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  • Hello Fellow GW riders!

    New to the site, fairly long term winger. Parents rode Hondas- 750 Four and a 450. I pretty much grew up on the back of a 750 four. My first bike as a kid was a used red SL-70 and spent every spare moment riding around a huge field across from my home fashioned into trails and a track. I still have it today. I restored it a few years ago after years of being abandoned to a shed to new (thanks FleaBay). I eventually sneaked rides on my dad's 750 four with a gal who would become my wife. When the GL1000 came out I lusted after it as a young adult and always admired 1200s and 1500s rolling down the road solo or in groups.

    I was driving home from work one day in 1996 and as I was passing our local Honda dealer, I saw an '88 wing for sale used on consignment. I stopped in and sitting on it was all it took. I had that bike for 5 years and we traveled a lot of the western US on it including up into Canada and out through the Canadian rockies out to Victoria Island. That trip I had to strap that bike to the side of a sea ferry to get it down to Port Angles in WA & get back down the coast to our home in northern Ca. I loved that bike and it sealed my fate as a GoldWing rider putting 65k miles on the bike before selling it to a great guy that was a relocated serviceman from Japan back to the states. He picked up that bike and the next morning he rode to Texas and up to I think Michigan. Loved seeing it was going to get used well.

    In January 2001 I used my birthday as an excuse to buy one of the first GL1800A's (#127). My wife and I have continued riding and have traveled back through some places I wanted to do again like the rockies and new adventures like Route 66 out as far as Roswell, NM. I ride the bike in a fairly spirited way and can chase down a lot of the local "squids" up on our bay area foothills like Skyline up around Alice's Restaurant.

    I ride almost every day but did have some gaps as I didn't have good covered parking for the bike after I changed buildings (try to take good care of the bike). I decided to man up and found a solution so I'm back riding at least weekly. I'm currently trying to figure out how to get the wing into my car trailer as a "pit bike". I instruct and drive a street car at a couple of our local racetracks for a high performance driving group. I may have to settle for putting the SL-70 in the trailer but I'd really not look forward to the pics my buddies would take of me on that tiny bike!

    Hope this wasn't too much of a boring read. I'll contribute where I can and look forward to making more riding friends.

  • #2
    Great introduction. Welcome to the family!
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    • #3
      Welcome aboard and thanks for the intro!

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      • #4
        A great big WELCOME to you! Glad to have you aboard.

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        • #5
          Not boring at all 2001wingrider. Pleased to have you aboard. I like that about giving a kid a bike in a paddock idea, nothing better.
          GL1800 8A - TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 900

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          • #6
            Sounds great- wishing you many more happy miles

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            • #7
              Welcome aboard! Your bio indicates you understand it's ALL about the ride.
              2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
              USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
              US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
              2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
              2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

              50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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              • #8
                WELCOME to the forum from Ohio. Be safe and enjoy the ride. Larry

                IBA #57814
                SaddleSore 1075 Miles in 24 hours (certified)
                BunBurner 1632 Miles in 36 hours (certified)
                Prowler #81
                Double Darksider # 792
                Alaska 2012 / 2014

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                • #9
                  Welcome from the Canadian contingent too!
                  Florida Prowler #26 -
                  Darksider #933 90,000 miles and counting
                  Keep the shiney side up!

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                  • #10
                    Howdy to you and thanks for sharing. I am a big Fan of Stories, especially True ones.
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                    Why sweat the leg thing when I can still ride a Goldwing
                    Member of the Hann-Amigo Trio

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                    • #11
                      Welcome to the forum 2001wingrider...enjoyed your intro...now you enjoy the forum

                      John
                      John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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                      • #12
                        I appreciate all the posts!

                        Ride safe!

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                        • #13
                          Welcome nice post enjoy
                          2010 Pearl Yellow L3, Double Darksider #856, Ultimate Midrider Seat w Yellow inlays, F4+4 Tinted, Live To Ride, Love my Wing

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mayor Hal View Post
                            Welcome from the Canadian contingent too!
                            We really enjoyed our trip through central & western Canada. I have to confess the Canadian rockies and traveling up to the Columbia Ice Fields from Banff NP really gives the Colorado rockies a real run for the money. Wow on the views. I travel regularly to Toronto for work and chatted with a couple of Wing riders that were parking downtown. I flew up to Toronto with my wife for a work / birthday trip in April for her and we drove down to Niagra Falls. Had a great time.

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                            • #15
                              Hey 2001....... Welcome. Banff to Jasper area is the greatest ... Can't wait to get back there on the Wing!

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