Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ., USA
Re: Rode a Goldwing today
I've had three of both
+ 5 R1200RT's. O.K., I have issues.
But that aside, I believe that the GW is a fine machine. Like most bikes it requires some tweaking, the seat, windshield and suspension for examples.
My 08 GW has about $3k in suspension work that has transformed the handling to what I rate as near BMW quality. Not quite, but closer. I am still looking for that windshield that will reduce the buffeting . The LT greatly exceeds the GW airflow's control. This may account for the poor gas mileage in the GW..
To me the GW's performance advantage is due to it's "granny " 1st gear . Great for slow speeds and trailer towing . Having 6 cylinders and 600 more cc's also helps.
The LT's , again, to me , advantage is that it is a motorcycle not just a machine.It has a motorcycle's character and visceral feel. It is just more satisfying to ride.
Read the GW forums. They complain about everything.
The common request for the 2010 GW is an automatic transmission and an electrically adjustable wind shield.
Plus for the LT? This forum.
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