Buying the Goldwing

08.30.2007 | 8:04 pm | Goldwing

A week ago Wednesday, we went to the Honda dealer:

to look at Goldwings. They had 2 on the sales floor, but they did not have the accessory packages we wanted. We originally were looking at the dark red metallic paint job, and the salesman, Chris, checked and said they had one in their warehouse, which is located on the other side of town. So, we  went ahead and started the paperwork, haggled a bit and arrived at a price.

The following day we arranged the funding, got approved right away. The bank draft was ready for us to pick up on Friday morning, so we ran over there in the morning to pick it up.

While driving to the bank, I got a call from Chris, who told me that they had brought the crate containing the red Goldwing back to the shop, but when they opened it up, there was actually a Titanium silver bike inside, despite the fact that the label said red on it. I checked with my wife, and she thought that color might be OK, but wanted to see it in person. Chris said they would put the bike together and we could come look at it later that afternoon.

That afternoon, we arrived at the dealer and checked out the bike. The color was fine, but Chris had noticed that there was one panel on the left side of the bike that was not the proper color. It was a lighter silver instead of the dark color of the rest of the bike. Chris ordered the right panel and said they would call us when it came in and they would replace it.

We went inside to complete the paperwork, but it was discovered that the paperwork still showed the bike as being red, so they had to do it all over. In fact, the temporary registration still says it is red, but the dealer said it would be fine as long as the VIN matches the paperwork.

Over the weekend, I was out riding and noticed that I was getting an Invalid Operation error when the GPS navigation system started up. It continued to be a problem, so I ran back by the dealer so they could take a look. They opened the trunk and reseated the chip into the socket in the GPS unit. The unit has not acted up since, so maybe that took care of it.

On Thursday, my insurance card arrived in the mail. I went to the bike to put the card in the bag along with the registration papers. I pulled the release handle for the left saddlebag, and heard a snap. The bag did not open, and there was no resistance on the release lever. I called the service department and the guy knew all about that happening and said it was a common problem. He told me I could bring it by in the morning and he would replace the broken linkage clip for me.

Everyone at Seminole Power Sports was very helpful. It was just frustrating to have these little things happen when I had purchased the most expensive motorcycle they sell. 

In spite of these issues, I am very happy with the bike and it rides like a dream.

Given up for adoption

08.26.2007 | 6:25 am | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

The CB650 has been sold and has gone to its new owner. He is a guy that likes to work on old cars and bikes for a hobby. Maybe he will have more luck than I did. I am still curious what the problem was, so he promised me he would let me know if he got it running.

Now I have more room in the garage for the new Goldwing.

Drowning my sorrows

08.25.2007 | 9:20 am | Goldwing

I was feeling so badly about not being able to get the 650 running, I needed something to lift my spirits. Since I am not really into drinking or drugs, I felt there was only one solution. I knew what I had to do, so I did it.

I went to the local Honda shop and bought a brand new 2008 Honda Goldwing.



This bike is incredible! Massive power, nimble handling, and accessories galore. I got the package that includes the Comfort, Premium Audio, and Navigation.

It was threatening to rain when I picked it up, so I had to run it straight home without taking it for a spin. I will try to resolve that issue later today. 

I Surrender!

08.15.2007 | 5:26 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

After much thought and consideration, I am going to throw in the towel, and sell off the parts on eBay. As much as I would like to have gotten this bike to run, I just can’t justify spending several hundred more dollars taking it to a mechanic. I have already invested more than I originally anticipated, and am losing money on it.  I have spent dozens of hours trying to get fuel to the engine, but still, all I have is a big door stop.

So, my next adventure will be taking it all apart, posting the parts on eBay and selling off whatever I can get money for. I will document the process and post pictures and descriptions as I go along.

It will be an experience trying to properly price all the parts. I will need to do some research before I post them for sale. 

I intend to watch for a good used Gold Wing, but I will NOT buy one that does not run. I learned my lesson on this one.

Handlebar Camera Mount

08.11.2007 | 12:56 am | General

I was in the mood for some fiddling in the garage, but nothing too involved. I had wanted a camera mount for the Shadow, so I surfed around to see if I could find any information about making one. I found something quick and easy at, so I decided to fabricate my own, using that one and the Bottle Cap Tripod by Jake Ludington as a guide.

Here is what I did:

I went to Lowes and picked up the parts:

1″ x 3/4″ PVC T joint

4″ piece of threaded 3/4″ PVC

A threaded end cap

1/2 x 20 bolt, 1.5 inches long A piece of sheet rubber Some flat washers and some rubber washers Here are my parts, all laid out:


The T was too long to fit between the handlebar clamps.


 So I cut 1/8″ off each end with a hacksaw and it fit just right.


The threaded end cap was rounded a bit, so I flattened it with my belt sander.


The upright shaft had hex nut stuff molded into it, so I sanded off the edges to make it round. 

 shaft.jpg  sanded.jpg

The cut down T fit just fine now.


I drilled a hole in the end cap to fit the 1/4 x 20 bolt.


Here is the contraption, ready for a trial fit. The rubber pad sits between the T and the handlebars.


Looks good, but the upright shaft is too long, and my camera hits the inside of the windshield. I replaced the 4″ shaft with a 2″ one, and it fits just right. I will add a pic of it later. 

A pic through the windshield.


A pic with the engine running to check for vibrations.


I painted it white with some spray paint, and gave it a road test. Here is a 15mb video.

Still no fuel in the engine

08.4.2007 | 2:24 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

I have fiddled and researched, and I still can’t get it to start. Fuel makes it to the float bowls, but no further.  I thought maybe there was some kind of vacuum issue, or lack of it, but all the hoses appear to be connected and I don’t see any place where it could be leaking. There is a black cover that screws down on top of the brown fiber gasket. The needle for the main jet goes into the hole in the bottom of the carb, in the middle of the venturi.


This is the sleeve that slides down into the carb, the needle is attached to this.


The cover has a spring inside that pushes against the sleeve to keep it from bouncing around and letting too much gas into the engine.


I guess I will have to bundle the whole mess up and take it to the repair shop, because I don’t see anything wrong.

Nasty weather

08.2.2007 | 12:55 pm | 1981 CB650, CB650 Custom, Project bike

The weather has just been too wet and humid for me to want to work in the garage, so I have done nothing with the bike other than look at it wistfully on my way to work each morning.

I did find out that my local Honda dealer only works on bikes that are 10 years old or newer, so I can’t take it there to be fixed. I found a place 2 towns over that may be an option. I have to call them and see what they say. I am still not sure if I am going to put more money into it, or just part it out and move on to my next project.