One problem with the GW for us aging baby boomers is the mid-placed foot controls. I like cruisers because they let yuo stretch out. Try that on a GW and you have to buy these funky engine-guard like footrests that have your legs splayed open in what looks to be an uncomfortable position.$16,799 w/o ABS and $17,899 with ABS
Many of us have been waiting for Honda to come out with a big V-twin, water cooled tourer based off of the VTX1800 platform. It probably won't happen with Honda. I'll definately be looking at the Kawasaki.
I guess Honda feels they have the tourer category covered with the Gold Wing, but many prefer a V-Twin tourer. I'm surprised the cruiser market is 35% of the total street and dirt motorcycle market. This is a very big market for Honda not to have a full dresser v-twin in their line up.
No offense Spike but the fairing that you have on your HD to me is the ugliest fairing made. Maybe not as bad as the Rifle fairing but close. As far as HD I like the HD classic.
And yes Honda will tell you that they have one better than that.
Look how many years honda has been making the Goldwing and how many sold. Do you think they would make a bike to cut there own throats. I sold Honda bikes back in the 70's and I remember when the first Goldwing arrived.
The Kawasaki does look nice but it looks like a HD. Then just go out and buy a HD, because the price is not far apart. I was offered a Classic for 20K 4 weeks ago at the new HD store that open up.
In the past Kaw, Suzuki and Yamaha all made a bike to look like the Gold wing but none have lasted.
As much as I don't care for HD, maybe it's the price and some of the people that ride them. But I have to say. They keep there style and the model names with out too much change.
I and many who ride a Wing have the engine guard footrests to stretch out on the road. Yes, your legs are splayed when you use them, but they are very comfortable. Riding the Wing, I can go six or seven hundred miles a day and not be any more tired for the most part doing the same distance in a car. The smooth as silk ride and all the wind protection makes long rides pretty easy. Still, sometimes I like the feel of the v-twin on the road and I still take jaunts on the VTX.One problem with the GW for us aging baby boomers is the mid-placed foot controls. I like cruisers because they let yuo stretch out. Try that on a GW and you have to buy these funky engine-guard like footrests that have your legs splayed open in what looks to be an uncomfortable position.