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post #1 of 30 Old 04-17-2017, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 30 Old 04-17-2017, 08:41 AM
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Your low mpg is also caused by riding at 85 mph up to 120. At those speeds, that big barn door fairing is pushing against a lot of air.
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post #3 of 30 Old 04-17-2017, 08:51 AM
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I absolutely love the wing, replaced an Ultra with it and am quite happy with the decision. You can eat miles on the wing like candy on Easter Sunday. I chose to pick up a Wee to compliment it and can say that I am quite happy to have both the Lady and the Mistress in the garage together.

PS - The absolute best farkle is the hand wings, good call.
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I've been thinking of taking a half-step and getting either a Triumph Trophy SE or Yamaha FJR. I believe that a full fledged touring bike would just be too big as I use my DL650 as a daily driver and put less than 1000 miles per year on my automobile.
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post #5 of 30 Old 04-17-2017, 10:06 AM
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Thanks for the update Dave, and yes the gas mileage will increase as that big engine breaks in.
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post #6 of 30 Old 04-17-2017, 10:42 AM
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Dave, great bikes those Wings. I just did 350 miles with a couple of Wings on Saturday and was supprised at how nimble they were. While on my ST1300P, one Wing was right on my tail through most of the twisties, and pulled away from me on the big sweepers. It was only in the tighter turns that I was able to gain distance. A darn comfy bike for for its abilities. Enjoy!
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That's nuts.
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post #9 of 30 Old 04-17-2017, 01:56 PM
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Nuckin Futz. Was waiting for the big crash... now I'm all stressed out watching that. Great riders. I gave up scraping bits many years ago...
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Good Looking GL!

It does look similar to your previous DL650. I'm just saying! I do like the blacked out engine, side covers, and exhaust, looks so much better than all the chrome IMHO. I had an 05 but didn't really care for it, especially after I sat on an F6B, just had a little bit more room. Enjoy It Bro!
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