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Comming off a VTX1300 I picked up my Goldwing Saturday. What a truck! Almost feel I have to learn to ride a motorcycle again. The comfort level is great, but I see some highway pegs are a soon must. As I'm used to sitting in a bike rather than on top of it, the higher altitude threw off my sense of low center of gravity. She's a big woman, but worth the effort.
 

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Congrats on your new Wing. You'll learn to love her size.... Ride safe.
 

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hello and welcome to GWOF chopin114. once you get comfortable on your wing you'll forget all about that vtx
 

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Congrats on the new Wing, Once you get a couple hundred miles on it will become part of you and you will be dragging metal in the corners before you know it.
 

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The first stop sign I came to let me know I wasn't on my bike. Riding a foward peg bike, my feet naturally wanted to reach outwards. I stopped ok but it was a little less than graceful by my standards. There's alot of different things in the way on a Goldwing. Methinks to meself, " Next stop, drop your foot down, and not out ". On the road at moving speed the ride was heaven. 70 mph and you feel like your in a vacuum and not griping the grips to fight the wind. There is no sound from the exhaust or the whistle of wind in your helmet. As far as feeling comfortable, I've only riden 100 miles on it to date. Those of us who rode "cruzers " tend to sit into the bike and wrap our legs around the engine. I found myself wanting to sink lower in the Goldwing and at first felt awkward sitting up so high. I need to scrape my first peg so both the bike and the rider understand and trust one another. For the moment I'm happy I can get it on the centerstand without feeling the need for a spotter.
 

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Hi cknox23, congrats on the bike. It is a different ride for sure. The weight and size took a little time to get used to. The big difference I found from the cruisers was handling at low speeds, especially 2-up. I would suggest, and it has been suggested by others on this site, that a little practice at low speeds in a parking lot would help. Also in the learning stages, when coming to an intersection prepare to stop as opposed to trying to ease through without actually stopping. If you get part way through and get surprised by a car or pedestrian you didn't initially see, then you got a very large machine to stop or get out of the way of traffic. But when you get comfortable, man, that is one sweet ride ! Congrats again, you're going to love her. Lyndon
 

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Goldwing height and weight

The Wing seems very low to me, after six years on the Concours. Now, I like it.

The wide handlebars are great on the wing and give good leverage.

The weight does fall away with the Wing, when she is moving. One thing I am careful of, I watch where I put my feet down. I hate navigating the wing out of my front drive, which is gravel and down the bit of slope to the street. Will be installing 1/4" - gravel soon, for better traction.

I used to wonder watching folks using Goldwings for low speed parade type riding or on motorcycle courses. Once you get used to it, they handle very well indeed at low speed, using the wide handlebars and a bit of counterweight.:cool:


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The Wing seems very low to me, after six years on the Concours. Now, I like it.

The wide handlebars are great on the wing and give good leverage.

The weight does fall away with the Wing, when she is moving. One thing I am careful of, I watch where I put my feet down. I hate navigating the wing out of my front drive, which is gravel and down the bit of slope to the street. Will be installing 1/4" - gravel soon, for better traction.

I used to wonder watching folks using Goldwings for low speed parade type riding or on motorcycle courses. Once you get used to it, they handle very well indeed at low speed, using the wide handlebars and a bit of counterweight.:cool:


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Dart! You hail from my favorite state of Arizona! My parents live in Sun City, a mile or so from Boswell Hospital. I come out your way usually in March for a quick week stay. I rent a Harley from Arrowhead Harley in Peoria for a day or two and do some day trips.This next trip I'm planning on renting the Ultra Glide and going south to Tombstone, etc. I have always believed that the gods intended me to live in Arizona.
 

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We are probably reiterating the conversation old Wing riders had before. But that was then, this is now! It's great now that the highway is as comfortable as the byway.
 

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I know we all have probably have seen these video, but it's just a reminder how nimble the Goldwing really is. It's a sports bike that you can ride for hours and still carry a load of gear.



 

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Congrats. I made the same move. It felt awkward at first until I REALIZED THE FRAME MOUNTED FAIRING was working on my head. Keep your head up and look at where you want to go. The Wing will do all the work. All you are is a safety coordinator. You will soon fall in love.
 

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Congrats. I made the same move. It felt awkward at first until I REALIZED THE FRAME MOUNTED FAIRING was working on my head. Keep your head up and look at where you want to go. The Wing will do all the work. All you are is a safety coordinator. You will soon fall in love.
I just had that realization this weekend! Never realized how much I subconciously used the front end like a rifle sight. Great piece of iteration, lonewolf. You have reinforced a problem I quickly need to solve. Semper Fi!
 

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1st Goldwing

I bought my #1 wing this last September. My bike at the time was a VTX also. The salesman told me "it's not a matter of if but a matter of when I drop the bike."( I'm thinking, son you dont know who you are talking to. I am a rider see?). We leave the dealer, wife on back for a 70 mile trip to home. Sitting at a red light I as the wife for a drink of her tea. She leaned one way, I guess I leaned the other and down we go. Humiliating!!!! Bike survived great but I have been gun shy at intersections ever since and not real confident unless we are moving.
 

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Goldwings actually have a low center of gravity. The engine sits low and the fuel tank is under you instead of up top and out front. Dont let the size scare you. I use to teach a riders course. I can tell you first hand that I'd much rather take the test on a Goldwing or Valkyrie than a VTX. I've ridden a few of the 1800's and find them tough to manauver as compared to any GL. We used 250 Nighthawks in our class but my Son took his drivers test on my Valkyrie as opposed to the Magna he had at the time or one of the Nighthawks we used. The 6 cyl engine sitting low makes a huge differance. He now has my old 77 wing and he rides it in narrow parade routes doing sharp turns, figure 8's and such. The wings have always carried their weight down low.
 

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Congrats on your Wing purchase!! Before you know it,you'll be asking yourself why you waited so long to get one. Best of luck to you.Ride Safe.
 

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Coming off a .SportsBike to a Goldwing was a Major Shock to me. The width of those handlebars was a hard thing to absorb at first. But guess which bike gets rode the most.......not the kamakazie.
 

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I too went from a VTX to a Wing. Actually, My Son had the Wing and wanted my vtx. My Wife wanted a Wing. I arrived at his house on a VTX and went home on a Goldwing. I love it and so will you.
 

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The Wing " is " an incredibly bottom heavy bike. It is the unweighty mass that is psychologically challanging. Mind over matter. I have some highway floor boards on now; and though I haven't been on the road yet with them, I can feel that getting my legs out around the fairing positively changes the dynamics. I have the option of hugging her now instead of being just a center piece. This is a great highway bike and that's exactly what I wanted. The VTX is an OK byway bike, but hell on the interstate. Geeze is it smooth. Got to love all your opinions and stories, even Grandy's. It's all part of the Wing Thing.
 
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