Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: East Wenatchee, WA
Goldwing test drive (follow up to Harley test drive)
So as promised, I test drove a Wing today. Something happened that I totally didn't expect:
I did the Harley test drive first to (sort of) confirm in my mind that the Wing would be better. As a lover of Hondas, that was my expectation. And I knew the upright seating position would be favorable to the standard cruiser position.
I'm a little taller than average (6'1"), and I found the Wing to be a bit cramped. My buddy who went with me to the test drive also commented that compared to my X, the Wing looked a little small. (?). The area around the foot pegs seemed crowded. Seating position was pretty much what I expected, except the foot position was a little higher than I thought it would be.
I was disappointed by the Wing's gear shift peg and the brake pedal. They looked and felt cheap. This is Honda's flagship bike, and I expected better. The stock shifter and brake on my X are way nicer.
The Wing also seemed a bit "plastic-y" to me, compared to the Harley. Overall, the Wing just felt cheaper.
I expected the Wing to "show-up" the Harley, and I found the opposite to be true. The (surprising to me) bottom line is this: If I bought a new bike tomorrow, it would be the Harley.
I don't know if I could give up my X though. Neither bike has the feel of the X's power, at least not to me .....
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