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Matt

Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

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Matt

About:

I've been a crotch rocket guy for most of my life. After our son was born, I bought my first wing to "slow down". Not a chance! I love the GWRRA community and I love my bike.
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Occupation:

Nuclear Reactor Controller at HFIR, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Favorite Quote:

"Work smarter, not harder" -my grandpa
 

Member Since:

08.18.2008


Bike 1:

Crucible Orange Meta 2008 Honda Goldwing GL1800 Prem

Bike 2:

- No Bike 2 -

Bike 3:

- No Bike 3 -


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Deluxe Embroidered Saddlebag/Trunk Mats

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Deluxe Embroidered Saddlebag/Trunk Mats
ITEM CODE: PG00049

03.01.2013

5 Stars

These dress up the bags and trunk beautifully. Top, automotive quality construction, feel like car floormats. The underside is coated with a rubber treatment and they don't slide around. The griffon looks amazing embroidered on the deep black pile. Of course, a perfect fit and designed for your wing. I can't comment on how they compare to the WS version, but if you have the extra money, these are a fantastic addition to your wing.
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Factory Honda CB Antenna for GL1800

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Factory Honda CB Antenna for GL1800
ITEM CODE: HO08E96MCA100C,   SKU: HO08E96MCA100C

02.10.2013

5 Stars

Despite what other companies tell you, their technology will not create a better signal than the Hondaline antenna. What you will NOT get with other companies is a perfect factory match to the radio antenna and Honda quality. One bit of advice; ground your antenna well, find a good spot to ground it to the frame and you will get a little better transmission quality and range, also, meter your antenna, mine was perfect from the factory which results in the 5 star rating.
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40 Channel Factory Honda GL1800 CB Radio Kit

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40 Channel Factory Honda GL1800 CB Radio Kit
ITEM CODE: PG00015

02.10.2013

4 Stars

This is one of those things that you really don't want to spend the money on because you might not use it very much, but that one time you need or want to use it you are VERY happy that you have it. I'm glad I got it, but sheesh, it's just too expensive. The most expensive Cobra system I could find at a Pilot station was only $400. Despite the cost, installation was a breeze, only 2 holes to drill (get a good set of step drill bits or a couple of hole saws, don't use paddle bits IMHO) and wiring was a snap. Range is limited, as to be expected, to about a mile or so, less in the mountains. Lost a star due to unnecessarily expensive for ancient technology.
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Bridgestone Tire COMBO for GL1800 G704/G709

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Bridgestone Tire COMBO for GL1800 G704/G709
ITEM CODE: WSBRCOMBO,   SKU: WSBRCOMBO

02.10.2013

5 Stars

I bought these a few months ago and wanted to put some miles on them before I wrote my review. I have done so and I have to say that these are a SIGNIFICANT upgrade from the OEM E3s. I got about 10k on my E3s before the center rear was just worn to the threads. I always keep my tire pressure up (I prefer to run 40F/42R) and even still, the cupping on the E3 was horrid.

I now have about 4k on the Bridgestones and they are holding up marvelously. There is still a little cupping, but that is normal for any tire with the stock suspension and it is truly minimal, but then again, I am a pretty aggressive rider and demand quite a bit from my tires. The grip is fantastic and they are very confidence inspiring. As far as road noise goes, they are very quiet while on the center, but they do hum a bit while leaning. Wet traction is excellent. Dry traction is what you would expect from a 'stone. Shortly after break in, I took them up to US-129, known by many as the "Tail of the Dragon" and they were flawless peg to peg.

