I know that there are a lot of V-twin fans out there. And yes, they have that "image" thing working for them. But, there will never be a large V-twin two-up touring bike that will work for me or compete with a Gold Wing.
With the weight of the V-twin engine up high in the frame, plus the weight of the gas up higher than that in the frame, I am just too small (and getting too old) to manage that much high-up weight in parking lot maneuvers, steep side hill stops, etc.
If it weren't for the Gold Wing's flat six engine and gas tank under the seat design features, I would not be able to handle it for two-up, luggage-full riding, which is 95% of my riding.
I sat on a Victory Vision at a dealer one time and I couldn't even get the bike up off the side stand! Not kidding. Just too top heavy for a 140# skinny guy like me!
The Gold Wing will never be replaced as king of the two-up, long-distance touring bikes for me.
2006 GL1800 - Arctic White
1987 GL1200A - Black/Gray
1976 GL1000 LTD - Candy Special Maroon
1971 CL100S Scrambler - Blue/White
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