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Old 09-07-2001, 01:23 PM   #11
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Yeah, probably closer to a Honda Accord.
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Old 09-07-2001, 03:17 PM   #12
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Default Re: Works for me

I totally agree with you. The GW, based on the sheer technology and innovation, should walk away with the award. And that's what I wrote to MC magazine in an email when they asked for opinions. I told them I thought the FZ1 was the best bike in their list, but that the GW clearly was the Motorcycle of the Year.



By the way, the list included the Futura, the Monster S4, the Bonneville, the Gixxer (1000), the FZ1, the VTX, the ZRX1200R, and the GW. The Futura, Bonnie, and Monster all have flaws that keep them from quite being strong enough entries for bike of the year. The ZRX, VTX, and Gixxer are great bikes (IMO) and yet are mere updates of the standard, cruiser, and sportbike genres. The FZ1 breaks a bit of new ground. But it's the GW which has pushed the state of the art to a new level and which has somewhat redefined the touring segment of the market.
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Old 09-08-2001, 11:24 AM   #13
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Default Re: Test ride?

The dealer I went to wheeled an Illusion Red GL1800 right out of the showroom and let me take it for a test ride.
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Old 09-11-2001, 12:04 AM   #14
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Default Re: Works for me (NOT)

the new GW is nothing special. BMW K 1200 LT had all this and more (since this year a fully integral ABS) for few years now, but it is stupid to expect anyone but honda to win in america.



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Old 09-13-2001, 06:09 AM   #15
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My Wife, who also rides, and I both were offered test rides on the new GL1800 and told "it's got a 1/2 tank of gas so have fun!" I have purchased three bikes from my Honda dealer and that may have something to do with it.



After riding the new GW we both new it wasn't for us. She has decided, after finding out where the H-D demo fleet would be next, on the 2002 H-D FLTRI Road Glide. We had to go to Americade in Lake George, NY from Oklahoma City, OK for that test ride.



Build a relationship with a dealer. Most will allow test rides if they know you but if not look around for the manufacturers demo fleet.



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Old 09-13-2001, 06:14 AM   #16
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Forgot to mention that no one is mentioning the price of the new GL1800. Fully equipped over $22,500. We'll pay $17,800 for the Road Glide and the only thing it won't have that she'd like is a CD changer.



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