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Hi all,

Following a disappointing ownership experience with a Kawasaki GTR1400, I've finally bitten the bullet and got one of these fabulous Goldwings.

I've wanted one of these for years, but never been able to afford one. Having come into some unexpected money I thought that with the Kawasaki PX, and a large amount of cash, I could finally afford a nice new 2009 Wing. I got this from Branston's in Yeovil with only 3 miles on the clock! It went back in 7 days later for the 600 mile service and now after a couple more weeks it now has well over 2,000miles on it!!!!!

I regularly ride from Somerset to Scotland, 500 miles each way, and cannot believe how comfortable the bike is, I've been caught in some really bad summer downpours and the weather protection is first class. Handling is fine for such a big, heavy machine and economy is fine at normal speeds (45-50mpg) but it can get a bit thirsty when "making progress" (35mpg).

Very happy all round with the bike and looking forward to many more miles. Anyone have any advice on tyre wear rates or any problems that I should be aware of? Any guidance would be appreciated.

Ride safe.

Mark
 

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Welcome to the board and congrats on your new Wing from across the pond. The best advice I can give you is try to keep the smile off your face while riding the best touring bike made. Ride safe and enjoy the trip...
 

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Hi & welcome. If you have the dunlop stock tires they should last about 14 to 15K miles (or about 19,000 Kilometers if my math is right). I have never got less than 40 MPG and have gotton as high as 50 mpg on my '08.
 

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Welcome to the forum from Canada mark. As you have no doubt discovered, nothing chews up the miles like a Wing.
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Welcome from another Canuck Mark. Tyre pressure is the most critical aspect for wear I think. Under inflation can cause cupping (as can improper balance) and overinflation causes premature centre wear. I run 41 in the front and rear and ride fairly aggresively, but my 1800 is too new to tell, only 6k on the clock. Enjoy that baby! I hope you didn't get hosed on the price of that service at 600 miles, because no matter what they told you it isn't part of the service schedule. Unless they did it gratis that is.
 
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