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Any GoldWing riders on the HUBB ?

I know most people at the HUBB are riding dual sports bikes but for almost 20 years now, I'm in love with the greatest touring bike in the world (in my humble opinion) the Honda GoldWing.
I have had two GL1000's and now I have my second GL1200. At this moment it is getting prepared for a trip to Gibraltar and maybe into Morocco (if I have enough time).

I know there is at least one other GoldWinger (Bob with his White Dragon) at the HUBB. I met him and his wife at WingDing in Denmark, but I was wondering if there are more GoldWing riders on the HUBB.
It may be interesting to talk a bitmore about preparing a GoldWing for long travels, bad roads etc. and read some travel stories of other GoldWingers.
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Used to have a GL1000 and toured all over Europe on it for many years. It's one of those bikes you either love or hate. I loved it on a long trip but hated it for just popping to the shops after I got back. A wonderful engine with ok for the time cycle parts. It always had a sort of "this is never going to let me down" feel to it, which the CBX1000/6 that I still have has never had. I suppose it's head versus heart that I sold the Wing and still have the CBX.
Off road (on a GoldWing!) it was ok on hard packed trails but the clutch always felt a bit fragile. We did one long tour around Morocco on it, including pushing it up a fair bit of the Todra gorge. Only drawback was fuel range, 160 miles was the safe limit and we frequently went past that with out fingers crossed.
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Refresh my memory GoldWing isn't that one of them long coach type thingys?

Air con, Radio, Sat Nav, Huge seats, 3 rooms bolted on the back, trailer, bath and kitchen sink. Yes yes yes that's the one, bigger then my house and garden combined.

Just jesting with you, girl down my road has one that's all prepped up for distance riding, I will get Dad to pop down to see if she's on the HUBB when I next email home.

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Goldwings

your not so local goldwing mechanic here. I rode a GL1100 last year on and off road. Put in progressive front fork springs and air up the rear air shocks and it is amazing where the 1100 wing will go....even with a 1st gear that goes 46 mph. It's easy to plumb in a extra fuel tank with the honda fuel pump. I don't have the wherewithall to make a long trip right now except for occasional trips to alaska/Inuvik but montana USA is a interesting place to ride with some challenging roads/trails.
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This was the Honda GL-1000
It was big for its day.
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Hi,

Dad say's she changed the 'Airfilter Sparkplug Oil and buggered off for a year'.

I guess she didn't get sucked in by the latest TouraHeck catalogue unlike the rest of us.
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A few years ago I brought a GL1000 from a friend of mine on the Isle of Man, only because the price was 'right' £500.
I flew back to the Island just after the TT to pick it up, it was ok heading back down to London on the motorways but I decided on a detour to see another friend who lives in the countryside, thats when I decided that I would not be owning it for long.
Riding this evil handling 'motorhome' I could see most of my trips ending up at the local A&E.
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I was going to get myself a naked 80's one, but my girlfriend thought it was going to be one of the blinged-up whales, and she said I could only buy one when she started blue-rinsing her hair at the rest home. Given that I'm only 30, I may have to wait some time before I have the privilege of riding the beast.
There are some great videos on youtube of pipe-scraping GL action around a loverly twisty piece of road. Those things seriously handle if well set up, eh!
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There are some great videos on youtube of pipe-scraping GL action around a loverly twisty piece of road. Those things seriously handle if well set up, eh!

Thats why they were so successful in racing!


I remember a sidecar roadrace team used one and even that was st


I and anyone else could actually manage easily to scrape the handlebars on bends, but you'll find you will be rolling down the tarmac following it!

The only club that welcomes Goldwings, is I believe 'THE CARAVAN CLUB'

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Best buy for covering ground

Used gold wing.....new rear shocks......aftermarket front fork springs......aftermarket seat......then enjoy the ride across the vast distances of the US. Here in montana you can pay the state cops cash if you get stopped going 90+ on the motorways.
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IThere are some great videos on youtube of pipe-scraping GL action around a loverly twisty piece of road. Those things seriously handle if well set up, eh!

They can wheelie as well!!
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Travelling on a GL1000

In the late 70's en the 80's I went through large parts of Europe. I left Groningen and travelled on main roads down south. Sometimes I went on a boat (to Israel and Tunesia). I went through Gaza (not possible anymore) into Egypt. Nice experiences and never I had trouble with the bike.
2 years ago I went to Russia. In my early days it was not possible.

This year I want te return to Turkey again and I try to visit Ukrain. I bought my GL1000 in 1979 brand new and is still completely Original. No overhaul etc.
I did 328.000 kms.
I'm not planning to sell the bike because it's a part of me now after all these years (35 now; I bought the machine when I was 20 years old).

And for all those people who don't like GoldWing. It's a pleasant travel bike on small roads and highways.

Greetings Ron Balkema from Appingedam, Groningen HOLLAND.
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Ron, I am planning on taking my 1800 across Russia on the Trans-Siberian highway late summer this year. Any thoughts/suggestions? Went up to Deadhorse Alaska last August with my brother (him on a 800GS), and we kept up with each other fine. I am a little apprehensive about repairs should the need arise (they aren't 'simple' bikes).
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What happens if you drop one?
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tsunami warnings would sound around the pacific rim... just bought a restored 1979 gl thou, lovely bit of brunellian engineering, wouldn't like to ride it in snow though, unless it had a chair.
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