Can a 1983 Goldwing Aspencade really be a better touring machine than a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado?


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Can a 1983 Goldwing Aspencade really be a better touring machine than a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado?

Postby Dan J » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:43 pm



Just for fun I thought I would pose this question - "Can a 1983 Goldwing Aspencade really be a better touring machine than a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado?". What are your thoughts both pro and con? I know "Beaver" is waiting to slap me like a Red Head Step Child just for asking the question. By the way I own both bikes and absolutely love both bikes and this website. I have ridden the Guzzi on very long rides but no long rides yet on the Goldwing.
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Re: Can a 1983 Goldwing Aspencade really be a better touring machine than a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado?

Postby NVSB4 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:11 pm

Both great old machines, but to me it comes down to your definition of touring.
Are you planning on just solo or two up?
You've got a decent fairing on the Guzzi, but the Wing's will probably shield you more.
There's the difference in power between the Wing's 1000cc & the Guzzi's 844 to take into consideration.
There's also the inherent smoother ride of the Wing's 4 cylinder compared to the Guzzi's V-twin.
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Re: Can a 1983 Goldwing Aspencade really be a better touring machine than a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado?

Postby f1xrupr » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:39 pm

I like moto guzzi-my brother bought a new one in about 1984-I think it was a 500cc. It was a standard-nice runner, but would torque sideways when you blipped the throttle at a stand still. Although the '83 GW is a 1100cc, it may require some shifting on open road in hill country while pulling your trailer, because, I think....the '83 has a higher gear ratio than some other years-my '80 turns 5000rpm @ 60 mph. It's probably heavier than your MG also...??? Hey-what fuel mileage does your MG get?
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Re: Can a 1983 Goldwing Aspencade really be a better touring machine than a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado?

Postby Dan J » Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:25 pm

My Guzzi gets 38 to 43 mpg. The best mileage I have gotten so far out of the Goldwing is 37 mpg but that is without pulling a trailer and running below or at 70 mph and no stop and go traffic.

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Re: Can a 1983 Goldwing Aspencade really be a better touring machine than a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado?

Postby Arti » Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:27 pm

Had a 850 t3. Quit riding for a few years so it got sold. Checked with the gentleman that I sold it to and he had sold it also, He said it was a mistake to sell it and He was trying to buy it back for himself.
Ended up with a Wing however it isn't the same. btw the Guzzi was as smooth running as the wing and gave close to 60 mpg. Much easier to handle in town and parking lots better handling bike, Not quite as good on the open road as the wing is as far as smoothness of ride Bags are bigger on the Wing.

Well no gas gauge,auto canceling turn signals,air shocks,radio etc. on the Guzzi if you are in love with that sort of thing. I personally wouldn't miss them.




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