It’s something you see a lot from newb riders: “I have a street bike (Honda Rebel, Kawasaki Ninja 250, Suzuki GS750, whatever), and I want to turn it into an adventure bike.”
The correct answer, usually, is to point out that even if they spend hundreds of bucks on suspension and knobbies and handlebars and everything else, most street bikes will never be good dirt bikes. You’re better off buying a cheap dual sport than trying to turn your heavy, under-sprung street machine into an offroader.
Thankfully, some people don’t listen to expert advice, which is how we get the highly enjoyable video below:
Actually, that’s a bit disingenuous. From what we understand, the two guys who are flogging their Gold Wings offroad also have, or had, proper dirt bikes before taking off on this mad tangent. Watching the video, it’s obvious they have an idea what they’re doing off-road, even if the whole affair looks silly at first. They’re not just a couple of wet-behind-the-ears rookies who are making bad decisions … they’re experienced riders, making bad decisions for the fun of it.
Although, how bad an idea is it really? Vintage Gold Wings are pretty much cheap as chips now, so it’s not like they’re going to wreck a valuable bike should things go pear-shaped. They’ve got lots of torque, and many of them come with crash bars, too! Go back far enough in history, and you can find spoked wheels for these bikes. And yeah, they’re heavy … but so are GSs, Super Tens, and so on. That weight actually can work in your favor, if you use it to bash through obstacles instead of going over or around them. And, the Wing carries its weight a lot closer to the ground. Hey, if it all goes really, really bad, you can use the on-bike CB system to radio for help!