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Mike Wallette
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To brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, and to boldly split infinitives that no man has split before.
To brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, and to boldly split infinitives that no man has split before.

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Took the 'Wing out for a short ride today in the mountains. Not bad for a 38 year old bike!
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7/19/16
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GL1000 Project, Part 6: It's Alive...and then Not So Much
After lots (and lots, and lots...) of effort, I finally managed to get a complete, working set of brakes on the Goldwing: three calipers ordered from E-Bay (after the original set that came with the bike), three master cylinders (on the plus side, I now hav...

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Animation of Some Cool Weather Near Flattop
There was some interesting weather up near Flattop on the way home today, so I took a detour, capturing a series of photos with my cell phone that I stitched together into an animation: Call me weird, but I love riding in misty, moody weather: Maybe it's be...

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GL1000 Project, Part 5: Brakes, Shocks, Brakes, Handlebars, Brakes, Electrics, Brakes, Plastics, and...Did I Mention Brakes?
It's been a while since I updated the blog with the latest on the GL1000 project, even though I've kept fairly regular posts at Naked Goldwings (not remotely as risque as it sounds, lol). In honesty, even though I've been busy with the bike, there wasn't m...

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Miscellany
Mid-winter a few years ago, a co-worker asked, "What do you do for fun, once the riding season is over?" Having just acquired the XS750 project, I replied, "There are two seasons in Alaska: riding and wrenching." I don't like to waste my riding season wor...

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GL1000 Project, Part 4: Fork Springs
Given the intended mission of the "new" GL1000, one of the higher priority items on my to-do list is upgrade the suspension. This was also a high-priority on the XS750 project , so taking a cue from the work I did last spring on the Yammie, I bought a set ...

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GL1000 Project, Part 3: It Runs!
Just a quick post tonight (errr...this morning! ). After getting the timing belts changed yesterday, I decided to change the oil and filter for a quick and easy task to mark off the checklist. About one hour elapsed time later (about two and a half hours ...

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GL1000 Project, Part 2: Timing Belts
Conventional wisdom on the 1st generation Goldwings is that Honda massively overbuilt the engine, using engineering parameters for an air-cooled, inline 4 on this liquid-cooled boxer. As a result, these bikes have a reputation for lasting well into six-fig...

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GL1000 Project, Part 1: Brakes
In aviation circles, there's an oft-repeated, old saw: "Taking off is optional. Landing is mandatory." The meaning, of course, is that you can always change your mind about going flying, if weather, fatigue or mechanical issues suggest that you might want...

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Neither my V-Strom nor my XS750 are currently running.  Obviously, the only logical choice is to buy another not-running project bike!
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GL1000 Project
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