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Sky Rider

Adams County, CO, US,

Alias:

Sky Rider

About:

I'm a veteran of the United States Air Force, Vietnam, a Gunfighter, Da Nang / 366 TFW, veteran Civil Air Patrol search pilot and mission coordinator, a Patriot Guard Rider and an Iron Butt Association member.

My son is a retired combat Marine (Gulf War / Kosovo) and my grandson is a combat Soldier veteran with 2 tours in Iraq. I know, were did I go wrong? :) I'm extremely proud of them!

As an Iron Butt rider, I really love my velocipede with Traxxion suspension. Looking for a performance chip and / or a charger.
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Occupation:

Old, retired

Favorite Quote:

"LIBERTY BEFORE DEMOCRACY!"
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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
- George Orwell
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Vietnam vets never die. They just go to hell and regroup.
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Don't piss off old people.
The older we get, the less "Life In Prison" is a deterrent. ☺
 

Member Since:

11.18.2008


Bike 1:

Black '06 Honda Velocipede Goldwing - 110K +

Bike 2:

- No Bike 2 -

Bike 3:

- No Bike 3 -


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Sky Rider

08.17.2017

Wingin’ It: Picking Up Your Fallen Wing


Also NOTE the technique is great for removing wheels if laid on the right side. Especially the rear wheel. One doesn't need to remove the rear fender and the lug nuts are easily accessed. See videos on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJo288XYvT0

On can also remove the front wheel at the same time. The fork lock is helpful. One only needs to remove the right caliber cover and spread both sides brake pads a little. Remove the a right caliber.

Remove axle and slide wheel free.

This work well if one is changing both tires and taking them to a shop to change tires.

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Kuryakyn Driver Backrest w/Storage Pouch for GL1800
ITEM CODE: KU8990,   SKU: KU8990

03.02.2018

5 Stars

Update to 5/15: Still a great investment. Got backrest in 2013. Easy install, mount and adjust. I’m 6' 4" and getting fat. See my WS gallery. Backrest adjusts to me fine.

As an Iron Butt member (go far and fast) I love this backrest. I use it on rides more than 200 miles round trip. Ha, just getting old. ☺ For long trips suggest this backrest, Air Hawk seat pad (no seat heat needed) and Mick-O-Pegs. Yea, a 1000 miles in 24 hours is a very easy!!! Liked your favorite chair.

Rust? For chrome to rust there is serious abuse. Have had my seat off many times, (change air filter, center shelter off, electrical additions, etc.) have never seen rust on mounts. On the twist attaching a little light lubricant is advised.
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Tunnel Filler for GL1800
ITEM CODE: AO18269,   SKU: AO18269

12.03.2017

1 Star

I ride year round in cold and hot temperatures. Rode with a set for more than a year.

MAJOR WAIST OF MONEY. They have little or no effect. The most expensive waist of money and worst product for Wing I know.
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Centramatic Stainless Wheel Balancers for GL1800
ITEM CODE: CTMGW100-102,   SKU: CTMGW100-102

02.14.2017

5 Stars

Excellent product. Saves money. Wheels don’t need balancing. If one removes the wheel themself, many car tire shops can break the bead and will remove and mount new tire for a much lower cost than a bike shop.

Tire cupping can be caused by a few things. Usually by bad suspension. One may wish to check the torque on the steering tree. Second Honda as always used ball bearings in stead of roller bearings. Changing those bearing make a big difference. Tires don’t cup nor is there a shimmy when slowing down. For the best stable rid I recommend spending the money for a Traxxion suspension system. It has saved my life more than once.

Recommend that new tires are installed with the Centramatics. All weights (stickies or crimped) be removed.

I"m a very aggressive rider and ride year around. I have 12 K on Dunlop Elite 3s. Thanks to Centramatics. Will be interesting to see how may miles I get out of these tire.

Like the Traxxion suspension system Centramatics is the best money I spent on my Wing which has over 110K miles on it. No plans to get a newer one.

Centramatics is an excellent investment!
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Centramatic Stainless Wheel Balancers for GL1800
ITEM CODE: CTMGW100-102,   SKU: CTMGW100-102

09.18.2016

5 Stars

Excellent product. Saves money. Wheels don’t need balancing. If one removes the wheel themself, many car tire shops can break the bead and will remove and mount new tire for a much lower cost than a bike shop.

Tire cupping can be caused by a few things. Usually by bad suspension. One may wish to check the torque on the steering tree. Second Honda as always used ball bearings in stead of roller bearings. Changing those bearing make a big difference. Tires don’t cup nor is there a shimmy when slowing down. For the best stable rid I recommend spending the money for a Traxxion suspension system. It has saved my life more than once.

Recommend that new tires are installed with the Centramatics. All weights (stickies or crimped) be removed.

I’m a very aggressive rider and ride year around. I have 12 K on Dunlop Elite 3s. Thanks to Centramatics. Will be interesting to see how may miles I get out of these tire.

Like the Traxxion suspension system Centramatics is the best money I spent on my Wing which has over 100K miles on it. No plans to get a newer one.

Centramatics is an excellent investment!
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Centramatic Stainless Wheel Balancers for GL1800
ITEM CODE: CTMGW100-102,   SKU: CTMGW100-102

09.27.2014

5 Stars

After several K miles with Centramatic and new E3 tires, some all day trips 8-10 hours, through winding mountain roads, interstates and big city traffic. The Centramatics preforms very well in as much no vibrations, the wheels are balanced.

