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I am looking to fit my Wing to me so I can ride longer, I am 6'3" 230ish, I have more bad disk in my back and neck then good ones.
With my stock 2012 Wing I have been able to ride for about 6 hours
with breaks. I like to ride with a local MSTA group however they ride hard and long with few breaks. my butt seems to suffer the most along with my knees. I live pay check to paycheck so it is not like I can afford to redesign my Wing with every bolt on known to man. Will you share with me some practical ideas on adjusting the bike to me.
When I had my ST1300 I learned that you could lower the seat beyond the factory lowest position by removing a few rubber blocks.This helped with having to lean against the handle bars.
Are there any hidden tricks or at least cheap ideas to make riding longer more enjoyable on my Wing?
Thanks in advance.
 

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One of the cheapest and best for your bottom is the seat cushion people have been getting at their local WalMart
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Comfort-Products-All-Season-Cushion-Black/19530349
Some have bought 2 and used both pads in one cover. Sure made a difference in my seat time.
Not so cheap but, IMHO, well worth the cost is a Utopia Rider Back Rest
http://www.utpr.com/gl1800.html
I would include the Bar Cover and the Quick Out options when ordering.
Another inexpensive help would be a set of bar risers. These move the bars closer to you allowing you to sit more erect
http://www.directlineparts.com/product.asp?pid=5874&str=4
As for the group that "Rides Hard and long w/few breaks". IMHO they are missing the basic reasons for riding, relaxing and having fun. One can go farther in a days time if one takes a short walk around break every hour!
Don't know you age but, @ 67 and even on a trike, I take breaks at least every 100 miles and 6hrs in the saddle is enough for me!
 

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+1 on the Walmart cushion. Good bangs for the bucks. +1 on the bar risers. I would hope our knelson here already has some brand of a back rest. The knees are a tough one to help.
 

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One of the cheapest and best for your bottom is the seat cushion people have been getting at their local WalMart
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Comfort-Products-All-Season-Cushion-Black/19530349
Some have bought 2 and used both pads in one cover. Sure made a difference in my seat time.
Not so cheap but, IMHO, well worth the cost is a Utopia Rider Back Rest
http://www.utpr.com/gl1800.html
I would include the Bar Cover and the Quick Out options when ordering.
Another inexpensive help would be a set of bar risers. These move the bars closer to you allowing you to sit more erect
http://www.directlineparts.com/product.asp?pid=5874&str=4
As for the group that "Rides Hard and long w/few breaks". IMHO they are missing the basic reasons for riding, relaxing and having fun. One can go farther in a days time if one takes a short walk around break every hour!
Don't know you age but, @ 67 and even on a trike, I take breaks at least every 100 miles and 6hrs in the saddle is enough for me!
I have a cushion i bought for my car after my lower back surgery I will cut it down to fit the seat.
I like the riser kit but I couldnt find a price on it, I will call them later.
Thanks for the tips.
 

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I don't know if it will help you but Vanessa has knee problems and finds that the sports knee support helps her.
 

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The knees are another thing! With the seating position on a Wing(feet behind the knees) about the only relief is a good set of road pegs to get the feet forward of the knees.
IMHO the best for this is Mic-o-Pegs
http://www.ridingiswonderful.com/index.html
Don't work on my trike w/foot fairings, so I reverted to a more conventional Kury Ergo II set up w/mini arms to clear the foot fairings.
 

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+1 on the Walmart cushion. Good bangs for the bucks. +1 on the bar risers. I would hope our knelson here already has some brand of a back rest. The knees are a tough one to help.
Nope no back rest as of yet, my wing is completely stock, except for the Royal Purple.
I have rode my Wing for Just over 4,500 miles and I have been just feeling it out to see what needs to be customized. I have stayed away from seat cushions because I thought my would slip around on the seat too much. But I guess this isn't a problem on a Wing many people use them.
So far the things I would like to make better is, Wind-Buffeting and noise, Highway pegs of some sort, The seat cushion, The risers sound like a great idea, I am unsure of a back rest do you need to cut into the factory seat to install one on a 2012?
 

