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Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:13:47 PM »
Well, I finally got me a Goldwing today.  2004 GL1800 SE Edition with ABS.  It has the main accessories that I wanted, e.g., fog lights, luggage rack, highway pegs, and trailer hitch.  Came with a second windshield (it's massive!) for cold weather.  She's a little overcooked on chrome trim, but oh well...

Decided to go with a used one to start, just to make sure that I like it.  It has 61k miles, and I got it for KBB trade-in value.  If I don't like it, or trade up for a new one, I shouldn't lose much money.

It seems like this bike has not felt a lot of love in the last few years.  The saddlebags are hard to open, and the controls and seats are dirty.  Looks like she's been sleeping under a tarp or in a barn for a few years.  She has no idea of the polishing storm that is about to overcome her...

But the first order of business is new tires....these are a little old.









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Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 03:33:31 PM »
Someone must have rang a bell! Glenn got his Wing(s)!



Congrats, Glenn!
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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 04:01:03 PM »
Glen we will see you tomorrow morning. But sometime on this trip give the 2016 I just got a whirl. I think it is still under 900 miles on it. Welcome to see how it feels with the trailer in tow also.
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« Last Edit: April 12, 2017, 04:06:26 PM by norton73 »
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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 04:47:17 PM »
Nice wing!

There is no joy in removing a car tire from a motorcycle rim. New curse words will be learned.  :-X

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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 07:04:30 PM »
Step 1 - Remove useless stuff....

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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2017, 07:05:43 PM »
The guy who sold me the bike had no idea that there was a trailer hitch under there.  Lucky for me!
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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2017, 07:16:03 PM »
I normally don't use ArmorAll on motorcycles, but...

Step 2 - Clean with Mothers and moisturize with ArmorAll



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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2017, 08:21:39 PM »
Fixed the left saddlebag cable.  The right cable has a broken clip that I'll have to order.

Went ahead and removed the highway pegs.  I scraped them twice on the way home and didn't even think I was leaning that hard.



Gotta pack for Tellico now...

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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2017, 08:38:20 PM »


Definitely want to do this with my KTM ... sooner rather than later, but I have to replenish the play fund first.
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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2017, 08:40:30 PM »
Nice wing!  There is no joy in removing a car tire from a motorcycle rim. New curse words will be learned.  :-X

Thanks, Mark.  Hopefully I can get Kevin all lubed up with Yuengling someday and change the tires at his house on his fancy machine...

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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2017, 10:12:53 AM »

But the first order of business is new tires....these are a little old.




That bike must have come from a Straight Line Rider in Florida. That's worst flat spot I've ever seen.
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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2017, 06:28:02 AM »
Found the part that I needed (door rod connector) at Autozone, so now all three saddlebag latches are working properly again.

Removed the front wheel to check the bearings, clean and regrease the axle, etc.  Brake pads have a little life left, but not much.  Ordered new pads -- two sets of EBC # FA261HH.

Shoes arrived Saturday ... going to get them changed out later this week.




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Re: Fantasia, the Dancing Hippo
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2017, 06:37:08 AM »
Congrats on the new steed!