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2008 or 2009

I had a 2006 Titanium. I bought the 2009 for a number of reasons, but mostly because I wanted the Limited Edition Metalic Blue, and because of the XM Radio/Weather/Traffic. The ABS and Tire Pressure Monitoring System were benefits that came with it. Having put on 3500 miles I observe the following:

Rides like any other 1800 Goldwing, but:
- added confidence in a quick stop because of ABS.
- speedometer is only 1 mph faster than my handlebar mounted GPS rather than 4-5 on the 2006.
- nice to have XM radio for the variety of programming which stays with me no matter how far I travel. I listened to a football game a while back from start to finish.
- nice to have XM Weather to help decide which road will keep me out of the rain.
- nice to have XM Traffic to be able to detour if road/traffic/accident conditions ahead warrant.
- added confidence that if a tire is loosing pressure I will know about it soon enough to stop, unless it's a complete blowout.
- a different more colorful GPS display which will show a 3D display if chosen.

These observations would convince me to go with the 2009 over the 2008.
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