Road Trip Preppers: Summer Riding Edition

Road Trip Preppers: Summer Riding Edition

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Summer is fully upon us and what better time to take your Goldwing on a nice, long road trip! We all know that there’s nothing else like life on the open road, especially on your Wing. The only questions to ask yourself now is, “Where to?” and “What to bring?”

Now, we’re sure many of you have already been on one or more trips so far and others who have already planned your summer trip and are eagerly awaiting the big day. If that’s you, feel free to sound off in the comments section below and help out other riders out there who may have the road trip itch but aren’t quite sure where they want to go. Let us know where you’ve traveled/plan on traveling this riding seasoned any other insights you want to offer.

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Obviously, when planning your trip it’s important to bring the right stuff. Although it sounds appealing in theory to simply hop on your bike and hit the road, we all know that a successful venture begins with a bit of proper planning. Below, we’ve added a sampling of great travel items that we suggest for your next adventure, just to get things started, but what else would you suggest? What are your essential “must haves” that you won’t leave home without? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Short or far, it’s all about the ride, the experience, the memories and the destination. Ride safe and have a great summer!

Life is All About Balance: Why Centramatic Might Be the Right Fit For You

Life is All About Balance: Why Centramatic Might Be the Right Fit For You

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Traditionally, most of us probably grew up with the notion that, when balancing tires, we needed to have lead weights in them. It’s true that when they first leave the shop your new tires ought to be in perfect equilibrium, but as soon as they get some mileage they can quickly lose balance, even with the lead weights. Enter Centramatic Wheel Balancers, who has been a world leader in onboard wheel balancing for over 24 years. Centramatic is on a completely different level than traditional tire balancing solutions and here’s why.

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First, the balancing discs are permanently mounted to your wheels. You install them once for the life of your Goldwing. You read that right. Whenever you’re riding they are continuously and dynamically working to keep your tires balanced. Time for new tires? No problem. Simply keep the Centramatic discs on your wheels, replace the tires, and keep on riding mile after mile.

Second, mounting them is a breeze. The ideal time to install them is when getting new tires. Take the old tires off along with your wheels, mount the balancers behind the rotors (no pre-balancing required), put the new tires on and you’re ready to roll!

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Having this product on your motorcycle will allow your tires to develop wear evenly, reducing the occurrence and sensation of tire cupping and erratic wear. As a result, the life of your tires will be drastically extended by 25% to 50%! Customers consistently tell us they get about 20,000-30,000 miles out of their tires since installing CentramaticsWhen you invest in these you will also experience lower tire temperatures by 8% to 10%, improved braking, increased stability, reduced vibration and increased tire footprint & grip on turns. And the 5 year unlimited mileage warranty certainly doesn’t hurt!

You may be wondering at this point, “How do they work?” Good question! Each disc is equipped with on-board centrifugal balancers made with lead free durametal balancing media, which might sound complex but the process is quite simple, really. As the wheel turns, the balancers inside each disc ring naturally position themselves in the optimal spot to keep the entire assembly balanced. If there’s an imbalance on a particular area of the tire, for example, the balancers will shift to the opposite site of the imbalance, immediately restoring equilibrium.

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We all know that the Goldwing is already one of the best handling motorcycles in the world, but when adding Centramatic to it you quickly realize an improvement. Whether you ride frequently (daily commuter), occasionally, or love a nice long road trip you can’t help but appreciate this. The type of riding the Goldwing community enjoys – taking week long trips covering thousands of miles – lends itself to Centramatic Balancers because the ride is more fluid, the tires last longer, rider & co-rider fatigue is lessened, handling is better and the overall experience is more enjoyable.

If you ever thought your motorcycle couldn’t get any smoother, think again. Centramatic Wheel Balancers: The open road never felt so good!

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Surviving the Winter Months

Surviving the Winter Months

For many of us, we’re in the thick of winter weather. Matter of fact, as I write this, we are in the midst of the second of three Pacific storms headed our way this week. Earlier this afternoon there was a hailstorm followed by flashes of lightning and claps of rumbling, rolling thunder that shook our building. Obviously, for us living in southern California, that is a rarity. Of course, some of you are either blessed with temperate weather through the winter months or continue to ride regardless. For the rest of us, we’ve had to store away our Wings until Spring. Ok, not here in California, but you get the picture.

