Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: North Carolina, Philly native
The Goldwing update
Well as you all know I traded my V-Strom for a 2016 Goldwing. Just a quick update, this bike is amazing for what it is designed to do. This thing is a 1000 mile a day mile eater if one so chooses. The main reason for the change is so that my kid could ride with me, well now my wife and my niece are also riding. It seems my niece has it in her blood. I can't keep her off of it. Having my family ride with me is well worth the added cost of ownership on this monster. The bike handles 2 up as if they aren't even there. The bike handles like a sport bike on steroids. I am amazed at how far I can push this thing and receive immediate compliance. If I had tried some of this on my Ultra I would be pushing up daisies. The performance for a 900lb monster is awesome. Roll on the throttle at 85 in 5th gear to pass and you are swinging past 120mph before you know you are going that fast. This took some adjustment coming from the 650 V-Strom. The suspension seems stiff for a tourer, its electronically adjustable and I keep it set mid-point for solo and maxed out 2 up. It adjusts electrically with a few buttons on the fairing. The cruise control is beautiful and makes the ride so much nicer when on the freeway. I have added some accessories, a fork brace, belly pan due to exposed overflow tank, mirror wings, highway pegs, powder coated luggage rack, power ports in the trunk and glovebox, cup holder and phone mount, backrest, cowling mounted led lights, a sparkbright voltage monitor and handlebar risers. I also added some tech spec scuff pads. Ergonomically it is almost perfect after a few hours of adjusting this and that. The only negative is the fuel mileage, but as it breaks in it seems to be improving. I am up to 32 mpg from 28, my buddy says by the time I am to 6000 miles I should be close to 40, where his finally settled down at. We will see. Overall it is an awesome machine for where 95% of my riding is at. I do miss my V-Strom from time to time. Next year I will be shopping for a used DL1000 second gen to add to the stable for local solo jaunts. I'll still be popping in around here from time to time and hope to see y'all out on the road, ride safe.
2013 DL650A V-Strom Adventure
If You're Gonna Be Stupid, You Better Be Hard!
2016 GL1800 Goldwing, Matte Silver and Black, my retirement ride.
2013 V Strom DL650 Adventure (AKA Max,) Fun, different, did I say fun?
2004 FLHTC (Ole Red, all lower 48, several times)
1999 FXST (Stage 4 Evo AKA Bitch Bike and holeshot king)
1998 FXDWG (Red Grey and sold)
1997 XL (Mom's bike)
1976 XLCH Iron Head (Leaker)
1978 ZIR TC (AKA Smoky) Rated "R" not for kids under 17
1976 CB 750 (AKA trouble)
1976 MT 250 Elsinore (My favorite, rode the country on a 2 stroke)
1974 CB 350-F4 (AKA Dog)
1974 Kawi 100E (AKA Sparky the mud bug)
1972 KV 75 kawi
1970 Rupp mini bike