Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: The beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland
My first ten days as a GW owner
Ten days ago I picked my first GW (a low mileage 2007). It was at the local dealership because the seller had agreed to put new tires on it. We had a light snow the night before so I was a little once worried about the weather, but by the time I got there it was 10:30 AM, 40F, sunny, and the roads had dried up nicely. The customer service person looked perplexed when he wheeled the cycle out of the shop and didn't see a trailer. He asks "You riding this home"? It wasn't my first choice but I was't afraid of it either. The day eventually got up to 53F and I ended up riding 125 miles that day just running errands.
I try to ride most days in order to become more familiar with the controls and the weight and balance. I was able to do a U-turn with my Vulcan in the width of two parking spaces. With the GW I am averaging three.
Last Thursday we had tickets to the Orioles season opener in Baltimore, so that is my longest trip to date. About 140 miles each way. I parked the cycle at a friends house and rode the train to Camden Yards. The train was packed and I had to stand for the five mile ride, which was way more exhausting than the 2.5 hour cycle ride. Of course the game went extra innings so I got to ride home in the dark. That was a first on this bike but no problem.
Oh, one more thing. One of my friends asked me if I had learned how to "stop that big bike yet". Wow, those Interlinked brakes and ABS are a thing of beauty. Probably the best braking I have ever had on a vehicle.
So that's me ten days into the experience.
1968 Honda 350
1979 Honda 750 Four full dress
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Classic (for sale)
2007 GL 1800
Last edited by Pointwithinacircle; 04-01-2018 at 08:17 PM.