From the article: 2008 Honda Gold Wing Long Term Test - Report #10
Do you think Honda Gold Wings work for everybody, or are they better suited to older riders? Share your Thoughts
Roger of Army
- Goldwings are like Corvettes and Airplanes. For most of us we can't justify the expense until later in life when the kids are gone. I was fortunate enough to get a GL1800 in 2006. Started riding in 77. Had Brit and Jap bikes and then the Wing built in Ohio. Best bike ever by almost any measure except for tight slow speed turns in parking lots or gas stations. I just love to see folks riding their Wings at age 70 and beyond. This will be my last bike until someone comes out with cold air coming up through a ventilated seat. My flying days are limited but I hope to Ride for another decade. Met Hap of BMW fame in Florida one time and if I recall correctly he told me he got a speeding ticket on his bike on his 80th birthday. Two thoughts. The cop was a dick and I would have framed that ticket and given it to my son. All bikes are good. Ride safely and I'll wave when we pass.
- —Guest Roger of Army
looking for a goldwing trike
- Anyone know of a goldwing trike for sale reasonable......it wiill be my first bike ever i am very anxious and a bit scared all at the same time. thanks dailydelight
- I had a 1500, 1988 Goldwing,biught in 1995,rode it until 2000, bought a Valkery interstate,I was too young for the Goldwing, I now 70, just the right age for my hot rod honda
- —Guest mark
- At first, I found it funny (ironic?) that it was a Japanese made bike customized then feonsoted with USA and American military symbols. Then I checked, and the Goldwing is made here in gray (for now winter sux) Ohio.Total Tangent:Did you know Honda makes (well, assembles ) in the US 76% of the vehicles it sells here? They announced just the other day that they made over one million cars in the US. Say what you will about foreign versus American cars, but the company employees I'd like to support are the hourly ones not the suits. So (to me) a Honda made in the US is probably better for our economy than a Chevy made in Mexico. It's hard to argue with 35,000 jobs in the US.At least, that's what I believe, and I'm sticking to it until proven otherwise. Probably tomorrow.
- —Guest TauOGavTuSO
Gold Wings not just for old people
- I purchased my 1st Wing in 1976 at the age of 28, trading in a KZ400. I have never regretted it, and put 120,000 miles on the Wing before selling it. I liked it so much, I then purchased a used 1996 GL1500A, in 2003 that I ride all spring, summer, and fall every year. I didn't even look at any other bikes, as I knew the Wing was a great bike. I believe that H.D. is just resting on it's reputation, and should get out of the rut and start designing a modern water cooled shaft drive bike for the modern world. I am a mechanical engineer, and I can appreciate the design and the dependability of the Gold Wing, and if they wern't so expensive, I would buy a new one. I can't justify the cost for a vehicle you can't operate all year.
- —Guest GV
GoldWing an "Old person" bike?
- I am 73 years young and ride a 1996 GL1500 SE - When I reach old age, I will advise - In the mean time, I am enjoying the hell out of my GoldWing and enjoying the comfort! Park a GoldWing near some Harleys, and watch which bike everyone is looking at!
- —Guest adainv
- Ride what u want to ride. I don't like attitude of some harley riders. The ones that have an attitude about what you ride are phoney anyway. Bought a HARLEY just to be cool. I owned one when they weren't Kool. Everyone has there opinion.
- —Guest Chad
Honda Goldwing made in USA
- Most people do not know that the Honda Goldwing up until later years was made in the USA. My Goldwing have Made in USA on side of engine. They are really great riding bike. Lots of power too.
- —Guest Cal
To the pro Harley guy.
- If Harleys are so great, why do all the Harley riders I pass have ear plugs in ? Because you can't hear yourself think on one!
- —Guest Bill
re:goldwings are made in japan
- Let me tell you about my 94 gw.1500 aspencade.It has the smoothest ride of any bike I've ridden.As far as it being made overseas,that's that's a HD riders fallacy.Mine was made in Ohio.Research the bike and find that all goldwings were made stateside until recently.I've mine all apart and all of the parts were made in USA.That would be 90% american compared to 65% HD.
- —Guest jerry
- Riders should stop comparing Harley's and Gold Wings. They are 2 different machine for obviously 2 completely different riders. A lot of riders that own Harley's are more into the image. Gold Wing owners are more into performance and dependability. Now theres a comparison you can consider. There's no way any factory built Harley could out perform or be as dependable as a Gold Wing. Hands down! End of debait.
- —Guest Silverider
- I just bought my first gold wing. I've only put a few miles on it.. Still a little cold yet. I've had lots of bikes including harleys and a BMW. Mostly Honda. I'm 44 the 1999 gl 1500 is by far the best bike I've ever ridden.
- —Guest Chad
I am old but that's not why I ride one!
- I've alway been partial to bigger bikes...I had three KZ 1000's and a KZ 750. I got my first Goldwing ( well used ) a 1200 in 1996..Now I ride a '88 1500 and if I had the money I would be riding an 1800..I love the 'Wing' because of the lack of vibration and noise and because it is so comfortable...I ride every day 100 to 200 miles just to unwind.
- —Guest Bill
Goldwings great after....
- You fix Honda's front suspension. Would I get one? Possibly. Rode some buddys' Goldwing, K1600GTL and K1200LT. All are fantastic bikes. But the Bimmers are great out of the box. Goldwing hammers you until you put the Progressive suspension in the front end. Then it becomes a really great bike. I'm still riding my R1150RT with a HyperPro suspension....Now that's an awesome bike.
- —Guest Bimmer
- I started riding in 1963, on a 1958 Cushman Scooter, a Honda Dream, a Honda 750 and on to my new and current ride, a 1982 Goldwing. Riding is more what you have beween your ears than what you have between your legs (bike), That is all the wisdom I can share about this after riding for over 50 years......Safe Riding
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