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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone:
I purchased a new to me 2005 Goldwing GL1800ABS a couple months ago and still getting used to the moans and groans of the machine. I always like to know my machine by tearing into it just to see what makes it tick. This thing is really intimidating! I rode a Yamaha Midnight Star for years and it was simple to work on. Anyway - I will be posting questions as they come up.
I already have a question/concern about a 'rattle' coming from beneath and upfront of the driver seat. It seems to be solved by proper shifting - but I would like to know for sure what it is.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2017, 05:05 PM
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Welcome to the forums from east Tennessee.
Sorry I cannot answer the "rattle" query, I'm only about 5 months into my 'wing myself.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2017, 06:38 PM
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Sounds like engine pinging. Remember, you are riding a heavy machine. Keep the RPM's up when shifting.
As far as tearing into it, pick up a set of Fred's videos.
He goes into pretty good detail as far as maintenance and repairs.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2017, 07:01 PM
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Welcome and howdy from Texas.

Remember, she's a torque monster and will pull on out from "too" low of an rpm. Just 'cause she will don't mean she should for a living. Keep the rpms up a bit. You and she will be happier for it.

I am not say, "ride it like you stole it", but ...

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 07:14 PM
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Hi there and welcome to the forum from the Soo. Congrats on the Wing. I rode a Yamaha VStar Silverado 1100 before buying my current Wing and
I sure am glad I purchased the Wing. The Yamaha 1100 was a great bulletproof bike but my senior body needed me to go to a more comfortable ride.
The Wing fills the bill and then some. Great handling and power as I'm sure you are finding out too.

Ask lots of questions as there are lots of super knowledgeable people on this forum and I second the recommendation to buy a set of Fred Harmon's DVD's.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 08:36 PM
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Welcome to the site from another Florida member. My bike before was a Yamaha Venture which you couldn't kill. The GW is so much better than I ever thought. Perhaps we will meet at one of our often RTE ( ride to eats)

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 08:45 PM
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Welcome from Canada........+3 on Fred's dvds

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