Glam shots

09.22.2007 | 5:45 pm | Goldwing

Now that it is somewhat cleaned up and has all the goodies on it, I thought I would park it outside and get some better pictures of it. Here are some hi-res ones:

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Some real “dress up”

09.22.2007 | 5:38 pm | Goldwing

OK, this is more dressy than the other stuff was. A guy on the Goldwing forum was selling a use bra, or a “nose mask” as he called it. It was cheap, and I figured it would be worth it during love bug season alone. It is kind of hard to tell what it looks like in this picture since the titanium paint job and the black don’t contrast much.

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Some more dress-up

09.21.2007 | 6:17 pm | Goldwing

OK, well more funtional than dress up.

We got some Kuryakyn highway pegs for the front and the rear. The front is adjustable in many different directions, so I won’t know what I like and what is comfortable until I go for an extended ride.

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The rear pegs just fold up and down.

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And, the crown jewel of creature comforts. The pinnacle of biking accomodations…

its the….

Wait for it….

Butler Travel Mug!!! Yipee!! The crowd goes wild!!!

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There is nothing like 32 ounces of your favorite chilled refreshment at your fingertips. It doesnt’ get any better than this folks!

The dress-up begins…

09.9.2007 | 1:05 pm | Goldwing

I picked up some chrome doodads and started upgrading the Goldwing. I got the trim pieces for the trunk and saddlebag areas, and the center shark fin for the front end. 

And yes, the chrome project is going to get expensive. As they say, buying the bike is the cheap part. I am looking some extra lighting kits for the front end next.

More to follow… 

Really entertaining reading

09.8.2007 | 11:27 pm | General

I stumbled across BustedUpCowgirl.Com, which is a site featuring the efforts of some people to fight back and really mess with Internet scammers. This particular woman is in the horse business, but these Nigerian scams are frequently used for online motorcycle or automobile advertisements.

Click on the link in the Blogroll list on the right hand side of the page.

Have a look, I think you will get a kick out of it!

Trip to Seminole Power Sports

09.6.2007 | 6:31 pm | Goldwing

I went to the dealer this morning to have the trim pieces fixed. The bottom trim piece was secure, but the side pieced is only held on my double sided sticky tape, and the new piece they put on did not hold it. As soon as I put my hand on it, the trim piece came loose again.

I mentioned that the cruise control had some lag in it, and needed to be adjusted. They told me that it would take some work to get that taken care of and would need me to leave the bike with them. I decided to just wait on that repair and have it done when they do the 600 mile service.

I broached the topic of giving them this bike back in exchange for another one in the dark red metallic that I wanted in the first place. They didn’t say no, so at least it is still a possibility. If they swapped this one for another one, presuming I have no problems with the new one, that would make me a happy camper.

We shall see…

Sunday morning ride

09.5.2007 | 7:20 pm | General

Here is a little video I put together from my home made camera mount and my cheapo Canon digital camera.

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More shoddy Goldwing workmanship

09.2.2007 | 12:06 pm | Goldwing

I pulled the bike into the garage this morning to clean it up a bit, since I had run through some puddles caused by the sprinkler systems alongside the highway. I started cleaning it off, and when I wiped the bottom of the back end, one of the plastic panels was loose. I crawled under it, and found that it is only being held on by one screw, the other one is completely missing.

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Then as I worked my way around the bike some more, I ran my rag past yet another plastic trim piece, and IT almost came off in my hand.

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This just amazes me. I bought the flaship model of the Honda motorcycle line, not some low end Rebel, and I continue to find these kinds of things. I wonder how many more things I am going to find, and when these “discoveries” will end. I am progressing from “frustrated” into “angry” very quickly now.

Feasting On Asphalt

09.1.2007 | 10:14 pm | General

I would be remiss in my blogging duties if I did not mention that I have gotten hooked on Alton Brown’s Feasting On Asphalt show which is aired on the Food Network. Alton, who also hosts Good Eats, takes his crew on a motorcycle tour of the US, finding all kinds of small mom and pop places to eat. Diners, cafes, and bars are the epitome of “Road Food”, and they typically have wonderful food, and great service.

What I find particularly attractive about the show is not just the food aspect, but the history that they reveal along the way. They find many really old buildings and business, and some have been around for over 100 years. They also give great background information for some of the most famous food people in history, from Duncan Hines to Colonel Sanders.

The Feasting On Asphalt crew is also extremely humble and respectful. The crew treats all of the people they meet with dignity, are never condescending,  and are always genuinely interested in what these “plain folk” do and why they do it.

This show highlights classic Americana at its best, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, and from Lousiana all the way up the Mississippi to Wisconsin.

The show is in its second season, and the first season can be found and downloaded on most of the popular BitTorrent sites. 

This show is wonderful. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. 

More Goldwing adventures

09.1.2007 | 2:46 pm | Goldwing

I have joined another motorcycle forum:

http://gl1800riders.com/ 

and was reading some comments about people who bought new bikes and found either the oil or coolant levels below what they should be. I pulled the right side cover off and checked the oil and found it to be correct.

 I pulled the left side cover, and a little rubber thingie fell out. I looked around but could not tell where it came from. rubberthingie.jpg

I put it in my pocket and proceeded to check the coolant level. The coolant just barely showed on the dipstick, so I decided to run to bike over the Seminole Power Sports and have them take a quick look to make sure all was OK. I have no interest in winding up sitting alongside the road with the bike overheated.

 

The rubber thing was supposed to be attached to the side cover, so they stuck it back on with some silicone. They also topped off the coolant level, telling me that there must have been an air bubble in the system, and it must have burped.

 

I told the customer care guy that I was still having problems with getting an “Invalid Operation” error on the GPS unit. He took a compact flash card from another bike and stuck it in mine. I will have to try it for a while to see if that fixes it.

 

I also had him try to open my left saddle bag, and he could not do it, even though they had just “fixed” it yesterday morning. I now have to take it back on Tuesday to have them look at it.

 They checked while I was there, and the correct side panel has still not come in yet.While these are little things, I am starting to get frustrated.