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Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby FM-USA » Mon May 09, 2016 7:41 am



JUST CURIOUS....
IF you were to replace your GoldWing with a different bike, which would it be?
Open to any 2, 3 or 4 wheels.

Reasons for this question?
Price become too prohibitive.
Honda's has no plans to tool up another incarnation.
If the Wing's next model is made in Cheap-China, from what I read, not many would buy it.

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby dingdong » Mon May 09, 2016 7:49 am

For me due to my age I will opt for 3 wheels (I really am looking at that leaning front three wheel add-on) or I will add a hack to my current 1500.
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby thunderwing » Mon May 09, 2016 12:19 pm

I would upgrade to 2006 or 2007 because of the sat/navigation was 1st introduced. That would do it for me for many years to come since I've had my 1983 aspencade for a fair amount of time.

A good low mileage example would be great.

The reason for the upgrade to from a 33 year old wing to a 10 year old one is based on $$$, a new wing is just not justifiable to my pocket.

Would like to make the upgrade in 2 years or less.

Good topic to post, thanks for the inspiration!
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby Easy rider » Mon May 09, 2016 1:50 pm

Most likely BMW K 1600 GTL. It is high sofisticated and quite nice looking bike.
At the moment, I am satisfy with my 2013 Wing and have no intention for replacing at least for the next 5 years.

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby FM-USA » Mon May 09, 2016 3:10 pm

I was curious other than a Goldwing, which bike would you choose.
Picking another Wing or buying a good used one isn't what I was asking.
Age and/or medical condition[s] would open the trike door obviously, so which model fits your needs?

I would have put up a POLE, but with so many different makes and models that list would be prohibitive.

Currently I have no idea what I would get due to med reasons.
If it were to change my life that drastically, I guess the Can-Am style but would need to be near the power of my GL1500.
If it were 2 wheels, I'd look longingly at the newer Yamaha V-Max... 1700cc is it? I'd then tour package it somehow.

No matter which one it would have to be easily self serviceable. With dealers NOT working on 10+ year old bikes is a REAL slap in our faces.

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon May 09, 2016 6:50 pm

Victory Cross Country. Either the Tourer, or most likely the bagger model
1800's are now too complicated/too many 'bugs' to sort out/expensive/less rider room/less comfortable than the 1500

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby golden highway » Mon May 09, 2016 6:58 pm

Yamaha Royal Venture maybe a Victory tourer and if I had money to burn an Indian Chef

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby OldZX11Rider » Mon May 09, 2016 7:17 pm

I would go one of two directions right now. I've got a '94 SE and if I stay with the 1500, I'd look for a good, low mileage 1999 or 2000 model. But I also really like the 1986 SEi 1200. With fuel injection and the electronics, dated as they may be, I just really like that model.
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The power of the 1500 is very good, but the 1200 with the lighter weight, was no slouch either. :)
I've had 2 1200's, (not the '86 model) and the power was more than adequate. :lol:
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby FM-USA » Tue May 10, 2016 12:06 am

My first time scouring the Net at other 2 WHEEL touring bikes.
About half are classic V-Twin style. (Bare and Bagger)
45% is a cross-mix of the Wing and late 1970's style tour package.
The rest, the Wing.

Still little is known about the V-4 Moto Motorcycle. Still to new to most I guess.
The old Venture and Yamaha Royal Venture is looking good again thru these old eyes.
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Postby themainviking » Tue May 10, 2016 6:10 am

Either a trike kit for this bike, or a Can-Am Spyder. As I am getting older, a trike is looking a bit more enticing. I am not open to an upgrade for three or four years yet, as I can still handle two wheels pretty well, and I love carving the twisties. Cost is relative, as financing options say I can buy one with no money down and pay like a hunnert bucks a month forever. And when forever runs out, I won't care what happens with the rest of the owe, as the estate will pay it off, LMAO. (or I could just pay for it if I happened to have the spare cash on hand at the time)
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue May 10, 2016 7:37 am

A hundred bucks forever, if it included a forever warranty wouldn't be too bad.
However there are so many very good used older bikes ready to go or needing very little TLC they're just too hard to pass up, for me anyway.
There's another part too, if it's financed, they want you to have full coverage insurance as long as you make payments on it. :(
I'd much rather just buy a used bike outright, give it a little TLC, and get a years insurance for less than $200 a year and go riding. :D
Also if the worst happens, and I total out my bike, its not a big financial loss.
Sell the good parts that are left on craigslist and save for a "new " motorcycle. :lol:
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby f1xrupr » Tue May 10, 2016 8:28 am

