Ham it Up

Ham Radio

Ham Radio, A fun special interest group Ham radio is also known as amateur radio and sometimes called shortwave radio. Unlike CB radio, it has more than one band and more modes of transmission than only AM channels. Ham bands run from microwave to UHF (ultra high frequency), VHF (very high frequency) and HF (high… Read more »

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It’s a Wrap

Vinyl Wrapped Gold Wing

I vinyl wrapped my Goldwing! Iwas the owner of a beautiful Black ’99 GL1500 SE with a Hannigan sidecar. Anyone who owns a black bike knows that it’s only black and shiny after you wash it. Take it for a ride and five minutes down the road, it’s dirty again. After six years of doing… Read more »

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Workbench: March 2016

stu and bike

Answers to the technical questions in this month’s Workbench were provided by Stu Oltman, Wing World’s Senior Technical Editor.

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10-4 Good Buddy

CB Install 18000

Installing a CB on an 1800 When I bought my 2012 GL1800, the CB radio was a factory option that listed for $1,100. I thought that was a bit pricey since I knew that the bike was prewired for the CB radio, and the controls were already present on the handlebars. In fact, since the… Read more »

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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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