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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Polar-Bear-Cooler    HyperKewl-Neck-Tie    SafeRider-Emergency-Kit

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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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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!

Road Royalty: How The Kings of Comfort Stack Up

Road Royalty: How The Kings of Comfort Stack Up

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The Honda Goldwing has long been hailed as the big dog on the block when it comes to touring in comfort and convenience. Ever since its release the Wing has crushed the competition. Other motorcycles are known for being lighter or faster or having a rugged look; but nothing beats, nothing compares to the luxury of riding cross country on a Goldwing. Or is there?

Over the years some would say that Harley and Indian motorcycles have steadily closed the gap. In Rider Magazine’s August 2015 issue three bikes are compared and contrasted to find out who the real “King of Comfort” is. The rides that are compared? The 2015 Harley Electra Glide Ultra Limited (what a mouthful), 2015 Honda Goldwing and the 2015 Indian Roadmaster. These are the largest, most decadent touring bikes you can get your gloves on. These are the cream of the riding crop. So who will come out on top?

For this particular comparison – and for good measure – they rode all three bikes together for over 1,200 miles through different kinds of terrain and environments in WingStuff’s fair state of California. Deserts, mountains, valleys, cold and hot weather. Our favorite stint would have to be when they rode through Yosemite National Park. Such incredibly awe-inspiring views. Talk about feeling one with nature. Just seeing the beautifully captured image of Bridalveil, El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance definitely inspires us to make a trip out there (See photo directly below).

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The article goes on to compare the three in detail, from windscreen capability to audio quality. Stock seating positions including legs and feet, luggage capacity, handlebar positioning and a lot, lot more. Suffice it to say that their comparison of these three “road kings” cover just about everything. Not only do they cover the strengths of each bike, they also touch on their shortcomings. For example, they note that the Goldwing’s stock windshield allows buffeting when in the lower position and the configuration of the handlebars and engine limit the riders mobility.

“So what’s the verdict,” you’re probably asking. Is the Goldwing still King of the luxury touring hill? Has Harley and Indian reached the crest as well? Could it be possible that one has taken over as the best touring bike? Check out the full article, Rider Comparo: 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited | 2015 Honda Gold Wing | 2015 Indian Roadmaster, in Rider Magazine’s August 2015 issue to find out their conclusion. In the meantime, we’d love to know what YOU think? Of course, we’re all a little biased when it comes to our bikes of choice, but how do you rank these three rides?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Favorite Motorcycle Memories

Favorite Motorcycle Memories

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.

David from Ohio/Wisconson:

“First trip out west to Sturgis, Mount Rushmore, Devils tower, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.”

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sccaz from Kansas:

“Going down a hill in the woods without brakes(unknowingly), dodging trees along the way, only to have an excessively abrupt stop at the bottom due to a ditch that prevented me from blindly crossing a county road on my childhood friends Indian 80. Oh, and I was screaming like a girl too. Wasn’t ashamed at that point, lol. Not necessarily a favorite, but definitely memorable.”

Dennis from Arizona:

“So many, but this was my first motorcycle tour, on my first “freeway legal” mount. This is King’s Canyon…or Sequoia, National Park. It froze and snowed and rained all the way home. Good times. I was hooked!”

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NVSB4 from Texas:

“My best was probably taking a long ride with a group of long-time friends up into Arkansas before both couples moved away. We camped out that night and shared several bottles of wine and countless stories. Strangely enough, my bike broke down the next day (it was a H-D by the way) and it had to be towed. The wife and I had to ride on the back of some of the other’s bikes, but didn’t seem to spoil the trip.”

Ron from Washington State:

“A few years ago we had stopped at the McDonalds in Leavenworth, Wa. When we came out to the bike there was a woman sitting in a Mercedes next to the bike. She ask if it was our bike. Said yes. She said, “It is the most Elegant motorcycle I’ve ever seen.” Couldn’t help but grin all afternoon.”

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Daryl from Alberta, Canada:

“1985 summer. We rode from here to Sandpoint Idaho on the 1200 Interstate and took a “short detour” into the Bitteroot Mountains near Thompson Pass on our way to the first time on the Going to the Sun road. Was a totally idealic location. But what really made it memorable was the campground hosts (when they saw our Alberta plate) asked “How in the tarnation did you find us way back here in the middle of nowhere?” I replied “we followed the map.” He said ” Sonny, (I was the ripe old age of 28) lemme see that there map.” so I showed him. “Hey Ethel, did you know we’s on the dad gum map?”

For the life of me I can’t recall the name of the state campground, and the map book is long gone, but that conversation will stick with me forever.”

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!