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Have not had a bike for over 20 years. Wife said ok. Bought a 2005 Goldwing. Taking my time getting comfortable with the slow speed stuff. 24 foot u-turn is not that bad. Working on getting it down to a 20 foot turn. Love the power. Last bike was a Suzuki PE250. Long ago. Life is good.
2002 Honda Goldwing
My daddy always said if there is a will there is a way. I am on my third GoldWing, had this one 20 years. I am a 63 year old grandmother just got back from the Sturgis rally rode over 3,000 miles. Loved every minute of it! My dad gave me a mini bike at 7 years old. The bikes just kept getting bigger over the years till I found the best!
The best piece of advise I received when I took my motorcycle riding course to obtain my motorcycle license was the classroom discussion of SIPDE. Remember what that means? Anyone? While riding it is a mental exercise we do may times. SCAN the field of vision for potential hazards., IDENTIFY potential hazards., PREDICT what might happen i.e. car pulls in front of you at an intersection or that dog in the front yard may decide to run across the road in front of you. DECIDE in advance your plan or options to avoid the hazard taking into consideration traffic in the area., and finally EXECUTE (hopefully it doesn't come to this) your escape or avoidance maneuver. I literally do this constantly without even knowing it when I ride. Put this in your brain and think it through often. Happy riding.
Long Awaited Travel
Time is growing close before my GF and I will be hitting the road on a long awaited motorcycle trip across country. So stoked I can hardly wait to leave. Going to focus on the West. Will share more later. Keep the shiny side up always.
Great information in this article. Mostly review as I ride in mostly larger groups and most of us have communication devices of some sort. But we have riders that do not, so before we leave we make sure everyone knows the signals and even folks with communication, pass the signals down the line.
2018 Honda Goldwing DCT Tour
I have the 2018 DCT tour I think it is a great bike, when I purchased the bike I saw that the trunk and saddle gags were smaller it was not a big deal for me because I made the decision to buy the bike and I just accepted the fact that they were smaller. It rides great and handles fine. I don't have a problem with the gps, it takes me everywhere I have programmed in it, no problem with the radio I listen to my music through my headsets. I have the CB on my bike it works great, now with that said the seat sucks Honda could could have done a better job.
I got my Honda Goldwing in May 2020 and so far has only 9k miles on it. When I Read the article about software update first impression was will do and do it in Dealer. After paying attention to the details its written very clear and with such a direct instruction I decide to try. worked perfect :) happy to accomplish update by myself .
I recently purchased and installed the Bold on a Shoei Neotech 2 and a Sedici Modular helmets. The installation was really simple with the help of a few YouTube Videos. The units were easy to pair and the sound quality is decent. While riding a high speeds on the highway I can hear my wife really well and she enjoys yacking( 😉) to me while riding. The Cardio App makes using the products really easy and fun.. Overall good product. I would recommend to a friend
Great Highway Pegs
These are great! Took a few rides to get them positioned just right, but now they are perfect!
DCT Clutch Initialization Process for the 2018 Honda Gold Wing
Out for a ride to warm up engine oil, view video on phone, compete clutch initialization, ride home. Simple. Thanks Fred.
How-To Install L.E.D. Engine Lighting Panels by Goldstrike
Purchased these lights recently from Wing Stuff. This video made installation a breeze.
Bought the Cardo
Ended up buying the Cardo PackTalk Bold because most of my riding groups already have the Cardo and wanted to use the Mesh technology since so much better than Bluetooth. Tried the Mesh for the first time last weekend and liked it... easy to link riders and much more clearer and stronger communications. Still need to learn the many features and how to use but so far, so good.
BRIDGESTONE TIRE COMBO NOW WITH REBATE!
My 2018 GW came with Dunlop's that were worn out at 8,000 miles? - Seems premature? I purchased the BRIDGESTONE TIRE COMBO FOR 2018+ GOLD WING G852/G853 on WingStuff and love the way they ride. I now have 1,000 miles on them and hope to get better mileage than the Dunlop's - will by the Bridgestones again.
Installed Homelink thanks to Fred.
I Installed Homelink thanks to Fred's video as he made it simple. The Traxxion Dynamics (Max) video show's completely disassembling the bike - YIKES! I love the link, works great! I can activate from the street before i enter my garage.
The New Goldwing vs. Older Owners
QUALIFICATION: I own a 2018 DCT wing and to date... have ridden it 33,000 miles. In 2019... I spent 5 weeks and 11,751 miles in the saddle touring the country. Rode all lower 48 states on my Harley and now doing it again on my wing. Only 8 states left. COMMENT: If I put myself in Honda's shoes and look at the demographics of Goldwing owners it would scare me. The aging of wing riders does not bode well for the long term health of the brand or bike. Harley Davidson is facing the same scare which is why they push their trikes more and more every year. Honda had to change the wing and what they did was smart and timely. Did they alienate some of the older crowd? Yes... and some feel that that the company let them down. On the other hand how many more bikes are older riders going to buy? Let's face it... if you're a baby boomer (like me) or older... your two wheel riding days are fewer and less likely to buy multiple new bikes. Honda is focusing on younger riders who don't like riding a couch and want something more sporty. In addition... they are also focusing on converting riders from other brands into the fold. In 2018 they believed that 27% of the buyers would be Harley owners... and I'm part of that percentage. The new wing has slimmed down, lost weight and carries a host of other improvements. IMHO... these changes have greatly improved the functioning, reliability and styling of the bike. Did Honda nail it 100%? No! However, with any new model re-vamp there are tradeoffs. Would agree that some of the tradeoffs were short sighted and perhaps dumb (i.e. rear trunk size). It's great to see that Honda is actually listening to the owners and fixing some of those short sighted items (i.e. increased trunk size for the 2021 model). Some of the bitching about the new wing model maybe warranted but other gripes seem to be short sighted or biased. Right here on this blog someone said they didn't like the seat... I love the seat. They don't like windshield. Done a lot of miles through all kinds of weather (including snow) and it's works like a champ for me. The front wish bone suspension is awesome and it increased the handling of the bike by lowering the engine and moving it forward. Don't get me started on the DCT... my list of positives is very... very long. What you get in the new wing... for the price... makes it an absolute bargain. This is a great touring motorcycle whose innovations are now shaping how other manufacturers make their bikes (i.e. riding modes). A bike is not going to fit everyone's taste and needs at the time of purchase. For those who want to give their bike more soul and reflect their own needs or desires there's a growing list of after market parts suppliers. Did you know that Corbin has been selling a larger trunk lid and saddle bags for the new wing for over a year now? I didn't like the suspension so replaced it with a suspension system from Traxxion Dynamics. The amp and speakers suck on the wing so I upgraded to the Honda amp. It sucks too! I just bought a J&M Rokker 800 watt amp and J&M speakers (right here on Wingstuff) so it will now be in the range of my taste. Most other wing owners will say it's stupid and too loud. I disagree. The comment from No Alias that he has a friend who didn't like the bike does not say anything about the bike as a whole. I checked eBay nationwide... and 16% of the Honda touring motorcycles listed are 2018 or newer. That says a lot more than one person. Do I like the 2021? Absolutely! If I didn't already own a 2018 I would definitely get a 2021. It's a better bike than the 2018. Honda appears to be listening and will only make a great bike better! DISCLAIMER: I'm a rider who owns both a Harley and a Honda and respects and likes a very wide variety of brands, makes and models. My philosophy has always been... get a bike that's right for you and don't talk bad of someone who didn't make the same choice as you. :-)
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