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The last bike I owned would put the biggest smile on your face possible, when you did a high gear, throttle role on to pass a car at about 50mph to 80mph. Just wandering how these 1800s are . I know they are not race bikes but thinking of the passing power that I love so much.
 

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The last bike I owned would put the biggest smile on your face possible, when you did a high gear, throttle role on to pass a car at about 50mph to 80mph. Just wandering how these 1800s are . I know they are not race bikes but thinking of the passing power that I love so much.
I think I would classify it as "deceptive". You know your gaining speed but its not the wind blowing, shaking acceleration of an FJR or 929 but then you realize you are really flying and look down to see you have surpassed 100 with astonishing ease and grace. And for more kick, drop it into 4th before you start the acceleration and then you really feel more like a sport bike. Its eerily fast and amazing. :)
 

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Not too many bikes have long enough legs to go from 25 mph in 5th gear all the way to 100+. In this respect, the 1800 is a very graceful engine indeed.
 

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In 5th gear at highway speeds the Wing will produce enough power to pass, If you need more downshift to 4th, but hold on!!:)
 

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GL1800 is reported to have 118 hp and 125 lb/ft torque but no answer as to what rpm that is (seat of the pants tells me it's around 4500). HD CVO Ultra doesn't list hp, but shows 113 lbs/ft torque @ 3500 rpm. My guess on the hp is near the 'c' note mark from my rides on one. $6k in engine mods on yours Eldon should have produced somewhere in the 130# and 120hp range at the highest. Still pretty substantial gains, but an exhorbitant cost IMO. I've ridden a Fatboy with a 120 Merch in it and it pulls hard, but you can't ride it for more than an hour or you can't hardly walk or pick anything up. Only CVO I've ridden was bone stock and while it's ok, it's no match for a Wing in any situation we compared. Not by any great margin, but just not quite as quick, fast or lively. Roomier though and a bit less of a handful in a parking lot. The gear ratios in the Wing (yes it has 5 the Ultra has 6) are closer naturally, and while the Ultra's box definitely needs stirring to romp past anything at legal highway speeds, the Wing doesn't. Although for a moment's heehaw, a quick trip to 4th will exercise your inner child when passing.
 

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Pros and Cons

Gold Wings won't fry your nuts, won't go into "parade mode" and won't burn your whatevers if you happen to touch your pride and joy in the wrong place...by accident of course.

My 2009 Kawasaki Voyager was a great bike except for the heat problem, typical V-Twin ? Anytime the super slab backed up for an accident, the Voyager went to the side of the road to "rest". Not bad really, gave me time to clean it up while waiting for traffic to resume.

Please fellow Wing owners don't stone me when I say that, IMHO, my Kawasaki Voyager was more comfortable than my Wing. However on my last trip to Sturgess in 100+ temps, that poor, overheated V-twin couldn't exceed 80mph. The Kawi seat was so comfortable I was in heaven. Alas, I got the Wing because of Power, Drive Shaft, Dependability and, last but not least, comfort; however, the comfort came in time, experimenting with what worked for me and what didn't. Road Pegs, Fork Brace, Handlebar Risers, Windshield Modification and Back Rest all in the name of making a disabled rider more comfortable. As I'm getting closer to 70yrs old, a trike-kit is in the future...oh yeah it's $11,500.00 :)
 

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Bikeguy: I appreciate the way you voiced your opinion between the V twin and Wing. You didn't lower yourself to personal attacks. But you must expect a little biased towards Goldwings here. I have never had a HD or a 1800 Wing. So I don't want to join in that part of the debate. I have a 1200 Wing which I am enjoying reving the rings off. There is not a lot of torque to speek of. So what ever press your buttons, do it. You have a couple of good bikes to go and press your buttons on. Have fun. Eric
 

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Thanks for that great info bikeguy/Dave! It's hard to get accurate hp/torque specs since there are no standards in place to solidify results. I believe the figures I posted were 'engine' values and yours look like rear wheel dyno numbers. Honda admits that they won't post any figures on hp/torque until such standards exist so we're subject to what magazine editors will publish. My figures came from a google search and they were publication values. As no such information does come 'from the horses mouth' it's a bit moot really. In Europe it's a non issue since they post everything as BHP (brake horsepower..."at the wheel") so there's no hiding the truth. Here we have to filter between 'gross hp', SAE net hp (which isn't rear/drive wheel hp either) and whatever engine dyno hp the OEMs/magazines wish to let out. Gimme road dyno and real world rear/drive wheel hp and torque any day. One of my friend/competitor dealers has a rear wheel bike dyno at the shop, and I'm going to take both bikes in next year and get the real goods on both. And I'll be glad to post them both.
 

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good on ya bikeguy. Just as you are, I belong to other sites and not just as a member on some. I try hard to be objective even though I'm a Honda dealer, I have far too much experience on other bikes not to try and impart what I've learned in the years and miles I have. Yes I'm "pro-Honda" inlots of ways, but I'm not above letting it buck on lots of instances...GIMME A DOGGONE ELECTRIC W/S fer Gawd sake! :rolleyes: Oops, durned outside voice again. I really gotta get over that!
 
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