Please Join Us in Welcoming 'Brad' to Our Community!
Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:18 AM
Welcome to the North American Goldwings Community!
Please feel free to browse around and get to know the members. We have created this special Welcoming post for you and you are encouraged to add your own comments to this thread! I am sure many of the members will join us in welcoming you to the community by posting here as well!
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Brad joined on 15 Apr 2017
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:41 AM
Hello and thanks for speedy welcome.
My name is Brad and I live on the other side of the planet, Southern Tasmania, Australia.
First up I have a confession. I do not currently own a Goldwing and never have. But I find myself interested in them right now.
I am a bit of a bike enthusiast, got a couple of CB750 sohc's. A ratty old K2 and a near mint condition KO. Plus an old Moto Guzzi that I bought in 1984 that I have put 190,000 klms on.
Also got a Harley 2008FXST.
As this is just an introduction I will keep the first post short.
Look forward to being on this forum.
Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:52 AM
Welcome to the forum family Brad. No worry about not having a Goldwing, your always welcome here. If you have an interest, the bug may have bitten you already and the Wing is in your future. They are wonderful travel machines. Visit often and enjoy the rides.
Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:09 PM
Thanks for the welcomes.
I have been toying with the idea of visiting the US, buying a bike to tour on and then shipping the bike back home.
For some reason it is a relatively simple process to import a motorcycle here to Australia if it is made in 1989 or earlier.
All one needs to do first is fill out an importation approval form to the Australian government with the bikes vin numbers etc, pay a nominal fee and wait from 2-6 weeks for the permit approval.
This makes it a bit tricky if one is buying a bike from ebay for instance as most sellers seem reluctant to hold a bike for that long.
Anyway I have been perusing what pre 1989 bikes are for sale over there and came across a nice looking 1984 Aspencade with very low mileage.
I have never had much of an interest in the Goldwings before, however I watched a review of an older Wing on you tube and was rather impressed with what I saw. It seems they would be an ideal bike to do a tour on over there. The comfy seat for rider and pillion plus the voluminous panniers, fairing and top box seem ideal.
I did call the bloke who was selling the 1984 model however he would have none of waiting. He wanted it gone asap, which I guess is fair enough as everyone has their own circumstances.
I plan to keep looking for something and in the meantime thought joining a forum that specialises in these bikes would be a good start to find out what to look for. It appears it is a good idea to make sure the timing belts are changed when they should be and that the stator is known to be a bit temperamental.
With the bikes I own I am fairly pedantic with regular servicing and have found it to be a good way of minimising nasty surprises. I would imagine the same thing goes with the Wings.
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