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Old 06-19-2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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Old 07-22-2007, 06:49 AM   #2
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I've driven the GL1500, the K1200LT and the GL1800 (the GL's are mine), I'am missing a remark concerning the brakes on a LT: they are harsh and sudden in action compared to the GL's (BMW is even putting a BIG warning on the fueltank to warn you). Going in a corner TOO fast with a GL you can without being racepilot, slowdown the bike gently a nicely......with I would'nt dare with a LT. Sorry I'll stay with my "new GL1800 which permits me now to follow my son on his Pan European 1100 on a red light! ....and faster if needed...sssttttt
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Old 07-22-2007, 07:20 AM   #3
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I currently ride a Honda Pacific Coast and I'm in the market for a larger touring bike. The Wing and the KLT are on my list of candidates and I am sure they are both fine machines. As I work my way through the selection process I am becoming more and more attracted to the Yamaha Royal Star Venture. Thousands of dollars less and every bit as comfortable and capable.
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Old 07-22-2007, 08:30 AM   #4
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Of the two I'd probably take the BMW just to be a snob, but I think both bikes are excellent at eating miles and either one would work for me. The only problem I see is with the complexity of the 'wing and the ability of some shop mechanics to figure it out. I think with BMW being more anal in general that probably carries through to the level of their training programs as well.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:09 PM   #5
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Simply put with all the hype asside, the GW is the biggest bang for the buck. It takes low test gas, it gets about 40-45 mpg, it is a sport cruiser.
this GW is a new class of bike. I owned a sport tour for two years. A Kawasaki concourse 1000. Great sport tour. I've owned cruisers too a kawasaki vulcan. and a FZ-6 and several other too.
The 08 GW is a hybrid sport cruiser. on the open highway it is a smooth cruiser, yet on the back roads it handles like a powerful sport tour, and the bell and whistles are just amazing. Look for a used or a left over GW. You may find yourself glo-wing for the entire trip!
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:18 AM   #6
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I'll buy a 6 cylinder GW when I finally have one foot in the grave.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:22 AM   #7
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"Simply put with all the hype asside, the GW is the biggest bang for the buck."

I'm sorry but is simply isn't. Not when you can get a Kawi Concours for about half the price of a GW. I also wouldn't call a 900+ lb motorcycle a 'sport cruiser'. I owned a GW, so I know what I speak. They are nice, but they have their limitations, and the new ones are horribly expensive.
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definately spendy, I thing the best bargain in the touring market is the FLHT, ride it like it is or add what you want from an Ultra and still come out ahead. For a sport tourer the Sprint or Conk14 is the one, though I'd buy a 'Guzzi Norge because they have good support here
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Old 08-15-2009, 12:26 PM   #9
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I had me a stripped GL1500 for a couple years (traded an '80 Yamaha Vision for it). Nice bike, all kinds of power. But I use to wear the front brake pads out in 2500 miles, down to the metal. Didn't have that problem on any other big road burner.

Oh and I'm looking for a '51 Hudson Hornet with an automatic that I can equip with hand controls, so watch out, just call me X-7.
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