 I already own, my wife is happy on, and I can remain.....ummm...."frugal", with my $650 touring bike! :clap

    I just went from 5 bikes down to 2. The other bike is a '73 Sportster I've owned since '74 (love/hate relationship for sure). I do think I might want a 2nd "daily rider"...maybe something a little smaller and lighter than the 'Wing, but I think I'll just be happy with what I have for now.

    Thanks for the info on my "touring at altitude" question!

    Lynn
  4. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    I'll likely be joining the younger wing rider group. I'm 33 and looking to get something cheap I can take the wife with me on trips. Noticed I could get a pretty nice looking 1100 or 1200 for under $2000 so I've been doing some research on them. Look like good solid bikes that will get the job done.
  5. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Crocker.....

    The longer I own my 1100, the more comfortable I get with it. I'll admit, I get lusting after, and looking around for, something a little more sporty for 2-up riding with my wife, but always seem to convince myself there's really no reason to buy anything different. I just went through that phase, as you can see a few post back. Granted, I'm pretty "frugal"....some would say "snug with a buck", but why not spend the $$ saved on a different bike (read that as more expensive) for gas, etc.? In reality I know a $10K or $20K motorcycle wouldn't get us out on more trips!

    I will warn you though, and I'm sure it's been said many times before in this thread; "If you don't want to ride a Gold Wing, don't let your wife/girlfriend sit on a Gold Wing!" There's nothing wrong with that, but it might just set the tone for you when it comes to touring bikes.

    Best wishes.

    Lynn
  6. jasonc32amg

    jasonc32amg Hello Gubner

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    I guess I occupy the younger demographic of wing owners at 43. I've had mine for about a month and put a little over 5000 miles on it so far. I'm digging the bike.
  7. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    too late :lol3

    My wife used to hate goldwings, thought they were big and ugly. She sat on one and thought "wow, this is really nice!" She'll never tell me what to buy, only saying that the back seat was really comfortable on that gold wing :lol3

    It's kind of the same feeling I had when I took a 250cc dual purpose bike offroad after a couple years of doing the same on my gs..."wow, these small bikes offroad are really nice!"

    So now I know I just need 2 bikes, one for offroad and one for touring.
  8. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Except then you go touring and see all kinds of interesting dirt roads and tracks that you'd love to turn onto and explore. Maybe a trailer behind the GL with a dirtbike on it is the answer. :lol3
  9. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I bought a GL1500 when I was 31. My bride and I joined the local GWRRA chapter, but it was awkward having to look at pictures of peoples grand kids all the time, and we were newlyweds. :lol3

    I sold the GL when we found out the Stork was coming. I didn't want the payment anymore.

    Now I am 55 and I think I would like to go back to a GL. I think the 1100 is the best looking of all the 'wings. A 1500, otoh, is a lot newer and those things are about as bulletproof as a motorcycle can get. The 1800's offer more performance and better handling, but even a well used one is expensive.

    I n the years since selling the GL1500, I have owned a bunch of bikes, including a C10, ST1300, FJR, Nomad, 2 V-Stroms, and now a VTX1300R.
  10. tkitna

    tkitna Long timer

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    I hate to say it, but there's truth in this statement. If you let your wife sit on a Gold Wing, your screwed. Nothing else will do.
  11. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I made a trip out to Denver, actually Parker, CO on Sunday on my 1983 GL1100I. Left home in Southeast Missouri at 3:00 AM and rolled into my Brother-In-Law's driveway right at 6:00 PM Mountain time. 910 miles - 16 Hrs, all but ~100 miles on the super slab.

    Evidently I got a bad tank of gas in Ellis KS and had to refill 69 miles later with 3.5 Gal of gas. I was probably in 4th gear about 40 of those miles because the bike wouldn't even maintain 55 MPH in 5th. I thought I had some serious problems going on, but after refilling with gas and about 2 miles back on the road I could run 70+ in 5th and even accelerate on the up-hills. What a relief!

    Today, I headed up Hwy 285 toward Fairplay through Kenosha Pass, elevation 10,001 Ft. according to my map. What a BEAUTIFUL ride! Topped of the tank at Fairplay, CO and then coasted back down to Parker, getting 50.75 MPG! What a change from that fateful tank of what they sold as gas in Kansas!

