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Big Lynn Lodge Ride / Re: 2019 BLL Event statistics
« Last post by Patmo on Today at 05:10:39 PM »
Sounds like I missed a great event! 

Yes you did. Several attendees ask if you were coming. Also a member from Michigan stopped by Saturday evening in his car. He was attending something with his wife in Asheville and they needed to drive. He also asked if you were there.


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Big Lynn Lodge Ride / Re: 2019 BLL Event statistics
« Last post by Brick on Today at 04:33:24 PM »
Sounds like I missed a great event! 

Yes you did. Several attendees ask if you were coming. Also a member from Michigan stopped by Saturday evening in his car. He was attending something with his wife in Asheville and they needed to drive. He also asked if you were there.


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General Discussion / 2018 Gold Wing DCT Tour Review
« Last post by union455 on Today at 02:43:02 PM »
2018 Gold Wing DCT Tour, riding impression so far: My new Wing now has 828 miles on her. I put approximately 600 miles on this past weekend at the Big Lynn Lodge rally in Little Switzerland and had a blast doing it. The bike drew a lot of curious riders, since it's the new kid on the block. Most questions had to do with the DCT transmission. In Bristol we demoed the DCT and the manual 6 speed. I could easily live with either one and be happy. My senior age hasn't gotten to the point where I have trouble with a clutch. I still ride my '05 Electra Glide just fine with it's cable operated lever. OK, the DCT is a different animal, then say the CVT on the Vespa I had. It can function as a fully automatic trans, just put it in D (like a car) and off you go. On the open road/interstate riding, it's just fine. On curvy mountain roads, I learned to use the paddle shifter more, in conjunction with the auto option. While in D (auto mode) you can (and should) downshift with the paddle to make your entry and exit much smoother. On the BRP I was often cruising in 6th gear (40-50 mph) but upon entering a curve I would paddle shift down to 4th or 5th. If you let the DCT do everything for you, it can get a little sloppy and downshift mid turn, usually with some annoying clunking. So, keep in mind, while in D (auto) you can easily down or upshift using the paddles. The shift is immediate and smooth. If you want to shift more on your own, simply push the gray button on the right switch panel (A/M) to lock out the auto DCT almost completely. While on the parkway I locked out the auto (so I thought) and did the shifting manually. Getting off the parkway I forgot to downshift coming to a stop sign and the DCT kicked in and did it for me at around 10 mph. It does not let you lug the engine or screw up! I like that.

Pros: The bike is like an ST1300 on steroids. Maybe that is what Honda wanted to do. It handles better than any of my previous Wings: '85-1200, '93-1500 or '06-1800. On curvy roads or high speed interstate it is rock solid. No more of the "Head shake" if you take your hands off the bars. The suspension and frame are brand new and do a great job. Fuel Mileage: I'm getting between 48 and 50 mpg, two up with luggage, highway and mountains combined. My '06 got around 38-42 mpg. This one has better lighting, LEDs out front and all around. Electric windshield that should be fine for all sizes of rider. It came with heated electric grips and seats although we haven't tried them yet. A USB cord is included under a flip open door, great for IPod use. It is Bluetooth equipped but you need headsets to utilize Apple Car Play. With my 29" inseam, I don't have a problem touching and being almost flat footed at a stop. At low speed like in parking lots the bike is well balanced and doesn't feel disjointed like the other models. Using the DCT in a parking lot with no clutch takes some getting used to, but being gentle with the throttle and riding some rear brake helps.

Cons: The onboard navigation sucks! Sorry, but its true. I've had GPS in cars and portable since they came out (my favorite is still a Garmin 2730). The bike's navigation is a chore to program. Not touch screen so you have to scroll to every letter you want to enter for a location, etc. While moving you are very limited to what you can do. This is common with most built in Navi on cars and bikes. I installed a Garmin Zumo 396 and it works fine. While riding, I have the bike's Navi displayed and sometimes program it to the same destination as my Zumo to give me a bigger picture. It has a nice big screen but other that, it sucks.

Luggage capacity: Widespread opinion (on forums, etc) is that Honda screwed up. You won't get two full faced helmets in the trunk, unless maybe they are both small. You can get a Fulmar modular helmet and a 3/4 helmet in once you get the configuration right. If you have luggage in the trunk, the helmet lock the bike came with is laughable. A "holder" slides into a slot in the left rear grab rail, that opens by pulling a rod located inside the left saddlebag. Then you have to have a cable or lock to slide thru your helmets to keep them on the seat. I use a thin cable and padlock to do it. What a PITA! The saddlebags are not removable and seem to hold as much as the ones on my ST1100. Traveling two up (as we usually do) on a long trip will take some creative packing of lightweight articles. I installed a Show Chrome luggage rack on top of the trunk to carry our light rain gear. The truck lid is rated for 5 lbs (yeah right), but the rack is rated for 10. My Kuryakin bag from a previous bike, with light rain gear inside weighs 7 lbs.

