Greetings from Goldsboro, NC. We occasionally get down to the coast during rides. We also like to kayak down there. We are about two hours from you. Welcome!Greetings, new to the site, thanks for the add. I'm a newbie to the Goldwing, most recently road a Street Bob. And yeah....what a diff. I have about 200 miles solo and took the wife for a short run after dinner. Well it was interesting to say the least. I didn't adjust the load as i should have perhaps and as they say it's a beast at parking lot and below speeds. Other than practice practice any advice greatly accepted! So the intro says to say as much as you want about yourself so, I'm 65, a retired Trauma RN living on the coast of NC. I was able to snag a 2008 with 16,800 mi., garage kept, shiny as new. Not to knock Harleys, I love em, but for the price and no more upper rebuilds every 25,000 etc I feel I got a steal. Looking to meet members in my area!
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The single best advise I got when learning these things was how to ride slow in the brake zone. There are videos on it on YouTube. Lots of practice doing slow turns with a mix of a little power and rear brake. The key is building confidence and doing it without taking your feet off the pegs. Now I make rather tight maneuvers without even thinking about it. You will get good enough at it to anticipate lights (and stop signs) and not put your feet down. Even though she's a big, heavy girl she'll reward a skilled rider. Practice, Practice, Practice!