I’ve been riding for a few years now, but somehow my wife has never caught the bug to ride with me. This either stems from my fondness for aggressive cornering, or my lack of a truly comfortable bike for the passenger. I’m hoping it’s the later. So, putting down some big cash to buy the crème de la crème of big touring bikes is quite a gamble. These suckers aren’t cheap, and they aren’t nearly as nimble, agile, nor do they offer the thrill of an engine between your legs and the wind in your face as you get neither with the Goldwing. The engine is a 1.8 liter flat six cylinder. Yep, you read that right. A six cylinder the size of a small car engine. It’s got gobs of power. Enough to pull a trailer with ease. It also sits just a few inches off the ground, what is between the riders legs is a massive expanse of plastic that could double as a landing strip for small aircraft. The big barn door windscreen juts up from the front of the bike like a shark fin sitting sideways. It is adjustable, so you can tune the amount of wind to your taste or particular riding style.
The good thing about the big Wing is its comfort and luxury. A full compliment of goodies to fool with makes long rides a pleasure. Handling is good for a big bike, and much improved with the Traxxion Dynamics suspension upgrades I had installed which make the big white whale handle like a proper motorcycle versus a two wheeled Honda Accord.
After discovering my wife didn't much care for riding, I parted ways with the wing, scratched my head and thought, "did I really sell a Ducati so I could buy that thing?"