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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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new gold wing owner with tech questions

Hello everyone and thank you in advance for your assistance
I have been riding for many years and do all of my own repairs and maintenance. I recently purchased a 2010 Wing and will take possession of it in about a week. I have been doing some research and have heard good things about K&N air cleaner elements and was thinking of installing one during the off season. If anyone has experienced the before and after performance and gas mileage difference I would be very interested in the results. Although it is my first wing it will be my fourth Honda--I always used Castrol oil when doing oil changes but i was told to stick with the factory oil in the goldwing. I was not sure if that was just the dealer trying to sell me oil or if there really was a difference. If anyone has tips or tricks for maintenance I would really appreciate the feedback ( I have already been forewarned about the air cleaner installation ).

also I have heard that when you get really used to the bike it is possible to keep your feet on the pegs when you come to a stop sign or red light--any truth to that or is that just a myth?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-15-2017, 12:35 PM
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First; Welcome to the GWOF and the Wonderful World of Winging it.
As a 1500 rider I can't help you much with 1800 tech. stuff.
I've been riding wings since 1992 and have never been able to come to a complete stop with out putting a foot down. Nor have any of my wing riding friends. Not saying it Can't be done, Just that the only time I've seen it done is by Drill Teams.

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Welcome to the forum. I remember seeing a recent post (I think it was Doc) who stated that he changed from Castrol (don't remember to what) and saw an improvement. I can get to a very slow roll and rarely a momentary stop before putting on power, but it comes with plenty of handlebar wiggles.

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First, welcome to the forum Ray.
I can stop for probably a second or less, anything over that and gravity takes over.
The trick is to practice your slow crawls without putting your feet down.
If you can go a long way under 5 mph without wiggling the handlebars, then you can try the stop.
Also you have to make sure that you are pointing straight and on a level surface.

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K&N air filter...... didn't notice any difference, but mice don't like it +

oil, pay attention to the letter codes that Honda wants.... I use Castrol 10-40.......... not a Honda dealer close enough..... but would probably still use castrol

good oil filters a bigger deal.

sometimes I can make a very brief stop with no feet.

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I use Rotlla 5/40 synthetic oil in all my bikes, best oil I found. I go all summer with two filter changes and just add oil. Before the bike goes to hibernation for the winter, I change the oil and filter and it's ready for the next year.
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Welcome from Mississippi.

I believe the dealer was trying to sell some product. Brand of oil questions are like tire questions, everybody has their opinions.

I use the Honda air filter so can't address that one. I advise looking at some web sites to see how to get to it. Like this one;

I also have a 2010 and it balances well. I can pause at a stop sign, but an officer may dispute that I came to a full stop. Practicing those slow maneuvers helps.

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Welcome to the form from Richmond, Virginia. I think that's a myth about stopping andnot putting your feet down. However, on the same note, I did read where you can stand a nickel up on the engine and then start the bike and it won't fall over?

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Welcome to the site - hope you get the help you want - enjoy the ride.

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In all honesty the biggest weakness of the Goldwing over the HD Ultra (IMO) is slow speed maneuvering. The Harley I COULD stop very controlled and hold it for just the briefest of seconds without putting my foot down. The force of the Vtwin really helped keep you upright at very slow speeds. Its why a lot of times you'd see Harley riders rev their motors going at very slow speeds. Taking a rider of equal ability I bet I'd smoke a Goldwing rider in a straight line slow speed contest.

The horizontal 6 on the Goldwing is nice for its low-slung, low center of gravity. But it doesn't have that v-twin force to help keep you upright at slow speeds.
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