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Old 2 August 2017, 17:47
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So. Apparently I am inheriting a 1981 Honda Gold Wing. I have gone through the whole dirt bike thing when young and then transitioned into years of owning Ducati's then as I got a little older did the Harley thing. I could never see myself buying or riding a bike like this ever but. It is something my brother wants me to have. After thinking about it I believe I could ride this thing if I stripped the hell out of it. Just not the Gold Wing type person. Too generic for me. Anyway. I see some pretty cool stripped down versions as in bobber or cafe styling. I think I could ride this thing for awhile. Give me some thoughts or ideas on this project. Something like this image.Attachment 37461
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Old 2 August 2017, 19:09
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That's a sweet ride! I was going to add that whatever you get...get what you want. No regrets cause you'll see it on the road and will kick yourself for not getting it. Or should I say, REGERTS! Nice '81 Gold Wing.
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Old 2 August 2017, 19:12
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I just bought a 2015 Road Glide. I am loving this thing.
Definitely on my radar for my next one. Just sold my 3d HD being a 2013 CVO Road King. That Road Glide cuts the wind I hear. Nice choice.
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Old 2 August 2017, 19:42
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Oh - in addition to the:

1969 Lambretta dl (Italian only)
1986 Honda TLR 200
1986 Honda CR250R
1972 Suzuki TS250
1983 Husqvarna WR250

I bit the bullet and picked up this a couple months ago:

2017 Moto-Guzzi V7 III Classic. One thing I like about the V7 is its provenance - same look, style, feel, and motor for the past 50 years. You can park a 2017 next to a 1967 and they look about the same. They've been made in the same factory for 90 years.

It's not a cross-country cruiser (I didn't want one of those) but it is more than adequate for riding around town, country roads, two-up to some café 2 hours away for lunch, etc.

It wasn't expensive, and it's quite unique. Here you can see the 2017 and the 1974 similarities.
I grew up riding bikes. Went from a Honda XL75 to an XR185 to an XR500. Sole means of transport stationed in VA was a Suzuki GS650G. However, if I were to buy again, then it would be a Harley 883 (tricked out), or a Triumph Bonneville or something like that. Ymmv
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Old 12 August 2017, 19:46
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So, I went to see the GW I'm taking possession of. It's not 1981 afterall but a 2002 1800 GL with 60,000 mi. Freakin reverse......Whaaaaat . Not sure if I'm able to do a conversion like I wanted to. I wish it were an 80's bike. Hmmmmmm not sure what I'll do.
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Old 14 August 2017, 15:12
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Valkyrie-one of the best

I've owned many scooters over the years. The Valkyrie was a definite no shit, get with the program, haul ass machine. A true joy to carve the mountain passes with.
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Old 15 August 2017, 06:30
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Nice pair. Is the Beemer a GS Adventure? Been considering an upgrade to an 800 or 1200.

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Old 15 August 2017, 07:23
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^^^ Shady, put a trailer behind it and come on down to the mountains.... via the Skyline and Blueridge Parkways.

That's what your new scooter was built for
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Old 15 August 2017, 09:49
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it's a 1200 GSA...here we are somewhere in British Columbia (Columbia Ice Field if I recall). 14 day, 3000 mile Canada road trip. Rained most of it. The GSA performed as designed and exceeded expectation. The better half transitioned from a 650 Dakar to the 1200 GSA with zero problems.

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Old 15 August 2017, 11:01
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^^^ Shady, put it on a trailer and come on down to black mountain and go home with an empty trailer.

That's what your new scooter was built for
There J. Fixed it for ya. I was wondering when you were going to give me shit about my plans for this bike.

I know you would like it just the way it is. I must say. The bike is like new.
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Outstanding photo, 2w2. If I go the GSA route, I'll make sure to hold out for one with a stock Deere cap.

Sorry for the derail, but thanks!
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My bald head and cold rain drops don't mix. When the skid lid is off, the Deere cap is a must have item.

shady1...enjoy that ride. Has one of the smoothest running engines made. Cheers
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I have a 2016 GS1200ADV

It's got everything BMW offered from the factory on it
Ordered it while it was in Pre-Production while I was OCONUS
Had it shipped to a BMW Dealer on the East Coast

I've done more than 330,000mi in the Lower-48
On a dozen other brand bikes in the past 30 years
... wish I had gone to BMW years ago
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Gentlemen.....

looking for opinions or guys/gals with experience with the Victory High Ball in terms of reliability, maintenance and a general ownership experience. I am looking to purchase a good condition 2014 High Ball with 9,300 miles on it for about $7,500. I THINK its a reasonable price. I am aware Victory is now out of business but they are said to support the bike with parts for roughly 10 years. Thanks for any thoughts.
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Thinking about buying a Road King. Thoughts, anyone?

I liked the Heritage, but I am too big for it.
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Thinking about buying a Road King. Thoughts, anyone?

I liked the Heritage, but I am too big for it.
A friend of mine had a '98 that he absolutely loved, and I can only imagine they've just gotten better in the past 20 years. He had aftermarket pipes that were only slightly shorter than stock, and you could hear him coming from two blocks away – almost as effective as a train horn.
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Thinking about buying a Road King. Thoughts, anyone?

I liked the Heritage, but I am too big for it.
Good choice. I think you won’t regret it.
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DH, my twin brother has been riding a cop version of the Road King, a FLHTP, for almost 30 years now, I think it's an 89 Evo. Exterior is bone stock, the motor is fixed up moderately. He's 6'4" and it's just right for his size.

I'd say the softtail has alot of more stick-on chrome bits and geegaws, but it will sit a tad lower than the FLH.
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Oh - in addition to the:

1969 Lambretta dl (Italian only)
1986 Honda TLR 200
1986 Honda CR250R
1972 Suzuki TS250
1983 Husqvarna WR250

I bit the bullet and picked up this a couple months ago:

2017 Moto-Guzzi V7 III Classic. One thing I like about the V7 is its provenance - same look, style, feel, and motor for the past 50 years. You can park a 2017 next to a 1967 and they look about the same. They've been made in the same factory for 90 years.

It's not a cross-country cruiser (I didn't want one of those) but it is more than adequate for riding around town, country roads, two-up to some café 2 hours away for lunch, etc.

It wasn't expensive, and it's quite unique. Here you can see the 2017 and the 1974 similarities.
I'm about to order the v7 Stone. How are you enjoying yours?
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Thinking about buying a Road King. Thoughts, anyone?

I liked the Heritage, but I am too big for it.
The new Road King is great, even better than the 97 RK I had.

I'm on a Road Glide Special.

The V7 KidA wrote about is great bike too, as are most BMW's.
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