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Hi,
just joined the site and wanted to say hello. I also want to say thanks for having such a site devoted to the Goldwing's that we ride and love.
My wife an I hail from the upstate of SC. I have been riding for 20+ plus years but this is the 1st bike that I have been able to get my wife to ride with me. Prior to the Wing, I rode a Yamaha Virago XV1100. I have owned a couple of other bikes over the years.
Actually, I have been "lurking" in the shadows for several weeks. I have learned so much about the Goldwing that I now own. I have an '87 Aspencade that I bought last August. I am the third owner and the bike has been well cared for. As can be expected, there were a few "bugs" to work out. I think with the help of the members of this site that most of them will be gone shortly.
Just a list of things I've done so far.
1. Added wind wings.
2. Complete detail to almost new condition.
3. Repaired left speaker. (broken wire)
4. New mirrors with chrome backs.
5. New chrome grill.
6. Various other chrome pieces.
7. New foot pegs.
Now for the latest bug. We went on a charity ride last weekend and it ran hot on me. This was at very low speed. I got it back home and have been troubleshooting this week. I had today off and was finally able to track down the issue. The thermostatic switch was bad. I ordered one from Mother Honda (ouch). I also took the opportunity to flush the cooling system, change the plugs, new timing belts, new thermostat, check all the brakes and bleed the clutch.
Hopefully, once I get the new switch and put it all back together, we will be able to enjoy many safe and enjoyable miles without problems.
While I have things apart, is there anything else that I should focus on?
I apologize for such a long post but I DO love my 'Wing!
Thanks,
Jim
Cruisin' in Carolina

Jim


Previous Bikes
Honda CB-350
Kawasaki VN-750
Yamaha Virago XV-1100
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#1 08-29-2008, 10:11 PM,
Welcome, Jim. Looks like you are going to be a valuable resource.
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#2 08-29-2008, 10:55 PM,
Hello Jim, I am just across the NC line from Blacksburg. Good to have a neighbor join up.
Pappy
1998 GL1500 SE
Shelby, NC
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#3 08-30-2008, 07:20 AM,
welcome to the Wing world.

if ya get down FLA way, give me a shout
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#4 08-30-2008, 10:37 AM,
Welcome Jim

Give me a yell sometime-- I live in Huntersville.

Have you checked the stator wiring, the relay next to the battery, and the wiring at the voltage regulator?

good luck Big Grin
Tim
currenlty own
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86 SEI,83GL 650i,82GL 500i
450 nighthawk, german spec CB 650, KZ 100, YZ 125, CT90
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#5 08-30-2008, 12:45 PM,
Welcome from southwest Ohio Jim! Glad you're not just lurking anymore, join in and have some fun! Sounds like you've put a lot of luv in your Wing!
1986 Aspencade SEi
Former rides: 1970? QA50, 1972 SL125, 1976 Suzuki GT380, 1975 CB200, 1981 CM400T, 1982 CX500 Silver Wing, 1984 500 Shadow
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#6 08-31-2008, 09:12 AM,
Another welcome from BC!
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#7 08-31-2008, 11:07 AM,
Welcome to the Site!! As Tim said, check the stator wiring and see if it's been soldered yet.
1985 Limited Edition
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#8 09-01-2008, 06:09 PM,
Glad to have you here with us:o) Have you checked your Stator wiring yet???? Better do that:o) I did mine last weekend and the plug was melted Confusedhock:

Ride safe, Wes
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#9 09-01-2008, 07:10 PM,
I have checked the wiring and the plug. The plug wasn't real bad but I eliminated it and soldered the wires. I also checked the stator output and it was well over 50 on all 3 checks. Big Grin Thanks for all the suggestions.
Jim
Cruisin' in Carolina

Jim


Previous Bikes
Honda CB-350
Kawasaki VN-750
Yamaha Virago XV-1100
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#10 09-01-2008, 10:35 PM,
Just one more small thing,,,, Check the wires at the regulator also and replace that connector with soldered connections also!!
1985 Limited Edition
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#11 09-01-2008, 10:46 PM,
Well, the thermostatic switch I had ordered finally arrived today. I installed it, installed the radiator,and added coolant. I started the bike to check for leaks and to burp the system. I had a small leak at the top of the radiator at the clamp. Tightened the clamp, and presto, no more leak. I brought the bike up to temp and as soon as it hit 4 bars, the fan came on, cooled it down and I had my 'wing back!! Big Grin Big Grin
I took it for a 20 mile test ride and no leaks, ran fine at low speed, fan works like new, and the temp never went over 4 bars. :lol:
Thanks for all the info and suggestions.
Cruisin' in Carolina

Jim


Previous Bikes
Honda CB-350
Kawasaki VN-750
Yamaha Virago XV-1100
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#12 09-04-2008, 08:33 PM,
Hi Jim,
I'm new to this board myself and have just purchased (inSep) an '84 aspy. I live in upstate SC, as well, Woodruff area. I need to go through the cooling system on mine, too. Even though it hasn't run "offically" hot as defined by the owner's manual, I get more bars than I want during hot riding (read 85+ temps) Riding in the current weather all is fine.
My wife hasn't ridden with me much but this bike sure is an improvement over the '82 CB900 we used to ride, especially since it has the Corbin seat on it.
We'll all have to hook up and ride some time.
Jim
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