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    It's a handful to turn around in tight quarters -...

    It's a handful to turn around in tight quarters - I'll grant you that. Fortunately, my Motor Officer Skills Set kicks in - no problems maneuvering the Wing.

    Just finished 3,173 mile 9-day ride on...
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    Actually, while my bike was in for service at...

    Actually, while my bike was in for service at Nick's BMW (now Tytler's BMW), I was tossed the keys to a new K1600GTL by Jim Eng - had it for several days. Didn't like it.

    Barely any more room...
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    Approaching 17,000 miles in less than two summers...

    Approaching 17,000 miles in less than two summers on the 2012 2nd generation Gold Wing.

    Awesome machine - extreme attention to detail, more power than I might ever need, basic engineering refined...
  4. Remember - clutch also inactivates cruise control.

    Remember - clutch also inactivates cruise control.
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    That's sad. As the most vulnerable users of the...

    That's sad. As the most vulnerable users of the roadway, law enforcement and the courts should be vigilant when it comes to protecting our privilege of using the same highways, by-ways and 'post...
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    You raise valid, albeit unpopular issues, with...

    You raise valid, albeit unpopular issues, with surviving on US highways these days, particularly on two wheels. Ironically, the technology to rein in at least a major portion of this distracted...
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    R.I.P. Mrs. Doubtfire. :violin

    R.I.P. Mrs. Doubtfire. :violin
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    FYI, the windshield on a Wing has two levers (one...

    FYI, the windshield on a Wing has two levers (one on each side) for the windshield that release, allowing you to move the shield up or down thru seven different positions, locking it in place...
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    I own a 2012 Wing - awesome ride - definitely the...

    I own a 2012 Wing - awesome ride - definitely the "Lexus" of touring motorcycles. Even my die-hard Harley buddy admits this, though not on camera!

    Enjoy the power, agility and reliability of...
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    Not at all. As a Motor Officer, I lived in the...

    Not at all. As a Motor Officer, I lived in the 'Harley World' for seven years, well aware of customer service / recalls / warranty resolution.

    Lived in the 'Harley World' longer than most everyone...
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    Your informative post sheds light on the obvious...

    Your informative post sheds light on the obvious - when it comes to a corporate philosophy about customer care and concern, Harley-Davidson and BMW live at opposite ends of the ethical yardstick. ...
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    The Fifties: Quite the Decade

    I was but 7 years old when this decade came to a close, but I remember most of what is featured in this presentation.

    http://safeshare.tv/w/FEDEwZHZXu


    PS: No hidden political agenda here -...
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    Amen to that. I will miss his work. :violin

    Amen to that.

    I will miss his work. :violin
  14. If I recall, parts and labor came to around $400.

    If I recall, parts and labor came to around $400.
  15. YUP - did the same modification to my '05...

    YUP - did the same modification to my '05 R1200RT.

    Never 'cooked' the oil since. Worth every penny. :thumb
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    Tread carefully Dennis - you're tilting at a...

    Tread carefully Dennis - you're tilting at a pretty big windmill here.

    The MOA is a unique and overall friendly organization - you can easily get that 'warm and fuzzy' feeling by attending our...
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    1) Carry a tire plugging kit and know how to use...

    1) Carry a tire plugging kit and know how to use it (i.e. have practiced it in your garage on an old tire - in the dark!):

    (multiple worm-style plugs/rubber or vulcanizing cement/super-sharp...
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    [QUOTE=Tewster2;946586] Interesting post,...

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    Interesting post, Dude! :rocker
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    Try to avoid it, but never more than 10%. :violin

    FYI, you will also never get a consensus on this. Nice try.
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    Does it work at all, even for a few moments? I...

    Does it work at all, even for a few moments? I had trouble with mine (particularly with a passenger on-board) and the mechanic discovered that the switch near the brake pedal was set too...
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    Tony - All good points. I too was shocked...

    Tony -


    All good points. I too was shocked at the price difference of comparable components (albeit a failure rate so much higher with BMW), not to mention Honda has a North American dealer...
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    FYI, I ride 15,000+ miles a year, do my own oil...

    FYI, I ride 15,000+ miles a year, do my own oil changes, get about 10k out of a pair of tires, and had several sets provided to me at zero cost for product reviews.

    Final drive failure, ESA...
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    I presume being a 2013, you are well past...

    I presume being a 2013, you are well past 'break-in miles.'

    That presumed, the 'middle' of the sight glass is not where your oil should be - 3/4 is better, and will result in less 'false...
  24. I was at the 'Product Announcement' at Harley's...

    I was at the 'Product Announcement' at Harley's Milwaukee Museum yesterday, since I had to drive the Road America 2014 Corvette Pace Car down there for the NASCAR Gardner-Denver 200 press conference....
  25. Actually John, for several years now, wearing...

    Actually John, for several years now, wearing hearing protection has been taught in the MSF Basic Rider Course (under "Preparing to Ride").

    All of your advice 'spot on.' :thumb
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