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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-04-2017, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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When I ride 2-up (infrequently), I get on the bike and make sure it is entered with the side stand down but the bike is NOT on the side stand. Then I have the co-rider mount. The side stand is down as a safety precaution.

I had major abdominal surgery and wanted to make sure I could handle the bike with her on it. I generally hold a bike upright when a passenger gets on. I'm 6 foot and 220 pounds. She is 6'1 and I'm not stupid enough to ask her what she weighs but I would estimate 240-250. I'll do anything for her and if she wants to ride, we'll ride.

Before I got sick, I did many a 700-900 mile day on my Connies. My current one looks new and was owned by probably the most anal previous owner you can imagine. He even put plastic caps on exposed nuts and grease fittings.

I'm going to miss the "WHAM" a Concours gives you at 6000 rpm but I figure the flat 6 'Wings should have a steady pull and while not as fast as my Connie, it should be fast enough. If I can listen to the news going to and from work, I may ride a 'Wing more than the Connie.

One thing that is making me lean to an 1800 over a 1500 is the timing chain over a belt on the earlier bikes. I paid my house off so I feel comfortable getting a load to get something fairly new and low miles. A $7000 note over 36 months will be a little under $200 per month plus interest. Add in some cash I've built up since the house payment went away and I should be able to get something decent.

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I've got a 2010 level 3 with ABS at a great price $9800 that's still available.
Thanks, if you were closer, I'd look at it. Alas, 2000 miles is a bit far for me to travel to look at a bike. Between work and other demands, I can spend a weekend traveling but not a week or so.

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As of right now, mine is still for sale: Yellow '01 for sale Looks like you're this far away: https://www.mapquest.com/directions/.../in/evansville
I ran the route through my map program and it tells me it's a 5 hour drive. That's within my range. I'll keep your bike in mind. If I don't find something closer, I'll get in touch with you.

Anybody know someone looking for a Sport Touring that has the legs to stay with the Goldwings?

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I ran the route through my map program and it tells me it's a 5 hour drive. That's within my range. I'll keep your bike in mind. If I don't find something closer, I'll get in touch with you.

Anybody know someone looking for a Sport Touring that has the legs to stay with the Goldwings?
Knowin' ol' bullet bob like I do, he might just show up at your door on his '01. He doesn't need much excuse to go for a ride (especially if there's some peanut butter pie nearby)!
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Stay away from those early 2000s ---- Honda doesn't stand behind their cracking frames!
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There are a lot of Goldwing's on the market, and a lot of Goldwing's sitting in their owners sheds because they have been taken off the market due to lack of interest, I am currently going to put an "03" with 37k in the shed, I am tired of the tire kickers wasting my time with a lot of talk and no money, ask around, esp retirement areas, you will be surprised what you will find, come to SoCal & drive my "03" home, bottom line $5,500

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What years had trouble with the cracking frames? I'm seeing folks here talk about them but I've never seen when the issue was corrected.

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Stay away from those early 2000s ---- Honda doesn't stand behind their cracking frames!
Don't believe everything you read on the internet, especially from people who are experts because they've made 3 posts on a motorcycle forum. It seems the problems started with the '03 in the welds. This is kinda like an oil thread. Everyone has a theory/opinion. The vast majority of early 2000's were/are excellent bikes. And BTW, looks like my bike is sold, so I'm not coming unglued because I'm trying to sell a 2000ish bike.
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Knowin' ol' bullet bob like I do, he might just show up at your door on his '01. He doesn't need much excuse to go for a ride (especially if there's some peanut butter pie nearby)!
Tadd, you're sure right about that. But the insurance on 'ole yeller expired 4-3-17. Otherwise...........

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Stay away from those early 2000s ---- Honda doesn't stand behind their cracking frames!
I'm calling BS on this. I just had the frame recall done on mine and Honda covered every bit of it; I paid not one penny out of pocket.
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