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Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:40 pm



The GL1800 is a big bike! Does one ever get used to the size of it?
So other than riding it home (plus or minus) 60 miles I took her on the maden voyage which was over 400 miles and man it's a BIG bike. And heavyyyyy? If I where to drop it on a stop I'd probably just walk way.
Ok I wouldn't but it is the largest I've ever ridden.
My question is, do you ever get used to it?
I've started on a Triumph 350 at 15, moved to a Honda 350 then a Honda 750-4, had a couple of Honda dirt bikes my VTX 1300 and now the Goldwing. I thought the VTX was heavy but after ridding the Goldwing it's nothing now.
So do you ever get used to the size and weight?
Oh, BTW wear something long sleeve. My arms are fried. I'd find it funny but they're my arms. They look worse then they feel. So far at least



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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby dawgout81 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:36 am

And the 1500 is even bigger. My 1500 is only heavy when I'm trying to lift it. I pump iron 3 days a week just in case I ever have to lift it.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby themainviking » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:56 am

I have never had to right a 1500, but to change the rear tire, I lay the GL1800 on it's right side on a blanket, and take the wheel off. Then I lift it back up when I am done. It is not that heavy if you learn how it lifts easiest. The handle on the seat, and one handlebar, with my back to the bike and use my legs to walk it upright. No sweat. With fuel and gear, the GL1800 runs between 900 and 1000 pounds. Mine being a CDN model has a dry weight of 785. As far as getting used to it - yes, every time I get it moving on the road, it gets light.
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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:25 am

There's a clip on "you tube" titled "How to pickup a Goldwing off the ground". I've found it useful if I every drop it.
Yes it's fallen but on my VTX. I had my wife and neighbor help pull it upright on that situation.

Anyway here's the link.



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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby Fatwing Chris » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:45 am

Been riding Wings since the 80's and I don't find them too big or too heavy.What I do find is that if I jump on different bike it's like riding a mini bike.You'll get used to it.I like to think that the size of the Wing separates the men from the boys.BTW I'm 60 and 5'10".
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:20 am

Fatwing Chris wrote:Been riding Wings since the 80's and I don't find them too big or too heavy.What I do find is that if I jump on different bike it's like riding a mini bike.You'll get used to it.I like to think that the size of the Wing separates the men from the boys.BTW I'm 60 and 5'10".

Yeah, that's my age and height also. Somewhere I lost 2" per my last doctors visit. Age I guess. :cry:

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:51 am

Damn it's Big???? Well she wanted to go for a ride :shock: ,, I hear no complaining...LOL :shock: :shock: :lol:

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby dingdong » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:56 am

littlebeaver wrote:Damn it's Big???? Well she wanted to go for a ride :shock: ,, I hear no complaining...LOL :shock: :shock: :lol:


:shock: Feeling our oats this morning, are we? ;)
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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:38 pm

If oats are in Malt o meal then YES.... LOL Because I am the Beave...lol

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:42 pm

:lol:
You guys crack me up!

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:48 pm

It's because we ain't right in the head... That's my excuse... It usually works... :lol: well sometimes :shock: that 1500 is one heavy SOB,,, badass I'm sure but damn is right it's big alright.. I call it a freakin Monster compared to my 1100, the 1100 is fine for one large person or two little folks, but not for two larger folks, you need a 1500 or at least a 1200 for that... :D You will feel cramped with two larger folks

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby flya172 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:04 pm

I have a 2011 Kawasaki Voyager and a 2006 Goldwing. Both BIG bikes. I'm 5-6" and 175lbs. The GW is so much better balanced and I really don't notice the weight as compared to the Voyager.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby themainviking » Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:16 pm

flya172 wrote:The GW is so much better balanced and I really don't notice the weight as compared to the Voyager.


Yep... that would be a most factual statement. I rode a Voyager once. Man are they top heavy.
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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby Pam » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:14 pm

I am 5"9 and weigh 165. I came to a wing from a 1st gen Yamaha Venture Royal (V4 ) It was a tall bike because of the V4 and I found it top heavy at low speeds. The 1800 wing has a much lower center of gravity and I don't notice the weight even at low speeds.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby wingman12 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:51 pm

Yes you will get used to it after a few thousand miles. I am 6' 3" and 200 lbs at almost 71, I can still pick her up when she get lazy and wants to take a nap. I was riding a Suzuki 700 before the wing, what a transition. Took me several months to get used to the weight and height difference. I was able to improve the performance thru the information provided on various products mentioned on this site, progressive front fork springs and the newest addition the blackwing (replaced the super brace).
Ride often and ride safe. :D :D

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:13 pm

That's good to know.
I also ride a VTX besides the Goldwing and it too is heavy. A but different ride tho. Two banger vs six. Much more vibration than the Wing.
As far as weight, it's heavy too but different kind of heavy. I hope that it gets lighter as time goes on.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby wingman12 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:32 pm

You can always put training wheels on it if it gets to heavy to handle. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby CaptLen » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:19 pm

I didn't ride for sbout 35 years- then realized if I didn't do it I'd never get back. SomI got a H-D Sportster 1200 at about 500 lbs- felt B-I-G!!! (Last bike was Yamaha 350)
Fast forward- 18 months- I have the travel bug now and know it "ain't happenin" on the Sporty, somI buy a 'Wing. Still occasionally feels heavy when stopping- as soon as I'm moving a half MPH my feet are on the pegs and it feels fine. Watch that above-mentioned video on picking up- I've done it (5' 8" and 68 YO). Oh- the Sporty feels like a toy bike now

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:33 pm

I agree CaptLen. As soon as I get going it doesn't feel heavy. It's only when I come to a stop that I always say "damn it's big!".
I occasionally get the travel bug and now I have the Wing. I have taken the VTX on a ride from SoCal to Laughlin. I wasn't too tired but it was 2005 and I was a lot younger. I wouldn't think of doing it now. It seems that once you him fifty, age (at least for me) accelerates. You don't hurt getting out of bed and walk with a spring in your step but once you hit 60, well the spring is pretty much gone and sometimes it hurts getting out of bed. IT SUCKS!
Shhhh... don't tell my wife that. She's 12 years my junior. I still keep up with her, I'm just not as fast.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby CaptLen » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:08 am

Yup, know how you feel- Ellen's 15 years younger- it's nice to have a bike I can ride all day (as opposed to an hour on the Sportster)
Keep ridin; be safe!

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby n5926g » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:11 am

My last project was a BMW R1100RT.....HATED the way it was set up...The Wing is sooooo much better balanced..... :lol:

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby CaptLen » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:24 am

Interesting- demo'd an R1200RT last fall- loved the way it handled, but reading all the posts on problems they have turns me off when I know Incan hop on the 'Wing any time and ride anywhere with the only worry being a punctured tire.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:21 am

That's very true. Reliability was a huge factor when I decided to stick with Honda.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby the draggin » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:26 am

I've been riding H-D Ultra for many years and just recently acquired a 1998 SE, what a difference. This thing is a real "fatboy" H-D fatboy is a joke. It is pretty nimble at speed but I hope I never drop it.

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Re: Damn it's big!

Postby c5cruiser » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:31 am

Me to!
I understand that Goldwings are really easy to pick up solo. :shock:







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