iWing’n Around America

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Riding Season 2010

by on May.20, 2010, under Riding, Technical

This new job really has cut in to my ride time. I was fortunate enough to get a little trip in this Spring as we do every year. This year Ron Bien, Steve & Doug James, Jay Brewsaugh and I did about 2500 miles of back roads going through Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, & Kentucky.

Didn’t take any pictures this time though, but Killboy & Zeephoto did. Here’s a slide show of Steve and I running Deals Gap.


As I mentioned, I didn’t take any pictures this time around. This time I mounted a little HD camera on the bike, and did some filming. I put a video together and loaded it on my web site which you can find on my video page of my web site.

rod knock

22 August 2010

During the Spring Fling ride we took in April I developed a nasty noise on my Wing. When I idled at 1500 RPM’s or lower there was a nasty knocking sound. To me it sounded like a rod knock, but when it was above 1500 RPM it was as smooth as usual. I put a sound file here. We checked it over for obvious things, but found nothing. I decided to ride on, and just keep my idle above 1500, and hope like hell no missing pieces are floating around the engine causing damage. I made it home just fine, and started a post on the GL1800Riders board. Many good ideas came out, and once my friend Rocky chimed in it became quite obvious what I was up against.

The bike had to sit idle for a while as my priorities at the time had my focused on  something else. Our official move to Indiana. Ug….THAT was fun.

By the time we moved and I got the bike in it was mid-July. I spoke with the service manager at Hayden Honda (Ralph) and he’s had experience with doing the ACG repair which entails pulling the engine. I felt confident taking it to them. Thirty minutes after we left Ralph called me and said he found cracks in my frame. This is an 03, and I had the re-weld done on the recall so I was thinking I was ok. Turns out, I should have been checking closer.

Here’s some pictures of the crack & a naked Wing.

Hayden Honda did an outstanding job. I was very pleased with the quality of work done, and in a timely manner. I felt like I was riding a new Wing we I rode it home. The detailed the bike to and she was shining pretty good.

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Technical Stuff

by on Dec.06, 2008, under Technical

Chopping My Windshield

I’ve always like the look of a sporty windshield on tour bikes, and I like looking over the windshield. With my stock shield I keep it in the lowest position. I can see over it, but the top of the shield is too close to my straight line of vision so I decided to cut mine down.

 

I have a Tulsa hanging in the garage I haven’t used for a couple of years, and I have access to another stock shield if I really burger it up. What I did is I found the center point of the shield on the bottom, figured out how short I wanted it. Then I cut a string, tied it to a sharpie on one end, and anchored it at the bottom center, then drew my desired cut line on the tape which was on the windshield.
In my case the string length was 14 1/2″ with the shield in the down position. Then I raised the shield to the highest position for easy access, used my saber saw and cut through it like butter.

 

 

 

 

I then put black door edging on it, and it gave it a finished look.

Exhaust Sound Test

A friend loaned me a set of AllyKat mufflars to try out, and I thought I would try to video the difference in sounds between stock and AllyKat’s. Here’s the result. Not too impressive in the audio of it though.

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