Please don't Shoot!
Well I've gone and done it now. Last Friday I drove over to Chattanooga, Tennessee and bought a new Gold Wing. Long story, somewhat shortened up: back in May I became somewhat bored with my '05 LT-wonderful bike; perhaps the best I've ever had. Owning/riding the same bike for six years got to be a lettle tiring. Plan A; buy a new R1200RT and wait until the new generation LT's are available. The CANBUS/Bushtec irreconcilable differences stopped that plan. Plan B; buy an '02 R1150RT and wait it out. Ruth's fanny and the R1150RT's seat and overall space limitation compelled me to sell the RT just yesterday to a fellow in Pennsylvania who called me this morning telling me how he enjoyed riding it home yesterday.
On to Plan C; buy a new '06 Gold Wing with audio/comfort/navigation/abs and load 'er up with farkles; then go into wait mode for the new generation LT. Ruth and I rode the GW down to Charlotte last night to watch the Panthers wup the Dolphins, had a good ole time. A few early observations:
LT winner category: brakes, suspension, engine heat management, styling/design (subjective), cache (subjective), and fuel mileage.
GW winner category: way 'mo engine (torque, smoothness, throttle response), lower center of gravity (has tradeoff's in cornering), completeness/length of warranty plus extended factory warranty, much less maintenance intensive ( I, for one, like a lettle grease under my finger nails), ease of filling gas tank, locomotive like high beam headlight, dealer network, multiple accessory vendors.
Anyhow, Ruth and I will plan a grand entrance next Thursday at CCR sans stuffed animals, pinstriping, vests, patches and pins. Oh yeah, we'll prolly get lost on our way to the next 'Wingding' too!
Okay Daddy Don, I'm outta the closet now and in full view! See 'ya soon...