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Wing Rider

Monument, CO, US, 80132

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05.02.2009


Bike 1:

Blue/Silver 2012 Goldwing gl1800

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Wing Rider

09.07.2018

New 2019 Gold Wings Announced


I traded my 2003 for the 2012, new in early 2013. As I have considered the 2018 update, I think mine will only increase in value as the older models with more storage, greater fuel capacity, and a lot less electronically to go wrong become less available. Of course, that will probably happen after I die, because the early 21st century GL1800s (through 2017) will take several decades to become rare. They run forever!

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Dunlop Elite 4 Tires for GL1800

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Dunlop Elite 4 Tires for GL1800
ITEM CODE: PG37488

07.18.2018

4 Stars

My first set of Elite 4 gave me 14300 miles on the rear with 2/32 left on the tire, minimal cupping.

I ride 1 up, about 11K of the miles were with trunk, saddle bags loaded and a bag also in the rear seat - so, maybe an extra 80 pounds of weight. I ride long and hard over hot surfaces throughout the summer at 75- 80 MPH.

The front still has about 3/32 of tread left at 12600 miles, but I switched it out with a new one as I am planning on a 3K trip next month.

The front does wander a little on the grooved surfaces, but I have gotten used to it. They do not grab as well as the softer competitors because the center of the tire is said to be a harder rubber for mileage, but, when in the twisties, they do hold the corners fairly well. I find I am slowing down more in the rain and on slick surfaces than I have with the Elite 3s. I like them well enough to have bought a second set.
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FOBO Bluetooth Smart Motorcycle Tire TPMS

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FOBO Bluetooth Smart Motorcycle Tire TPMS
ITEM CODE: PG37218

02.16.2017

5 Stars

Being one who wants to make sure every time I start my day that the tires are exactly where I want them, this is a great product. It is the most accurate of all gauges you can use, and you do not have to get down on the ground each morning you start out.

In combination with the TPMS system on my newer wing I am using the product for pre ride only, then depending on the TPMS for sudden or slow deflation while riding long distances. Unlike some others, I do not have my phone mounted. This means the alarm, if I keep the app running, is going off in my pocket until I stop, pull up the app, etc.

Maybe the answer will now be to mount the phone and use the built in alarm while riding. However, it serves the purpose for which I purchased it, pre ride check.
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Dunlop Elite 4 Tire COMBO for GL1800

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Dunlop Elite 4 Tire COMBO for GL1800
ITEM CODE: WSDUE418COMBO,   SKU: WSDUE418COMBO

02.16.2017

4 Stars

See my earlier review "Hang Onto Your Bars" for background.

I now have the E4 on both front and back. There is still the tracking issue when you get on grooved cement. However, once I have adjusted to the eerie feel it is not quite as disconcerting. Only 4 stars because of this issue.

The upgrade from 3 stars is because the wear on these tires seems to be even better than the E3. I believe I will be getting much longer mileage out of these tires.
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Dunlop Elite 4 Tire COMBO for GL1800

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Dunlop Elite 4 Tire COMBO for GL1800
ITEM CODE: WSDUE418COMBO,   SKU: WSDUE418COMBO

08.08.2016

3 Stars

I just returned from a 3500 mile trip from Colorado to Cali and back. The rear E4 handled wonderfully. I did not put the front E4 on the bike thinking my old E3 could make the trip.

On the way to Cali I had 5 hours of crosswind in Wyoming and cupped the right side of the E3 on the front. So, even though I have a new front E4 in my garage, I had to put one on in Cali.

NOT HAPPY! With only 500 miles on the front tire I hit the grooved cement on I 80 and the E4 was trying to find a track. If you don't like the classic wing wobble, you really are not going to like the E4 on the front. I was going 70 when it started, slowed quickly, but could not find any speed that remedied the problem.

When I hit a buffeting wind in Salt Lake City the next day it made the ride real interesting on the grooved cement. Different speeds, temperatures, states, it is all the same with the E4 on grooved cement.

