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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-29-2019, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Upstate NY

I’m excited. Despite riding for 41 years and never riding a Honda, I purchased a 2019 Goldwing 1800 yesterday, just on what I heard and read! I can’t wait to take it home, but the roads here are two salty and slippery.
I’m really looking forward to learning tips from the experienced Goldwing owners.
First question, would anyone have advice on an efficient way to keep the GW looking good?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 03:49 AM
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Welcome from Northern VA. Congratulations on your new GW. Not sure where you are in Upstate NY but I'm originally from the Adirondack mountains. Up there they won't think about riding a motorcycle for another 3 or 4 months!

I took some advice from some folks on here and I use Lemon Pledge on all my plastic on my 2015 GW. It works great to keep it clean and shiny. The only downfall I've found is that when its parked the yellow jackets seem to like the smell a bit too much.

Good luck and enjoy. Hope you get to ride soon.

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Welcome to you from Mississippi, where we do not have to wait for the ice to melt off the roads in the winter. Except for yesterday and today.....

I use the wax of my choice at least once a year. I'm not a clean freak but do take the time to wash it a few times. Right now it's still dirty from a ride to Savannah, Georgia and back in early November. A nice enough day to clean it up this time of year is missing a ride day. So during the winter it looks a little shabby. A lot of people use Pledge to keep the windshield and bike clean. I use Plexus on the windshield, but it is a little pricey.

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I’m excited. Despite riding for 41 years and never riding a Honda, I purchased a 2019 Goldwing 1800 yesterday, just on what I heard and read! I can’t wait to take it home, but the roads here are two salty and slippery.
I’m really looking forward to learning tips from the experienced Goldwing owners.
First question, would anyone have advice on an efficient way to keep the GW looking good?


Welcome to the GWOF from your southern neighbor, the Keystone. Make sure you post some pics of that beauty when the opportunity presents itself. We like pics.


Now to your query....Yes to the comment by @Luv2fish . Another way is a product called Plexus which is great but a tad expensive. My biggest recommendation is to stay away from CHROME doodads and that bike will look great.



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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the quick and informative replies! I will try all the tips mentioned.
I don’t plan on adding chrome parts, but I am curious as to why it would be not recommended?
I did take one quick photo before I left the dealership. I will post it.
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Thanks everyone for the quick and informative replies! I will try all the tips mentioned.
I don’t plan on adding chrome parts, but I am curious as to why it would be not recommended?
I did take one quick photo before I left the dealership. I will post it.
Dave
Sort of an inside GWOF joke Dave...........We have a few Chrome Gurus here on the forum and I am a staunch "Less is More" guy that doesn't like all that stuff.......Hence the jab at the guys of shine.

We have a great bunch of folks here, so settle in. Also that is one beauty of ride!!!!
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Welcome to the GWOF from the Keystone state. Congrats on your new Wing. You are going to love it. Ride careful and enjoy the forum.

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 07:23 AM
Hello and welcome to the forum from Michigan. Got out to up state New York last summer, went to Americade at Lake George, had a great time and some great riding.

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Hello and welcome. Ditto on the suggestions of product for shine, but the ground work is important too. I am a believer in bucket and sponge after a good rinse to get the heavy crud off after long rides or bad weather. Mild dish soap and warm water and gently scrubbing the bike down. Wheels however can be a real pain, and I cannot find the fabulous wheel cleaner I used to use, it seems to have gone away. Many will recommend a good quality chamois for wiping down afterward, but I'm more of a fan of the micro cloth products now.

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Thank you, Budoka.
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