Gee, maybe I should catch up on this thread a bit...
I kind of like to read the back stories on how we all end up with these bikes, so here's mine. I first heard about this bike back before Christmas. The weather had been unseasonably warm, but winter had finally kicked in, and low temps were approaching single digits. A co-worker whom I run into occasionally said he was glad it was finally getting cold, as he could hardly wait to get out and do some ice fishing.
Now, you have to understand that although I'm a born and bred Wisconsinite, I've probably only wet a line three or four times in my life; you'd never find me sitting on a pail out in the middle of a (supposedly safe) frozen lake with the wind howling all around me, watching a couple of fishing lines disappear into holes in the ice. And I told my co-worker that exact thing...
He laughed and asked what I'd rather be doing. "Riding my motorcycle," I replied, of course. "Or wrenching on it."
"Oh, what kind of bike do you have?"
"An old GoldWing... actually, three old GoldWings, an '82 and two '81's. I'm trying to revive them and get them back on the road."
"Really? I've got an '81," he said. "And you work on them yourself?"
"You ever replace a starter? The book says I have to take out the engine..."
And so it began...