Please tell who or what made you buy a Goldwing


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WahooWing
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In FEB 1976, I took my Honda 550 into the Honda shop for work. When I returned to pick it up, I noticed a 1975 GL1000 sitting on the showroom floor and sat on it to get a feel for what it might be like to ride it. I had to go on a 48-hour shift (on the Air Force base) the next day; I thought about that Goldwing the whole time. As soon as I could, after getting of duty, I returned to the Honda shop to trade in my 550 for that GL1000. [I'll never go back to a chain-drive].
I still have the bike; but its' partially disassembled in hopes that I can restore it (as soon as I finish restoring my pickup truck).



raymondhimes
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I rode a 800 Suzuki for years I wanted the most comfortable bike on the road. Now I never have a sore back or butt when I do long trips. I love my wing and I will never buy anything else.

nick2681
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Why a Wing? Because the Honda touring bikes are the only kind of bike I've ever known. When I was big enough for a helmet to fit, I started riding with my grandfather on the back of his 1985 1200 LTD. I got my license after finishing college, and my first bike was a 1982 GL500i Silver Wing. Eventually, upgraded to a 1980 1100, and now happily riding a 1989 1500. It's not the prettiest bike, cosmetically (pretty sure it was kept outside without cover by previous owners, because paint is all faded away on one side, although the custom paint by The Scarecrow is fine), but it runs great and I've gotten close to 4,000 miles on it this season. I hope to upgrade to a used 1800 at some point when money allows (not as big a fan of the newest version).
1989 GL1500

Former Rides:
1982 GL500 Interstate
1980 GL1100

First Ride: on the back of my late grandfather's 1985 GL1200LTD

twinbooty
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I got into riding a motorcycle by accident. A friend was selling his 650 Kawi and I bought it. After learning how to ride it, I went on a couple of longer trips and was really worn out after the ride. I wanted a bigger bike. Well, that 650 was stolen and trashed, so I went without a bike for a few years. I went out shopping at a Kawasaki dealer because they had a sale. I started looking at another 650, but they had an 1100 spectre right next to it with a few more bells and whistles. There wasn't much of a price difference so I bought the 1100. Rode that bike from Minnesota to Yellowstone. Loved the trip, but realized that having saddle bags would be great (packed an army duffle bar and strapped it to the back of the back rest) for traveling. I married, had children, bought a house and never seemed to have much time to work on the bike so I sold it. Regretted it ever since. Always wanted a bike. After 15 years or so, I managed to talk my wife into letting me get a bike. Bike designs changed in that time, didn't want a HD (too loud) or any Harley look a likes. I just wanted a touring bike and a goldwing fit my needs in looks, size and comfort for me and my wife. Ran across a very good deal on 2002 GL 1800 and bought it. Never regretted. I love the ride, the power and all the bells and whistles that came with it especially the fairing. No longer am I being bombarded by bugs or even birds and the airflow goes completely around. It makes the ride more comfortable. Now I'm looking forward to planning another road trip.

dsbeehive
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I got back from a short deployment in the reserves, starting in November 2007 and ending in September 2009, with most of the time being in theater, first 14 months in Iraqi Freedom and then 6 months in Enduring Freedom. While I was gone, all of the vehicles in the driveway were claimed - Wife, her parents, my son and her son and daughter. Well, that left me riding the bus to work. When I looked in the driveway I asked the question - Where would I park another car? But, I could clean out a corner of the garage and slide a bike in there. I started looking for a little bike to commute to the train on, but my wife said that whatever I bought needed a bigger back seat so she could join me. We found an 83 1100 as I had never ridden with my wife on the back. We found that she loved riding but did not like the comfort of the seat. So, we went out shopping for a new seat. We found one she liked that happened to be supported by on 03 1800. I rode that one for 9 years and 210K before it was totaled in a bad wreck that the highway patrol were looking for something to place a blanket over at the scene. I rode the ambulance 65 miles to the nearest trauma center. Before the cast was off my broken (pinned and plated wrist) I had an 02 that had 210K less miles on it bought and paid for. I rode it home from a friends garage and went into my next physical therapy appointment. When the PT asked me when I was going to pick up my replacement bike, I said "Last weekend". She just smiled. That was a year ago, and due to the nasty little bug, I have only put 17K on it in 10 months. This month will only be about 2K more.
So, long story short, my wife made me do it!

Robert2
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I got my first bike after returning from England.
I bought a Suzuki TS 250 used and then my now ex brother in law had a Goldwings.

