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ManontheMountain
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bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby ManontheMountain » Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:25 pm



I currently ride an ST1300 and am considering the change to a Goldwing. I am 63 yrs of age, 6', 225lbs, 30" inseam. I'd like to do some long distance touring 2 up with my wife and feel the Wing would be a more comfortable option. I have test ridden a HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic, but it just didn't do it for me.
Any advice/input will be appreciated.
Thanks

Tom



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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby bvanemon » Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:17 pm

Really the best way is to test one yourself. At your height and weight an 1800 would fit you well. Some say they are lacking when you get over 6' foot. I'm 6' my wife 5'8 both I'll just a little larger. Wing has more than enough poop to move. Very comfortable for us both. We haven't done any thing longer than a day trip but still could walk when we got home. Due wish you well in your decision.
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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby themainviking » Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:28 pm

I bought my Goldwing when I was a year younger than you are right now, having ridden Harleys my whole life. Harleys really did it for me, till they didn't anymore. I love my Goldwing. I am about four inches shorter than you are, and a good bit lighter, but I do have a 30 inch inseam, so my legs are long enough to reach the ground. My wife and I have toured thousands of miles on this Goldwing and I am here to tell you that there is no finer motorcycle for touring in the world. Good luck with your new bike. I hope you love it as much as I love mine. I have had mine just over three years now.
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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby captrik2 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:39 am

For distance riding the 18 is the Cadillac of bikes. I frequently make trips that average 500 miles per day (my record is 598) and I have yet
to get to the point where I have to stop due to comfort issues.

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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:38 am

Just turned 68 and love my wing for trips. At 6'4 and 260lbs I have no problems when making long trips. Each year I do an IRON BUTT from S.W. Florida to Cleveland. Granted, I stop about every hour to hour and a half to have a cigarette so that does give me a chance to stretch the legs a bit but I still do the run in 19 hours. Compared to a Harley (I have owned several) it's like riding on a Lazy-Boy as compared to a steel folding chair hooked up to a vibrator.

By the way, I bought the bike new in October '05 and now have just over 150,000 miles with absolutely no problems.

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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby peppilepew » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:07 pm

My 2012 1800 being my third wing in successive models is by far the most enjoyable of the three to ride. Being 6'1" 245 I find my 1500 was a tad bit more comfortable than the 1800. The 1800 is lower and feels extremely light and nimble. You can install a shim kit to move the handlebars around. I found them too high and far forward. There is plenty of power that comes at you in a seamless power band. Mine dyno tested at 104 hp and 115 ftlbs torque. The numbers just sloped up without any peaks or valleys. Low speed maneuvers are a snap because of the smooth power. I would test drive one first. Bring funds as once you ride it, I doubt you will want anything else. I appreciate the looks of Harleys, that is all I appreciate. Goldwings are trouble free. As for comfortable, my wife falls asleep all the time. I have come close myself. I installed Rivco armrests that pivot down to help keep her from falling off. There is a deep well of accessories to make you even more comfortable. Test drive one and let us know.

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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby ManontheMountain » Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:57 pm

Thank you all for the great input; looks like the purchase will take place tomorrow - 2004 Goldwing with 14,000 miles!!

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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby themainviking » Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:37 pm

Wow - great find. Only 14k miles means it is only just broken in.
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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby peppilepew » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:37 pm

There are good buys out there right now. I have seen near mint 2006 models sell in the 11K range. Many are already equipped with accessories. Many bikes 10 years old like my 2000se with 14400 miles when purchased 19 months ago. Check the frame for cracking. I don't think there is much else to worry about mechanically. Good luck! You will enjoy.

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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby bvanemon » Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:22 am

No issues about the frame for an 04 only the brake recall just to let you know.
Enjoy your new ride.
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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby peppilepew » Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:09 am

bvanemon wrote:No issues about the frame for an 04 only the brake recall just to let you know.
Enjoy your new ride.


It can't hurt to check. There are other threads. Don't let it sway you. Just be careful.

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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:59 am

bvanemon wrote:No issues about the frame for an 04 only the brake recall just to let you know.
Enjoy your new ride.

The early built 04's were included in the frame recall.You have to go by the ser# to see if yours is affected.Mine was not.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby ManontheMountain » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:48 pm

Thanks, Checked the numbers and the one I'm looking at is not affected.

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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby bvanemon » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:03 pm

Sorry if I was wrong on the 04's went with what the dealer told me when I had our 03 checked and did the brake recall.
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Re: bility of Goldwing 1800

Postby peppilepew » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:55 pm

bvanemon wrote:Sorry if I was wrong on the 04's went with what the dealer told me when I had our 03 checked and did the brake recall.


Most dealers full of dog do do! I have heard from others about later than 04 having issues. I have never seen the evidence.




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