    I had never ridden in the mountains before and was only hopeful how the Gold Wing would do. I did drop to 4th gear climbing the last few miles to the summit of Kenosha pass. It did "blubber" a bit at that altitude, but I was pleased it could go a bit higher. I feel better now about a future, potential trip to the Rockies again but hopefully two-up with my wife. It occured to my that the spark plugs have almost 20,000 miles on them. I can't help but think some new plugs would make a little bit of improvement!

    I'll be heading back to Missouri, probably leaving CO early Friday PM, stopping wherever I get to around sunset and finishing the trip home on Saturday. The trip back home will be the opposite of the trip here, with most of it on two lane roads. Even though the route looks more direct on a map, it's actually about 975 miles on the route home.

    FWIW, my GL1100I was resurrected after being in a tornado and after being poorly stored for 2 1/2 years had a locked engine. I have a lot of sweat equity in the bike but few$$. When I get home, providing it makes it, I'll have put 20,000 miles on the bike since it's reseruction. Not bad for a Gold Wing that many people would have parted out or left for dead. The more I ride the bike the more I like it!

    Oh....BTW...I invested in a Shoei Neotech flip-front helmet at Faye Myers Motorcycles in Greenwood Village, CO. It will replace my 5+ year-old Nolan flip-up. I think the padding will need some time to break in, but the Shoei certainly has better ventilation that the Nolan, and it's much quieter!

    Wish me luck on the ride home!

    Lynn
  12. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Nice, sounds like a fun trip! I miss taking trips on my GL1000. Enough power to cruise comfortably on the freeway, light enough to be relatively capable in the turns (after some modification), and old enough to have plenty of style and character.
  13. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    Sounds like you had a nice trip lake_harley glad to hear that 1100I worked well. I know a couple folks that have ridden theirs all over Colorado 2 up with out problems. I'm a bit surprised about your bad gas experience. I use that truck stop in Ellis quite a bit and never had a problem with their gas, but there's always a first :)
  14. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Actually, it wasn't the truck stop on the Southwest side of the interchange, that I think you're referring to, it was the Casey's store on the East side of the street. They had two hoses, both 87 octane. I opted for the non-ethanol hose. I can't say 100% that the problem was the gas, but it seems pretty convincing since the problem appeared after that stop and ended shortly after the next fillup. Since the Ellis stop I've topped off the tank 5 times and it's been running like normal. If something else caused my low-power problem, I can't imagine what it could have been. No hard feelings about it though since it just added a bit of "adventure" to the trip :clap The rain and hail later that I didn't originally mention was another exciting touch!

    Just looking ahead to tomorrow's weather, I'm thinking I'd want to head out of the Denver area sooner than later because of possible PM storms building.

    Lynn
  15. GeauxBiker

    GeauxBiker Aventurero motocicle

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    Newbie to advrider, but would like some direction to see if any of the GoldWing riders have ventured into Mexico. I have a '12 GoldWing and am looking at a potential trip from the New Orleans area to Puerto Villarto, MX. I will either take the Wing or purchase a mid-weight dual purpose, such as a KLR or such. Any advice or help would be appreciated.
  16. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    Sure sounds like bad gas to me too. I can say I have used the Casey's but I'd guess you could hit some bad gas about anywhere. I didn't realize that they had non corn squeeze'ns gas :D


    "The rain and hail later that I didn't originally mention was another exciting touch!"

    Welcome to Kansas :lol3

    We're currently in the weather pattern for what hits Colorado in the afternoon hits us in the evenings. Hays got hit with thunderstorms overnight/early this morning and high wind warnings down around Topeka with storms there.
  17. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Haven't been to Mexico, but if it's rough roads you're worried about, the Wing does surprisingly well for its size and heft. Here's a photo of my dad and I on a trip out in Montana where he rode his 1500 up and down some forest service roads. Definitely not any kind of crazy off-roading or anything, but it was miles of dirt and gravel roads, some fairly rough and rocky, and he did fine. Lack of ground clearance was the biggest issue, more so than the weight. My ZRX was actually more of a liability on these roads, despite weighing 300 pounds less.

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  18. CajunRider

    CajunRider Been here awhile

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    You got that right... that's how I ended up with this:
    (Please excuse the crappy cell phone pic.)

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  19. UtahJim

    UtahJim Been here awhile

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    A good friend let me ride his new 2014 today. Wow! What an amazing machine. I see one in my future for sure. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
  20. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    Most of my experience is in Baja, but go over the latin america forum and take a lap. Alot of good info. Major points are TVIP, don't ride after dark and don't take firearms.