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Hello, and Happy New Year y'all :) InNovember, I purchased a Honda GW 1800 (1995), and am now comfy riding it, after having taken a Safety Course. I have previous riding experience, but not in over 10 years, and not with a bike the size of the Wing.

The driver backrest folds forward, and I am making the assumption that is to facilitate the passenger (my wife) in getting on and off. OK, here's my question, my wife has difficulty getting her leg high enough to pass over the sear in either getting on or off. I told her to stand on the passenger floor board to raise her from ground level, and then to either get on or off. Of course, during this, the bike is on the side stand. Is this sound practice from you seasoned GW riders?

Thanks in advance folks :)

Paul (from Augusta, formerly L.I., N.Y., Port Jefferson specifically)
 

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:welcome: , whats goin on Paul? that doesnt sound bad at all with the way that she is getting on and off. Its a goldwing, and that thing is built. I dont own one but have anuncle that owns 2. The sidestand is very solid. That is what it is built for. Happy and safe trails.
 

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Thanx Rok....just wanted to be sure that I am not giving her a dangerous method of getting on/off the bike.
 

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I think it is fine that you have her get up onto the step first and then go over but I hate trusting my bike to the sidestand so I always get on first and hold the bike up myself while my wife gets on.
 

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I think it is fine that you have her get up onto the step first and then go over but I hate trusting my bike to the sidestand so I always get on first and hold the bike up myself while my wife gets on.
Yeah but ur also talkin bout an F4i, thats a lot lighter than the GW.
 

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Yeah but ur also talkin bout an F4i, thats a lot lighter than the GW.
I have ridden a lot more than the F4i, there is usually no less than 4 or 5 bikes to choose from when I'm at the parents house. I'm talking about any bike. It is going to be easier for him to pull it up off the stand and get it balanced if he does it before his wife gets on.
 

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Hey guys, I truly appreciate that you take the time to address my comments, and share your experience. My thoughts on this were that Honda must have a reason for desigining my backrest to fold forware, and other than allowing the passenger easier access to the seat, I cannot think of any other reason. Obviously, with it collapsed forward, I cannot sit on the bike at the same time. I appreciate your comment about not trusting the side stand, I too am somewhat dubious about trusting it 100% and agree that it is easier for me to get on first, balance the bike, and have her then struggle to get on behind me, without benefit of having my backrest out of the way.

Guess my wife and I will just have to figure out the best, and safest, way for her to get on and off.

Thanx again for both you inputs:)

Paul
 
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