Talking to the service manager at my authorized Honda shop while it was in for a rear brake recall he stated many are having this same experience. I have read other reviews from riders who say they are not.
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Clear Headlight Protector Set for GL1800 Goldwing

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Clear Headlight Protector Set for GL1800 Goldwing
ITEM CODE: BB52699,   SKU: BB52699

07.18.2013

3 Stars

I loved these on my 2003 Wing. However, when I switched them to my 2012 I found that in high wind they pushed against the headlight lens right in the center, scratching the OEM.
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Universal Power Plugs

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Universal Power Plugs
ITEM CODE: PG03446

03.04.2013

5 Stars

I just installed this on the my 2012 GL1800. One of the reviewers said that it interferes with the heat vent mechanism. It does not if you install it as instructed. You must drill the hole on the small upper right side of the fairing pocket where the X indicates to drill.

I drilled the hole slightly smaller than the recommended size, then carefully pushed and turned the power plug through the hole. This effectively created a threaded hole on the fairing into which the power plug is secured. I also used the included rear nut for extra support, but it is not really necessary with the tight fit I have.

As mentioned by other reviewers this has an inline 3 amp fuse. Check the accessories you are planning on running off of this plug. I am running a 1.85 amp air pump and a Garmin navi - so no problems blowing my fuse.
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Chrome Front Windshield Garnish

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Chrome Front Windshield Garnish
ITEM CODE: PUDS710285,   SKU: PUDS710285

12.26.2012

4 Stars

Plastic chrome will scratch as easily as all the other plastic chrome on your bike. This is more visible and prominent than your smaller add on chrome. I always try to clean mine in the same stroke direction. It still looks good, but does have micro scratches after two summers of riding. Follow the instructions on the installation. It is difficult to keep the rubber inserts on the rear view mirror trim to stay secure.
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Chrome Front Windshield Garnish

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Chrome Front Windshield Garnish
ITEM CODE: PUDS710285,   SKU: PUDS710285

12.26.2012

4 Stars

Plastic chrome will scratch as easily as all the other plastic chrome on your bike. This is more visible and prominent than your smaller add on chrome. I always try to clean mine in the same stroke direction. It still looks good, but does have micro scratches after two summers of riding. Follow the instructions on the installation. It is difficult to keep the rubber inserts on the rear view mirror trim to stay secure.
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Clear Headlight Protector Set for GL1800 Goldwing

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Clear Headlight Protector Set for GL1800 Goldwing
ITEM CODE: BB52699,   SKU: BB52699

12.25.2012

4 Stars

I still find this to be a great product. It is true the OEM attachment dots are weak and tend to pull off. This is easily remedied by going to Home Depot or Lowes and purchasing some additional velcro attachment dots. These have saved me a lot of money in protecting the OEM headlight lens. They have not clouded or scratched, they do have some dings from rocks which, without the protector would be on my headlight lens.
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Windshield Cover for Goldwings

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Windshield Cover for Goldwings
ITEM CODE: WSWSCVR,   SKU: WSWSCVR

07.26.2012

3 Stars

This does NOT cover the speakers as has been mentioned. They are at the same level as the mirrors. There is a lot of material in this product so that it covers all sizes windshields. I would rather have too much than not enough. However, even with my oversize windshield there is a lot of excess material. You either have it bunched at the bottom or slopping over the top.

It is T shirt grade material.
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Chrome Windshield Garnish

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Chrome Windshield Garnish
ITEM CODE: BB52641,   SKU: BB52641

07.26.2012

5 Stars

It does take TLC. Clean with a very soft cloth, always in the same direction. You will eventually get micro scratches as with all plastic chrome. As mentioned in other posts, the holes for fitting the rubber trim are smaller. Plan on some extra time to install.
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Motorcycle Tire Ceramic Balancing Beads

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Motorcycle Tire Ceramic Balancing Beads
ITEM CODE: PG27738

07.09.2012

5 Stars

After trashing the Metzler 880 after only 10000 miles and putting on the the new Dunlop on the rear, I noticed an immediate difference in the ride. 1500 miles later they still seem to be working great, but I will review after 10000 to see the long term effect.

Only one post in this stream says to use 2oz, which I did according to the instructions. I can't figure out why everyone else is putting 3-4ozs in a 180 tire. By the way, I bought the 70 series, not the 60. It corrects the error in the speedo almost perfectly. Only off 1 MPH at 80 MPH according to Garmin.

My mileage seems to have increased as well. I don't know if it is the new tire, the beads, the difference in tire size or a combination of these factors.
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