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    Alaska trip failure

    After spending about 4 years contemplating and planning my retirement trip to Alaska, I hit the road on July 31st. All was well until day 2 in western North Dakota. My 2004 Goldwing started misbehaving. Sometimes it started normally, sometimes only after some begging and pleading on my part. I continued on to the West Glacier area and got camp set up before heading to the Honda dealer in Kalispell. They were very good about squeezing me in to their schedule but the news was not good. The starter was failing, which is quite unusual for a Goldwing. They could get parts overnight air and fix it the next day, about a 6 hour project if things go well, but the bill would be around $1400! I decided at that point to bring it home and do the repair myself, ending my trip. I did get to ride Going to the Sun Road and some of the other area around Glacier, so not a total loss. I got home without any major problems, riding about 800 miles the last day. 5 days, 2600 miles. The bike repair went well, not extremely difficult, just time consuming. Start to finish it took me about 15 hours at a cost of around $225. After the repair I took another little ride across the north side of Lake Superior, down through Michigan, across Lake Michigan on the ferry from Ludington to Manitowoc and home to Deer River. Still a good summer, just not the one I had planned.

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    Re: Alaska trip failure

    Sorry too hear of your misfortune. At least it happen here in the lower 48 before you got somewhere remote and got stranded and had to pay a bunch of money to get it resolved. I would assume that trip is back on your bucket list.
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    Re: Alaska trip failure

    The thought of having a bigger problem mid-Yukon was one of my concerns. At that point I really couldn't afford the repair and couldn't chance continuing without it. Hoping to be back on track with it next summer, finances permitting.

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    I hope you can make the trip some time in the future. I know how hard it is to spend that much on a repair I can do myself for a fraction of the cost. I do as much as I can myself also. I have been on the road and had a flat. I was glad to get a new tire ,but hated to pay as much for one tire, as I could get 2 for.

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    Re: Alaska trip failure

    Quote Originally Posted by Bellolake View Post
    After spending about 4 years contemplating and planning my retirement trip to Alaska, I hit the road on July 31st. All was well until day 2 in western North Dakota. My 2004 Goldwing started misbehaving. Sometimes it started normally, sometimes only after some begging and pleading on my part. I continued on to the West Glacier area and got camp set up before heading to the Honda dealer in Kalispell. They were very good about squeezing me in to their schedule but the news was not good. The starter was failing, which is quite unusual for a Goldwing. They could get parts overnight air and fix it the next day, about a 6 hour project if things go well, but the bill would be around $1400! I decided at that point to bring it home and do the repair myself, ending my trip. I did get to ride Going to the Sun Road and some of the other area around Glacier, so not a total loss. I got home without any major problems, riding about 800 miles the last day. 5 days, 2600 miles. The bike repair went well, not extremely difficult, just time consuming. Start to finish it took me about 15 hours at a cost of around $225. After the repair I took another little ride across the north side of Lake Superior, down through Michigan, across Lake Michigan on the ferry from Ludington to Manitowoc and home to Deer River. Still a good summer, just not the one I had planned.
    I did the ferry u used to get to Wisconsin once and went around lake superior partly to get back home..awesome trip!

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    Re: Alaska trip failure

    Are you familiar with how to push start your bike? Depending on a few circumstances, it would have cut out a lot of concern about getting started again. On the goldwing, it's very easy...and planning ahead with a small downward slope as your parking space makes it a whole lot easier. My starter relays went south (or so I thought, they were just super loose), and getting things going wasn't a problem since the battery was good.

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    Bummer about the trip, but glad you were able to get home, as well as saving yourself a grand. There's something to look forward to next year. Take it from me, it's a must do.

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    Thanks Derick. I did park on slopes whenever I needed to shut the bike off. I knew that I could always get it started that way, just wasn't comfortable with having to rely on that for the next 7-8000 miles.

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    Re: Alaska trip failure

    Quote Originally Posted by Bellolake View Post
    Thanks Derick. I did park on slopes whenever I needed to shut the bike off. I knew that I could always get it started that way, just wasn't comfortable with having to rely on that for the next 7-8000 miles.
    Oh yeah I hear you...I wouldnt have continued either, just helps knowing you can get it started via another method. Cuts the stress.

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    Re: Alaska trip failure

    If they weren't such big beast you could push and jump on to start like we use to be able to do with the older bikes.
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