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Old 01-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #91
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Nothing wrong with a Goldwing if it what you want/need....that time has passed for me. My wife doesn't like to ride and it is to big/heavy to ride the roads in the Ozarks the way I like to ride....even with the modified suspension. Time for me to get back to basics.

Hope you find what you are looking for.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:57 PM   #92
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Nothing wrong with a Goldwing if it what you want/need....that time has passed for me. My wife doesn't like to ride and it is to big/heavy to ride the roads in the Ozarks the way I like to ride....even with the modified suspension. Time for me to get back to basics.

Hope you find what you are looking for.
Back to basics?
Let's see, a fast dual-sport and a FJR may be in order

Would have loved to have compared a stock GW to your Trax-GW.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:04 PM   #93
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Richard....Traxxion is always a topic for heated debate on the GL1800 forum, as is tire pressure, oil weights/brands, car tires and a host of other things. Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinions, but "The best you have ridden is the best you know" pretty much sums it up. Their is no comparison between a stock wing and a traxxionized bike...period.

Back to basics for me is a KTM 990SMR or a Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:34 AM   #94
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Here's my 1985 Interstate. 120,000 miles and still going strong.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #95
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Prior Goldwing owner here. A GL1200 was the bike that really got me riding. Its been gone for 2 years but I still love a clean Goldwing (read that as minus all the old guy chrome and lights).


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Old 01-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #96
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I bought this 2007 GL1800 just this last October because my former motorcycle-phobic wife fell in love with riding 2 up on my KLR650. The KLR has a real butt burner of a seat after about an hour of riding. The Wing is great for the pavement, powerful, ultracomfortable and handles like a much smaller bike.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #97
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(Please don't take this the wrong way).

Anyway, I'm seriously thinking about getting a 'Wing, but I have some reservations. I wonder if I would lose the "essence" of riding on two wheels. Even though it's SO big and SO comfortable, do you guys still feel like you're riding a motorcycle?

BTW, I'm an MSF instructor, and I taught an Experienced Rider Course to some members of a Gold Wing club last year. We all know it's a great touring bike, but I was very impressed and frankly surprised by how well those bikes handled in the tight maneuvers! Watching those riders made me reevaluate my opinions of the GW.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:42 PM   #98
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Please don't take this the wrong way, and I'm not trying to stir up anti-Gold Wing bias.

Anyway, I'm seriously thinking about getting a 'Wing, but I have some reservations. I wonder if I'll lose the "essence" of riding on two wheels. Even though it's SO big and SO comfortable, do you guys still feel like you're riding a motorcycle?

BTW, I'm an MSF instructor, and I taught an Experienced Rider Course to some members of a Gold Wing club last year. We all know it's a great touring bike, but I was very impressed and frankly surprised by how well those bikes handled in the tight maneuvers! Watching those riders made me reevaluate my opinions of the GW.
I absolutely feel like it's still a motorcycle. I feel that I have more of an idea of what motorcycling truly is then when I had my last bike.

For all the techno wizardry on the new ones, it can be ignored. You can turn off the GPS, cruise control, stereo, CB and all that hooey, and just ride.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:25 AM   #99
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(Please don't take this the wrong way).

Anyway, I'm seriously thinking about getting a 'Wing, but I have some reservations. I wonder if I would lose the "essence" of riding on two wheels. Even though it's SO big and SO comfortable, do you guys still feel like you're riding a motorcycle?

BTW, I'm an MSF instructor, and I taught an Experienced Rider Course to some members of a Gold Wing club last year. We all know it's a great touring bike, but I was very impressed and frankly surprised by how well those bikes handled in the tight maneuvers! Watching those riders made me reevaluate my opinions of the GW.
I'm not sure how you would lose the essence of being on two wheels when on two wheels :) I've seen the comment "why don't you just get a Miata" from those that the Wing doesn't fit their idea of a motorcycle. My wife has a convertible Firebird and it's no where near like a motorcycle. Even thought thew wing is big, has all sorts of creature comforts, has great weather protection, you are still out in the wind (just not as much). Everything is still open, you still see the road flying buy your feet, you still smell all the smells (including the feedlot), you still hear the wind (more so with the quite motor), and you still lean through the corners.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:53 AM   #100
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I'm not sure how you would lose the essence of being on two wheels when on two wheels :) I've seen the comment "why don't you just get a Miata" from those that the Wing doesn't fit their idea of a motorcycle. My wife has a convertible Firebird and it's no where near like a motorcycle. Even thought thew wing is big, has all sorts of creature comforts, has great weather protection, you are still out in the wind (just not as much). Everything is still open, you still see the road flying buy your feet, you still smell all the smells (including the feedlot), you still hear the wind (more so with the quite motor), and you still lean through the corners.
can't split lanes to the front of the line at the border in a miata.... No car has the leg stretching positions available as a bike, and it doesn't have to be smogged.
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Mention to HogWild which way the wind is blowing where you're at, wait 20 minutes, and he'll post a picture of the intersection your at and a Google Earth route of how to get there.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:08 AM   #101
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can't split lanes to the front of the line at the border in a miata.... No car has the leg stretching positions available as a bike, and it doesn't have to be smogged.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:36 PM   #102
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It's very much a motorcycle, just a very large/heavy one. If you were impressed with the low speed handling...chances are it was a modified bike. The stock 1800 has a "noodle nose" and needs to be stiffened up to really perform. Adding a fork brace at least, but installing the Traxxion Dynamics Traxx-Rite triple clamps makes for a completely different and proper handling motorcycle.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:02 PM   #103
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Our 2007 'Wing on the Oregon Coast. Moved up from an ST1100 which seemed too small for us. We went out ot buy a Harley Ultra Classic but couldn't do it after a test ride. We rode the Goldwing and after about 10 minutes my wife said "Buy it!!". The Harley was/is a nice bike just not for us. Cliff.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:20 PM   #104
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May I ask what you did to un-link the brakes?

Sorry for the late reply I did not see this until now.

I bought a front brake splitter off an 82 and a new Master cylinder from this guy.
http://www.randakks.com/Master%20Price%20Catalog.htm#3

One 35" direct line for the rear and it is done. Toss the rear splitter.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:20 AM   #105
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