Optic Armor +4 Windscreen


On the first test ride with the Optic Armor GL1800 +4 windscreen installed on our 2001 GL1800 Motor Trike, we noticed several significant improvements. It replaces a wide and tall screen from another manufacturer. The ultimate pleasant surprise is the optical clarity. Gone is the distortion on the side edges, as we had with the… Read more »

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Installing Saddlebag Net Inserts


Like a lot of 1500 owners, I eventually upgraded to an 1800 (mine’s a 2012). While I really like the improved low speed stability and the fuel injection system, I do miss a few things about the 1500. First is the significantly more visible rear lights. One of the next items I miss is the… Read more »

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Workbench September 2015


Technical Questions and Answers Getting the Shaft Stu, In your 1500 video, you grease the splines at the end of the drive shaft but you don’t do anything to the splines at the other end (the end with the spring). Should I do anything here? I am working on a 1998 GL1500 with 50,000 miles…. Workbench September 2015″>Read more »

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In the Beginning


It was midyear 1974 and most likely late May or early June. Honda Motors in Japan briefly interrupted a production line…

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Center of Mass

Center of Mass Diagram - Trikes

Understanding the Physics Behind Steering Your Trike Simply put, the center of mass is the point at which the weight of an object, in this case our trike, is equally distributed in all directions. This point is variable. Even when we are stationary, the center of mass depends not only on the trike’s weight distribution… Read more »

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Taking Sides

Sidecar for Gold Wing

Three-Wheel Options for Your Gold Wing Tet’s do a very basic comparison between trikes and sidecars. Trike packages are provided by various companies throughout the country. All the big players provide good quality packages. But a trike conversion is a “one way street.” Once the conversion is done, it is not reversable. Not a bad… Read more »

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Motorcycle Tires II


What else could elevate tire temperature, possibly to the point of catastrophic tire failure? Underinflation is very dangerous…

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The Gold Wing at 40

Gold Wing Lineup History View

The nickname proved to be prescient, though even Honda couldn’t have guessed how iconic the bike would become…

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Ride for Your Life

Motorcycle Tires

Comparing Tires for Your Wing Tres are an important component of any vehicle, but on a motorcycle they can be the difference between life and death. In fact, there’s so much information out there about tires that our resident tech guru, Stu Oltman, has produced the first of a two-part article on the topic that… Read more »

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Motorcycle Tires

Tire treads and damage

Why is sidewall stiffness such an issue? It’s mainly due to a phenomenon known as camber thrust…

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