Not too long ago we posted an article on how to prepare your Goldwing for this time of year. You can read it here. But what about you, the rider? What do you do now that your ride is hibernating? How do you spend the hours that you would normally be out there on the road? Do you plan your next big road trip? Do you jump on the forums with your fellow riders and swap stories or discuss technical questions? Maybe you visit WingStuff and look for all the items you want for next riding season? Or perhaps it’s something else entirely. Whatever it is, let us know how you cope during the winter months and let’s commiserate in the comments below!

Road Trip Preppers

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Ah, the open road…

There is nothing else like it, really. Just you, your Wing and possibly a co-rider. Or maybe you prefer to experience the adventure and make memories with your riding buddies. Either way, every long-distance trip requires some forethought. Although it sounds appealing in theory to simply hop on your bike and hit the road, we all know that a successful venture begins with a bit of proper planning. Now, we could list what we think is the best way to go about gearing up for your ride, but we want to hear from you, the experts! What are your rituals or traditions when preparing and strategizing for your next trip? What are your essential “must haves” that you won’t leave home without (i.e. first aid kit, snacks, or tire repair kit)? Let us know in the comments below!

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Winter Is Coming…6 Steps to Protect Your Goldwing

Winter Is Coming…6 Steps to Protect Your Goldwing

It’s been a long, hot summer for us in southern California. As recently as last week we had some days that reached into the 90s. In October! But for many of us the leaves are changing, the nights have become cooler and before we know it, it will be time to put away our Wings until next riding season. Of course, if you live in California, Florida or another area with similar weather you have the luxury of riding all year long. If that’s you, take a moment to be thankful and remember that there others less fortunate than you! For the rest of you, it’s edging closer to the time when you will need to let your Wing hibernate for the winter. Before you do that, here are six tips/steps to keep your Wing pristine until the next riding season.

Step One: Keep Your Fuel Stable

Over the long winter months that your bike sits, the fuel in your tank can begin to turn a brownish color and thicken. Gross. Over a long enough period of time it may even lead to corrosion, build-up and rust inside your fuel tank. As a result, the gas would no longer be suitable for use. Furthermore, it can end up clogging and ruining parts of the fuel system. If you want to avoid the possibility of this happening, we recommend that you mix some fuel stabilizer into your tank along with some fuel. Once mixed, fill the tank up the rest of the way with gas and run your engine for about 10-15 minutes to be sure that the stabilizer runs its course through the fuel system.

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Step Two: Change Your Oil and Filter

After the many memories and miles of riding season, the oil that is left in your bike will likely have contaminants, pollutants and condensation that can lead to engine corrosion. In the same way, the oil filter will be in need of replacing. With this in mind, be sure to replenish your ride with fresh oil and a new filter before storing for the winter months.

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Step Three: Replenish Your Coolant

There is another culprit that can cause some havoc to your motorcycle’s engine (as well as radiator) if you aren’t prepared. In colder climates coolant will freeze, resulting in cracks and engine/cooling system damage. To prevent this you will want to ensure that your bike is put away with a fresh supply of low temperature-rated coolant.

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Step Four: Care For Your Battery

If a battery drops only a few volts below its rating, it can freeze in the cold, causing permanent damage. Keep your battery plugged into an automatic smart charger to maintain voltage and keep it from freezing.

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Step Five: Protect and Preserve

Before saying adieu to your Wing for the season, take some time to wash it clean of all the dirt and bugs you accumulated on your final trip of riding season (if you haven’t already). Once it’s all shiny and pristine, apply a surface protectant to keep it looking that way.

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Step Six: Keep It Covered

If you store your bike outside you definitely will want to throw on a waterproof cover. If you can afford it, a retractable shelter or clamshell is great option for outdoor storage. It is the most ideal way, apart from storing inside, to protect your prized possession from the elements. Even if it’s kept in a garage or somewhere similar, we recommend a cover to safeguard it from dust, moisture, pets and people. Be sure to consider your region’s climate and storage location when determining the right cover for your needs.

