By James Buhrman
In 2005, I turned 50 and my Honda Goldwing motorcycle turned 20. I purchased a new 2005 Honda Goldwing to celebrate my half-century birthday.
The 2005 Goldwing has several features designed by monkeys. I choose to list only my two greatest disbeliefs.
The air filter is located so deep inside the motorcycle it takes a lot of time to replace it. You have to remove dozens of fasteners and body cover parts You have to disconnect many electrical connections including the high-density connectors to the Engine Control Module, and you have remove the Engine Control Module. The first time I did this it took about three hours. My 1985 Goldwing required removing one wing nut and removing a cover, taking about five minutes.
My second disbelief is the fact that the cooling fans force air through the radiators in the opposite direction the bike is moving. This arrangement creates an overheating condition colorfully named “Parade Mode Overheating.” This type of overheating occurs only on the hottest of summer days, usually while riding in stop-and-go rush-hour traffic, or while going through a slow moving section of highway such as a construction zone.