Is the Goldwing the best bike you have ever ridden?


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Wildwilly018
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Re: Is the Goldwing the best bike you have ever ridden?

Post by Wildwilly018 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:40 pm



quasi2008 wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:15 am
smoothest? probably. comfortable? not even close. I despise mid controls. miss my road king.
My 88 is very comfy. OEM seat 30 yrs old is still soft and not hard to ride for hrs. Floats down the roughest roads. I did put new progressive air shocks on a couple yrs ago. Run Dunlop E3's for tires. I rode my brothers 04 1800 and I wasn't impressed compared to my 88 1500. Everyone has their preferences.



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Re: Is the Goldwing the best bike you have ever ridden?

Post by Thomas Berry » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:34 pm

I`ve been riding motorcycles since 1967. I`ve owned about 20 different bikes, ALL Japanese except for one Triumph. I grew up on a Farm in South East Missouri. I was 14 when I got my first bike. Honda Super 90cc. I knew every back road in the Bootheel. I wore the 90cc out twice. Due to hard crazy riding. Used it for everything including dirt bike. Drove full throttle most everywhere I went. Never had to do anything to it except rebuild the top end, new chains and sprokes. Indestructible bike. Show me any other bike you can ride wide open for 7,000 miles without blowing it up. Since graduating to bigger bikes, NEVER worn one out or blew it up. I`ve owned many. only wish I knew how many miles I`ve accually rode. It would probably shock me. I presently own three bikes. 1987 Aspencade, great bike, took me a lot of trouble free places, 2002 1800 Trike, and a 2009 Suzuki Boulivard. Never had a mechanical failure out of any of the bikes. Never. Did have an electrical issue that was not big deal, but Road Rescue piked me up and took me about 1 mile across town to my house. Kill switch went bad on my 02 Trike. Only issue in all the miles I have driven, other than normal events. Bad battery, flat tire. Everyone I have ever known with other brands of bikes have had Mechanical issues. Some very costly. The GoldWing by far is the best touring motorcycle ever, in my opinion. But I DO want a new Indian Vintage. Why Not? Never get ride of my Trike.

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Re: Is the Goldwing the best bike you have ever ridden?

Post by WINGER3 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:28 pm

I have been ridding since I was 10 and I'm 78 now, I took a break from 1959-1971, USMC + wife and 2 kids and started again when I bought a new 1971 BMW R75/5 and rode it for over 100K mi., traded it for a new 1982 a R100RT tour model as the wife wanted to ride now as the kids where older. The BMW was great but just to small for a trip to Minnesota we had planed, so sold it and bought my first GW, a new 1985 Aspencade and did a 6K mi. rode trip and it was fantastic with 2 up and 45 MPG and put over 85K mi. on it.
I have had every GW from GL1100A to GL1800ABS + GL1500C Valk. & F6B current, and I have to say the (2) GL1200A's I had are the best all around bikes I have ever rode and I'm now looking at a 1987 Aspey. w/cruise control and 16K original miles on it and trying to decide to sell my F6B with only 2400 mi. on and love ridding and buy the GL1200A, it will be a tough one to decide. Ride safe and have fun. :mrgreen:
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Re: Is the Goldwing the best bike you have ever ridden?

Post by Wildwilly018 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:32 pm

Thomas Berry wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:34 pm
I`ve been riding motorcycles since 1967. I`ve owned about 20 different bikes, ALL Japanese except for one Triumph. I grew up on a Farm in South East Missouri. I was 14 when I got my first bike. Honda Super 90cc. I knew every back road in the Bootheel. I wore the 90cc out twice. Due to hard crazy riding. Used it for everything including dirt bike. Drove full throttle most everywhere I went. Never had to do anything to it except rebuild the top end, new chains and sprokes. Indestructible bike. Show me any other bike you can ride wide open for 7,000 miles without blowing it up. Since graduating to bigger bikes, NEVER worn one out or blew it up. I`ve owned many. only wish I knew how many miles I`ve accually rode. It would probably shock me. I presently own three bikes. 1987 Aspencade, great bike, took me a lot of trouble free places, 2002 1800 Trike, and a 2009 Suzuki Boulivard. Never had a mechanical failure out of any of the bikes. Never. Did have an electrical issue that was not big deal, but Road Rescue piked me up and took me about 1 mile across town to my house. Kill switch went bad on my 02 Trike. Only issue in all the miles I have driven, other than normal events. Bad battery, flat tire. Everyone I have ever known with other brands of bikes have had Mechanical issues. Some very costly. The GoldWing by far is the best touring motorcycle ever, in my opinion. But I DO want a new Indian Vintage. Why Not? Never get ride of my Trike.
As I said above, been riding for almost 45 yr from age 16 till now. Actually started at 5 with mini bike and bought brand new 80cc yami enduro at 12. Rode the hell out of that. Also a 69 Honda 90cc street we used off road till I was 16 when I got my licence on a 68 Yami 100cc twin. Rode that maybe a yr and traded it for a 68 BSA Royal Star 500 cc. T-boned a car at 18 on that bike. Totaled and broken hip. Had Kawi kz 450 after that. Have had a 74 Honda 550/4. Rode for 10 yr. 84 yami virago 500. 2001 Honda shadow ace 750. One of my favs was my 86 Yami venture 1300cc. Then a 2000 Kawi voyager 1200. After that my present 88 goldwing gl1500. Love this bike.

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Re: Is the Goldwing the best bike you have ever ridden?

Post by bstig60 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:27 am

Been riding more than 50 years. In that time, I have owned 25 or so bikes and have ridden many others of different types and sizes. I have owned 3 Goldwings in the last several years. An 88, and 99 1500 and now a 03 1800. The 1500's were comfy, but lacked a little power when pulling a loaded trailer and camping gear in the mountains. The 1800, however, is a different story, no lack of power here. It is a little lighter than the 1500's and handles much better, both at speed and in traffic. Frankly, I was shocked the first time I took a ride on the 1800 at its power, handling characteristics and braking ability. By far the 1800 is the best street bike I have ever ridden.
I can't make a statement like this without mentioning the Yamaha XT600 Dual Sport I used to own.... For a dual purpose bike, it was the best off/on road bike I have ever owned......


Bill

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