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SAM55

Marvin, NC, US, 28173

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SAM55

About:

I'm a retired U.S. Marine and I like motorcycles, trains, and flight simulators (in that order).
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Management Consultant

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Member Since:

05.16.2008


Bike 1:

Black 1999 Excelsior Henderson Super X

Bike 2:

Titanium 2008 Honda GL1800

Bike 3:

- No Bike 3 -


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SAM55

06.21.2018

Rick's Rides Episode 8: Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap


Nicely done Rick! Thanks for sharing it. I love the aerial views. Did you use a drone? I rode the Dragon on my 2008 Wing and thanked my full Traxxion installation and Centramatic Wheel Balancers the whole way!

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Dunlop Elite 4 Tires for GL1800 2001-2020
ITEM CODE: PG37488

09.24.2017

5 Stars

I have had only Dunlop tires on my 2008 GL 1800 since it was purchased new. On 9/16/2017 at 71,000 miles, I put new Dunlop Elite 4 tires on (front and rear). I've now ridden 500 miles, mostly highway, and love them. I have Centramatic wheel balancers on the bike and have gotten excellent mileage on my previous Dunlops. Unfortunately, even with the high mileage, my last pair of tires showed a bit of cupping. I'm hoping that these last as long as my previous sets, cupping or not. I like the feel of these tires and highly recommend them.
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Turn Signal Dual Switchback LED + Flasher Kit
ITEM CODE: PG37680

08.27.2017

4 Stars

This is a very good product. The daytime running lights are very bright and help improve the visibility of the bike. The unit operates flawlessly as described, and the installation was not difficult. My only complaint is that the amber LED turn signals are not bright enough during the day, especially in bright sunlight. Yesterday, August 26, 2017, I installed SocalMotoGear's newest product of this type - Pathfinder Dynamic-Sequential LED Front Indicators with DTR Lights (Item #AOG18DTC). They are OUTSTANDING and dramatically improve the visibility of the amber turn signals. I strongly recommend that you consider the newer version of the product before making a decision on purchasing this one.
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Pathfinder Dynamic-Sequential LED Front Indicators with DTR Lights
ITEM CODE: PG37603

08.27.2017

5 Stars

I purchased this light set as a replacement to SoCalMotoGear's previous replacement daytime running lights with integrated LED turn signals. My only complaint about the earlier version was that the Amber LED turn signals weren't very visible. This version is not only visible, but they are extremely attractive either off or on. The installation wasn't very difficult (don't forget to watch the installation video FIRST), and everything worked properly right out of the box. I highly recommend this product for safety and their great looks.
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3 Way GL1800 Brake/Running/Turn Signal LED's
ITEM CODE: HLWGW3WAY,   SKU: HLWGW3WAY

06.08.2014

4 Stars

The good news: the HiLites are bright and work extremely well. I had never used the included Pos-It connectors, they are ingenious!

The bad news: as another reviewer (William) commented the installation instructions are pretty poor. Specifically, the pictures are not of my Gold Wing (2008) and the OEM hole they mention is in the wrong place. Additionally, they have not updated the instructions to reflect the correct wire colors on the Gold Wing. After a little trial and error I found the correct wires, but it would have been more helpful to identify them in the instructions.

Once I got the lights properly installed I am EXTREMELY pleased with them. I highly recommend them for all Gold Wings. Now if the manufacturer would only update the installation instructions.

By the way, if the instructions were better I would have given this product a five star rating.
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Handlebar Risers Standard or Tall Rider Version
ITEM CODE: PG02361

07.27.2013

5 Stars

I had the standard handlebar risers installed today. What a difference a couple of inches makes! I'm 5'7" tall and didn't experience any shoulder discomfort while riding my GL1800, but I did notice that my arms were nearly completely straight. With the risers install I have a nice bend in my arms and the bike seems more response to my input. It is a definite improvement and well worth the price.
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Pin Lock 12 pack
ITEM CODE: AOPL12,   SKU: AOPL12

07.27.2013

5 Stars

I have been using PIN LOKs for several years and have not lost a single pin. I highly recommend using them.
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Centramatic Stainless Wheel Balancers for GL1800
ITEM CODE: CTMGW100-102,   SKU: CTMGW100-102

03.25.2011

5 Stars

Like so many others have said, "these things work!" I recently changed from D250s to E3s and so decided to have the Centramatic Wheel Balancers installed at the same time. Note, I have the full Traxxion upgrade on my bike, including a fork brace so I didn't experience any tire cupping or uneven wear on the stock tires. I got 22,650 miles out the rear tire and 16,691 miles out of the front tire before the wear bars started to show. Anyhow, I thought the bike rode pretty smoothly before the Centramatic installation. Was I ever mistaken! The bike now rides like it is on a rail! The change in responsiveness is dramatic and immediate. I'm sure the combination of new tires and the wheel balancers has enhanced the effect, but I'll take it! In my opinion the wheel balancers are a "must have" upgrade.
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Chrome Metal Valve Stem for GL1500, GL1800, Most Motorcycles
ITEM CODE: WSCVS,   SKU: WSCVS

03.25.2011

5 Stars

I replaced the stock stems with these. Now the stem braces that Honda installed are no longer needed (since the front brace failed to stay in place). Definitely a more substantial stem.
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Knight Rider Wavable Multi Function LED
ITEM CODE: PG32650

01.21.2011

5 Stars

I purchased this LED in September 2008. It was easy to install and has worked flawlessly ever since. It is a real conversation starter and I think is mistaken for a bike alarm indicator since I display the side-to-side rolling LED when I'm parked, ha, ha, ha. I highly recommend this LED.
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Pin Lock 12 pack
ITEM CODE: AOPL12,   SKU: AOPL12

09.18.2010

5 Stars

Absolutely a MUST HAVE if you wear pins on your riding clothing. I haven't lost a pin in the 20,000 miles since I started using them two years ago. They are worth every penny when you consider the actual and sentimental value of your pins.
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Saddlebag Scuff Pads Soft Carbon Fiber Look
ITEM CODE: BB52742,   SKU: BB52742

11.14.2009

4 Stars

The product is easy to install. Take care to decide where you want the pads in advance since you only get one chance. I believe one of my pads was mis-cut and so my alignment was off on one side (hence my 4 star rating).
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Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers for GL1800
ITEM CODE: PRRBBB,   SKU: PRRBBB

11.14.2009

5 Stars

I think the product is great and RELATIVELY easy to install. I say relatively because you really, truly, absolutely, MUST FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! I thought I was, but as it turns out I was pulling the bumper end too hard and too fast. DO NOT DO THAT! If you take it nice and slow (and don't pull too hard) as the instructions state, the installation is a SNAP. In my case I was very thankful that a spare bumper had been included in the package.

Once the bumpers were installed they work as advertised. I wish I had known about them a year ago when I brought my 2008 GL1800. I could have avoided the wear now evident on my trunk lid edges.

This is an excellent product and as many have said, should be standard equipment on Gold Wings. I highly recommend it.
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