Comfort: The seat on this Wing is similar to my previous 1800. Not as comfortable as the '93 1500 but okay. Janet said her's is fine, mine is OK, but we haven't ridden long distances recently so my butt might need some breaking in. For me, after about an hour and a half some squirming is necessary, but seamless undergarments have been ordered! This last trip required 3.5 hours riding and wasn't too bad. A Sheepskin would help, ordering one soon, thanks Mike D.
Protection from the elements: This bike definitely has less wind/rain protection than the previous 1800. Being 90 lbs lighter and with a narrower fairing and windscreen, there has to be a trade-off. You get more wind and rain on your arms and legs.
Overall: We really like this motorcycle. Since we ride two up 95% of the time we BOTH have to like it and we do. The more I use the DCT the better I like it, especially since I can shift when I want, without a clutch. The DCT might help with trade in value down the line. There have been no bugs or issues with the bike mechanically since taking delivery.

Drop me a line if you have any further questions. I don't mind answering them!
Fly-By WEEK / FlyBy Week Attendee looking for a roommate
« Last post by normkern on Today at 01:11:32 PM »


I have a FlyBy week attendee looking for a roommate. He's  arriving Monday Aug 19 and checking out Friday Aug 23.

Reply here or message me and I will connect you.

Norm Kern
FlyBy Week Coordinator
Big Lynn Lodge Ride / Re: 2019 BLL Event statistics
« Last post by Patmo on Today at 12:25:34 PM »
Sounds like I missed a great event!  👍👍
Big Lynn Lodge Ride / 2019 BLL Event statistics
« Last post by Brick on Today at 11:27:08 AM »
The 2019 Big Lynn Lodge while not the most attendees ever it was still a blast!
We had 58 attendees from 12 states.
NC had 18
VA 7
TN 6
OH 5
IN 5
GA 4
SC 3
AL 2
KY 2
MA 1
IA 1
FL 2

The band this year was another local group, Almost Vintage. And they were a hit with the attendees.

Anne Marie LaFrance our massage therapist was kept very busy. Attendees are finding out that her deep tissue massages are much more than just a chair massage. This year she offered some time for 1 hour massages and filled every hour offered.

We had one Marriage proposal. Successfuly.

And many many curves ridden by lots of smiling riders.

If you weren’t one of the attendees you missed a great event!

STAR 2020 / Re: STAR 2020
« Last post by normkern on Today at 10:02:10 AM »
Someone said we had 500 attendees at Johnson City STAR. True but that was 2011 when the average age of members was lower and membership was about 50% higher.
In about 2003 STAR was in Mammoth Lake CA. I did not make that one- it was too far from Ohio- but the attendance was less than 225 as I recall.
When you think in terms of the distribution of MSTA members around the USA, Cape Girardeau is clearly a "West" location.
My personal preference is to have a STAR in Colorado, NM, SD etc about once every four years and find the balance of the past few years to be about right.
Norm Kern
General Discussion / Re: STAR Attendance Statistics
« Last post by bcd on Today at 08:02:28 AM »
Thanks, Pat!
Florida / MSTA Statewide Lunch Ride
« Last post by RIDEMYST on Yesterday at 12:24:18 PM »
When: Sat, December 7, 2019, 12pm – 2pm

Where:Jay Bees, 8625 FL-60, Lake Wales, FL 33898, USA


With holiday plans and parties in abundance, we are consolidating our December rides into one destination.  Our best hope is to revisit an old standby--Jay Bees!!  We know it's a stretch for those in Lake City or Miami, but it is about as centered as we could find.

And we know we'll be treated royally!  Join us for our own collective Holiday Party!!
Florida / MSTA South Florida Lunch Ride
« Last post by RIDEMYST on Yesterday at 12:04:57 PM »
Saturday, November 16, 2019⋅12:00 – 2:00pm

OK Corral Gun Club
9449 48th St NE, Okeechobee, FL 34972, USA

Description:We can't stay away!!  Brilliant service and assistance by the staff.  Delicious buffet in a terrific setting.  Bring your own weapon and fire a few (hundred!?) rounds!  Or, rent a shotgun and clip a bunch of clays launched from 7 stations!

Though we are planning on a noon arrival, the facility opens at 8:30AM.  You are welcome to get a  head start on the day.  And you could make it a whole weekend adventure, utilizing their cabins and nightly bon fires!!
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