Upon installation, one should insure ALL balancing weights are removed!!!! Some of the complainants may not have removed their balance weights from the wheel. It is very important to remove balancing weights, confirm rotation and insure the tire yellow dot is at the valve stem.

AGAIN, if one can take the wheels off their bike most car tire shops can remove and put back on the rim your new tire. They just don’t have the balancing equipment. Much, much less cost than a MC / bike shop. I found that taking off my GL1800 wheels is very easy. Recommend OEM torques when re-installing.
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Centramatic Stainless Wheel Balancers for GL1800
ITEM CODE: CTMGW100-102,   SKU: CTMGW100-102

05.14.2014

5 Stars

Was a little apprehensive at first. Ran Avons Cobra for a long ways with conventional balance. Installed Dunlops E3s (got them for lest than half that is why the change. I do regularly check pressure) and installed Centramatic. Recommend using the Honda OEM torque for the bolts.

After a 1000+ miles have NO issues with wheel / road vibrations / stability at speeds from 0 - 100 mph. Like Centramatic! Why?

One can buy tires online for far less than at the local bike shop. Even if one have the tire irons / tools it is very hard to break the bead (I spent 3 hours trying and gave up). Took wheels to local car tire shop to break the bead. They did and mounted new tires correctly for $20 (yellow dot at valve and of course correct rotation). They just didn’t have a way to balance a MC wheel. Centramatic. All weights on wheels (sticky or crimped) should be removed.

At this time, I believe Centramatic saves me a lot of money. Will see how far new tires go and wear.
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Avon Cobra Chrome Radial Tires for GL1800
ITEM CODE: PG23038

04.01.2014

5 Stars

My ‘06 Wing (90+k) is primary transportation (not fair weather rider, maintain my Wing, member of Iron Butt Association, I ride hard & fast, I go through traffic like grap in a goose). I keep records. These Cobras were reported to get 20K miles. Emphasis add, I didn’t believe it. I do now. Changed tires today, got 22,000 miles out of the Cobras. I saw the wear bars. Better than seeing cords.

Handling: I used the 70 profile. Been through several heavy rains for more than an hour at interstate speeds. I love my Wing not even my feet got wet at those speeds. The Wing was very stable with the Avons at 75 to 85 mph.

Also highly recommend the Traxxion suspension system.

I believe these Avons need to be “broke in” for high speeds. Run them up to 110 mph or better (full throttle), they seem to be a bit unstable at first. They seems to learn and become stable.

Have dragged foot pegs, no issues with Avons. They hang on pretty good.

Flat wear in center of tread is natural. It is simply the wear on any tire caused by straight down the road riding. Cupping its caused by low tire pressure, poor riders.
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ITEM: KU9183

02.25.2014

1 Star

The plug and socket is made by Pollak and can be bought or ordered from most auto / truck supply stores for about $10 or $12 for the set. Pollak #s female/plug: 11-501 male/socket: 11-502. Don't forget a bracket if one wishes to be hidden like a vertical receiver hitch.

For a GL 1800 it works perfectly for trailers without brakes. It is small, 5 wire and easily used with the plug and play trailer isolators.
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ITEM: KU7670

02.25.2014

1 Star

The plug and socket is made by Pollak and can be bought or ordered from most auto / truck supply stores for about $10 or $12 for the set. Pollak #s female/plug: 11-501 male/socket: 11-502. Don't forget a bracket if one wishes to be hidden like a vertical receiver hitch.

For a GL 1800 it works perfectly for trailers without brakes. It is small, 5 wire and easily used with the plug and play trailer isolators.
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Wig Wag Brake Modulator
ITEM CODE: PU20500031,   SKU: PU20500031

09.02.2013

5 Stars

Great attention getter! I removed the bottom cover of the trunk and mounted the unit to the bottom of the trunk. This makes for easy access to the trunk tail light wiring. The cover protects the unit and is out of the way and trunk. I drilled a 1/4" hole near the helmet lock for a 3 position micro switch to change patterns.

If one wires their bike as I did, I recommend using red LED bulbs. The unit reports to handle only 10 amps. 4 - 7443 incandescent bulbs are right at 10 amps.

I know, a little more involved installation but what else do I have to do beside chase women and ride? :-)
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AirHawk R Air Seat Cushion
ITEM CODE: PG34542

07.25.2013

5 Stars

On my last post I stated the Air Hawk "flattens" when going to higher altitudes. That is incorrect! It inflates getting harder.

OK, I really like my Air Hawk. However, I have the "comfort package" on my Wing. The heated seat has little or no effect when I use the Air Hawk.

I ride year round. My no ride temperature for a trip is 20ËšF. No I don't wear heated clothing. Just put on a downy sweater on under my leather insulated MC jacket and insulated chaps. Don't use the Air Hawk at lower temperatures but take it along for when the temp gets warmer.

GREAT PRODUCT!!!
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Kuryakyn Driver Backrest w/Storage Pouch for GL1800
ITEM CODE: KU8990,   SKU: KU8990

05.18.2013

5 Stars

Best Back Rest! Great for long rides. Easy to remove. Flat mounts are out of the way when back rest is off. Quick easy installation.

Excellent for this old Iron Butt member.
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