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Ian

Guildford, Surrey, GB, GU3 2DQ

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Ian

About:

Returned to riding early 2019 after a 16 year break. Wish I'd come back sooner. I also have a passion for silly cars. Currently running an AMG SL65 alongside the Wing.
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Member Since:

02.13.2019


Bike 1:

Black 2019 Honda GL1800DA

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Bike 3:

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Ian

10.01.2019

How Difficult Is It To Ride A Gold Wing?

Its easier than a lot of people think.
I have the latest generation Wing with DCT. I am proof that small people can ride a Wing with no trouble at all. I am 5' 6.5 tall and weigh in at about 150lbs. Riding one is really just a question of confidence and technique, not strength. I've had no problems at all with mine, even on the smaller roads and more confined spaces we have over here in the UK. It rolls on and off the main stand easily (on a level surface) and the walking modes pretty much negate the need for any reall manhandling. I actually find the Wing easier to handle than some of the big socalled adventure tourers. The Wing isn't a bike for beginners but anyone who is competent with any bike from medium sized upwards should have no problems riding one.

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Smoke CNC Dampners for GL1800

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Smoke CNC Dampners for GL1800
ITEM CODE: BB52707SK,   SKU: BB52707SK

09.18.2019
Ian

5 Stars

Fitted these on my 2018 DCT. Good quality and a straight, easy swap for the originals. IMO they look much better than the black ones did.
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Side Stand Pad for 2018 Gold Wing

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Side Stand Pad for 2018 Gold Wing
ITEM CODE: RIGW013,   SKU: RIGW013

09.18.2019
Ian

5 Stars

Good quality, fits easily and stays secure as long as you use thread lock on the single grub screw that secures it. Does exactly what it is supposed to do.
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Windshield Strut Covers

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Windshield Strut Covers
ITEM CODE: CI18100,   SKU: CI18100

09.18.2019
Ian

5 Stars

These are good quality and fit well and easily. They look much nicer than the original black plastic, especially when fitted with the engine and saddle bag guard covers and license light lid. All of them are an inexpensive and far from OTT way of improving the look of the bike.
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License Light Lid

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License Light Lid
ITEM CODE: CI78300,   SKU: CI78300

09.18.2019
Ian

5 Stars

I fitted this a while ago along with the engine and saddle bag guard covers and windshield strut covers. They are all good quality and fit easily. When all fitted together they look much better than the standard black plastic and greatly enhance the look of the bike.
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Engine Guard Covers

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Engine Guard Covers
ITEM CODE: CI78310,   SKU: CI78310

09.18.2019
Ian

5 Stars

I fitted these along with the saddle bag guard covers. They are good quality and also fit easily. The bike looks much better with these on rather than just the original black plastic.
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Saddlebag Guard Covers

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Saddlebag Guard Covers
ITEM CODE: CI78320,   SKU: CI78320

09.18.2019
Ian

5 Stars

I'm not one for "blinging up" my bikes but I felt the original black plastic guard covers looked a bit naff so I got these along with some of the other chrome finish bits and pieces. They are good quality and fit easily and well. Removing the adhesive tape backing is a bit fiddly but that is a minor issue. Once on they do greatly improve the appearance of the bike, especially when fitted with the other chrome bits.
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F4 Scratch Resistant Windshields for 2018 Gold Wing

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F4 Scratch Resistant Windshields for 2018 Gold Wing
ITEM CODE: PG37951

09.17.2019
Ian

3 Stars

Have to say I'm a bit disappointed with this. As with the VStream I went for the 16" version given my lack of vertical stature. I feel that the screen is well over priced for what it is. It feels a bit flimsy compered to the VStream and original and is nowhere near as well made. The original and VStream both have beautifilly finished edges all round. The F4 is very badly finished around the edges, seemingly just rough cut with a jigsaw with no attempt to finish it off properly. It looked horrible on the bike until I carefully cleaned up all of the edges. They seem to make much of the optical qualities of the polycarbonate used and scratch resistant coating, I suppose to justify the price. Well I am blessed with very good eyesight and can see no obviously visual difference in optical quality between this and the other two screens. Also I've had no scratching issues with the other two screens. All that said it does work quite well on the bike. Even in its lowest position it offers a bit more protection and slightly less wind noise than the VStream with less wind on the arms so it is better for, colder and wet weather. I just can't see how they can charge so much more for it than I paid for the VStream. If I knew when I ordered it what I know now I think I'd have checked out cheaper options first.
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VStream Windshields for 2018 Gold Wing

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VStream Windshields for 2018 Gold Wing
ITEM CODE: PG38032

09.17.2019
Ian

4 Stars

I'm short (5' 7") so went with the 16" version as I find the original screen a little tall. The screen is very well made. However the diagram provided to show the screen shape relative to the original is a bit misleading. The screen I received is quite a bit narrower at the bottom than the original, not the same width as the diagram shows, but the width is as shown at the top. In it's lowest position there is some wind noise around my helmet but no significant buffeting. By raising it slightly but still below standard height, that noise is eliminated. It allows a bit more wind on the arms than the standard screen but I like that in the warmer summer months. Overall I like it but also have a wider F4 Customs shield as well for a bit of extra width at the base when I want it.
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Lower Trunk Organizer for 2018+ Gold Wing Tour

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Lower Trunk Organizer for 2018+ Gold Wing Tour
ITEM CODE: WS1800-18-LTO,   SKU: WS1800-18-LTO

09.17.2019
Ian

4 Stars

Well made and good value for money but as Tony has pointed out the screws supplied are too long. I was ready for that given what Tony had said so didn't just blindly screw them in without checking. Luckily I had some suitable shorter screws to hand so used them. But the screw issue it would have been 5 stars.
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Trunk & Saddlebag Luggage Liner Set for 2018+ Gold Wing Tour

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Trunk & Saddlebag Luggage Liner Set for 2018+ Gold Wing Tour
ITEM CODE: WSGW2018LUG,   SKU: WSGW2018LUG

09.17.2019
Ian

5 Stars

I don't know how these compare to the Honda branded set but these are good quality and fit the trunk and saddlebags very well. For what you pay for them they represent very good value for money.
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Rear Fender Filler

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Rear Fender Filler
ITEM CODE: BB52-931,   SKU: BB52-931

04.05.2019
Ian

5 Stars

Easy to install and fit perfectly. Once in place looks like original fitment.
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GT Front Fender Extension for 2018+ Gold Wing

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GT Front Fender Extension for 2018+ Gold Wing
ITEM CODE: BB52-937,   SKU: BB52-937

04.05.2019
Ian

5 Stars

Blends in seemlessly and looks good. I did fit it with everything in situ without too many problems. However after making my own measurements I was sceptical of the drilling instructions so made my own templates to find the correct positions to drill.
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