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Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
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Fishwagon
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Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 Interstate

Hello all

Postby Fishwagon » Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:29 pm



Hello everyone,

Well, I just purchased a 1986 GL1200 Interstate. My wife and I took a 1 week ride on my Ducati and it took 2 months for the blood to get back into her butt.

We want to buy a new Gold Wing, but purchased this one just to ride for a bit to see if a big touring bike is what we want. I've only owned sportbikes, but being 45, it's getting harder and harder to ride it long distances.

Anyway, hope to learn alot from everyone!!

Rich and Laura
1986 GL1200 Black Interstate



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thrasherg
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Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800, 2005 Honda Shadow 750, 2008 Yamaha R6 with RG500 engine, CRF450X, CRF230, CRF250X, XR200, CR500

Re: Hello all

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:41 pm

Hi Rich,

Like you I have ridden sports bikes all my life and hesitantly moved over to a Gold wing about 6 months ago. Whilst they are big heavy monsters, I have not ridden my sports bike once since getting the wing. I love all the gadgets and my kids love riding on the back of the wing (they hated the sportsbikes as there was no back rest!).
I took my R1 out for a short ride yesterday (first time in 6 months) and was blown away by how quick it was compared to the wing, but I still prefer riding the wing, but don't think I will ever get rid of all my sports bikes as it feels like I will be admitting that I have finally become sensible and I would never admit that!! :D

Hope you enjoy the wing, I really enjoy mine..

Gary

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Mooseman
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Motorcycle: 1996 GL1500SE 88k
1986 GL1200A (SOLD) 81K
1985 GL1200A (SOLD) 85K
1986 BMW K75c 25K

Re: Hello all

Postby Mooseman » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:19 pm

I love my 86-A also. I like it because it's an all around bike that I can put stuff in when I take off. But my 85 and the 86 also handle pretty well and can move right along and corner nicely. No knee draging, but does a diecient job. Have had several pocket rockets say they were impressed. Of course I do my peg scraping and muffler draging, solo. Riding with a passanger I am much more sane.. ;)
Enjoy the Ride, Mooseman
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
Mooseman

Fishwagon
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Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 Interstate

Re: Hello all

Postby Fishwagon » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:26 am

Yeah, my wife and I took a nice 250 mile ride yesterday, and we scraped a few times going around turns. She's a fantastic passenger after riding with me on my Ducati's for years, and totally trusts me at the helm, and I totally trust her not to upset the bike in turns.

I was pretty impressed with the handling for such a big bike, especially an 86. Also impressed with the 4 cylinder's performance hauling so much weight around. I hear the 6 cylinder is one of the smoothest powerplants ever put on a bike, and I can imagine it's true.

Glad I purchased it, and we'll get some nice time on it. She already wants to go down to Honda and look at a new one.....she is so happy that she can be comfortable on long hauls now. My Duc had a Givi bag with backrest, but she didn't feel to comfortable putting her weight back on it.

Now just to get some arm rests......

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Mooseman
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1985 GL1200A (SOLD) 85K
1986 BMW K75c 25K

Re: Hello all

Postby Mooseman » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:57 pm

Fishwagon,
Glad your wife enjoys the ride. Armrest, HUMMMM! Just kiding, anything to keep the little woman happy. But for me I just have to draw the line. Something just not right about a two wheeled armchair going down the road. :D
My wife loves to go for a ride now and then but not often enough for the easy chair. But she rather ride on the bike than fly in the plane. She feels safer.......OK. :?
All kiding aside, you and the wife will love the wing. As for the new ones I can't say. Have never ridden one. Have a good frienf that had a 82 1100 wing, 91 1500 wing and now has a 08 1600 wing. He did say that he has liked his old 82 the best.
Everyone have a great 4th and enjoy the ride.
Mooseman


Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
Mooseman


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