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Follow these six steps and your ride will be in pristine condition when riding season rolls around again.

What did you think of the article? Is there anything you do in addition to these 6 steps to protect your Wing from winter?

Favorite Motorcycle Memory – Part 3

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We forget many things in life, but for those of us who ride, there are certain memories with our bikes that will stay with us forever. So what about you? What’s one of your favorite motorcycle memories?

Below is a sampling of favorite motorcycle memories from riders like you. Take a minute to read their stories and you’ll probably find yourself thinking, “Something like that happened to me too!” If you feel so inclined, leave the community one of your most fond riding memories in the comment section below. Who knows, it just might be featured in our next Motorcycle Memory blog.

Michael from California:

“Started riding at 13. That’s me on my Hodaka at 15. At 63, I ride a 450X off-road, an a 2008 GL1800 on-road (below)”

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Dan from Oregon:

“My first bike was a brand new ’64 Honda 250 Hawk I’d saved for 2 years to buy at the age of 14. My stepdad grudgingly drove the old Chevy 1-ton farm pickup into town and we hauled the Hawk back home from the dealer. I unloaded it by myself (no small feat) and immediately had to park it as there were chores to be done the rest of the day. Along near dusk we got back to the house and I straddled the motorcycle, bumped the starter button, and listened to that zero-time engine purr like a kitten. I’m sure I had an ear to ear grin but nobody noticed, or cared one way or the other.

I babied the bike up the driveway and onto the gravel road, heading tentatively up the canyon for a brief first-ride at about 15 mph. About 1/4 mile from the house a white tail doe ran across the road in front of me. I locked up the rear wheel and applied as much front brake as I dared in the gravel. The doe paused in the road and just as I came to a stop the front tire gently bumped her hind leg. The startled animal kicked the tire and bounded up the hillside…neither of us worse for wear. She left me with a hoof print on my tire and a story to tell about the first ride on my first motorcycle!”

goldragon1329 from PA:

“Taking my wife for our first ride together.”

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WARWGN from MS:

“The first time I went full throttle launch on my 2003 GSXR 600, it felt like a cartoon and the bike was gonna jump out from under me and take off leaving me sitting in the air looking at it. I think I was grinning for days.”

Les from TN:

“My granddaughter and I on our first MC trip together on my previous 1500…”

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What about you? What is one of your favorite motorcycle memories? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below and you could be featured in one of our future blogs!

17 of The World’s Weirdest (or Coolest) Motorcycles – Volume 3

17 of The World’s Weirdest (or Coolest) Motorcycles – Volume 3

The world is full of creative engineers, forward thinking artists, and out-of-the box designers. At the same time, it seems that so many people are simply not satisfied with the status quo. Add those together and throw in the main ingredient, bikes, and you get some of the most unusual – and in some cases, fake – motorcycles out there, in no particular order. But admit it, you wouldn’t mind test-riding, if not owning, some of these, would you? We’ve scoured the globe in search our good green earth’s most unique motorcycles in existence.

Can’t get enough of crazy cool unique bikes? Check out our first edition, 39 of the World’s Weirdest (or Coolest) Motorcycles and Volume 2. Without further ado, here’s our third edition of the World’s Weirdest (or Coolest) Motorcycles:

#17: The Vetter Streamliner

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#16: The “Vancycle”

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#15: The “Big Wheels”

Some people just never grow up!

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#14: The “Tigger”

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#13: The “Jaguar”

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#12: The “Cartoon-Cycle”

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#11: The “Erector-Set-Cycle”

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#10: The “Green Dragon”

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#9: The “PoopCycle”

Now isn’t that convenient!

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#8: The “Goldwing Custom Daredevil”

We’re not sure what he’s up to, but it can’t be any good. 

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#7: The “BMW Sprint Bike

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#6: The “Vintage”

This sweet piece of history is actually for sale, if you can afford it.

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#5: The “Steampunk”

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#4: The “Crusher”

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#3: The “Loco-Cycle”

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#2: The “Real American Hero”

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#1: The “Stripped Goldwing”

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Can’t get enough of the World’s Weirdest (or Coolest) Motorcycles? Check out our first edition HERE!