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Replaced the oil seal in my clutch cover. I dont know how people are able to get it out without taking the clutch cover off. Here are a couple photo's. New slave and pushrod came today so I'm hoping to finish up the clutch system this week.

Just after I got the cover off. Used a hammer and a block of wood to give the cover a few taps at the reinforced spots. Then used the scraper to ease the cover loose.


Looking at the outside you can see how the fluid leaked out of the weep hole and ran down the cover to the bottom.


A not so good photo of the oil seal coming apart from me trying to work it loose. Even after I got the clutch cover off it took some work to get the old oil seal out.
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Polished some aluminum. This was a spare part. I think it may have moved up to primary part status.
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lol. Round trip. Bloomington, IL to Topeka, KS. Bike didn't do well on fuel economy. Checked it once and 31 mpg made me not look at it again. 73-78 mph most of the trip.
Your fuel burn isn't unusual when cruising at speeds much above 70mph. All faired Goldwings get pretty hungry when pushing that big fairing through the air at speed.

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lol. Round trip. Bloomington, IL to Topeka, KS. Bike didn't do well on fuel economy. Checked it once and 31 mpg made me not look at it again. 73-78 mph most of the trip.

I quit caring about fuel economy. The only thing that matters to me any more is fuel quantity.
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lol. Round trip. Bloomington, IL to Topeka, KS. Bike didn't do well on fuel economy. Checked it once and 31 mpg made me not look at it again. 73-78 mph most of the trip.
So your bike displays that info? How?

Yesterday me and my wife rode the bike from Bahia de Banderas ( Puerto Vallarta Bay) to Guadalajara, full loaded bike, a 29" LED TV on top of the grill, I guessed it will be against mpg, since the screen was tilted catching some wind stream, but because I rode a little slower at 65- 70mph, arrived to Guadalajara with the reserve light still not glowing, usually 80-85 and the warning light comes 20 miles prior to arrival.
So speed counts more than a little wind brake.

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Calculating mpg is done from fuel up to the next fuel up. Miles divided by gallons used gives mpg.
I know speed affects the mpg, but wow, didn't think I would be that low. I heard winter fuel does even worse? Oh well. I bought the bike to ride. My thottle is still affected by adrenaline. Too much fun to worry about the mpg. I use the number to indicate something mechanically is wrong (dragging brake, etc.).

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Calculating mpg is done from fuel up to the next fuel up. Miles divided by gallons used gives mpg.
I know speed affects the mpg, but wow, didn't think I would be that low. I heard winter fuel does even worse? Oh well. I bought the bike to ride. My thottle is still affected by adrenaline. Too much fun to worry about the mpg. I use the number to indicate something mechanically is wrong (dragging brake, etc.).
Ethanol doesn't help mpg either. Corn, it does the gas tank good!

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Most Goldwings seem to average pretty close to 40mpg over the long haul. At speeds above 75mph the fuel burn really increases. It's not uncommon to drop 5-6mpg or more at that speed. Add a headwind and the mileage will drop even more. For instance a ten mph headwind when traveling at 70mph means you have the wind resistance of traveling at 80mph which will really reduce your mileage. If you want great gas mileage get a used Toyota Corolla without AC. If you want fun it's a motorcycle hands down.

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Finished installing a couple of cowl pieces, polished the windshield, and installed seat, when i pulled the cover off bike this morning I find my big ragamuffin cat curled up on a towel i had on the seat. Well after hours of cleaning stuff from hitting the mufflers with scotch brite and checking to make sure all fasteners are tight I put some large objects on the seat to discourage cat and this time I tucked bike cover in tight at the bottom with some small clamps.

I swear I am making an electrified pad to put there powered from an old bug zapper, I have 4 cats, sometimes even more and always they zoom in on that bike seat.

The 95 Goldwing is done as far as I can go for while its been in my hot tub room all winter, snow is steadily melting outside the house. I still have the 95 Virago in my bedroom/man cave, its ready to go. I have the 89 Venture Royale out in the bike shed but it leaked a copious amount of coolant over the winter so I need to check it out.

If all goes according to hopes and wishes I will be ferrying all bikes to a new property with a HUGE shop soon, no more of this bikes in the house all winter thing.


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Try some aluminum foil over the seat. Cats don't like the stuff. When you ride you can just line your helmet with it, you never know when those aliens...or the NSA are listening.

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