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littlebeaver
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Answer this Honestly Please

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:06 am



You guys that have gotten rid of your 1100's do you miss them?????



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Fatwing Chris
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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:34 am

Probably not what you're looking to hear,but no.I loved my 1100I when I had it,but after going through 2 1200's and now riding a 1500 there are just things I like better about the newer models.Not saying they are better(the 1100 was the last Wing that really looked like a bike),but like I said there were things on each that I liked better.I always ride 2-up so the room and the 6 cylinder motor work real well for what we do with it.I'm not into the 1800 just yet as I'm pretty happy with the 1500,but I'm sure it will happen at some point and then I'll probably say I like it better than the 1500.
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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:48 am

for one up I actually liked the 1100 best.for 2 up the 1500 has a better ride.

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Mag
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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby Mag » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:18 am

Call me lazy, I really like the reverse on the 1500, and the handling is just a lot better. I had an 82 1100 (nice silver/chrome) which I handed down to my wife when she was ready to handle. It felt that you were sitting more "on top" of the bike. Once I had a 1500, it felt more like being part of the bike, lower center of gravity. It is a lot larger bike, by looks and all that, but way easier to handle. The 1100 had a better exhaust note, but the slow handling was a challenge.

I have not ridden an 1800....yet ;)

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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby thrasherg » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:30 am

Mag wrote:I have not ridden an 1800....yet ;)


You will have to visit Seattle sometime and we can cure that problem!!

Gary

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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby Mag » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:20 am

thrasherg wrote:
Mag wrote:I have not ridden an 1800....yet ;)


You will have to visit Seattle sometime and we can cure that problem!!

Gary


I have to find a job so I can afford that problem :lol: I already have approval from my wife if I want to go that direction (I was shocked at that). Seattle is only a couple hours north, so not a bad ride at all until I hit the traffic depending on time of day.

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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:04 pm

Once in a while, I think, "boy, I really loved the way my 1100 would zip away like a scalded cat with revs in the thousands..." and I could certainly throw it around a lot easier. But the 1500 is so much more comfortable, it doesn't hurt my knees on long trips, it's quieter, and I can still flick it around fairly well.

There's no way I could have done those two back-to-back 18+ hour ride days like I did last year to North Carolina and back on my 1100.

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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby twostrokes48 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:16 pm

Hey Littlebeaver,
Now you know I just bought the trike..so you know I now have two 1500's for sale. Just come on out and figure out which one you want. You have a choice you know. The pristine 98 with super low miles, or the inexpensive 88 with 87k which is still not bad.....So come take your pick.....Better hurry before you move.

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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:28 pm

Sorry to have to tell you this Beave, while the 1100 was a great bike and I still own it, it does not do for me what the 1500 does. I like the fact that the 1100 looks like a motorcycle is supposed to look like and it does a good job of touring, The 1500 looks like a Storm Troopers ride ( especially the white ones ) right out of Star Wars, and it is a fair bit heavier, but the 1500 is by far a more comfortable bike. The protection from the weather is way better on the 1500. While the 1100 was quick the 1500 is fast, with more than enough power to pass multiple cars at a time without dropping a gear. The 1100 was no slouch but I found I had to plan my passes a little more carefully epecially when pulling the trailer. With the 1500 its just a matter of twisting the wrist and going around the car(s) in front of you. The 1500 is bigger yes, but it is also better in so many ways.

The one thing I do miss about the 1100 is that you didnt have nearly as much tupperware to remove everytime you wanted to do any wrenching on the bike. 8-)
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Re: Answer this Honestly Please

Postby Big Blue UK » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:29 am

Not one bit.
It was and still is the best 1100 in the world for me though, with the best name in the world too. The only bike I ever thought was as good as a Wing was when a mate who had an XS1100 swapped bikes whith each other for a ride to the IOW. Missing the times I had on my 1100 is adifferent matter.


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