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The knees are another thing! With the seating position on a Wing(feet behind the knees) about the only relief is a good set of road pegs to get the feet forward of the knees.
IMHO the best for this is Mic-o-Pegs
http://www.ridingiswonderful.com/index.html
Don't work on my trike w/foot fairings, so I reverted to a more conventional Kury Ergo II set up w/mini arms to clear the foot fairings.
I saw the mic-o-pegs on U-tube I have not been able to shell out the cash for them yet. they look well engineered.
 

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So far the things I would like to make better is, Wind-Buffeting and noise, I am unsure of a back rest do you need to cut into the factory seat to install one on a 2012?
First, wind buffeting:
1. Baker mirror wings(some call hem hand wings)
2. Baker upper/lower air wings
http://www.bakerbuilt.com/bbairwings/index.htm
3. Taller/ wider windshield. IMHO the absolute champion for the shield is F4. Most likely the last shield you will ever have to purchase and a sponsor of this board!
http://www.f4customs.com/

You need to explain "noise":confused: Do you mean wind noise or the "buzz"/noise in the headsets w/the intercom activated??
Finally, yes, it is necessary to cut a slit in the seat to install a Utopia backrest. Already done by thousands and is much better than the backrest that have bars running along the edge of the seat.
These bars become very uncomfortable, very quickly for the passenger
 

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at 6'3" you must get a lot of wind buffetting , have you raised your windshield up
 

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Nope no back rest as of yet, my wing is completely stock, except for the Royal Purple.
I have rode my Wing for Just over 4,500 miles and I have been just feeling it out to see what needs to be customized. I have stayed away from seat cushions because I thought my would slip around on the seat too much. But I guess this isn't a problem on a Wing many people use them.
So far the things I would like to make better is, Wind-Buffeting and noise, Highway pegs of some sort, The seat cushion, The risers sound like a great idea, I am unsure of a back rest do you need to cut into the factory seat to install one on a 2012?
Oh you have nothing added. Great ! We can start from scratch. Highway pegs first. You need to stretch your knees out. A backrest is good on its own, but it really compliments the highway pegs.
 

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First, wind buffeting:
1. Baker mirror wings(some call hem hand wings)
2. Baker upper/lower air wings
http://www.bakerbuilt.com/bbairwings/index.htm
3. Taller/ wider windshield. IMHO the absolute champion for the shield is F4. Most likely the last shield you will ever have to purchase and a sponsor of this board!
http://www.f4customs.com/

You need to explain "noise":confused: Do you mean wind noise or the "buzz"/noise in the headsets w/the intercom activated??
Finally, yes, it is necessary to cut a slit in the seat to install a Utopia backrest. Already done by thousands and is much better than the backrest that have bars running along the edge of the seat.
These bars become very uncomfortable, very quickly for the passenger
the noise is wind noise I think it is amplified by my cheap helmet it is not so bad even with my visor up.

I am not crazy about the idea of cutting my seat as I ride in the rain all the time and the cushion would soak this up like a sponge so even on dry days my would get wet wouldn't it?
 

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Oh you have nothing added. Great ! We can start from scratch. Highway pegs first. You need to stretch your knees out. A backrest is good on its own, but it really compliments the highway pegs.
Do you have any ideas on inexpensive pegs until I can afford the Mic-o-pegs?
 

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I modified the seat cushion that I bought for my car now I just have to talk the wife into sewing on it some.
I just test drove my bike with this cushion on it and it didn't move around at all.
 

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Do you have any ideas on inexpensive pegs until I can afford the Mic-o-pegs?
We're looking. Probably go with something not traditional and specific to the Goldwing. What is you inseam size? In other words, with your riding shoes on, what is the measurement in inches from your heel to tender loin area ? Don't guess, use a tape measure.
 

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We're looking. Probably go with something not traditional and specific to the Goldwing. What is you inseam size? In other words, with your riding shoes on, what is the measurement in inches from your heel to tender loin area ? Don't guess, use a tape measure.
36 inches
Thanks for your help everyone
 

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When I bought our wing in 93, 100 miles and my knees were killing me. A set of driver floor boards solved that problem ( feet down and forward) However the boards for an 1800 are not cheap.
 

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When I bought our wing in 93, 100 miles and my knees were killing me. A set of driver floor boards solved that problem ( feet down and forward) However the boards for an 1800 are not cheap.
It is good to know that floor boards will help thanks
 

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Still looking for Highway pegs. any ideas on inexpensive ones that will work with a 1800?
 
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