Introduction

This is my bike!  It's a 1996 Honda GL-1500 Aspencade Goldwing.  I purchased it new in October 1996 from Coleman Powersport in Woodbridge Virginia.  It is a large heavy bike with a 1500CC flat six engine and it drives like a car!  Even after almost thirteen years now, it still has less than 44,000 miles on the clock, but now that I have more time I'm going to clock it up a bit!.  It is customized with quite a bit of extra chrome from Chrome World and is still in like new condition.  There are of course many Goldwings on the road in the U.S.A. today and it is common to see large convoys of bikes heading out to the ocean, but everybody still comments on this one!  The deep purple color is one of my favorite things about the bike and Honda only produced it for a couple of years.  The paint is so hard to match that if anything gets scratched or broken, I just replace it with a chrome part!  It even has a reverse gear and a tow bar!  The one item that I have added to the bike that made the most striking difference was the drivers backrest.  Normally when you ride a bike you lean it slightly differently than you lean your body on turns etc.  When you are leaning on the backrest, you become "as one" with the bike as all of the weight moves & leans as one plus you don't have to hold on to the handlebars when you pull away from the lights!  Although not as fast as some of the bikes I have had in the past like my CX650 Turbo or even my CB750F2N, I have gone further on it than with any other and it is so smooth & quite it's just a pleasure to ride!  I'm sure I'll be riding this same bike for many years to come.  One of the best rides we often used to do in the Virginia area is the Blue Ridge Mountains!  Checkout the video at the end of this page to take a ride!

Where to meetup with other riders in Florida?

Suncoast Riders Meetup Group

MeetupMost of our current rides are with the Suncoast Riders meetup group that I organize in the Port Charlotte South West Florida area.  The group rides every week on both long and short runs and anyone who wants to ride with us can join.  Anything from local beaches, Poker Runs, and longer trips like Key West.  We only have a few Goldwings in the group so far, so if there are any more Goldwingers out there who want to ride around the Port Charlotte area of South West Florida, please join the group!  Eitherwww.SuncoastRiders.org way, anyone is welcome to join!  There are many motorcycle meetup groups all around the county, so if you are looking to ride in a group, check it out.

Where to stay on long trips?

Is hitting the open road on your beloved motorcycle one of your favorite pastimes? Do you enjoy meeting locals and learning from them about the area? Are you someone who likes to lend a helping hand? Do you like motorcycle camping because itís inexpensive, but occasionally wish for a soft bed and a hot shower?Another great resource I have found for riding across America is the Motorcycle Travel Network.  "Is hitting the open road on your beloved motorcycle one of your favorite pastimes? Do you enjoy meeting locals and learning from them about the area? Are you someone who likes to lend a helping hand? Do you like motorcycle camping because itís inexpensive, but occasionally wish for a soft bed and a hot shower?".  Well the Motorcycle Travel Network is the solution to this!  It's like a club you join and as a member you can stay at another members house for just $20 a night.  In return, you have to provide accommodations to other motorcyclists in the network that want to stay with you for a night or two.  This is great, because as well as saving on the single major coat factor of any motorcycle trip, the hotel bill, you get to meet other motorcyclists when you are traveling yourself or even when you are at home.  If you are planning a trip or just want to have some bikers come by, I suggest you join.  Please mention my name "Adrian Kingston" as the MTN member that referred you in the online application.

Pictures

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Video of Goldwing