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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 03-13-2017, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Best Touring Motorcycles?

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post #2 of 75 (permalink) Old 03-13-2017, 10:56 PM
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That fringe hanging down to the ground on that Indian is laughable. I dont know. The BMW has more power and better suspension. Bang for the buck , reliability , and just all around I would still pick the Wing. Show me something better in every category and I would take it but year after year the GL platform had proven itself. Maybe not the best at anything but close at everything.
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If I didn't have to write the check and maintain it I would take the CVO limited.

If I have to write the check and maintain it I would take the Goldwing.

I own a Goldwing.
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For me, if I can't get comfortable on a cross country trip, if I start to hurt in places, then nothing else about the bike matters.

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I'd like to take a ride on that Moto Guzzi Flying Fortress.
I'm just not sure I'd turn my back on that three-way catalyser with lambda probe!

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post #6 of 75 (permalink) Old 03-13-2017, 11:48 PM
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Looks to me, despite the fact the GL1800 is like 16yr old design, there is really zero competition. Most of the competition is rather laughable really. V-twin as a touring motor? OK, LOL. BWM fine, but have the "ownership experience" that includes multiple dealer visits each year, not to mention the $13,000 damage if it tips over at zero mph. I'll live with the GL1800 just fine compared to the competition.
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IMO nothing beats the reliability of the Wing's flat 6 but I gotta tell ya, I have always loved the Indian brand and the Road Master Classic with all that fringe would be my second choice... I rode an Indian Classic Vintage last year and loved the looks of the machine... Performance was pretty good but shy of the Wing by a good amount... Despite all that I still love the bike's looks but the forward foot controls just murdered my hips so I doubt I could ride it cross country...

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I would take my Goldwing over any of those bikes. I think they got the price wrong on the wing with Navigation and ABS.
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The price is a few dollars more then I paid for my 2017 level three in white, if I remember correctly the blue was almost a grand more. The BMW Exclusive is quite a machine,there is not a lot one needs to add but the Wing is still the best two up ride out there. I test rode two different RGU, no thanks.

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I would take my Goldwing over any of those bikes. I think they got the price wrong on the wing with Navigation and ABS.

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1970 H1 KAWI
1974 H2 KAWI
1975 Z1 KAWI
1978 BMW 1000
1979 1300 KAWI
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The Honda is a proven design for long, exhilarating rides the other bikes not so much.... if you want a comfortable ride with minimal problems most people will choose the Honda Goldwing.... it not the " coolest" bike but it will get you from "A" to "B" with minimal problems,,,, is you want to look "Cool" and "bitchen" then the goldwing is NOT FOR YOU.... Me I like the reliability, strong road presence and speed of the Goldwing.... If I wanted to be a poser and ride from bar to bar I would still ride the Wing,,..bikes are what they are and people like what they like , I'm NOT a Harley guy and would look kinda stupid on one , cause I don't buy in to the whole "lifestyle" thing but if you like it, I love it, just be careful because wether a Harley or Golding you can get "zapped" in a minute!!!!

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