Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

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Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by MarkCollins » Tue May 01, 2012 12:39 pm

I'm new to this forum. Coming from a forum where Suzuki GS is spoken. I have been riding for years, just an opposing brand.
I'm looking to switch brands, the Honda Goldwing is the most logical choice. It better suits longer touring type riding than the 5500 RPM cruising norm of a GS1100. I'm also getting closer to the senior discount age.
What is the best model type and year range for a first time Goldwing owner / long time motorcylce rider?

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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by themainviking » Tue May 01, 2012 1:02 pm

I switched about eighteen months ago for the same reason, but from the vibrational annoyance of Harley Davidson. My take - buy the newest you can afford. If that is brand new, and you have no problem with the look of the 2012 bikes then that is the one. If you, like a lot of people, do not like the looks of Honda's newest offering, then low or no mileage 2006 - 2010 would be my choice. I bought a brand new 2009, still in the crate, on 01 Oct 2010 and could not be happier. Others views may differ.
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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by virgilmobile » Tue May 01, 2012 1:04 pm

I've owned and/or ridden all but the 1800 in the Honda line.Including a 90 with the no-clutch shifting.You remember...0 to 50 in 3 minutes 15 seconds. :lol:
I'm your age so I can appreciate the needs,and all my wings are interstates.
The 1000 had a faring added.
My gl1000 was great for the about town,short trips and scary fast.
The 1100 is good for the medium rides...200-400 mile range.
The 1200 is a bit quieter,less wind but the stock seat,like the other two is hard on my butt.
All 3 of these are reliable bikes,they just wear me out driving them.Each model is essentially the same,just a bit better ride on each one.Smoother suspension,less wind buffeting,
The 1988 gl1500 is more cushy on the can and even less wind.Doesn't seem quite as nimble as the others but I'm looking down the highway,not dodging cars so much.
It also looks massive in the front,kinda like switching from a ford explorer to a 65 caddy.
When running right all will give you a good grin.
It's more about comfort level at this point for me and mine.
I've gotten away from the fast and furious and wanting more of the relaxed site seeing on a Honda lounger :D

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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by Pam » Tue May 01, 2012 4:36 pm

I went from an 82 Kawasaki KZ 1100 to an 83 Yamaha Venture Royal to an 06 WIng and have not regretted it a bit. I too would go with what you liked and was comfortable for you, and the tyope of riding you plan to do. I have never rode a 1500 wing but from what I hear the two are not anywhere near the same. Go with what you like and suits you and your riding style/wants :)

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Post by HALBUDD » Tue May 01, 2012 8:28 pm

Welcome MarkCollins Hope you find the bike of your dreams, I have three Goldwings and love all of them. First love was 84 Aspy and now 96 Aspy I really like the 96 1500 it is more comfortable then the 1200. Good Luck with your search. Hal
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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by Mag » Tue May 01, 2012 9:53 pm

My turn....I have had....
- 82 1100
- 89 1500
- Now 88 1500

I also had an 83 Yamahop Venture, Shadow. I have to agree with others, test what makes sense. Try any and all that you can. I prefer the bikes with reverse (1500-1800), it is so much easier to back in a garage that has an uphill to it. I have to admit, I think the 1500 is way easier to handle than an 1100 (never drove a 1200), the low center of gravity is a real kick.

Good luck, and I want pics (always dig the picks). You will find what ever wing you aquire that it is going to probably be one of the most comfortable smooth bikes around.

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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by GreenDragon » Wed May 02, 2012 12:10 pm

I went from a Triumph Bonnie to an HD Sportster to a Kawasaki 1500 Classic to a Yamaha Venture Royale to a Yamaha Venture to a GL1800. Looking for the right fit for myself and my wife. The 1800 is it. It is an 03 and now has almost 90,000 miles on the clock. I have had it 5 years and when i bought it off ebay it it had 1490 miles. We are very happy with the ride, comfort and performance. As I have not had an older model Gold Wing, I can not speak to that. But this bike has many more miles in it and we are planing on riding it for those miles.
If you buy as new as you can you have several benefits that an older wing will be lacking, extended warranty, newer technology and less maintenance, to name a few.
Best of luck in your decision. Even with the GL1800 there are a number of options. Go for one with at least ABS. IMHO!
And after you have purchased one let us see some photos. We are almost all interested.
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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by cardinal » Wed May 02, 2012 2:27 pm

I have a '95 1500 SE and a 2008 Airbag 1800. The 1800 is by far the more nimble, spirited ride. The only drawback is the trunk space is smaller than on my 1500. Unfortunatly, due to arthritis in my Wifes Knees, she can't ride anymore so I had to send the 1800 back to the dealer to have it sold. It's just too expensive a toy for only one of us to enjoy. Darn shame, too, it has a CB ,only has 8600 miles on it and has a year and a half of factory warranty left then 4 years of extended warranty. :cry:

So the advice of buying the newest you can afford is something I go along with whole heartedly.

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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by dawgout81 » Thu May 03, 2012 6:51 am

I had an "04 1800 and it was a very nice bike. At that time in my life I did not ride enough to justify a $15 K bike, so I sold it.

I now have an '81 Interstate that I like very much.

The "04 had reverse and electronic cruise which I do miss. It was simply put a great bike.

The '81 for the price is a BARGIN of a ride. I paid $1450.00 for it with 37K on the odometer and have spent about $500 on making sure it is reasonably ready (timing belts, tires, brakes, etc). This required some work on my part, but I did it during the winter and "got to know the bike" mechanically in a manner I never would have the 1800. This site proved invaluable in maintainence. I have rebuilt the seat (removed seat cover and modified with foam and great gel pad) for comfort and now this one is more comfortable for me personally than the 1800 was. Floorboards, and 2 different sets of highway pegs also are great on trips on the '81. When I had the '04, it was not only the price of the bike that was probably too much for my budget, but the price of add-ons like highway pegs. For the '81, I can afford almost anything so far, it was hard looking at hundreds of dollars for additional items on the '04.

Obviously, a bike 30 years newer should have many advantages and the '04 was a great bike, but I am personally very happy with the '81, Both have proven very reliable so far and I would not hesitate to take the 81 anywhere with an amazing amount of comfort.

Many have offered the advice to buy the newest you can afford.....good advice and my story above pretty much indicates that.

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Re: Missouri rider wants to switch Brands

Post by bobbybbare » Thu May 03, 2012 7:18 am

GL1800s are superb machines. Go with the one that has the features that you want and then how new it is will depend upon how much you wanna spend. There are many used ones to choose from - wherever you live.
I wanted one with ABS and found one last November with 1,132 miles on it. I snapped it up. It's purred for 9,000 miles since I got it and I just put a new set of Dunlop Elite 3 tires on it. A 900 pound bike has "no business" handling like the GL1800 does, but it does! So, enjoy the comfort, performance and luxury touring the bike offers.

Bobby B.

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