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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-30-2018, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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New Wing Rider with questions

Just a week on my '16 and liking it so far. Coming from a ST rider, it is a big adjustment. But I do have a couple questions:
1. While on a 3-hour trip, we stopped for dinner. It had cooled off significantly. When we got ready to leave, the TPMS light was flashing. I got off the bike, but didn't notice any noticeable decrease in air pressure. We decided to continue to a gas station where I would check the pressure. After a couple miles, the light shut off. This is now the common whenever the tires are cold. I checked the air pressure and they correct. I even added a pound in case. Is this common? As soon as I finish getting the bike registered in my name, I will transfer the warranty and have it looked at.
2. Noisy shifting. The ST is renown for a noisy shift going from first to second, but can be muted by pressure before using the clutch. The Wing seems very noisy every shift, and it doesn't seem to help much if I put pressure. Is this normal?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-30-2018, 01:53 PM
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I see you are in Denver. If you air your tires in your garage, at a normal temperature of about 70 degrees, and then drive someplace cold and let them cool down to something a lot colder, the pressure will drop. Maybe more that just a few pounds. Do not add to the pressure. I find that smaller tires on a bike are much more subject to big swings in pressure based on just a few degrees on temperature change.

Noisy shifting on a Goldwing? - NORMAL! Just get used to the clunk.
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Thanks for the reply. Just getting used to the new normals!


'16 GL1800A
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Good Luck and enjoy your wing. You can expect many years of great riding and can expect to get 200K miles on the bike. With proper maintenance you can have them a lifetime.
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I find that the noisy shifts are decreased if the shifts are done at lower speeds.... into high gear by the time you are at 30mph...... dont down shift coming up to stops until you are under 30...... plenty of torque to spare. On level take offs, I start in 2nd gear.

Just experiment around.

During the winter I have two places that cause some sort of frequency interference with the TMPS, causes it to come on every time in the same stretch of the road.
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Have a 17 and it doesn't have the TPMS problem when cold. But I know many do have the same issue when cold. I also live at 500 ft not 5280 ft.
My 17 shifts hard and noisy as well. Have missed shifts more often on my 17 than I ever did on my 06. Hopefully it will all smooth out with more miles.
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Welcome from NE Indiana! While I do not have an 1800 I do have a 1989 GL 1500 and I have found different brands of oil changes the way it shifts

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Welcome to the group.

Yes Wings are famous for clunky shifting, especially 1st to 2nd. I also had an ST and never found the tranny to be clunky at all but that could be just me after riding v-twin cruisers for 12 years. Pre-loading the shifter can help ease the clunk but be careful not to overdo it as you could bend a shift fork.
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