BOTTOM LINE: I will never go back to the Dunlops, which slipped out from under me one day while turning on a wet patch of an intersection, and have regained all confidence in heavy bike tires with these Bridgestones. They are a quiet and comfortable ride with more than adequate grip, even wear, and good durability. Unless they perfect the hoverbike, this will be my next set of tires as well.
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Black Throttle Boss Std or Wide Contour

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Black Throttle Boss Std or Wide Contour
ITEM CODE: PG32558

02.09.2012

4 Stars

I bought this along with the black ISO grips and bar weights. It went on fine and the screws I needed to install them properly were included with the bar weights, but if you don't have bar weights, you get the screws you need with the throttle boss. It is REALLY big on the throttle. I would say that it is about 1/2 the length of the throttle. It adjusts with 4 large "slots" cut around the mounting screws allowing it a wide but limited range of motion. Depending on how you install your grips, I can see having a little difficulty finding a good "sweet spot" for maximum comfort. And I found that where I have it installed for comfort on the highway, it gets in my way a little bit with rolling off the throttle and grabbing the brake lever. That was the only reason for the 4 stars. I might recommend the smaller version for the same result and it would be a lot less obtrusive during braking. I would even go as far as to say that if you don't have arthritis, you would probably like the smaller version better. If I decide to try it, I will review again. As far as doing what it's supposed to do, it allows me to release my death grip on the throttle and rest my palm on the boss to keep the throttle open when using the cruise control is inconvenient.
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Gloss Black Grip End Weights

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Gloss Black Grip End Weights
ITEM CODE: KU6339,   SKU: KU6339

02.09.2012

5 Stars

They do finish up the look of the black ISO grips very nicely. The powder coat seems thick and durable. I can't comment much on it stopping vibration because I put them on at the same time as the ISO grips, but I don't feel any vibration in the handlebars at all. Comes with a ton of screws so that if you get the throttle boss, you will have the proper extra-long screws you need to install the bar weight on the throttle side.
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Gloss Black ISO Grips for Non Heated Grips

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Gloss Black ISO Grips for Non Heated Grips
ITEM CODE: KU6380,   SKU: KU6380

02.09.2012

5 Stars

These grips look just awesome on my bike. I like chrome, but not up on the console where it reflects and blinds me. Everything near the handlebars is black and the only reason I was still using the stock grips was because I didn't want the only chrome thing up there to be the grips. These were a perfect solution and LONG overdue to the market.

Installation was as straightforward as any other grip, but BEWARE! the glue will set FAST!!! I wound up spending $120 on a set of $60 grips. The left one went on perfect, but the throttle side glue set at about 1/2" shy of being installed. One thing to note when installing the throttle side, when you slide it on, it will stop before it hits the switch housing, so don't try to "finese" it in there, jam it home quickly before the glue sets, and USE that clockwise (forward) twisting motion. On the second grip (after a trip to the honda dealer to replace the throttle sleeve)I did a couple of "trial runs" of sliding the grip onto the sleeve without the glue, then when it was time to glue it on, I used about 1/3 the tube instead of the whole thing and I tried to put the glue at least half way into the grip, and not near the top so that I could at least get the grip about half way on before I was racing the glue. Trust me, with this glue they give you, you don't need much to secure the grip to the handlebars!

After a lot of swearing and a new set of grips (anyone want to buy a new, uninstalled left black iso grip?) they look awesome and feel fantastic. They have excellent tactile feel and the increased size really do make it more comfortable for my hands. I also installed the bar end weights and the throttle boss. A great combination! I love them!
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Factory OEM Oil Filter for GL1800, GL1500

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Factory OEM Oil Filter for GL1800, GL1500
ITEM CODE: HO15410MFJD01,   SKU: HO15410MFJD01

03.08.2009

5 Stars

Great wingstuff price on OEM gear. This is the filter the bike was designed for. I'm not an engineer so I follow their advice. Wingstuff makes it affordable to do so. One complaint is that it seemed to be a slightly larger housing than my original filter because my filter wrench scraped off some of the powder coat while attempting to slide it on. DON'T FORGET TO USE A FINGER DAB OF OIL ON THE NEW O-RING!!! And also be sure that the seating surface on the engine block is clean and free of debris before installing the filter. Remember, hand tight plus 1/4 turn or so will prevent you from destroying the o-ring and will leave you the ability to remove the filter when you are ready to change it. You don't really have to worry about torque specs if you follow this method.
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Oil Filter Wrench

