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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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At least you gave each bike a fair shake....thats so often not the case. I have ridden both, and even at 5'6" I am not a fan of the seating positon on the Wing, although it is a very, very impressive bike. I am really leaning towards the RG Ultra for this year, I have ridden my buddys 10 Ultra, and really enjoy that bike as well. The Vic really has my curiousity up and want to get a chance to ride a Vision. I think on that bike you either love it or hate it cosmeticaly (sp). I sat on the Street version and really like the seat on it. Who knows what I will end up with, but whatever I end up with will the the garage companion to the X.
 

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Thanks for the objective report. Good luck on whatever you decide to purchase.
 

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I usually tell people it "evokes stong emotions, some good some bad".
Personally, I like it - it's unlike anything else out there while retaining the feel fo v-twin. It may not be for me exactly, but I love looking at them at ride meets and such.
 

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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 .....
Good report. I live vicariously thru you guys who have dealerships that will actually let you test ride new Hondas. Our one and only Vic center that closed its doors recently used to regularly hold open house and you got your pick of new bike to demo. No Honda dealers around me allow it - even if you walk in with cash to buy a bike. I think the local H-d dealer may have free rides now and then.
 

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The Wing also seemed a bit "plastic-y" to me
That must be why there ain't a thing rusting on mine after 7+ years. :lol:

Oh, but the aftermarket trunk rack, non Honda, started rusting after about 2 years. I got to keep it polished to prevent further corrosion.

Herb
 

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So what now I keep hearing Victory, maybe :dontknow:[/QUOTe
I bought the Victory C.C about 2 months ago. I test drove the Victory and the harley.......hands down the Victory was a better bike for me. A couple of things about the C.C. I would advise anyone on............go with the new 2011 model..........It has a new transmission in it and isn't near as "whiney" as the 2010 mode. Also, make sure that when you roll it out it fits you. The have one set of accessory handle bars that have 2 inches more of pull back and that is it. If that doesn't work, then SOL. Also, this bike gets hot on you, noticed a big difference in this bike than the x. Having said all of that...........bike rides like a dream. It has a touring feel on it on the Highway, but has a cruiser feel about it in town.
 

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Yeah - - what's a good price to pay for an '11 Road Glide Ultra? The quote of $23,900 is apparently "a rape ready to happen" .....
MSRP on the RG ultra is 24K, I know that sounds like a lot but you have to break it down a little further than I'm getting a motorcycle. You are getting a tour pack, CB radio, Intercom, 4 speaker stereo, lower farings, cruise control, 6speed transmission, 6 gallon tank, ABS, 130" motor and a few other things. If you bought a Road Glide custom, you would spend a lot more then the cost difference between the 2 bikes to equip it the same. Realistically, I would expect to pay 22-22.5K for the new RG Ultra. You should be able to get 1.5-2K off MSRP. If not, find another dealer and they will sell it to you. You might have to shop around a little, but it will be worth it. If you get it for 1500 or more off, your not really getting raped on the price.
 

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MSRP on the RG ultra is 24K, I know that sounds like a lot but you have to break it down a little further than I'm getting a motorcycle. You are getting a tour pack, CB radio, Intercom, 4 speaker stereo, lower farings, cruise control, 6speed transmission, 6 gallon tank, ABS, 130" motor and a few other things. If you bought a Road Glide custom, you would spend a lot more then the cost difference between the 2 bikes to equip it the same. Realistically, I would expect to pay 22-22.5K for the new RG Ultra. You should be able to get 1.5-2K off MSRP. If not, find another dealer and they will sell it to you. You might have to shop around a little, but it will be worth it. If you get it for 1500 or more off, your not really getting raped on the price.
The local dealership is taking a different approach - - they want full MSRP, but they're willing to give me 8K for my VTX, which is probably better than I could get if I sold it myself, considering you can get new 07s for about the same price (mine's an 05 with 20K miles).

So I could haggle down the price, but they wouldn't give me the 8K on the trade. It's all the same ....

And all the while, I *still* really like my X. I may just add a batwing fairing and call it good for a couple of years ....

(although all the Ultra bells and whistles are really cool!)
 

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The local dealership is taking a different approach - - they want full MSRP, but they're willing to give me 8K for my VTX, which is probably better than I could get if I sold it myself, considering you can get new 07s for about the same price (mine's an 05 with 20K miles).

So I could haggle down the price, but they wouldn't give me the 8K on the trade. It's all the same ....

And all the while, I *still* really like my X. I may just add a batwing fairing and call it good for a couple of years ....

(although all the Ultra bells and whistles are really cool!)
I would say that you should do what ever will make you the happiest the longest. With that being said, 8K for your trade is a hell of a deal IMO. KBB says good trade in condition for your bike is $4920.00, so at 8K they are giving you 3K over blue book or 3K off the new bike. That is a hell of a deal to think you got blue book for your bike and 3k off the new bike, hell thats even better than what I got off my bike (I got 2500 off MSRP with blue book on my trade).
 

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I would say that you should do what ever will make you the happiest the longest. With that being said, 8K for your trade is a hell of a deal IMO. KBB says good trade in condition for your bike is $4920.00, so at 8K they are giving you 3K over blue book or 3K off the new bike. That is a hell of a deal to think you got blue book for your bike and 3k off the new bike, hell thats even better than what I got off my bike (I got 2500 off MSRP with blue book on my trade).
The sales guy showed me his NADA book, and it listed the trade in value of my X as 5500, and he was going to give me 8 because of all the accessories I have added to the bike (see below).
 
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