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Do you think Honda Gold Wings work for everybody, or are they better suited to older riders? Share your Thoughts

Wings and Old Guys

No, GW's are not just for old guys. I have owned many vintage British a few HD and many of the Japanese. By far my 1200 Aspencade is the most reliable and comfortable for the long rides(600+ miles per day) I started with the GL1000 then 1100 then 1500. I started riding dirt at age 6 and now at 55 I like the comforts in life. I have documented 1 million miles on the road so I think I know a little about riding. For road handling in the bigger bikes I will put a GW up against anything in its class. Yes they are a big bike and they ride different than the sport bikes. For those of you with ego problems that wont allow you to ride a wing that's a huge loss for you. It doesn't matter what we ride as long as we ride. I average 45000 miles a year and comfort is the key. Life is meant to enjoy. Few of us nation wide know the real pleasure of riding. ITS A WAY OF LIFE NOT A LIFE STYLE. Ride free Ride safe and keep the rubber side down
—kilewatt

Who cares?

Personally, I don't give a rip what other people think about my 'Wing. Riding is all about me, not about some knucklehead that rides a cliche (Harley bandwagoners). And by the way, the morons that try to make a point by saying their Cliche was built in the US are ignorant of the fact that my 'Wing was built in the US also. So go ahead and ride your Cliche. I will be happy to admire it at a distance - hopefully far enough away to not have to listen to the obnoxious noise level.
—Guest Riding the wind

VFR to the Wing'

Ok, so, the wing... Grown up on two wheels and have ridden most everything with two wheels (not really but seems like it). Loved, loved my 97' VFR. Only recently parted with it when the Wing pushed it out. I won't apologize for saying the truth, and that is the wing is a superior touring/cruising machine. A blast to ride and where else can you drag pegs in total comfort. Just did 1100 miles in three days and was bummed I had to stop. And no they are not for old people unless 47 is old!
—Guest Tim Hill

VFR to he Wing'

Ok, so, the wing... Grown up on two wheels and have ridden most everything with two wheels (not really but seems like it). Loved, loved my 97' VFR. Only recently parted with it when the Wing pushed it out. I won't apologize for saying the truth, and that is the wing is a superior touring/cruising machine. A blast to ride and where else can you drag pegs in total comfort. Just did 1100 miles in three days and was bummed I had to stop.
—Guest Tim Hill

Not just for old guys

My go-to bike was once a Road Star. I have several friends who ride Wings and, while I did ride a lot during the year, I was content to turn a deaf ear to their tongue-in-cheek inquiries into when I was going to get a Gold Wing. When my Road Star finally started to die, I traded it in for a 2001 GL1800. I ain't looking back (except for the occasional glance as I remember rides). 32 years old and I'll be riding them for as long as I'm able.
—Guest Echo7bd

For the wise not the old

I too had the perception that Goldwings were an old mans bike until I rode one at age 31. I was sold instantly on them and 22 years later I still have one. The guy who sold it to me said if you're not sure you want the bike don't take your wife for a ride. We'll I did and she made me buy it on the spot. Now she won't even get on the back of another bike. As for reliability the only time I needed to be trailered is when I had a rear tyre blow out at 70mph passing a truck. The bike just sat down without too much wobble, I throttled off and came to a rest with no dramas. Try that on a Harley
—Guest Ross

Not a real motorcycle

Nothing beats the power of the Harley. The Gold Wing is reserved as an excuse for those people that can't handle a real motorcycle but want to sound legit with their "reliability" soundbites.
—Guest El Valkrie

im just saying

Yes very very much so... its an old man's bike!!!
—Guest Nicole

Proud GL1800 Owner

I have a beautiful Black 2004 Goldwing with 66K miles. Bought it new back in '04 when I was 48. Been riding over 40 years and had all kinds of brands and types. The Wing is the finest motorcylcle I've ever owned. Great for long distance tours and certainly for sport touring. I haven't met a Harley "dude" that has been able to keep up with me in the straights or twistys. I'm no "Yellow Wolfe" but I've done twisties in the Texas Hill Country, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, etc. I actually almost drank the cool-aid and bought an Electra Glide. Glad I didn't. I would NEVER have been able to keep up with my buddies on their sport tourers. The Wing is an all around excellent machine with amazing power and handling. The ding bats who say the Wing is an old fart's bike, I say to you that stupidity is a virtue and don't speak unless you actually know what you're talking about.
—Guest Jeffro

wing nut

I ride a 82 Aspen cade and I love it 80900 miles great bike and lots of compliments.
—Guest Frank

grumpy

I hav owned a 1982. 1100; a 1999. 1500; a 2008 1800; & currently own a 2012. 1800 fully loaded air bag and all. I average 30,000 miles per year and know they are the best Touring bike ever made.
—Guest jimmy morgan

V twin and Wing

I stared out on a Honda 450 then750 did the V twin for 10+ years. Test rode a Wing thats was for sale. Sold every bike I had and keep the Wing. If you never ridden one then you have no clue on what this bike can do. Superior in ride, handling, power, comfort…. Maybe older guys do ride them more because they are more expressive to purchase. HD is about the brand/image (marketing). Treat yourself and give the Wing a spin. No need for gear, do rag……just enjoy.
—Guest Ralph

1981 hond goldwing

I'm selling my 1981 hond goldwing iv done timeing belts,seals for cooling system and thermostate ,rebuild kits for brakes needs miner work plus extra parts it runs good trans works good I'm asking 900
—Guest Mike

mminmike

I have had a Goldwing since 1989 a 1100 a 1200 a 1500 and a 1800 they are the best riding bikes for the money if you ride a lot
—Guest michael dorris

mminmike

I have had a Goldwing since 1989 a 1100 a 1200 a 1500 and a 1800 they are the best riding bikes for the money if you ride a lot
—Guest michael dorris

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