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Old 02-24-2011, 02:26 PM   #21
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Pricleline kicked ass for me today. I subscribe to the Cabot Investment newsletter. They are right way more times than they are wrong. Cost is $185 year. Priceline is one of their recommendations. It popped about $2,500 for me today. I happily spend the $185 a year for Cabot. MA and Visa I did on my own though

Right now I like companies in the dry bulk shipping sector. GNK, EAGLE, DSX, SBLK to name a few. All are hard core in the dumps due to the economy and shipping rates. SBLK pays a 7% dividend at it's current stock price. These will not turn overnight, but I have a 5 year horizon on them. Analysts hate them. I find I do well in the long run by doing the opposite of what the Cramers of the world say! Last time Cramer dished on oil and energy, I bought. Did well with that...

PFF is a preferred stock ETF that pays 6.7% dividend and the share price is quite stable. I like it for parking cash.

Take a look at the chart for AGQ if you like wild things. It tracks silver x 2.

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Old 02-25-2011, 06:00 AM   #22
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I've been a loyal wing rider. I've had a 1990 wing,1995 wing and now i ride a 2005 Wing. I was waiting to trade my GL1800 on the new style all i have to say is way to let me down Honda. The stuff they changed wasn't worth changing and the things they left alone(no 6 speed transmission for mileage) The front end they could of did more "bold changes" the back end looks cheap. If i had to describe the 2012 or 2013 in a couple words "let down."
More than likely my next bike will now be a Star(Yamaha) Royal Star Venture S.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:05 AM   #23
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Ouch. Makes you wonder if Honda consults with guys like Wing Rider, who are their core customer. No manufacturer wants to hear a customer say this.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:35 AM   #24
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Pricleline kicked ass for me today. I subscribe to the Cabot Investment newsletter. They are right way more times than they are wrong. Cost is $185 year. Priceline is one of their recommendations. It popped about $2,500 for me today. I happily spend the $185 a year for Cabot. MA and Visa I did on my own though

Right now I like companies in the dry bulk shipping sector. GNK, EAGLE, DSX, SBLK to name a few. All are hard core in the dumps due to the economy and shipping rates. SBLK pays a 7% dividend at it's current stock price. These will not turn overnight, but I have a 5 year horizon on them. Analysts hate them. I find I do well in the long run by doing the opposite of what the Cramers of the world say! Last time Cramer dished on oil and energy, I bought. Did well with that...

PFF is a preferred stock ETF that pays 6.7% dividend and the share price is quite stable. I like it for parking cash.

Take a look at the chart for AGQ if you like wild things. It tracks silver x 2.

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Old 02-25-2011, 10:18 AM   #25
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Ouch. Makes you wonder if Honda consults with guys like Wing Rider, who are their core customer. No manufacturer wants to hear a customer say this.
What really honks me off. My dealer (Honda dealer) meets with their district manager once a month talks to them about what buyers or possible buyers are saying about bikes,4-wheelers and dirt bikes. Kind of a roundtable session. I gave him about 5 or 6 things to present to this district manager to bring up with a engineers or designers. NOT ONE is on the 2012. I wanted a 6 speed transmission for better mileage.Nope.
cordless/bluetooth helmets Nope.

adjust the fairing for taller guys(i'm 6 ft 4 or 5) when i use my highway pegs my inside of my calves sometimes get burnt in the wenter on the engine. nope(doesn't look like that in the picture)

I'm the type I like aggresive designs. so i suggested a more aggressive front end.(not like a GSX-R or CBR but you gotta admit the wing previous gen to 2012 about the same) nope

electric windshield, electric windshield did i say electric windshield. The one thing i gotta give BMW KLT models they have a SMOOTH electric windshield set up. my friend with a KLT model he's a smaller guy he's only 5 ft 10 or 11 and i'm 6 ft 4 or 5 so he just hit a button slide it up boom your done your on the road. (nope didn't do it on 2012 wing)

in my opinion if a bike or any product company won't listen to the consumer(and when you got loyal consumers) then they go to your competition. Like i plan to with Yamaha.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:46 AM   #26
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I worked for HONDA for almost 20 years ('83 - '03). I saw HONDA weather the storms, but they had real enthusiasts in charge then! They FINALLY got rid of all the motorcycle guys and replaced them with accountants and marketing people! HONDA would have been better served to keep the old bike for another year! All this will do is boost the sales of aftermarket chrome stuff, since a majority of the "old" stuff will not longer work! The LAST thing HONDA needed was Bold New Graphics! This is one step forward and two steps back! They lost me with the quasi-Harley bags! I only thought I had seen the "lows" from HONDA! The Gold Wing had been a steady progression from good to GREAT! Now this? This is what happens when cars take precedence over motorcycles!
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:19 PM   #27
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2012 Wing. Disappointed but with the economy not totally surprised. If only the engineers and marketers would visit forums such as this and others dedicated to one type (GL1800riders.com) and listen to what the end user is saying, then they would blow the competition away. But then what would the after market guys do for a living?
For the type of riding that I do, the Wing is the only bike that will fill the need. No, the Harley won't, the BMW won't etc. Brand loyalty? Absolutely. Do I wish the new BMW 1600 would pull a trailer? Yes but it will not unless someone comes up with an after market hitch. Spyder is the (correct me if I am wrong) only manufacturer that has a trailer as an option and pictures trailers in their ads.
I don't like the new rear saddle bags nor the bozo the clown rear lights. The rest of it looks okay. I have an 07 but am seriously considering a trade for a 2010 just to get ABS (IN MY OPINION - it should not be an option).
Will withhold final judgment until I can actually sit on one and look at it up close.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:46 PM   #28
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The answer to your Gold Wing prayers might be in BMW's K1600GLT. I just rode it today. Wow! Basically the same price as the GL but with so much more performance and features. Stay tuned for my road test.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:57 PM   #29
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The answer to your Gold Wing prayers might be in BMW's K1600GLT. I just rode it today. Wow! Basically the same price as the GL but with so much more performance and features. Stay tuned for my road test.
Exciting, eh? How long do we have to wait?
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:45 PM   #30
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Talking 2013 Wing

The 2013 Wing -- to be released early in 2012 -- will have two extra wheels for stability, better weather protection, seating for four, and will actually cost less.

It will be renamed, as well. It will be called the "Civic."

(and will finally get the extra 40 horsepower it needed.)
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