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Old 07-28-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default 2012 BMW K1600GTL vs. 2012 Honda Gold Wing Shootout [Video]


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Old 07-28-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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The weight. As much as I like both of these bikes they are just too heavy. It's my own preference. Nice review.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:05 PM   #3
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Thanks, jmdonald. Maybe Honda will respond with a lighter-than-the-Beemer Gold Wing. Still, they'll remain big, heavy rigs... but whoever heard of a lightweight motorhome?
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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Awesome. I'll take the BMW.

You guys weren't really that beat up after 750 miles, were you? The Mofos are getting old!

I don't think Sierras is correct. Sierra is plural on its own.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:51 PM   #5
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My next purchase will be dedicated tourer of some sort this year. I love all the features available on these bikes. Especially the storage. I can see how a little more heft can be an asset on the open road but get the feeling I'm still missing something. I will need to ride one to see for myself if the weight is that much of an issue.
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My next purchase will be dedicated tourer of some sort this year. I love all the features available on these bikes. Especially the storage. I can see how a little more heft can be an asset on the open road but get the feeling I'm still missing something. I will need to ride one to see for myself if the weight is that much of an issue.
You may be pleasantly surprised...
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:40 PM   #7
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Awesome. I'll take the BMW.

You guys weren't really that beat up after 750 miles, were you? The Mofos are getting old!

I don't think Sierras is correct. Sierra is plural on its own.
750 miles isn't a marathon, but you have to factor in this wasn't simply riding. We stop repeatedly for photo and video shots. The temperature in the valley was hovering around 105 degrees both days. Day one started at 7am and ended around 10:30pm. Day two started around 8am and ended at 1:30am Sunday morning, including a 15-mile decent out of the mountains on a switchback road, covered in pea-gravel and a 200-mile non-stop stint after dinner to home. As comfortable as these bikes are, that many hours in the saddle for two days is a lot for anyone.

Correct: Sierra Mountains or, shortened version, Sierras

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Old 07-28-2011, 05:03 PM   #8
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750 miles isn't a marathon, but you have to factor in this wasn't simply riding. We stop repeatedly for photo and video shots. The temperature in the valley was hovering around 105 degrees both days. Day one started at 7am and ended around 10:30pm. Day two started around 8am and ended at 1:30am Sunday morning, including a 15-mile decent out of the mountains on a switchback road, covered in pea-gravel and a 200-mile non-stop stint after dinner to home. As comfortable as these bikes are, that many hours in the saddle for two days is a lot for anyone.

Correct: Sierra Mountains or, shortened version, Sierras

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Sierra means range or mountain range so you wouldn't say Sierra mountains ever.

Sierra Nevada would roughly translate to Nevada Range.

I've done plenty of Mofo tests and Fonz's endless photo stops are killers!
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Great article, but these bikes do nothing for me. Before I went for something like these, I'd buy a Miata. They have most of the 'stuff', and a roof and A/C.

I think that often, especially when I see a 'Wing sailing down the road, loaded to the gills, and towing a trailer.

Still, variety and spice-of-life and all that...
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Thanks, jmdonald. Maybe Honda will respond with a lighter-than-the-Beemer Gold Wing. Still, they'll remain big, heavy rigs... but whoever heard of a lightweight motorhome?
So this site is now "Motorhome Online"?
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