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

I'm 20 years old

and I just got my first bike a few days ago, before I got it, I was drooling over shadows and Vstars, ran into a trade where a guy wanted a full size truck in exchange for a honda civic and an 86 honda goldwing aspencade 1200 special edition, I had a like new full sized chevy 4x4 extended cab truck with not a single thing wrong with it, traded to the civic and the wing, within 2 days the civic broke down and the starter went out on the wing, I still made it out on top with that deal and with my experience now, even if he had handed me the keys to just the bike and told me it needed $1200 worth of work, I still would have traded (the truck is worth about $6,800 btw), so if goldwings are old man bikes, then call me grandpa because I wouldn't trade mine for anything
—Guest Wulf

Harley and Briggs & Stratton merger

I heard that Harley and Briggs & Stratton have merged into one company! Now the big discussion is what is what engine to use on the motorcycle
—Guest Winger

1984 Gl1200 Apencade

I recently was gifted this bike, I have always wanted a Goldwing. I have had 24 bikes from 1969 to the present. I have not ridden for about 5 years, I am 64 years old. I retired from driving bus a couple years ago, and haven't been doing much. I have lost so much muscle tone it isn't funny. The day I got this bike, I got on it, and was going to go for a little ride, I pulled out of my driveway, and at the last minute, I decided to go to the north instead of south~ found out real fast that you don't make U Turns on it like the 650 Maxim I had. I dumped it, landed on my head also hurt my foot, but didn't realize that at the time. I had a gout flare up from hell that night. My head is still tender, as is my foot. I tried again the day I was able to get my shoes on., Right when I started out I just started SHAKING~ I have never done that before~Has anyone had a similar experience? do you get over it? I didnt go far that day, just parked it in front of my place. My foot was acting up again
—JudyCap

Ps: A GOLDWING Screams a silent Scream

As for old men riding GOLDWINGS one they mostly have been riding a very long time and know a good thing when they see it! TWO: they can afford to buy the best! younger people need to pay attention you will save yourself a lot of wasted years ! The only thing I miss in other bikes is motocross! If your in to that RIDE ON BROTHER!
—Guest Philip

Just on a whim

I have been riding a long time mostly street dirt stuff I was looking to buy a new vstrom1000 Suzuki but the salesman was high balling the insurance. I went out in the lot to think it over and just on a whim I saw a 1999 Vaklery so I ask to test drive it.. Never have I ridden anything like it. That night I wasn't thinking about that Suzuki.. Next day I bought the Valkery! Black six pipes no baffles with trigger wheel.every one who rode it called it the beast. But one day a few years later a family member ask what I would sell it for and I gave him a lowball price. He pulled out his ck book and the Beast was history. A year later I found a 2002 gl1800 illusion blue. Made a good deal on it.i didn't think anything could top that Valkery But wow this 1800 GOLDWING IS AWSOME! Silk smothe 3000 rpm at 80 mph twist the grip and your gone! While listing to my IPhone through the powerful stereo I can even smoke a cigarette .dont believe me just go test drive one on a whim!
—Guest Philip

I love wings

I have had my 86' wing for over 22yrs it's great, old mans bike! Wot ever, I also have a black bird best of both worlds & being older I can afford the insurance, stay safe
—Guest Phil

Sold

I own a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. Nice; my actual first bike and after many test rides I'm actually sold on the Wing and Victory's Cross Country Tour is nice as well. I plan on purchasing a 2012 Wing in 2016.
—Guest Paul

Sold

I own a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. Nice; my actual first bike and after many test rides I'm actually sold on the Wing and Victory's Cross Country Tour is nice as well. I plan on purchasing a 2012 Wing in 2016.
—Guest Paul

Sold

I own a 2004 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad. Nice; my actual first bike and after many test rides I'm actually sold on the Wing and Victory's Cross Country Tour is nice as well. I plan on purchasing a 2012 Wing in 2016.
—Guest Paul

Goldwingtom

I ride 1999 1500se goldwing and loves it. I had a 1200 interstate before that. Would not ride anything else at 65 years young.
—Guest Thomas Shortt

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

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