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Cool New GL1500 Owner from NC

First, a little about me. Ive been riding since the late 60ís in the dirt and started dual sport on the street in 2013. I ride dirt, sport, adventure, and dual sport. Notable previous bikes include 2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke R , many KTM 150, 200, 250, 300 CC 2-stroke dirt bikes, KTM 690 Enduro R, as well as various dual sport and road bikes.

My wife and I went to Sturgis this past August (2018) with friends and that was my first time on a Harley. We rented a Harley Ultra in Denver and rode up to Sturgis. For 10 days at the Buffalo Chip. We enjoyed the two-up riding on the Harley, but decided a Harley was not in our future. We normally ride an FJ-09 for two up, but she does not appreciate the wind when traveling over 80 mph.

Before the purchase of this non-running blue 2000 Gold Wing SE, I was down to 4 bikes in the garage: 2017 KTM 150 XCW, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09, 2013 Suzuki DR790, 1973 Yamaha RD350. I did a 2 month, frame up resto-mod on the 1973 Yamaha this spring, so I was not really looking for another project bike.

My wife had been mentioning that I have too many bikes. I was mentally preparing to sell the Yamaha FJ-09.

One evening, a few weeks ago, after work she said that one of her coworkers wanted to sell their 2000 Goldwing. It had been parked, with a full tank of fuel, since 2006 and obviously was not running. I bought it and discovered the worst gas tank I had ever seen. After about 40 hours, numerous repair processes (tank, carbs, brakes, tires, battery, compressor service, oil, coolant, etc) the bike is running again. (Itís an understatement to say that there is a lot of stuff to take off to get to things on this bike. I donít ever want to rebuild the carbs again.)

That brings us to the first ride on the ďnewĒ bike. I had done a check ride already, and did all the work myself, so was pretty confident in the bike. We geared up and set out. Wow. What a blast. Wind management and comfort was outstanding. We rode about 60 miles then stopped for a break at a nice scenic lake overlook. Heading back towards home on the best twisty roads around, I unintentionally scrapped the right foot peg around a nice sweeper. A long way around. Concerns that she would be frightened were unfounded. At the next stop sign, she asked what that scraping sound was and is it supposed to do that. I told her it was just the foot peg scraping. We continued on and I dragged the left peg on a nice sweeper on the way back home (to balance it out, you know). We had a great ride. She remarked about how comfortable the ride was and how well it handled railroad track crossings. I was surprised by how smooth the 6 cylinder engine is. We racked up 88 miles and the gas gage was still at full. Back home in the garage, I inspected at the rear tire ó there is no chicken strip on the right and only a small one one the left.

I have to admit that I would have never considered buying a Goldwing and consider myself an unlikely candidate for a heavy bike. The sum total weight of three of my other bikes is less than the Goldwing! But the reality is that we really enjoyed the bike. This is the first bike Iíve ever owned that wonít stoppie or wheelie, but I donít care! First bike with linked brakes, but I donít think Iíll even need to brake-slide the back around a turn.

From Apex, NC ďThe Peak of Good LivingĒ I want to extend an invitation to anyone who may ever need assistance. I have tools and space if youíre ever in the area and need help, or even a restaurant or bar recommendation.

PS. The FJ-09 is up for sale now.

Mike in Apex
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Hello Mike and Welcome to the forum family. You might check the air pressure in the rear suspension. If you add a bit ,it may give a little more angle before you scrape the pegs.
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Mike, If your 2000 Wing does not have a volt meter, that would be a good addition to the bike. Quite a few of the OEM alternators were subject to premature failure. Its a good idea to monitor the voltage.
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First, a little about me. Ive been riding since the late 60ís in the dirt and started dual sport on the street in 2013. I ride dirt, sport, adventure, and dual sport. Notable previous bikes include 2016 KTM 1290 Super Duke R , many KTM 150, 200, 250, 300 CC 2-stroke dirt bikes, KTM 690 Enduro R, as well as various dual sport and road bikes.

My wife and I went to Sturgis this past August (2018) with friends and that was my first time on a Harley. We rented a Harley Ultra in Denver and rode up to Sturgis. For 10 days at the Buffalo Chip. We enjoyed the two-up riding on the Harley, but decided a Harley was not in our future. We normally ride an FJ-09 for two up, but she does not appreciate the wind when traveling over 80 mph.

Before the purchase of this non-running blue 2000 Gold Wing SE, I was down to 4 bikes in the garage: 2017 KTM 150 XCW, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09, 2013 Suzuki DR790, 1973 Yamaha RD350. I did a 2 month, frame up resto-mod on the 1973 Yamaha this spring, so I was not really looking for another project bike.

My wife had been mentioning that I have too many bikes. I was mentally preparing to sell the Yamaha FJ-09.

One evening, a few weeks ago, after work she said that one of her coworkers wanted to sell their 2000 Goldwing. It had been parked, with a full tank of fuel, since 2006 and obviously was not running. I bought it and discovered the worst gas tank I had ever seen. After about 40 hours, numerous repair processes (tank, carbs, brakes, tires, battery, compressor service, oil, coolant, etc) the bike is running again. (Itís an understatement to say that there is a lot of stuff to take off to get to things on this bike. I donít ever want to rebuild the carbs again.)

That brings us to the first ride on the ďnewĒ bike. I had done a check ride already, and did all the work myself, so was pretty confident in the bike. We geared up and set out. Wow. What a blast. Wind management and comfort was outstanding. We rode about 60 miles then stopped for a break at a nice scenic lake overlook. Heading back towards home on the best twisty roads around, I unintentionally scrapped the right foot peg around a nice sweeper. A long way around. Concerns that she would be frightened were unfounded. At the next stop sign, she asked what that scraping sound was and is it supposed to do that. I told her it was just the foot peg scraping. We continued on and I dragged the left peg on a nice sweeper on the way back home (to balance it out, you know). We had a great ride. She remarked about how comfortable the ride was and how well it handled railroad track crossings. I was surprised by how smooth the 6 cylinder engine is. We racked up 88 miles and the gas gage was still at full. Back home in the garage, I inspected at the rear tire ó there is no chicken strip on the right and only a small one one the left.

I have to admit that I would have never considered buying a Goldwing and consider myself an unlikely candidate for a heavy bike. The sum total weight of three of my other bikes is less than the Goldwing! But the reality is that we really enjoyed the bike. This is the first bike Iíve ever owned that wonít stoppie or wheelie, but I donít care! First bike with linked brakes, but I donít think Iíll even need to brake-slide the back around a turn.

From Apex, NC ďThe Peak of Good LivingĒ I want to extend an invitation to anyone who may ever need assistance. I have tools and space if youíre ever in the area and need help, or even a restaurant or bar recommendation.

PS. The FJ-09 is up for sale now.

Mike in Apex
oh that bike will pull a wheelie just fine. all of em will.

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Hallo mjsracing

Welcome on this nice forum. Wish you al the best.
And good luck with your Wing.

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