So long and thanks for all the fish

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Travman, Jul 1, 2021.

  1. Travman

    Travman Long timer Supporter

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    So not really a goodbye but I will rarely be active on this thread moving forward. I recently sold my 2018 GS for a 2021 Goldwing DCT Tour. After 11+ years on BMW's (RT, GSA, GS) I wanted a change. Although at least I did stay with a boxer engine. :clap

    I'll still be a regular on the Equipment thread and a few others, and perhaps I'll head down to the basement more often.
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  2. FLY-DOG

    FLY-DOG Retired and enjoying it!

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    Enjoy your new Goldwing DCT Tour and don't be a stranger on this forum, who knows....... there may be a GS/A in your future?
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  3. Solo Moto

    Solo Moto Hands are bruised from breakin’ rocks all day

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    Enjoy the new ride!
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  4. sperz1

    sperz1 Lame Adventurer Supporter

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    I really dig the new gold wings.
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  5. rdbonds

    rdbonds Breaker of Things

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    Congrats! I have not ridden one of the new GL1800s yet. I'm afraid I'll like it too much. :)
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  6. pistole

    pistole Long timer

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    Do let have a review
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  7. FranknStein7

    FranknStein7 Been here awhile

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    The DCT is quite appealing on a touring bike. Interesting that Honda is the only company that does this, and they've been doing it for quite a while. I would probably get a Goldwing over a K1600 just for this reason. My only major quibble with the Goldwing is the tank capacity. With only a 5.5 gallon tank and sub-40 mpg, the range will be worse than a 1250GS (and far worse than a GSA).
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  8. Travman

    Travman Long timer Supporter

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    Well, since you asked. A couple of things have surprised me with the GW. First, though it weighs 200lbs more than the GS, it comes off the side stand just as easy. It's of course slower on turn in but holds a line well and can hustle through the twisties. The DCT is a game changer. I also ride scooters so I like the whole auto tranny thing. That was my big draw to the Wing. Still learning to modulate the throttle for smoother riding. In Sport mode, throttle is very sensitive and with over 100lbs of torque at 1500rpm, it pulls hard.

    Mileage has been better than on my GS. I got about 42mpg on the GS, while getting 44-46 on the GW, plus it takes regular (87) gas. On the GS, I got about 220 miles on a tank and on the GW have been getting 240+ miles, which is fine for me. I've reached the age where the gas tank range exceeds my bladder.

    First ride this weekend will be with she who must be obeyed. So we'll see how she likes the barko lounger.
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  9. FranknStein7

    FranknStein7 Been here awhile

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    Interesting, that is much better mileage for the GW than I've seen reported elsewhere. Also that's not so great mileage for the GS. I routinely get 47-49 mpg on mine. I'm still surprised they couldn't find some room for a couple more gallons of fuel on that behemoth. The K1600GTL by comparison has a 7 gallon tank.
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  10. RonaldW716

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    I would like to hear how your queen rates the comfort level particularly the wind protection. We tour on a gsaw and my wife can’t ride with her faceshield open at highway speeds. Looking at the new Wing.
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  11. Travman

    Travman Long timer Supporter

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    We did an inaugural 200 mile ride and it was a big success. She said it was the most comfortable bike we've owned. On my GSA and GS, I had a Shad 50 top case with a backpad. While that was ok for her, the Goldwing has taken things to another level. A big plus was the amount of room she had between us and the smoothness of the DCT. With that distance though, she said that she felt disconnected from me going through the curves which she said was a little weird. A solution for her was moving a bit forward and lean with me in the curves as before. For wind, we typically ride with an open mic com and there was no buffeting or excessive wind noise. So, lots more rides and trip planned in the future or at least when temps drop below 90.
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  12. reinhardhardegen

    reinhardhardegen Been here awhile

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    can you give us any pro/cons between the GS and the new wing?
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  13. reinhardhardegen

    reinhardhardegen Been here awhile

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    did you once reguarly listen to G Gordon Liddy when he had his radio show?
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  14. Travman

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    Very different rides and purposes. My GS was set up for road only with street tires and as little weight as possible. I basically rode it like a comfortable sport bike. But some comparisons.

    GW has much better brakes.
    GS is faster in the twisties
    GW is more stable on the interstate
    On the GS, I could keep up with almost anyone
    On the GW, I’m getting used to being slower (relatively speaking)
    GS transmission was agricultural and my quick shifter sucked
    GW DCT is excellent and a game changer
    GW has a very surprising fun factor especially in Sport mode
    GW 87 octane, GS 93
    GW 44mpg, GS 42
    Longer maintenance intervals on the GW but some items will be a pita. For instance, air filter at 16k miles is a projected 5 hour job. Valve checks at 24k miles, oil at 8k, rear drive oil every 3 yrs.

    Hope that helps.


    ah, that would be a big no.
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  15. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin Rollin 2019 R 1250 GS, 2014 HD SGS, 2016 RK

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    sounds like you found a new home.
    And its a neighborhood that you like.

    I might have someone interested in the seat LMK
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  16. Travman

    Travman Long timer Supporter

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    The only items I have left are the stock exhaust and the stock footpegs.

    Everything else went pretty quick.
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  17. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin Rollin 2019 R 1250 GS, 2014 HD SGS, 2016 RK

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    OK thanks for the heads up enjoy your new bike. Stan
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  18. Travman

    Travman Long timer Supporter

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    Mods moved this thread from GS Boxers to Road Warriors saying it was about Goldwing's. WRONG.

    The purpose of the thread was that I had been active on the GS forum for over 10 years and that since selling the GS I would still be on ADVRider but on other parts of the site. This had nothing to do with Goldwing's. The conversation of the thread was a natural progression of the switch in bikes not to promote a Goldwing.

    Common Mods, stop being so heavy handed.
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  19. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer Supporter

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    NFE
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  20. Mr Pou

    Mr Pou Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the summary! I'm picking up my black '21 GW Tour DCT tomorrow morning! I can't wait! Luckily, I'll be able to keep my '16 GS water boxer for fun one up, and I use my GS like you do, as a comfortable sport bike, and will continue to do so one up. The wife likes riding the GS ok, but we had a 1500 Wing 98 thru 2003, and she remembers how nice it is to ride, so the GW is for us to two up tour!

    Luckily I'll be able to choose the tool for the job!
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