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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2015, 06:38:35 AM »

Thanks Alex I'll try.

The new Valkyrie is w a y different than the old. Yes it's heavy, but the brakes are as good (if not better) as the C14's were, very power full. The larger motor, runs on regular gas, single sided swing arm, aluminum frame, 19in. front, etc..

If it went on a diet and lost 250lb. it would be a great sport bike.  :lol:

A lot of the pork is that wonderful engine, and all the stout frame and rigid componentry to hold that frame and deliver all that torque without turning itself into a pretzel - all while comfortably supporting two people.

Heft is just part of the game. But as you noted, in motion, it's a WHOLE different animal.

The GL1800 frame and dynamics were designed by Honda's sport bike team, and it shows.
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2015, 08:24:13 AM »

Thanks Alex I'll try.

The new Valkyrie is w a y different than the old. Yes it's heavy, but the brakes are as good (if not better) as the C14's were, very power full. The larger motor, runs on regular gas, single sided swing arm, aluminum frame, 19in. front, etc..

If it went on a diet and lost 250lb. it would be a great sport bike.  :lol:

A lot of the pork is that wonderful engine, and all the stout frame and rigid componentry to hold that frame and deliver all that torque without turning itself into a pretzel - all while comfortably supporting two people.

Heft is just part of the game. But as you noted, in motion, it's a WHOLE different animal.

The GL1800 frame and dynamics were designed by Honda's sport bike team, and it shows.

Yes, it is a heavy weight ballerina only really limited by its 45° lean angle. With proper suspension tuning, it gets even better.
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2015, 08:25:31 AM »
I spent a half hour behind JEETS on MD 9 and thought it was a sport bike a dual-Connie.


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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2015, 04:15:45 PM »
Very cool. Congrats!

MY GL1800 just ticked over 100K miles. Still a great bike. Brother in law backed his truck into it and knocked it over the other day... chipped a turn signal cover and shook it up enough to break the filament in one high and one low bulb.

I was overcome with the level of destruction. LOL
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2015, 06:22:28 PM »
A short update for those interested.

I have 600mi. on her and so far so good.
I ran the last tank of gas until low fuel light started flashing at just over 200mi., mostly country back roads, some city.
That means a 240mi. range is no problem.  :thumbsup:

I've decided (so far) this bike will only get soft luggage and maybe a small screen for colder weather. It's been warm here (way above average temps.) and I'm enjoying being "in the wind".

Honda calls for a 6,000mi. oil change for break-in, I run my bikes hard and fast, I'll change it at 1000mi..
Did a little research on oil changes, they are easy peasy, no plastic needs removing. 

My favorite trait so far has to be the amount of torque this bike makes.
After quite a few overtakes I think maybe I downshifted once, not really sure that it was even needed. :shrug:
The bike corners better than a bike it's weight should, my peg feelers are half what they were. :redface:
 IMO scraping the feelers might not be a bad thing, a reminder to "slow down"?
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2015, 06:41:16 PM »
It is a beauty Sam  :beerchug:
How would you rate passenger comfort compared to your C14?

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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2015, 06:58:31 PM »
How would you rate passenger comfort compared to your C14?

I never had a passenger on my C14, come to think about it, I haven't had a passenger in the last 20-30yrs.? I really can't remember the last time!  :shrug:

Sorry...
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2015, 08:59:05 PM »
How would you rate passenger comfort compared to your C14?

I never had a passenger on my C14, come to think about it, I haven't had a passenger in the last 20-30yrs.? I really can't remember the last time!  :shrug:

Sorry...

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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2015, 09:39:37 PM »
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2015, 09:52:58 PM »
How would you rate passenger comfort compared to your C14?
I never had a passenger on my C14, come to think about it, I haven't had a passenger in the last 20-30yrs.? I really can't remember the last time!  :shrug:
Sorry...
The why in the world do you need a bike that big and heavy? C14 included in the question.
Weight doesn't bother me most of the time. For some reason my bikes have become heavier over the last few years. It's what I choose to ride at this time.

If I want a lighter ride I'll take the Ducati.
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2015, 11:34:42 PM »
Glad to see someone that knows how to take the big girl to the dance.

I loved this recent thread from the Goldwing folks:  http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-goldwing-technical-forum/558978-how-many-u-scream-your-motors-3k.html

I love it - "screaming" a motor is > 3K RPM.  Snerk.  I love these guys.

I love the flat-4 and flat-6 engines going towards redline.  The torque and smooth power delivery is something that many owners never get to experience by shifting at 2,500.
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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2015, 11:09:45 AM »
Glad to see someone that knows how to take the big girl to the dance.

I loved this recent thread from the Goldwing folks:  http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-goldwing-technical-forum/558978-how-many-u-scream-your-motors-3k.html

I love it - "screaming" a motor is > 3K RPM.  Snerk.  I love these guys.

I love the flat-4 and flat-6 engines going towards redline.  The torque and smooth power delivery is something that many owners never get to experience by shifting at 2,500.


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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #42 on: May 12, 2015, 11:17:35 AM »
Those Goldwing people are almost as nutbaggish as the Connie people.

Almost.

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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #43 on: May 12, 2015, 12:15:46 PM »
My favorite trait so far has to be the amount of torque this bike makes.
After quite a few overtakes I think maybe I downshifted once, not really sure that it was even needed. :shrug:

That sure makes me miss riding the ole' Valk.  Pulls like a freight train.   :thumbsup:

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Re: My new Sport-touring Honda or I've lost my mind?
« Reply #44 on: May 12, 2015, 06:18:52 PM »
One of my pals got the GW with the chopped windshield. He got a great deal, but was looking at the Valkyrie as well. Loves the bike.