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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy folks! My wife and I are new to motorcycle ownership and this world of travel by motorcycle. I see there are a number of folks on this site who are located close to me. I am hoping to catch the attention of someone who is willing to spend a little time helping me get better acquainted with my bike: the mechanics, at home type maintenance type stuff and general conversation regarding best safety practices. Not looking to tie anyone down, maybe 1-2 afternoons if you could spare that.

I’m riding a 2008 Wing and so far I’ve read the owner’s manual cover to cover, I’m enrolled in the MSF course beginning June 21st and I’ve logged about 1500 miles on the bike in all types of traffic. I’m handling the bike well but I lack experience.

Send me a PM if you’re willing to help me get off on the right foot. Thanks!
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Howdy folks! My wife and I are new to motorcycle ownership and this world of travel by motorcycle. I see there are a number of folks on this site who are located close to me. I am hoping to catch the attention of someone who is willing to spend a little time helping me get better acquainted with my bike: the mechanics, at home type maintenance type stuff and general conversation regarding best safety practices. Not looking to tie anyone down, maybe 1-2 afternoons if you could spare that.

Iím riding a 2008 Wing and so far Iíve read the ownerís manual cover to cover, Iím enrolled in the MSF course beginning June 21st and Iíve logged about 1500 miles on the bike in all types of traffic. Iím handling the bike well but I lack experience.

Send me a PM if youíre willing to help me get off on the right foot. Thanks!
Well first of all, Welcome from Northern Virginia (NOVA). The Gold Wing is certainly a lot of motorcycle to start with but that isn't saying you can't do it. You're already on the right path with reading and taking the MSF course. The hardest thing about the Gold Wing is slow speed maneuvers and tight turns. That gets much tougher when you're riding with 2 up or a load. I had 30 years between bikes and my previous bike was much smaller. I spent quite a lot of time in a large parking lot near me practicing U turns, slow speed turns and testing the "tipping point". Most everyone here has dropped their (at least the one's that admit it). There's a great video out there on how to get it back up on its feet by yourself.

Good luck on finding someone to help you. I think you're on the right track and one of the best teachers is just experience in the seat. I recommend spending a lot of time 1 up before tackling something with 2 up.

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A group of us wasn't too far from you this past weekend in Banner Elk. Another source of information is the book; Proficient Motorcycling. It goes into riding in traffic, braking, and the physics of steering.

Oh, and welcome to you from Mississippi.
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Thank you for the warm welcome, advice and recommendations. I had considered that rally in Banner Elk, but my wife’s work schedule interfered. Probably a good thing anyway because I need more experience. This is not my first motorcycle, but it is my first road bike and admittedly I have not ridden a dirt bike in more than 35 years. I actively “cycle” and I do have extensive experience riding long distances (hundreds of miles trips, with 50-70 miles days) on a weighted down touring bicycle (~86lbs. including all gear, clothes and food) so.. my balance is pretty good and at 52 years of age I’m in pretty good shape athletically.

All that to say this. As far as handling the Goldwing YES it is the slow speeds where I need more practice specifically and the strength and balance I do have is no match for this beast. This is where I make what I think is a good analogy. I golf too... and I’ve had my eyes beat out by 80 year old men. That means my strength is no match for their skill. Same applies to this Goldwing. I’ve seen some fellas who look to be 80, small frame and not nearly as strong as I think I am, riding their Goldwings. Again, their knowledge and skill is the thing I lack and I hope to find someone who can mentor me so I don’t have to learn everything the hard way! &#x1f61c;
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Welcome to the site!

As others mention, the slow speed stuff is the hardest part, but like any motorcycle, you need the confidence to just let the bike do what it is meant to. A slow rider course will certainly help you with that, it's amazing what these bikes will do if you just let them do their thing. Best of luck and hopefully you will meet up with the gang along the road.
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Hello for SE PA and welcome to the forum.

One tip is that you can do 90%(plus) slow speed stuff in 2nd gear and feathering the clutch. The other thing that you probably already know is eyes UP - where you look is where you will go, so if you look down you are going to go DOWN. Of course, review the earlier video because if you look down you will need to right the bike.

Enjoy your ride. . .
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Some good info already. If you set yourself up in a parking lot, preferably one that is at a closed school or store, where there aren't any obstacles and practice. practice, practice....and then practice some more, it will help quite a bit as well.
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