Yes my Goldwing is a first for me. I went from a 750 Yamaha, waited 15 years and jumped to an 1800 Woo Ho......... Quite the leap !! I'm very glad I did tho. The rush I recieve when I twist that wrist ? Yaaaaaaaaa
My first Goldwing was the '03 1800 last May. The last motorcycle before that was in the late seventies...a 1972 750 Norton-combat model. It had been cut and raked with a springer front end, no front brakes or speedo, and a Harley rear wheel. This was just a slight change. :shock:
I might have never had a touring bike if not for chance. I liked sport bikes and standards. Had a great tour of the US and Canada on a 72 naked 650 Yam.
Had a friend that opened a Motorcycle dealership. I promised to buy the first bike from him. An 80 Suzuki GS1100E, which was the quickest and fastest under $20,000 at the time, according to Cycle mag. I loved that bike. Called it "Mae", because, like Mae West it just had too much of some very good things.
My friend thought he owed me some favors, so he gave me a new 80 Wing with the Vetter set up. I feigned appreciation; Called the bike "Arty".
Actually "R T" for "Road Toad".
Twenty four years later, the Wing has 140,000 more miles on it than the Suzy. Beauty is as beauty does. That old black wing looks gorgeous to me today. It shares a place of honor with my Norton Commando and my Triumph Trident. Of the dozens of bikes I've been through, these I just couldn't part with.
My first Goldwing was an 1100, it made a lot of interesting noises and was quite the manly motorcycle. We rode a '91 GL1500 demo at the local dealer, when my wife got off the 1500 she told me "I don't care what you have to do, but don't bring that 1100 home with you", I might have gotten a better deal on the 1500 if she hadn't said that in front of the salesman.
My first wing was a 76 1000 standard. Then came a 83 1100 Interstate. After a break from wings (Yamaha Venture 1200 and Kawasaki Voyager 1300), was back with an 87 1200 Aspencade. Later it became an 88 1500/6. Then another break to a Susuki Calvacade before a Kawasaki 1200 Voyager before getting the Honda GL 1800 in Dec 00. Decided that is the one I will stay with for a long distance touring and vacation machine. But, still have a 95 Wing and an 84 Voyager in the garage.
Interesting what we call a touring bike. My first tourer(?) was on a 250 Zundapp 2 cycle that I took from Oregon Coast to Long Island, NY in 63. Good thing I was a lot younger and dumber in thoses days. Boy, do I remember that trip. First bike with a frame mounted fairing, saddlebags, and trunk was a Honda CB 550. With a radio and floorboards, I thought I was king of the hill. Then got a Yamaha XS 750 with similar equipment. Same story. It was a V65 magna that got my attention - it could go like hell, but could not make the corner at the end of the straight stretch.
Now I am in my own little iniverse, biking to the oldies, on the biggest hunk of machinery I can find, sniffing the roses as I pass thru soaking up the sights and smells of this wonderful world. LIFE IS GOOD!!!!
Ride like there is no tomorrow. One day you will be right.
First Wing was a 1975 GL1000. Brought it back from Hong Kong in a crate on the Navy fleet oiler I was assigned to. Somewhere in one of my scrapebooks there are some 1/4 mile trap tickets in the 12.4X's range. Not bad considering fairing, trunk and saddlebags. And, in those days most likely part of a case of beer iced down in the feft saddlebag. I have grown a lot smarter since then.
Yes, I too thought the 1500's would be way ahead.
Maybe they are all out riding right now
I haven't had the opportunity to drive a 1500
yet. I hear they are harder to control than the
1800, but I would like to compare it to the
Kawasaki Nomad 1500 I drove for 5 years.