I liked the look and sound of it.

Later upgraded to a Suzuki GS 650,which I sold to help buy my first house.

Went for a long time keeping my bike license current but no bike.

I was looking on line and found a 1998 Honda Aspencade 1500 . This bike had only 21,500 miles on it.

Went and test drove it and bought it that day. I had to come back later and ride it home,I love the look and the sound of my Aspencade.

I like that I don’t need ear plugs to ride it.

I have since bought helmets for my wife and daughter who love to ride with me.

I have only been able to get my oldest daughter to sit on it, she tells me no way DAD, when I ask about going for a ride

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peejmeister
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HONDA MADE ME DO IT! :lol:
I've been riding my '94 ST1100 for over 20 years now and have found it to be a great bike that's big fun in the twisties and quite capable for cross-country treks, besides being my daily driver for my 50-mile round-trip ride to work. Now that the kids are off at college, the wife and I are finding more opportunities to ride--and for longer rides together. My cross-country rides have always been without her.

Over the years, Honda's been taunting me with the likes of the Rune, and more recently the F6B as possible bikes for when I get 'older'. Then, last year while waiting for a new tire on the ST, I spotted a brown '18 Goldwing non-tour in the showroom and thought, dang that's a good-lookin' bike. Once I realized it was a Goldwing, my next thought was, maybe I am almost old enough for a 'wing (I'll be 58 next month). When I got home, I told my wife about it and she suggested I test-ride one. Not wanting to go against her wishes, I took her the next day to go test-ride one.

The rest is history. I had the biggest manure-eatin' grin on my face the whole time--then I flipped it into Sport Mode. Sport Mode clinched it--I'm officially old enough (no offense, guys, I didn't know any better). On Valentines day this year, I rode off on an all-black '19 non-tour and haven't looked back since. Even teenagers tell me 'nice bike, man'. I don't have the heart to tell 'em it's a Goldwing. The wife's loving it too. Now, the question always is, which bike are we gonna take, the 'wing or the ST? ...Rough life, I know!

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Fast forward first reply to this post was Sep 1, 2014. The wife and I have continued to enjoy the wing and now have on 56K on the odometer. Not as much as I would like but it is what it is as we now have grandbabies that take up a lot of our time and wife would rather spend the time with them. The kids are thrilled about getting to go with Papaw one of these days and I'm looking forward to it as well. :P

RoberT75
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I originally owned a Honda Shadow 750 aero from 2010-13. Next I traded up to a Kawasaki Vulcan 900 classic from 2013-17. it was a great cruiser. And there are times when I miss it but because of a series of electrical issues I became frustrated with it & was ready to move on to the next bike. I had ridden many times with a couple of guys that loved to go for a loooong rides and all of them had one form or another of a goldwing. A 1200, 1500 or an 1800. They were horse traders, always trading them around and getting different ones. They'd fix them up, and sell them. One guy always had a trike with him. After listening to them so many times over so many years singing the praises of a goldwing I began to shop for one because I wanted a longer-range touring motorcycle. I wanted to be able to just pack my bags and go somewhere on a whim if I had the opportunity. And I wanted to be comfortable doing it! After 9 months of shopping and researching I finally bought a purple 1995 goldwing 1500 SE. I fell in love with the way it looked before I even bought it. I call it "Purple Rain". I had a vinyl wrap made that has the title art from Prince's purple rain album on it and put it on the trunk. So far the only things I've had to replace on it are the tires, the speedometer cable, tail lights in the trunk, the fuel pump and fuel filter. I have appreciated the help of everyone on this website helping me learn how to do everything that I want to do to take care of this bike and keep it on the road. The next thing I want to do is get the seams/seals around where the saddlebags line up so that there's no chances of leaking and I'm sure that all of the latches hook. I also need to wire up a phone charger... But those things are minor and in no way affect my ability to enjoy going out for a ride to and from work or just going for a good scoot on my day off.

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After decades riding single-seaters, I decided that I wanted to have a lady behind me rather than a radio box, thus needed two seats.

NO V-twin was ever a consideration. Riding a V-twin is like getting kicked in the butt 30 times per second, and they're obnoxiously loud. After having avoided them all these years (went straight from Kawasaki to BMW) I don't see any reason to change now.

That narrowed the field quite a bit. My first few POV motorcycles were Hondas, I currently have several Trail 90s and a Mini-Trail 50, and I can't remember ever seeing a Goldwing abandoned at the side of the road, so that pretty much had me thinking "Honda.". I had a co-worker back in the '80s who commuted by Wing and I had admired it on occasion, so I started looking at older Wings on the market (I'm not afraid of doing my own work, nor of saving a few thousand dollars vs. buying new).

