For those who haven't been around the blog for long, I am the blog contributor who grew up in/on/under/around countless things with two wheels. My father was a motorcycle mechanic and shop manager most of my childhood and part of my adult life as well, and still does it as a hobby (yes, he truly enjoys fixing motorcycles).
A few weeks ago, he mentioned to me in passing that he was interested in the new Honda Goldwing. He currently rides a Honda ST1300 - a very lust worthy cycle. An acquaintence is apparently interested in the ST1300, and that triggered the idea in my dad to look at new bikes. He's a long term Goldwing lover, having owned one briefly in the late 70's that was stolen and never recovered, and then having owned a second one that he gave to me a few years back. Yes, you read that right, he gave it to me.
Because he still techincally owns the one stolen in the 70's, he's been allowed for quite a number of years to be a member of his area's Honda Goldwing Club. So I guess it seems fitting that he'd consider a new one. And considering the miles that he and my mother like to put on the bike, a Goldwing for the road would be much more comfortable.
So in speaking to him on the phone the other night, he mentioned he pulled the trigger. Candy Red - to match his Candy Red 1978 Honda CBX. He got all the options other than the air bag (yes, some cycles now have air bags!) because he wanted the ABS brakes and heated hand grips, and the only way to get them was to bundle on the other items that he was less enthused about (Navi system, we're looking at you...).
Image from http://powersports.honda.com
If you aren't familiar with the Goldwing line, espeically the current version, they are the luxery cruiser of motorcycles. 1832cc (111.7ci) of displacement in a liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder. Roughly the same size engine as my wife's 1996 Honda Civic, though gobs more horsepower and torque. This motorcycle has a reverse gear. And there is enough storage in various compartments on the bike to easily and comfortable be away from home for a few days.
This is the type of motorcycle you can ride all day and not be hurting afterwards - it is incredibly comforable for touring. It gets good gas mileage inspite of the fact that with your gear for the weekend and gas in the tank you can be North of 1000lbs before you and your passenger sit on it. While it won't win any handling competitions, nor will you run it at your local drag strip, it will do everything my father wants - go on endlessly day after day, comfortably, reliably, and safely. Pretty close to a dream come true for my dad. He's worked hard for many years, and without question deserves and will fully enjoy this machine.
With the wind in his face the the pavement beneath his feet, I expect he'll get more than his money's worth out of this beautiful bike.
As an aside, the bike is being delivered to the shop he ordered it from (in South Dakota) next week. He'll uncrate & assemble it himself, and is hoping to get some riding in yet this year. I'll be cheering against the snow coming early, that's for sure! And while it doesn't exactly induce motorcycle lust in me, I am certainly envious of this opportunity. And hopefully, if I behave myself and ask nicely, I might even get to ride it! :-)