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  • We bought an 1800 Goldwing, are we old now?

    or just smarter?




  • #2
    Maybe both. They do tend to go together.
    NOTE: The absence of smilies in this post should not be taken to mean that I think your post is stupid, nor that I loath, despise, or hate you; nor that I disrespect you and all your works; nor that I see you as victim or lawful prey; nor think you have the intellect of half a loaf of bread; nor that I find you disgusting or unworthy or otherwise hate your behavior, opinions, politics, gender, sexual orientation, culture, ethnic background or language.

    F*** 'em if they can't take a joke!

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    • #3
      congrads on the new ride John, GW's are very nice rides but I will now call you sofa king LOL

      J/K
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      I keep stimulants handy in case I see a snake,which I also keep handy.W.C.Fields

      G.B.#275

      OK We'll close down the business,have the manager shot,and give you back all your money.will that make you happy?

      The Hot Rod Owner's Club

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      • #4
        congrads on the new ride John, GW's are very nice rides but I will now call you sofa king LOL

        J/K


        I still have the ZX14 for chaos and hooliganism, and the Valkyire (I'm going to sell that as soon as possible though), and the wife has her V-Rod. She bought the Goldwing, I don't have a cent in it. She wanted a large tourer we could ride together that treated her backside better than almost anything else this side of a Buick. I think she found it.

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        • #5
          yea you both will be happy with the Wing on the long trips.You've got a keeper with her.

          nice looking bike, what year?
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          I keep stimulants handy in case I see a snake,which I also keep handy.W.C.Fields

          G.B.#275

          OK We'll close down the business,have the manager shot,and give you back all your money.will that make you happy?

          The Hot Rod Owner's Club

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          • #6
            Yup! Nice road sofa. ;-)
            Recently bought an older (2009) Electraglide to keep the old shovelhead company.
            (Waits for the Harley bashers)
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            • #7
              Does it have a Hemi?

              I thought about that too, but haven't gotten around to it.

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              • #8
                yea you both will be happy with the Wing on the long trips.You've got a keeper with her.

                nice looking bike, what year?


                2003.

                I wasn't very nice looking a week ago when we bought it. It was festooned with $3000 worth of useless Kuryakyn gee-gaws, most of which are now off and awaiting a frontal assault on ebay motors.

                It has 37,000 miles on it, and cost a tick under $12G's (they start at about 24G's for a new one, going up to the high 20's for loaded models). It's in super-nice cosmetic condition and cleaned up very well.

                I don't care much for what I consider silly accessories and this thing was encrusted with them. Here's some before/after shots of it taken when we bought it, and one day after...







                We've since removed the driver's floorboards and heel/toe shifter and put it back to the stock pegs. We kept the Kuryakyn passenger floorboards. We cut down the ridiculously tall Tulsa windshield almost a foot so that I could look over it rather than through it. Since these photos were taken, we also removed the large chrome plastic radiator trim pieces on the sides of the fairing seen just above the valve covers.

                Happily, the original owner kept all the stock parts when replacing them with aftermarket junk one month after buying it in 2002. He also kept all reciepts for the junk, and has a service log in the owner's manual lisitng all oil and filter changes since new. It came with a full case of Amsoil 20/40 motorcycle-specific synthetic oil. I had about 1500 miles on new tires when we bought it, and it corners and handles much better than a bike of this size has any right to.

                We're riding it 400+ miles east to northwest Iowa tomorrow (Friday) for a little shake-down run.

                One thing that's surprised us a bit is the bike's fuel mileage, the first two tanks we've run through it were 42.7 and 42.3 in mixed-condition riding. My Honda 1500 Valkyrie by comparison has less hp, less torque, weighs at least 150 lbs less than the Goldwing, but has never exceeded 35 mpg, usually around 32-33 with an all-time low of 26mpg. The Valkyrie has six carburators, while the GL is fuel-injected, maybe that (and gearing) accounts for the substantial mpg difference. If I can manage to get 45 mpg while running the interstate on cruise-control this weekend I'l be more than happy.

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                • #9
                  Did it come with tan pants ?
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                  • #10
                    Did it come with tan pants ?


                    Blue jumpsuit.

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                    • #11
                      Around here we call them "Geezer Glides." It definitely looks better with all that bling off of it, but i'd have kept those Iso-grips on it. Way more comfortable for me. And I'd have kept the road pegs. Of course its not mine, it's yours, so.....
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                      • #12
                        Around here we call them "Geezer Glides." It definitely looks better with all that bling off of it, but i'd have kept those Iso-grips on it. Way more comfortable for me. And I'd have kept the road pegs. Of course its not mine, it's yours, so.....


                        It's not very geezer-like in performance though, it goes better than it looks like it would, and it corners amazingly well. It's actually kind of fun to ride.

                        I guess I just never cared for those fat grips, they felt like baseball bats to me.

                        The 'driver's' floorboards sucked ass. With the heel-toe shifter, they restricted the movements of the left foot and added a bunch of imprecision to the shifting because of the sloppy extra linkage required. They were surprisingly heavy too, must be carved out of billet. They were probably ten pounds per side.

                        We rode it 935 miles this past weekend, to northwest Iowa to visit the wife's parents on their farm. The GL managed to average about 42 mpg with a high of 44.7 on one tank. It has a pretty impressive range, we rode it 235 miles at a stretch on two occassions, and on the home-stretch on Sunday afternoon, we ran 185 miles without a rest stop and weren't crippled by the experience.

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                        • #13
                          I don't know man, I think Goldwing owners give a bad name to motorcycling

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                          • #14
                            I don't know man, I think Goldwing owners give a bad name to motorcycling


                            True, they're way too quiet and therefore piss off the Harley Riders.

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                            • #15
                              Honda's hard-tail option would be my choice. Then, when I could afford it, I'd shell out for the suspension.

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