I found an '83-been-parked-a-decade at a good price, bought it and trailered home from the People's Republic of California. Gonna need belts and some clean-up.

Then I ran across an ad for a '88-been-parked-a-decade at a price low enough to buy sight unseen. I called the owner, to be told that a friend of theirs was probably buying it. I left my number anyhow.

ONE HOUR LATER, I saw an ad for an '89-been-parked-two-months, called the guy, he talked himself down to the price of the '88, so we made the deal right then and there.

The next day, while I was prepping for the trip to pick up the '89, the gal with the '88 texted to say that the friend's wife had said no, and if I still wanted it . . .

SO, now I have the '89 Wing I ride (has new belts), the '88 Wing I need to clean up (and put on belts) and the '83 Wing I'm planning to restore (and put on belts).

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Short and sweet: I got tired of wrenching on my Harley Shovelhead.

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wingdaddy1953 wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:32 pm
Short and sweet: I got tired of wrenching on my Harley Shovelhead.
hope you kept it just to say you have one! :lol:

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When I was with the Sheriff's Office I rode Harley's. I disliked how heavy they are and I didn't like the vibration. But, I've always liked Honda's. Because my one friend let me ride his 750 all the time. I enjoyed the ride of it compared to the Harley. Then, I rode my other friends Goldwing and I could not believe how smooth it rode and easy to handle. I liked it, but at that time I could not afford one. One day my wife over heard me talking about a 2014 Honda GTX1400. And she purchased the GTX 1400 for me for our anniversary (sweet lady she is). I enjoyed riding it. Then Honda came out with the 2018 Honda Goldwing. Wow, I love the look of it. It had the GTX1400 and Goldwing look. I took one for a test ride and fell deeper in love with it. My wife gave me permission to sale the 1400 to get the Goldwing. The rest is history...

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crableg,
What is a Honda GTX 1400? I have never heard of that bike. I did look on line and all that came up was a GX140, a 5hp Honda gas engine.
Thanks,
Ed

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Hey Ed, crableg: I had the same question. I was able to find a Kawasaki GTR 1400. I thought maybe there was a variant of the GTR 1400 that crableg was referring to.

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peejmeister wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:33 pm
Hey Ed, crableg: I had the same question. I was able to find a Kawasaki GTR 1400. I thought maybe there was a variant of the GTR 1400 that crableg was referring to.
The GTR 1400 (Kawasaki) is the European version of the Kawasaki ZG1400 (Concours) which is sold in the U.S. I have 2014 ZG1400 to go with my GL 1800. It's MY bike and the Wing is OUR bike. :D I love 'em both.

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Lmbo, guys please forgive me. It’s a CTX1400 not GTX. Wow, I can’t believe I did that. Thank you all for keeping me straight.

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OKAY,
That make sense. Dam keyboards that don't know what you want to type anyway. Thanks for helping us end hours of research to find out what a GTX1400 is. I know all about a Plymouth GTX. I thing awhile ago I have heard of the CTX1400. Just don't remember.

What was the bike like?
Ed

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peejmeister
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I believe it's a CTX 1300. That seemed to be the replacement for the ST1300, but with more of a cruiser-style ride than the exiting ST1300's sport-tourer style. If I'm not mistaken, it sports the ST's engine.

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I think the bike the OP was referring to is one of the models of the Yamaha Concours.

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jcn59 wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:46 pm
I think the bike the OP was referring to is one of the models of the Yamaha Concours.
Yamaha makes an FJR which is a 1300 sport tourer. Kawasaki makes the ZG1400 Concours.

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Yes, the Kawasaki Concours 1400. My error.

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I remember now. The CTX 1300 was a spin-off of the ST1300. I liked the ST version better however. Wow, drugs do make ones mind sssooo fuzzy. I have crossed the learning about the CTX off my list of to-dos.
Thanks to all of you for helping me remember.
Ed

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Thank you guys so very much for understanding my GTX mistake. The CTX was a nice looking bike and rode well. When Honda came out with the 2018 Goldwing, wow, It has the look of the F6B and CTX1400 and the style of the Goldwing. Yes, there are a lot of things Honda could have done better, but it rides great. The CTX rode great also but it lacked that 1800 power.

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Thank you guys for being wonderful associates. God Bless You all.



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