Re: reverse gear
For me, reverse is not a deal breaker - but I'd miss it on a heavy bike like this. There are many situations where I'll be able to park in a better location JUST BECAUSE I know I have reverse to get me out. Even on My C-14, there were situations I avoided that don't matter on the Wing or an LT.
As an example - there is a breakfast place I like that has parking in front. The spots are all slightly uphill, but there is a drainage channel between it and the road. Without reverse, I'd have to park in the back where I can't watch the bike.
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