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    I just bought a 2008 gold wing and got it home and can't figure out how to open the bags. I don't see a latch. Should it open with the push button control, the trunks does.
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    under the trunk there are three handles, one for each compartment. push the unlock first. if you don't open one of them in 30 seconds it relocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightWing View Post
    under the trunk there are three handles, one for each compartment. push the unlock first. if you don't open one of them in 30 seconds it relocks

    jeff
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the quick response. I feel stupid now but the owners manual was in the side bag so I couldn't read up on it to find out how it works. ha. thanks.

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    Sounds like Catch 22! Can't open the saddlebag to get to the owners manual to learn how to open the saddlebag.
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    Congratulations on that new bike! You might want to consider a service manual; there's lots more to know and good times to be had taking care of your own bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    I just bought a 2008 gold wing and got it home and can't figure out how to open the bags. I don't see a latch. Should it open with the push button control, the trunks does.
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    Do not feel bad. The same thing happened to me when I brought my 09 home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    I just bought a 2008 gold wing and got it home and can't figure out how to open the bags. I don't see a latch. Should it open with the push button control, the trunks does.
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    You have to watch out when using the remote to open the trunk that you don't activate the remote start at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurt View Post
    You have to watch out when using the remote to open the trunk that you don't activate the remote start at the same time.
    I having figured out how to put the thing in remote start yet. Seems I just hit the unlock a few times and the trunk opens. Seems the dealer used the remote to open the side luggage also? Is that possible? Or just the trunk works remotely?

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    Sounds like whoever sold you the '08 didn't spend much time showing you anything about it. oops

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwatc View Post
    Sounds like whoever sold you the '08 didn't spend much time showing you anything about it. oops
    No he was great, it was my scatter brain that's the problem. I remember him showing it to me but I was overwhelmed on info overload.

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    no dont feel bad. i didnt know how to start my 05

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
    Sounds like Catch 22! Can't open the saddlebag to get to the owners manual to learn how to open the saddlebag.
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    Wouldn't that be considered a "Latch 22?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartman View Post
    Wouldn't that be considered a "Latch 22?"
    LOL very good Bartman!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    I having figured out how to put the thing in remote start yet. Seems I just hit the unlock a few times and the trunk opens. Seems the dealer used the remote to open the side luggage also? Is that possible? Or just the trunk works remotely?
    don't feel bad i still ain't figured out the remote start thing, just doesn't seem like something i would ever need
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    I'm not worried about the remote start so much as the autopilot. I can't find it to save my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    I'm not worried about the remote start so much as the autopilot. I can't find it to save my life.
    That's easy, just set the cruise on 80 mph and crawl up in the back seat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerB View Post
    Sounds like Catch 22! Can't open the saddlebag to get to the owners manual to learn how to open the saddlebag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    I having figured out how to put the thing in remote start yet. Seems I just hit the unlock a few times and the trunk opens. Seems the dealer used the remote to open the side luggage also? Is that possible? Or just the trunk works remotely?
    Just the trunk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    I'm not worried about the remote start so much as the autopilot. I can't find it to save my life.
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    Just a caution on the remote. If you develop any bad habits it will be easy to lock your remote and key in trunk. I had a spare key in my jacket, which happened to be in side bag. then i sat key in trunk,while getting ready to leave work, and shut trunk lid before I could grab key. It's probably a good idea to carry the 4 didget number in your wallet so you can get a new key. At first I couldn't find that # and dealer told me to have bike towed to them and it would be 3 hours labor.

    1.had to call wife to go by Honda and get a new key made. $20 Plus 75 mile roundtrip
    2.$25 for missed dental appt

    But now I have 3 keys I can figure a way to lock up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartman View Post
    Wouldn't that be considered a "Latch 22?"
    Latch 22 now but you know as well as I do it will soon be Latch _2. Remember that left saddlebag.
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    Too Tall, don't feel bad. We all went through this part at some time. Just ask your questions and somebody will answer them for you. Hope you like salt because some of the answers come with a grain of salt. A year from now you will be on the other side . You may ask one 'dumb'(you might think) question but will get 10 dumb answers. This site has helped me untold times and will help you too. Welcome and enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowJoe View Post
    Too Tall, don't feel bad. We all went through this part at some time. Just ask your questions and somebody will answer them for you. Hope you like salt because some of the answers come with a grain of salt. A year from now you will be on the other side . You may ask one 'dumb'(you might think) question but will get 10 dumb answers. This site has helped me untold times and will help you too. Welcome and enjoy.
    Thanks SlowJoe I like this forum a lot. And if Right Wing hadn't answer my distress call last night around midnight, I'd still be out there with my little flashlight looking all under the saddle bags for the latch. ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeboztx View Post
    ... dealer told me to have bike towed to them and it would be 3 hours labor.
    He's either BS's you or doesn't know the secret to opening the trunk with a coat hanger either...

    My wife locked her keys and remote in the trunk... talk about me being pissed off... we were at Daytona at the mall that has all the GW vendors and two locksmiths tried to open the bike. A mechanic comes over when he sees what we are trying to do and says he can have it open in 30 sec if he has a coat hanger.

    There is space between the handle and the trunk body such that you can get a coat hanger up in the lock mechanism. (Take the cover off the mechanism in your trunk to see this, if you wish to learn it...) There is a bar that runs across the mechanism that, when pulled down, unlocks the trunk.

    He knew this and with a coat hanger that had a hook on one end he stuck it up there and snagged the bar, pulled and "pop" goes the trunk.

    Hopefully, only honest people are reading this now...
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    I never heard of using a coat hanger. Thanks I wish I had known that . Honda West Service Dept in Ft Worth told me to bring them the code or bring them the bike. I don't doubt they would have charged me some absurb amount to get it open.

    I would have towed it home and checked on here before I took it to them.
    I'll have to try it tomorrow.

    Guess my $400 Nolan and $400 iTouch aren't as safe as I thought they were.
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    Haave you thought about having a key made that fits the ignition (test it first, sometimes the locksmith uses the short blank that only opens the gas tamk and the right glovebox), then, after testing, taking out the left front pocket and duct taping it to the bottom of the compartment?

    Yeah, its a pain to get to, having to pull out the compartment, but beats hell out of calling a tow truck or a locksmith at midnight. And someone who is in a hurry to steal a wing is not going to take time to dismantle it looking for a key. I keep one duct taped to the inside top of one of the rear armrest compartments. Have to be on your knees to see it, and then you only see duct tape.

    Nothing is safe, its only a matter of degree and how bad some theif want it. Even the US Mint has been compormised.....
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    Don't feel bad, I spent 2 hours tryig to start my bike until I realized I had the engine cutoff switch to off.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    I just bought a 2008 gold wing and got it home and can't figure out how to open the bags. I don't see a latch. Should it open with the push button control, the trunks does.
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    I spent almost 1 hour with my salesman going over my bike for my "introduction" to my new wing. Long story short...we shook hands, he walked away, and I sat there trying to figure out how to start the damn thing. With a grin on his face he walked back over to me and said " by the way, the reverse button and the "start" button are one in the same"
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    Quote Originally Posted by IR Harry View Post
    ,,,I keep one duct taped to the inside top of one of the rear armrest compartments. Have to be on your knees to see it, and then you only see duct tape..
    ...and now you know what my wife is required to do after the incident described above....

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    Default This is good stuff here!!~!

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