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Im happy, as a kid with a new toy!!
This is my third GW, the first one was a 94, 1200cc special edition, the second one a 97, 1500 cc, then i left the wings for a while, my last motorcycle was an st 1300, i was little afraid to take again the GW, cause the st maniouvers and feels like a bicicle with testosterone and i remembered the wing as a heavy and wide motorcycle, this goldwing is the best, its not heavy is more maneuverable as i remembered more storage area, more confortable my wife is happy and let me say im too!!, its like a bicicle with a mix of testosterone, red bull and weed!!!!
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Interesting video, but...
...What's dragon-proofing? Does it involve strategies to avoid finding pieces of your motorcycle on the Tree of Shame?
I almost forget what I'm riding.
I have ridden motorcycles off and on for 20 years. I had 3 previous bikes. I've not ridden much in the past 15 years or so, just too busy with raising 7 kids. Most are grown or about grown now, so I bought a 2006 Goldwing this summer. I still can't justify a new one that costs more than the cars I own, and honestly, I'm sad they shrunk them down. They tried to convert them from a luxury tourer into a sport tourer. If I wanted a sport tourer I'd go for a Yamaha FJ1300. At 140HP, it's a real sport tourer. At any rate, my main concern was that I'm only 5'8. I was worried about the seat height. After sitting on it, I found I can flat foot it if I'm standing up. Sitting down and back on seat I can only get balls of feet down. I had a friend ride it home from the previous owners house (about 3 hours away) because I drove the car there AND I was intimidated to get on it right away. It's 400lbs and 1200cc bigger than any bike I ever owned or rode! After just a couple of short rides, I began to feel comfortable after I was moving. Slow speed still scared me a bit. Mostly nervous about dropping while stopping. (The bike only had 24,000 miles and not a single mark on it!) I started to have a new problem, on the twisty roads, I wanted to start pushing it harder. I felt like I was on my sporty, zippy old 600cc naked Radian, which was only around 400+ pounds. Many times, I have to remember I'm on a VERY big bike that I don't want to wreck because it's the nicest bike by far I've ever owned. I have dragged a peg or two since, but maintain a healthy respect for this machine. I'm honest with myself and am a safe rider, with not desire to ride above my level. In the right hands, I can imagine this bike could be really impressive performance wise.
I logged a 7000 mile Alaska trip on a 2010 GL1800, while pulling a trailer.. At the time I barely had 1000 miles worth of riding experience on a Goldwing and 30 years since i last rode a bike.,. I learned a lot about the bike, how it handles, the caveat spots, and what not to do.. I considered my self fairly seasoned now on the Goldwing.. I forgot to mention we also rode in the rain for two days; white knuckle nail biting experience.. One of the key things to take into account on a goldwing is try to look ahead on how to react in situations.. Try not to back out, don't take tight turns or lean at low speed, use your front brake more than your rear one, give yourself plenty of room to turn from a stop.. Always wear a helmet Try not to creep at low speeds, specially with a passenger on the back, you can lose your balance and tip the bike.. After handling the nearly 1K lbs 2010 goldwing, the new 2019 100 lbs lighter model should be a breeze.. Looking forward to owning one