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post #1 of 5 Old Feb 4th, 2013, 8:25 pm Thread Starter
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Bike Specs--Old School/New School

Was standing in the garage this evening longing for an end to this miserable NEOhio weather, and was surveying the two remaining bikes, when I wondered about the differences 20 years made in the execution of Luxury Touring, by two manufacturers. So, just for laughs, I pulled up the specs for my 1986/7 Suzuki Cavalcade and compared them to the K1200LT. And well, short of ABS, and a bit more modern packaging....the more things change, the more they stay the same:

http://www.suzukicavalcade.com/specifications.htm

Though, I am a bit shocked to see that Suzuki was able to ask $10,700 for the bike in 1987. That was a ton of dough back then.
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BMW K1200LT "Carpathia"
Suzuki GV1400 Cavalcade "Paladin"
Kawasaki ZX14 Ninja "Shashka"
Kawasaki GPz1100 "Sicarius"
Buell S3 "Pazuzu"
Honda GL1100 Gold Wing "Aurore"
Honda PC800 Pacific Coast "Octavia"
Honda CB750F "Genvieve"

And other remnants of a misspent youth.
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Re: Bike Specs--Old School/New School

Those were great looking bikes! My personal favorite for the era was the Yamaha Venture Royale. In the early 80's Honda was still building Wings that looked like boxes with wheels.

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Re: Bike Specs--Old School/New School

I had a Yamaha Venture Royale for a few years.
Plenty of power, comfort, storage, good audio system.
A very likable bike.




The Yamaha Venture Royale didn't handle ANYTHING like the BMW K1200LT. Even loaded to the max with all this camping gear, the LT still handles better than the Yamaha.



Somethings just can't be found on the specifications sheet.
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Thanks for sharing the pics Charlie. Still beats the looks of the same year Wings coming and going. It does have some of the graceful backbone looks of the 500 Silver Wings (not the scooter models) but is missing the Quasimoto cylinder heads.

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Re: Bike Specs--Old School/New School

The Yammi was a well-styled bike, indeed. The Cavalcade was, I guess, Suzuki's 'finger-in-the-eye' to the other manufacturers of that era. Outweighed the Yamaha by almost 300# GVW, dimensionally HUGE by any standards of the day, honest 100HP from the engine, and loaded with everything imaginable, including great brakes, killer audio/CB/intercom system with handlebar controls, mega storage, adjustable headlight, FULL digital instrumentation, self-leveling air suspension, air-adjustable seats (F and R), cruise, and whatever else they decided to throw on it. Made for a really nice all-day ride. Problem was....it was expensive (even more than the comparable HD at the time) and Suzuki just couldn't compete with the advertising budget of Mother Honda, whose 'Wing quickly overtook everything else in class. Suz gave up after selling only 8500 total units between late '85 and late '87--only 7500 of which made it to the US. They're getting pretty rare now, I'm learning.





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BMW K1200LT "Carpathia"
Suzuki GV1400 Cavalcade "Paladin"
Kawasaki ZX14 Ninja "Shashka"
Kawasaki GPz1100 "Sicarius"
Buell S3 "Pazuzu"
Honda GL1100 Gold Wing "Aurore"
Honda PC800 Pacific Coast "Octavia"
Honda CB750F "Genvieve"

And other remnants of a misspent youth.
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