Honda Goldwing Forum banner
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,334 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have not driven a motorcycle for 35 years until I got my current wing at the end of July. Now that I have 8000 plus miles under my belt I at least feel comfortable driving it.

It was loaded with chrome so I added nothing but Baker hand wings, the electrical connection by the battery,a TPMS, the backoff lights on back,headlight modulator, and a Led flasher on the trunk mount light. I felt like all this was safety related, in my mind anyway.

Mechanically, I had a Honda shop change plugs,flush clutch,flush brake system,check brakes, change oil and filter. I changed air filter and should have changed the other two filters up there as well, and put a new fuel filter in. also had the shop put on New Bias E3s on front and back and I put dyna beads in them with 90 degree steel valve stems.
I felt this was all safety related as well. I am slowly getting the wife to ride on the bike,her longest ride was60 miles. So it's a start. I bought her and I the proper safety riding gear with full face modular nolan104 helmets.

I do understand that if for whatever reason you come off the bike it is going to hurt while under way, and the last thing I want is to hurt my wife or myself. I hope I am thinking the proper way. I rode in the summer with shorts and tennis shoes but I always wear a helmet and does she.

Now that I tried to kind of lay out what I think was done to promote my wife and I having a great time on trips and being together on trips. I have a couple of mechanical questions that I have researched for the last couple of weeks that I need advice on.

I have always thought the front end of the bike felt funny, takes bumps hard, I have checked the air in the forks 6 lbs, I dropped it to 3, then to nothing and thought it rode softer and better. I installed a superbrace on it about 10 days ago and it felt great making slow turns. After the superbrace was on I filled up one day with the bike on the side stand, and when I stood it upright the front dropped noticeably. I checked for binding and could find nothing.i then had a friend come over and I locked the front brake and rocked the bike forward and he said it was moving down about 4 inches,as far as I know it has the factory springs in it. I now have asset of progressive springs and plan to install them next month. I was going to have the Honda shop do it, but I feel comfortable doing it myself and it will give me a sense of satisfaction that I could do it. I am building a spring compressed so I can put it back together. I have been reading about fork rebuilds on another site and feel good about doing it myself. What weight oil should I put in with the progressive springs? I have read everything from ATF,to 10-20 weight.? anything I should be aware of before take lying the forks?

Last advice is on fuel mileage, I have filled the bike up 63 times and I keep very accurate records. best I have ever got is 33.7 , been in the 30s only 3 of those 63 fill ups. Worst was22.6, overall average is 27.6

I do not drive a heavy throttle, try to keep it around 2900rpm which is 67 MPH by GPS,other than the iron butt ride and I ran 75 most of the time due to interstate driving and that was the speed limit.

I was at the Honda shop today and asking them about the mileage and the fork rebuild, they gave their opinion and I wanted more advise from people that have owned and ridden and worked on them for years.

I just have a gut feeling that the carbs are not in synch. The bike runs good,ideals at 850, am I going down the right path on the mileage?

I know this was a long post, but I just want to try to improve my mileage and ride, and keep the wife and I safe.

And stay out of the Honda shop so I don't buy a new 1800.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
15,177 Posts
your carbs may be dirty also, try putting a half a can of seafoam in with your next fill up. milage drops dramaticly once you hit 70mph
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,289 Posts
If you are riding at 70 mph in open country, the mpg's are good. If you were on your back roads at 55-60 mph it is bad. But from what you have said I would say your mpg's is good and normal.
I have a 1200 and the last trip I ran out of gas at 190 mile mark. One up into a 40 mph wind @ 70 mph. I can get down to 27 mpg into the a strong wind @ 70 mph two up and loaded, without even trying.
Eric
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
464 Posts
Eric is right. My GL1500, which was ridden only on Ironbutt rides, was very sensitive to speed and to mother nature. I had segments where mileage was as low as 24mpg and others where it was as high as 38mpg.

However, overall your numbers seem a little low and Seafoam really helped my then-11-year-old GL1500. It is like magic.

On you comment abut filters; I changed the "other two" after 11 years and both had turned to dust.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,334 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I have run about 8 cans of sea foam through it already, and every other fill up put in a couple ounces.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
801 Posts
I have a 98 Aspencade, my fuel average is about 37 mpg, however, most of my riding is back roads at about 55-60 mph. When I ride two up mileage drops a bit and when I pull the trailer mileage drops even more.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
72 Posts
"I know this was a long post, but I just want to try to improve my mileage and ride, and keep the wife and I safe."
"I rode in the summer with shorts and tennis shoes but I always wear a helmet and does she."

You need to make up your mind; keeping the wife safe, or riding in shorts and tennis shoes.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,689 Posts
My 93, 1500 consistantly gets 39 to 41 riding one or two up and stay under 70 mph. When I hang a trailer on it, I can loose as much a 10 mpg.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
24,523 Posts
Carb work (cleaning and sync) for sure. Air filter if not already done, and check those vacuum lines. The fork springs will do wonders for you too.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,334 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
39 front 41 back when they heat up the psi in front goes up 6 psi and the back 9 psi according to the TPMS. Running Dunlop e3 bias.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top