Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Goldwing1500SE VS Burgman400ABS

I'm sure this list will grow, but I wanted to compare these two completely different animals.

1996 Goldwing 1500 SE V.S. 2012 Burgman 400 ABS

What I miss about Goldwing
  • wind protection
  • foot heater
  • cruise control
  • stereo
  • storage space
  • harder to get off the center stand
  • lots of lights around to be seen at night
  • good engine/compression brake

What I gained on Burgman
  • more stable ride (surprisingly)
  • steady ride on grooved construction surface
  • maneuverability - easy to turn, better turning radius, etc.
  • no shifting
  • ABS
  • easier to put on the center stand
  • better headlights/visibility
  • better fuel economy
  • air temp thermometer
  • Fuel Injection

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Good-bye Goldwing, Hello Burgman

YUP, that's right. I just traded in my Goldwing for a NEW 2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS.


1996 Honda Goldwing SE - We had a lot of good time together.  I had her for 3 years and 22,000 miles. Here is the post from the firs day - http://xamper.blogspot.com/2012/02/1996-honda-goldwing-1500-se.html

2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS - Found her NEW on the floor at a local dealership.  It is a blast to ride and very easy to handle.  I need to remember that left hand is not clutch!  I kept applying the rear brake thinking to up/down shift.


2 miles on the odometer.  =)


I never bought a bike from a dealership before.  So it was an interesting experience, but it was pretty painless.  Shipping/freight & service charges were expensive as expected.  =(

Looking forward to many fun years with the Burgman.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Beginning Mile

2015 Beginning Mile

GL1500
54,914 miles


F650CS
36,109 miles



2014 was
GL1500 = 45,189
F650CS = 28,376 miles

http://xamper.blogspot.com/2014/01/happy-new-year.html

So the total miles of 2014 was

GL1500SE = 9,725
F650CS = 7,733
Total = 17,458

Happy Riding for 2015!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

speed/tach backlight

For my BMW F650CS instrument cluster

Before (with OEM incandescent type bulbs)



After (LEDs)


Old bulb and new ones (LED).

From https://www.superbrightleds.com

Yeah baby!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

close one....

It was Sunday PM.  I'm riding my Goldwing through a nice TEXAS two lane highway.  I come up to two Harleys going about 5 miles below speed limit.  I didn't want to be rude, so I decided to ride behind them.  This went on for about 5 miles.
We come up to a pick up truck, which was driving even slower than those Harleys.  Those HD boys don't want to pass this truck.  I tried to be patient and follow them.  This goes on for another 5 miles or so.

I'm getting a bit impatient.  About at this time, the leader of those two, finally decides to pass the truck at a nice stretch.  No car is coming on the opposite lane.  I'm thinking "It's clear boys. Let me see how fast your HDs can go!"  It would have been a EASY pass for all three of us.

All three of us are on the opposite lane in the passing action.  Next moment, the leader pass the truck completely and moves to the right lane.  I expect the second guy and me to follow him.

All of the sudden, the leader puts on the left turn signal to go into a bar on the left, making a sudden left turn.  The pick up truck brakes.  The 2nd Harley guy almost run into this dude turning in front of him.  I am trying not to run into this 2nd Harley guy.

Lessons learned: Don't follow strangers on bikes.  Don't expect people to be a smart rider/driver.  Expect people to pull stupid stunts.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Goldwing Oil Change

54,430 miles



I was going to change the oil soon after my summer Georgia trip, but things got crazy...  The manual states to change oil every 5,000 miles.  So I am still within the rage.

Again, I am using the Chevron Delo oil, as it did great since the last change.  This cuts my oil cost in 1/2, not bad.  I still have a bunch of Honda oil filter that I inherited.  So no cost there either.


Happy riding.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Scarver Battery Replaced

35,400 Miles



Scarver dies on the way home from work.  Details later.

Ordered Bike Master battery and installed it.  Everything is good.


Last battery change was January of 2012.  I guess this battery will be good for another 2.5 years.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New Rear Tire

34,100 miles

Had a new rear tire mounted on Scarver.

Continental ContiMotion Sport/Touring Motorcycle Tire Rear 160/60-17



I should be good for another year or so.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Coils for Camry

188,300 miles

While my wife was driving the Camry, the check engine light came on.  My wife told me that car was shaking. So we had it towed to our nearby service station. They ran the engine code and they found that some of the cylinders were miss firing. They changed the spark plugs and spark plug wires.

It ran okay for one day then the check light came back on again and the engine started to misfire. So I change the ignition coils with Denso coils.  We've got it running good now.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Goldwing Alternator Trouble

52,800 miles

While riding in Georgia, North Carolina, & Tennessee, I noticed that my voltage was fluctuating a bit.  The day would typically begin at 14.2 volt.  After 30 min. or so of riding, the voltage would drop down to 13.5 volt.  I knew I could live with 13.5 volt since it was still charged my battery.

I still was riding the bike as is.  No big deal.  It's still charging.  BUT last week, the voltage meter began showing lower than 13.5.  That concerned me.

Last time when I was stranded due to the failed alternator, I pulled out the old alternator and reconditioned it.







All good!