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Oil Filter Wrench
ITEM CODE: BB4201,   SKU: BB4201

03.08.2009

5 Stars

Lightweight and super easy to use. Made chaning the filter a snap with no need to remove any tupperware. Doesn't seem to fit well to the new Honda oil filter I got though... the old one fit like a glove, but the new one I needed to wiggle on and it scratched some of the powder coating off the new filter. Still a fantastic idea and saves a LOT of time.
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HP4S 10w30 Full Synthetic Oil

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HP4S 10w30 Full Synthetic Oil
ITEM CODE: HO08C35SYN1030M,   SKU: HO08C35SYN1030M

03.08.2009

5 Stars

If you are reading this review then you probably change your own oil. Why haven't you joined the VIP club yet? I saved $3.50 PER QUART over the honda dealer. This was installed at my first oil change and there is NOTICEABLE improvement in engine noise/knocking and shifting noise/smoothness. No reason not to buy this oil.
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Utopia Driver Backrest for GL1800 2001-2017

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Utopia Driver Backrest for GL1800 2001-2017
ITEM CODE: UT18MC12,   SKU: UT18MC12

03.08.2009

5 Stars

This is the ultimate in driver back rests. The stitching makes it look like it was installed there by Honda during assembly. The adjustability is serene and it really makes those long trips much more comfortable. I just got back from Daytona, and took 2 trips down there. This back rest made the trip dreamy. I was on the bike for a SOLID 3 hours at a time and no longer suffer from fatigued back muscles and lower back pain. It took a couple minutes to get used to it being there and being so supportive, but once I got over the "newness" it was like it was there all along. It truely makes your Wing a "La-z-boy on wheels". Installation was no cake walk though! I watched the Steve Saunders video before installation which helped, but there were still some difficulties during installation. I had a REALLY tough time getting the angle right when cutting down to the seat base. I had to make this cut a couple times. When you install it (if you have a '06+), make sure that when you measure that 2" back from the end of the drivers seat foam that you add an additional 1/2" because our seats have a small overhang of foam. I didn't do this and there is a small ripple behind the support bar in the seat, but it seemed to relax a bit when I bent the support bar a little. Despite the installation difficulties, this still gets 5 stars for being ultimately comfortable and looking JUST like the Honda stitching. If you are hesitant at all about cutting your seat, GET SOMEONE TO INSTALL IT. It is worth the price, hands down.
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Kuryakyn LED Turn Signal Mirror Lights for GL1800

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Kuryakyn LED Turn Signal Mirror Lights for GL1800
ITEM CODE: PG00127

02.23.2009

3 Stars

They match colors perfectly with the rest of the Kury parts. Installation was a 15 minute total event. I have one MAJOR gripe however. They attach to the back of the mirror and fit between the edge of the mirror and the housing. The design is such that I cannot push the mirrors out all the way anymore, as the lights rub and jam against the housing. This makes about 1/3 of my mirror unusable, but I do get a great view of the front of my knuckles and arms up to the shoulders. Second problem is that when the mirrors are even in this position, the trailing edge of the lights are even with the end of the mirror housing. This means that light only escapes through a very small gap between the mirror and the housing, effectively minimizing their intended function, which is to serve as a warning to motorists in your blind spot beside you that you are changing lanes, further exacerbated by the fact that you now have a larger blind spot due to the inability to move your mirrors out all the way. For the money, they are much cheaper than the mirror replacement that has the LEDs in it, but perhaps if you HAVE the money, you should consider the full mirror replacement. Still bright at night and is far better than nothing and when used in conjunction with other blinking LEDs like the Stealth II light, fork tower LEDs, LED reflector conversion, and arrow head LEDs, it further attracts attention which is the point I guess.
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