Wow...interesting topic.
What do you want in a bike....touring, ride around the block, set in the driveway......?
I like my gl 1100s (2 now), and I actually bought a 1985 tour glide Harley with the Evo engine (supposed to be Harley's best engine)....a really good price-lots of chrome, and made it home.
I've been reading a lot on Harleys lately, and the 2015s and 2016s are having problems...not just the bikes, but customer service, not standing behind warranties, or, making people pay for inspections to keep their warranties....all sorts of crazy stuff. My son just bought a new Harley bagger about a month ago, and it has engine noise, and puts a lot of heat on the driver. My wife and I like ours ok though...
Harley ain't the most dependable bike made, and probably never will be....
Indian...nice looking bagger...$29,000 bucks! It's a plain bearing engine from what I gather...it was owned by S&S, then bought out by Polarus. I worked on a Polarus (not sure I'm spelling that correctly) for a guy- stickers on the frame say made in USA, but, come to find out, it had a Robin engine, which is made in Japan! Also, Indians are vary electronic, so you are at the stealership's mercy... .!.....I don't think I'd buy one...I don't know...maybe a scout for just running around....?
Honda has always been top of the line, but maybe now trying to get to fancy...
I think if I were going to venture out on a new bike, I might consider moto guzzie, or, Royal Enfield. There is a bike called a Aris (I think-I seen it in a magazine)....vary impressive flat-2 cylinder with side car option....really tough but expensive! It's not a vary classy looking thing though.....depends on what you want...
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby f1xrupr » Tue May 10, 2016 8:39 am

I just googled "Aris", and it didn't come up....evidently I dont have that correct.
I'm out of town, so maybe when I get home I can find that magazine.....
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue May 10, 2016 9:43 am

I'm not really a "Harley" guy, but if I were to get one, I'd look for an older one with the evo engine.
I've had Harley owners and 1 mechanic tell me the evo is the better engine. ;)
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby FM-USA » Tue May 10, 2016 10:26 am

One bike that gets little attention is Motus.

Did a quick search for used Motus... surprisingly there are a few.
I'm curious as to why an American made V-4. ANYONE?

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Tue May 10, 2016 8:23 pm

Valkyrie. Either the older Interstate model, or one of the newer models. I havent rode a newer one yet....

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue May 10, 2016 8:59 pm

After putting several thousand miles on a noisy (Vance & Hines) 750 Honda Shadow, with a factory (uncomfortable) seat, and a lack of power in the Colorado mountains, (only 55 in a 65 at full throttle), and a hard to lube by myself chain drive, (no centerstand), I wanted and found my big Goldwing which I hope delivers everything my old Goldwings delivered. And the radio! :D
I'll just deal with the factory seat, at least for a while. :lol:
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby DarthJ » Tue May 10, 2016 10:54 pm

For me, I would go with either a Victory Vision or Cross Country Tour. The Vision is rather Wing-like (The front kind of evokes the 1500 a bit) the Cross Country has better storage though. Tough call
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby maintainer » Wed May 11, 2016 7:27 am

I am more sport oriented and don't like Trikes or almost all Vtwin cruisers. Nobody is more surprised than I am that I have owned 3 Goldwings. I know many consider them cruisers but I consider them to be dedicated Tourers that can be cruised on. I would go with an BMW 1600 GTL or more likely the newest version of an Yamaha FJR. I had an 07 model and it was great but the latest version is even more refined, nice looking, and has a real cruise control.
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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby FM-USA » Wed May 11, 2016 7:39 am

SO FAR an interesting small list of WING replacements.
Question was, IF you were to replace your Wing with a different model.
Guess I should have said DIFFERENT MAKE & MODEL. (oh-well)

Interesting this list if but so far only a few bikes mentioned. No Guzzies, Lavertas, DuCat's, Kaw's, Yama's etc.?

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby peppilepew » Wed May 11, 2016 8:01 am

back to a 1500 would be first, motus second, then a beamer. Amazing that there would be used Motuses on the market. Dealers can't get them new. lol

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby FM-USA » Wed May 11, 2016 8:34 am

peppi... "Dealers can't get them new."
Ya, that seemed odd.

All 7 were 2015 models, but isn't that their first year of release? (unsure)
Be interesting as to why they're being sold. Calif's tuff EPA laws, poor MPG's? Or maybe their warranty on "no tampering with exhaust" noise?

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Postby harvey01 » Wed May 11, 2016 11:10 am

Wow, time for a wish list! I guess if money were no object I would look at the Motus first, the Triumph Sprint next, and then the BMW K1600GTL.

Then in that same vein would come the Yamaha FJR.

Now the one bike I lust for is the new Triumph Thruxton R since the Kenny Veer Norton is no longer available. yes I would consider the Norton now being made in UK as it is pretty much a replica of Kenny's design. But I admit freely that I doubt I would ride it from VA to CA.
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Postby peppilepew » Wed May 11, 2016 11:13 am

The dealer in Nashua, NH that did my traxxion cartridges was waiting forever to get a Modus. He had pre-sold what was coming in to Beamer owners. I don't know what could be read into that statement. LOL. They are very expensive bikes with terrific torque numbers. The suspensions are top of the line. I have trouble getting past their scooter like front end. I would buy a brand new 1500 if it was available. Might even get an extra kiss from the little lady for it.

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Re: Which model? (*IF* you were to replace your Wing)

Postby thunderwing » Wed May 11, 2016 12:05 pm

I'm revising my response with regard to a different make and model replacement for my wing now that the thread is clarified....thank you for the clarity!

I'd say that a BMW K1600GTL would be the 1st choice(innovation and performance are the key to this choice), 2nd choice would be BMW 1200RT as it's just a smaller lower featured version of the K1600GTL, 3rd choice is the Triumph Trophy SE....this is a nice replacement to the wing I feel as it's agile, quick, and has lots of standard luxury features that put it on par with BMW. 4th choice would be honda ctx1300 as it's a fun re-incarnation of the GL650 silverwing on steroids....

That would do it if I said goodby to my wing and upgraded out of my 83 wing.


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