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I have an 05 Ultra Classic thinking about upgrading , Any pros and cons on the goldwing or should I keep my Harley?
 

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... Howdy ... I Have Converted 3 Harley Friends Over To Wings ... And They Say They Wish They Had Done It Sooner ... Goldwings Are All About - Style And Comfort ... Happy Trails ...
 

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Birds of a feather tend to flock together. What do your best riding buddies ride ? The answer is within yourself. But enough with the philosophy. They are both on two wheels and both have ridden far. As short as I have ridden so far, I wish the Goldwing had a true 6th overdrive gear. If your riding an 05 Haley, I'll assume you don't have a 6 speed tranny .But!!! the goldwing has six cylinders. It is exceptionally smooth and vibration free at any speed. The comfort level of the passanger is without exception superb. What it doesn't have is the Harley feel of engine torque. Imagine you are riding a covertable with only two wheels. If this appeals to you, upgrade.
 

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I've never riden a Harley, but I do have a V-Twin Yamaha that rides great. Smooth and very well balanced, but so is the Goldwing. The comfort level for the wife is the reason for the recent purchase of the Goldwing. I put a belly pan on the wing today and took it for a short spin. A 90 mile spin around the county and a good couple hours. The Wing is very comfortable and rides great.
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The co-rider is the one that moves way up in the world with the wings comfort and options. My wife became a co-pilot with the wing. She has her own seat heater, storage compartments, cup holder, arm rests, push to talk cb control, music volume control, transformer floorboards. Not to mention, we like to talk to each other on the intercom. REMEMBER- When mama's happy....everyone is happy!;)
 

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Crownfire: Why did you add belly pan, and did you notice any differance? I was thinking of adding one in the spring.
 

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The reason I added the belly pan was due to advice from others. Road debris could kick up and damage the underside, especially the plastic coolant tank. I picked up the vented version from wingstuff. I can’t say it made any difference in the ride but some reviewers comment on that. It was easy to put on, took me more time to pull the protective covering and bandage my fingers than to install it. Wear gloves, when you pull on a louver to get it over the last bolt it will shave off pieces of finger.
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10-4 Crownfire. I almost got sidetracked with all the glitter to buy. I made a commitment to get the belly pan next. I, also, was looking at the louver style. " Non corborundum bellypanum ", wear gloves.
 

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Thanks, it didn’t. But it isn’t the first time I’ve shaved off a piece of me. So far nothing really important and they all grew back.
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a 1500 or 1800 wing is a bigger and heavier bike than the harley but it's more of which you like best. i know guys that had harleys and sold them to get a wing only to sell the wing and get another harley. if you can take a test ride on a wing. me i just buy what i want and i want a bmw r90, i've never had one but good or bad i'll be happy when i get it
 

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I ride a 2000SE, never ridden a HD until this past fall. Went to a local HD dealer and participated in their demo day. Rode 3 bikes, the ultra classic was by far the best of the 3. I was very impressed with the tourqe, not found on the wing. The rider position was nice and comfortable, but I can't say for the passenger. However, I didn't think the HD handled as well as my wing, it felt a little more awkward, but that may have just been me. The big difference was rider controls, on the wing, everything seems to be laid out nicer, large buttons, easier to reach and grouped better. The HD controls was everything but. I wouldn't turn one away by anymeans, but at this point, I prefer the wing. My opinion.
 

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I think both bikes are great but I have a few complaits about the Harley 1 is it's lack of room. 2 you seem to sit right up on the windshield. 3 the Vibration at Idle. Long distance on one isn't comfortable (had a 95 ultra classic). It is a well built and beautiful motorcycle and the only real vibration was at idle. I like to ride long trips )500+miles and nothing works for me as well as a Goldwing. There are many people who will bash a Harley as a oil dripping, breakdown prone, hand numbing peice of crap. It's not so. maybe back during the AMF years but since the EVO came out it's a good bike. They still need a top end overhaul about every 70K but still great bikes. If you really want to tear up some miles I say go Goldwing. The 1500 is a bit of a luxo-barge and while it will manuver well in the twisties it still has some flex. The 1800 will corner and run with some sportbikes. I just don't have enough room on the 1800's. I dont think you can go wrong when you spend the money on what YOU want with any of them.
 

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The 'wing has a lot of torque, more than a Harley, it's just that the torque is applied smoother from a 6-cylinder, so you don't notice it as much. My 1500 Intruder has the same torquey feel as a Harley, but my 1500 'wing will beat it out of the hole and tear it up on the highway. The 1800 'wing has a lower center of gravity, so it handles better. My 1200 'wings were taller than the 1500s, but still had the "motorcycle" feel and some characteristic motorcycle vibration. The 1500 is so smooth, it's no wonder they're called the "road sofa."
 

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Motorcycles are soooo personal that it is difficult if not impossible to make a chioce for someone else. I've owned and ridden HD's and forme, the Wing is better. Some things about the Ultras I like better, like the side opening trink lid, and the extra punch in the sound system. As for road manners though, not even the Screaming Eagle Ultra can compare to the refined feel and power delivery of any of the six cylinder wings. Would I ever buy another HD? Absolutely. But I'll never again be without my Wing. If HD ever puts out an SVO Wideglide, I better win the Lotto 'cause I would have to have another bike in the stable.
 

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Thats a bunch of funny jokes although far fetched still funny. As far as handling goes for slow speed manuvers it's more about what bike your comfort zone is in. If You have been riding a 88 1500 wing for 22 years you will be comfortable in about any manuver on about any 1500 wing. The first time I rode an 1800 ot took about an hour of riding before my confidence level was up enough to make some low speed manuvers I made on my Valkyrie everyday. It takes a while to get the feel of any bike. As for the Harley Dressers like the Ultra, I can do any manuver on my 95 Ultra that I could do on any wing and probably better. If I had to do low speed trick manuvers I'd take the Harley any day. I put 177,000 miles on my 77 Gold Wing and you can bet I knew every limitation of that bike. I could make low speed manuvers with my Ultra Classic I could only dream of on my wing. Now if I spent all my riding time in a parking lot I'd probably still own my Ultra.
 

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I have an 05 Ultra Classic thinking about upgrading , Any pros and cons on the goldwing or should I keep my Harley?
Hi jaswen. Its pretty simple in my book. How many 400+ mile day trips do you plan or 1000 mile weekends ? If not many and all your friends have harleys, keep the Harley. I love the sound, think Harleys are beautiful, acknowlege they are the bluprint for many (most) of the existing cruisers out there. Still, distance riding belongs to Gold Wing, BMW and Victory with a couple other close contenders.

Its about comfort and design. the Harley 74 was never designed as an 700 mile a day bike. Yes it can be done but it can also be done on an AJS single (good luck). Todays Harleys are extensions of the 74 with many upgrades esp in the suspension. Be sure you check into the cooling technique on the newest Ultra Classic. In 09 the scheme to prevent overheating was the rear cylinder shuts off and the bike runs on one cylinder.
 
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