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Hi, I'm so happy to have found this forum. I'm a retired airline pilot and 2 weeks out from my msc. I wake up nights dreaming of a Goldwing. It's the reason I''ve gotten into riding in the first place.

While the ink was still wet on my endorsement I bought a Honda Shadow 750. I plan to get to where I "own it" operationally (hopefully, a thousand miles or so). I then plan about a thousand miles or so on a Harley Fat Boy to help get me ready for a Goldwing.

My wife and I would wave down every Goldwing we see. I've loved them for years and have decided to go for it. As a pilot I understand the need to "work up to it." In the mean time I'm loving riding my Shadow every day here in Arizona.

I joined this forum to learn so, please, let me benefit from your experience and provide lots of advice and guidance. Am I on the right track? My first Goldwing will most likely be an 1800 with ABS.
 

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You are on target. Welcome from Pa. Enjoy.
 

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hello flightsong and welcome to GWOF. by the time you are done with the shadow there will be no need to get a fatboy unless you want one
 

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Welcome to the forum from Pa. Won't be long you will be working your way up to a Wing. Ride safe and enjoy the site...
 

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In complete agreement with what the good doc says. A Shadow to a Wing isn't like going from a Piper to a Boeing :D. Good idea to get some miles (hours?) logged on the Shadow first though.
 

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Based on my experience you can skip the Fat Boy for sure!!! WELCOME FROM VERMONT!!
 

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Welcome flightsong from Ontario Canada. 1) never leave Arizona 2) get the Wing!
My wife would get rid of me if I sold the Wing! There'a a lot of years of experience in this site.
Peruse the site, form your own opinion.
Either way, ride safe,
Strat
 

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" rigginray " says : Skip the Fat Boy. I concur. The size of the Wing belies its handling. As a pilot you well know that it is not the size of the plane but the amount of control it has. The Wing drives itself and the pilot just steers it. No bull. It just takes a few hundred miles or so to understand that. I'll be out in Sun City, Phoenix the first week in April. Not on Wing, unfortunately, but I'll rent a Harley at Arrowhead Harley in Peoria. Prepare to ride.
 

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Welcome & greetings from Florida.
There's a Goldwing waiting for you somewhere.
 

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Skip the Harley, go for a Gold Wing, Hey I'm not to far from you and I have a beautiful low mile 08 for sale, check it out here
http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=263508
I just serviced it also, new air filter, anti-freeze, oil & filter, final drive fluid and recent brake & clutch fluid change.
 

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Welcome to the Tar Heel state :) go ahead and get the wing, it will be the best experience you will ever have on a bike.
 

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As an admirer of planes (from the ground) I would not steer you wrong. I went from a Suzuki 400 (6 years) on and off dirt - straight to a brand new Goldwing, '08 model.

There's no need to go to the Fat Boy to echo what others here have also said. My experience proves that. I now commute 45 miles each way, every week day, on my Wing and I'm lovin every minute of it. Of course, everyone's different. But, I really don't believe its necessary to step up a few different bikes to get to the Wing. A season or two on the Shadow should be good enough.

PS - most of the riding I did in those six years on the Suzuki 400 was on the dirt. And, almost none on the highways. I've been riding my Wing now a few seasons with no problems.
 

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Flightsong.....Honda has some deals right now. Not sure it is ends in October or December. .99% financing , an extra year of warranty (up to 4 years with this deal) and $1K in "Honda Bucks".

Just got my 03 GL1800 on Monday. Despite working 51 hours thru noon yesterday, I still managed to put on nearly 400 miles this week. Took off yesterday afternoon for a 180 mile trip. Cruise control is awesome! It was extremelty windy. I could feel the gusts as a nasty headwind. On the way out, I cruised at 70; on the way back, I cruised at 75. Mileage was 42 mpg! It bwas a little chilly, but it sure beat working!
 

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Welcome from Seattle

Welcome from Seattle.

The 750 is a big bike. Buy the wing...... and keep the 750 and enjoy them both.

Rent a Fatboy for a day. What the hell.

Then...buy a Honda Helix for the ultimate scooter experience. Of course, keep the other bikes for they have specific purposes.

No need to buy a Dual Sport right away...but should be thinking about that, just in case.
 

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Welcome flightsong, I went from a 1980 CB750 to a 1979 GL1000. No sweat. Good luck and enjoy riding and you retirement.
 

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Hi Everyone... My "deep heat" was more than I could bare. I bought a 2002 model that's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I've ridden it about 30 miles in a few days but mostly straight ahead with lots of stops and go's. My typical day is riding the 750 for 2 hours doing figure eights and other maneuvers. Then I ride the Wing. I'm not able yet to maneuver it like the 750 but I will be patient. Thanks for all the great input.

My wife and I will be in Tucson this coming weekend and should meet some of you there I hope.
Won't make it to AZ until April. Look up " billcarr ", he's in Tucson. Congrats on the Wing !!!!!!!!!!!
 

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