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:I picked up my new GW last Saturday from Honda of Russellville in Russellville Arkansas. We (wife and I) immediately left the dealership and headed to Eureka Springs for a quick weekender. I must admit the bike met all my expectations. But more importantly, it met my wife's expectations.

I am coming off a Yamaha FJR and was worried the GW would not be as responsive as the FJR especially in the area of handling. Although it does not handle like the FJR, it comes pretty close. Close enough that I may sell the FJR.

One thing I noticed was an uneven idle. Not a rough idle just uneven. Only noticeable when approaching a stoplight and when I engaged the clutch the engine would rev up and down. It never would rev above 1,000 rpm and never low enough to die. After a few seconds at the stoplight, the idle would even out. Any suggestions?

Overall we love the bike and hope to put many, many miles on it.

Joey
 

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I picked up my goldwing last Tuesday in Rockingham NC. It was hot and humid. There was some surge on my bike that first day when sitting in stop and go traffic. I drove home (1500 miles) and do not remember it happening after the first day.
good luck with yours!
 

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I agree! I traded a 2003 ST1300 on the Titanium 2009 GL1800. I gladly gave up some speed for the comfort of the goldwing. It is interesting that it takes more muscle to go around a tight switchback but that same desire to go straight helps breaking through truck generated wind.

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I have almost 1800 miles on my 09 that i got in May I haven't noticed surging except on rare occasions, (maybe 2 or 3 times). Since I came from a GL1500 I just assumed it was the difference between carbs and programmed fuel injection. If it keeps up you may want to take it to the dealer to have it checked.
 

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I guess I will just have to get out and put some serious miles on the GW to even out the idle. I hate it when that happens!!
 

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:I picked up my new GW last Saturday from Honda of Russellville in Russellville Arkansas. We (wife and I) immediately left the dealership and headed to Eureka Springs for a quick weekender. I must admit the bike met all my expectations. But more importantly, it met my wife's expectations.

I am coming off a Yamaha FJR and was worried the GW would not be as responsive as the FJR especially in the area of handling. Although it does not handle like the FJR, it comes pretty close. Close enough that I may sell the FJR.

One thing I noticed was an uneven idle. Not a rough idle just uneven. Only noticeable when approaching a stoplight and when I engaged the clutch the engine would rev up and down. It never would rev above 1,000 rpm and never low enough to die. After a few seconds at the stoplight, the idle would even out. Any suggestions?

Overall we love the bike and hope to put many, many miles on it.

Joey

Sounds like the ECM needs to be set/reset. Here's how:


Simple....
1. Make sure the engine is stone cold (let it sit over night).
2. Start bike without touching the throttle.
3. Let it continue to idle until the radiator fans come on.
4. Turn off the bike using the key (turn the key all the way counter-clockwise).
5. Start her back up and ride.
 

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Sounds like the ECM needs to be set/reset. Here's how:


Simple....
1. Make sure the engine is stone cold (let it sit over night).
2. Start bike without touching the throttle.
3. Let it continue to idle until the radiator fans come on.
4. Turn off the bike using the key (turn the key all the way counter-clockwise).
5. Start her back up and ride.
Not heard of this before. Will give it a try. When you say "all the way counter-clockwise" do you mean locking the steering? Thanks for the help.
 

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Not heard of this before. Will give it a try. When you say "all the way counter-clockwise" do you mean locking the steering? Thanks for the help.

Just to off. In other words don't turn it off by turning it to the right to the accessory setting.
 

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hello and welcome to GWOF luv2ride71730
 

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Not heard of this before. Will give it a try. When you say "all the way counter-clockwise" do you mean locking the steering? Thanks for the help.

No. Just to the regualr off. Just not to the accessory setting to the right to kill the engine. Also don't use the kill switch. In other words, after the fans kick on turn the key to "off".
 

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06 Connie to 08 GW -First day notes

Today I rode my new 08 GW for hours no big problems. On the highway a smooth, comfortable, quiet ride. Through small towns the GW was very easy to operate. Back roads it was so nice to just enjoy this bike.
No vibration from the in-line four or wrist fatigue. I'm use to sport and sport/tour bikes. You know you're're almost on the front wheel and the wheel base is shorter.
GW is quite a bit different, as you sit back further on the frame. On slow turns coming off a stop I didn't feel as comfortable. I'm just not use to her yet. To be honest I had to be very careful when going from a stop, entering into a sharp right turn. Left turns didn't seem as challanging.
Then my wife came home and finally got on the bike. She weighs about 150 lbs. I really wasn't ready for the change in balance. We did okay, in that the ride went well. However there is a big learning curve for me. Her being on the back magnified my inexpierance in slow sharp turns. This was not an issue on the Connie. Not sure why this is.
So instead of a long ride we intended on, we turned around and went to a boat landing and practiced turns. For an hour we did nothing but turns. Look I just love this bike. I'll feel better when i get the seat modified, ( both feet full on ground) and my body adjust to the muscle groups that will now be used. Practice, practice, practice!!!
 

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Yep. I'm still going through the learning process with the bike as it is heavier (but very nicely balanced) than my previous rides. I just added a Utopia backrest, and while I find it even more comfortable now, having it on changes the dynamics a bit. So... more learning.

But I'm loving it. Smooth, although I get a chuckle every time I leave from stopped. First gear is so dang short (it seems, anyway), that I feel the weight of the bike and I think I'm driving a rig and not a bike. From second on, though, the bike just floats and slides away from traffic behind me with ease.
 

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Hey glowdog.....congatulations on your new Wing!
You say it's an '06...is that a typo?..
"No vibration from the in-line four or wrist fatigue"
As far as I know..2001~09's are all six cylinders....so maybe there is something I need to know?....:)
 

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Hey glowdog.....congatulations on your new Wing!
You say it's an '06...is that a typo?..
"No vibration from the in-line four or wrist fatigue"
As far as I know..2001~09's are all six cylinders....so maybe there is something I need to know?....:)
Nothing you need to know, Goldwings have been 6 Cylinders since the 80's.
 
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