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Old 05-05-2012, 11:25 AM   #16
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I went to buy a Wing in Dec of '93, test rode one, and a Voyager. Bought the Voyager because it felt more like the bikes I was used to, just a lot more protection, bells & whistles. Kept it a year and sold it, just too much of the "good" stuff I reckon.



Regretted trading my PC in on it, I really enjoyed that little bike....

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:40 AM   #17
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Beautiful !

I love how so many people poo poo the PC, yet when it come to the real truth, its one hell of a great bike that when put in its correct element is nearly unbeatable by any other bike, period.

Its most definately not in the league of the full size touring bikes, but yet retains all the pleasant ride characteristics of a upright position full touring bike, but in a better handling, lighter and overall smaller package.

I have ridden so many kinds of road bikes its crazy, but NOTHING has the ride a PC does, its in a very unique combination of riding traits. It does isolate you from some of the harsh elements, and the feedback is dampened compared to a more sport oriented sport tour machine, but thats what it was designed for. Its a small niche market for it, prolly 100 times smaller market than a full size touring bike. A very misunderstood machine that gets compared to alot of catagorys it was never intended for.

I loved alot of my bikes, as diverse as they were, but when in their intended setting they seemed best. Any bike can seem a poor choice when in the wrong ride setting, even if they are rated high amongst their intended catagory.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:01 PM   #18
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Not true. Sometime the "Inter action" is too demanding and you are missing the actual ride experience. If the bike has such a ride positioning thats causing discomfort, vibrations that buzz you all day long, and a noise level that hammers your brain numb, you are missing most the scenery and "Experience" with alot of your concentration and effort going to dealing with the pain and misery.


You want interaction ? I dare you to ride my old SFC on a 500 mile backroad tour.
No one says you have to be into S&M, that's your call. But for the riding you sound like you desire -- just rent a DVD of a road... maybe turn on a fan to blow in your face. No bike needed.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:33 PM   #19
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Love the PC800 references.... great bikes.... some day!

Saw some KLR references in this post....

they give you ALL OF THE INFORMATION from the road, every bit of data transmitted to the operator in unedited format.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #20
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I kinda feel that way sometimes with my BMW k75. But its not bad. It has good roadfeel, smooth, good sounding (and quiet) engine, etc.

Although I miss my dad and I's Royal Enfield. There's something about listening to the engine going underneath you at 55mph on hwy 1. Just hearing everything. The Valves, the Exhaust (Not loud. Just big sounding). Feeling everything. A big single loping along leisurely at 2000 rpm.

I've got an R75/5 for that duty now. Better brakes, and it can do the freeway.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:53 PM   #21
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In answer to the original question, No! To me riding a motorcycle is about being more connected with what I am doing, not less connected, so I have had no interest in riding something that isolates me from the environment. But, each of us has our own level of isolation we prefer. Me, I do like some wind protection, so I like a minimal wind screen, while others think that is sissy. Me, I have no interest in ABS, while others think that is unsafe. Me, I have no interest in plugging in electronics or electrically heated gear--others think that is roughing it. Me, I don't like noisy bikes and I wear ear plugs--others argue that loud pipes save lives. I could could go on and on like this. If your bike feels like it isolates you too much get something else, but others here might very well like to ride with more isolation.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:22 PM   #22
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Well, I have the best of both worlds. My little GSXR is somewhat isolated, but requires a great deal of input. I love the feel of being connected to the experience. If I really wanna be isolated.....I'll take the minivan.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:01 PM   #23
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smoking is one of the things I'm looking most forward to while on the motorcycle when i buy a new bike

naked liter bike is fun.. but an hour max on the slab especially in the rain
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:05 PM   #24
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Still have the PC, and a more worthy area bike.

I rode through a 20 mile light rain @75mph on the Interstate and could count the rain drops that hit me.





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Old 05-06-2012, 05:32 PM   #25
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Still have the PC, and a more worthy area bike.

I rode through a 20 mile light rain @75mph on the Interstate and could count the rain drops that hit me.
Dibs on the PC if you decide to sell it (or trade it for a Tiger)
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:10 PM   #26
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Dibs on the PC if you decide to sell it (or trade it for a Tiger)



How do you like the chrome rack on back?



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Old 05-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #27
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I had a Goldwing for 10 months. They have a purpose but felt like I was on an electric motor.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #28
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How do you like the chrome rack on back?


I noticed it in the other pic as well, great idea....

One of my fondest memories of the PC was in the infield at Daytona Speedway during Bike Week. We pulled up to the fence by the stands close to the paddock/pit area as usual. Got the typical looks from the typical folks, until I popped the trunk and started pulling cold ones (Diet Coke ) from the side I had iced down. The sneers turned to curiosity quick like, and several conversations ensued...back then they wouldn't let you bring a cooler into the speedway...
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:47 PM   #29
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The bike never fails to draw people around it.



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Old 05-06-2012, 11:59 PM   #30
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I had a Goldwing for 10 months. They have a purpose but felt like I was on an electric motor.
I had an '88 1500 Wing.

Beautiful bike. 16,000 miles on it. had every possible option available on it...including reverse.


....we HATED IT!!! It was like riding an electric marshmellow. We sold it after only 2 1/2 months!!


I've got a chance at an '05 FJR1300 really cheap this week. (got slid down the road. only scratched ta crap is all)
We really liked our 1st generation Ventures...but not the fairings. would this fit???

and I don't wanna make my WIng mistake again.


any feelings out there besides the previous 2???

(I'm actually riding a 100.3ci homebuilt Harley chopper right now. FUN bike, but the noise and the pirates bug me.)
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