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New to the Goldwing forum because I'm researching the cross country vs. goldwing. I have owned a kawasaki vulcan classic lt for one year. I am 53 years old and this is the first bike I have ever owned. I am looking for a bigger bike for comfort and power. I'm not a race horse but just would like more power than the 900 I have now. I ride alot in the country for 1 to 3 hour rides but would like to go on some short trips. Can anyone give me some pointers to think about both as far as city and country handling and up keep and power. I have test drove both and like both (other than the tremendous buffeting on the cross country). Thanks for your input.

Larry Pace
Murfreesboro, Tn
 

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Because this is a Goldwing Forum, I suspect the responses will be just a wee bit biased. That said, these are 2 completely different bikes. Biases set aside, I would still pick the Wing for a number of reasons. The first you already identified -- wind buffeting. If you plan on doing any extended trips, the buffeting will beat you up. Also, the Wing has one of the smoothest and for its size powerful engines on the planet and this makes for a smooth, less tiring trip. In addition, there are Honda dealers everywhere -- not so for the Victory. The Wing with its built in trunk also has more carrying capacity. But the choice is obviously yours. (For what its worth I would pick the Victory over a Harley Touring bike -- it is a very nice bike in its V-Twin segment, but it's not a Wing).
 

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If it was me and there was a choice to be made between a Cross Country and a Road Glide, I'd pick the Victory in a heartbeat. Better handling, more power, better looking (IMO) and a generally better built bike (again IMO). But to put a Wing in the mix is really no contest...way more comfort, better ride, handling, power, classier, the whole ball of wax. But every rider is different, whick one sings to you? That's where it's all at.
 

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I enjoy the peace and quiet of the Wing as opposed to a V-twin rumble. I've owned a 1986 Kawasaki Voyager 1200, 1995 Goldwing 1500 SE and my current 2009 Goldwing 1800 and the 1800 is far and away the best of everything. JMHO, your money, your decision. Good luck and ride safe..
 

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Yeesh, what's with the wiper? What made you post up a white Wing Maestro? haha
 

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I'll believe you; thousands might not:D Still curious about that wiper tho. I'd have a hard time convincing Yabut (my sig's nickname) to spend any pillion time on anything other than a Wing. Do you plan on much two-up riding Larry? That's really where Wings leave the rest of the world behind. Could be the one saving grace against the new1600GTL and it's performance and weight advantage (assuming the GTL isn't plagued with early release glitches that BMW is famous for).
 

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thats assuming someone on the forum has some seat time on a wing and the victory and i don't mean a test ride on each of them other wise its your cash so spend it on what you want to see parked in your garage
 
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