Saturday, August 4, 2012

Weight? Weight? Don't Tell Me

It's been 11 months since I bought a used GL1800. Since then I've put more than 12,000 miles on it, so I must like it. Right? Well, mostly yes.

The sequence of events that brought the Wing and me together began many years ago when I overcooked a corner on a racetrack and broke a lot of bones. They took a long time to heal, and some of them didn't heal too well. I'm reminded of it most mornings when I get up. Twenty years later some of the same bones were broken again in a head-on car crash, along with my left wrist. It's been an interesting couple of decades.

The motorcycles I've owned since the racetrack crash have varied, from streetbikes to dual-sports to adventure tourers, but they all had one thing in common––an upright seating position, or as upright as was practical in each case by modifying the handlebar, the seat, the footpegs, whatever it took.

My previous bike, a 650 V-Strom, was the beneficiary of every trick in the aftermarket's book, and still I found myself squirming to find a comfortable position in the saddle, and ending each ride with a handful of ibuprofen and an icepack. It took me some time to admit it had to go if I was to keep riding. I had ridden a few GL1800s in the past, and always found them comfortable, so when a deal on one came along I snapped it up.

Here's the thing, though. Along with the best seating position I've found to date, and the stereo and cruise control I've grown to love, came a couple of features I could do without, namely weight and size. No bike I've ever ridden carries its bulk as effortlessly as the Wing, but it's still there. I notice it in parking lots, and on sloped ground, and when I hoist the bike onto the centerstand to check the tire pressure.

But I can't complain that much. I shopped for the ideal seating position, and this is the motorcycle that came with it. Anyway, after nearly a year I'm almost to the point where I can forget how big it is for long stretches at a time, stretches I might not otherwise be spending on a motorcycle of any weight or size.


biodsl said...

That's a pretty decent mileage count for 11 months. You've ridden much more than I this year, my friend. I'm very pleased you can still enjoy the ride.

Scott said...

GL1800, My friend rode one a couple of years ago from Essex to MALTA!! His mate was on a Bandit 600.....TOTAL MADNESS!! great read. :-)

Doug said...

I had an '02 GL1800 and sold it in '08. Some bikes came and went after that but the big GL kept nagging at me. I finally sold my V-Strom 1000 that sat more than it got ridden and bought another GL. Yes, it's awful to move about by human power but once it starts rolling it becomes a magic carpet ride.

Greybeard said...

"I'll just take a look at what's on eBay" I said.
And found a deal on a 1200cc 'Wing I couldn't refuse.
Liked it, but wished it had reverse, so back to eBay and bought a GL1500. If you think the 1800 is a monster, you ain't seen nothin'!
Just bought an '03 1800 and cannot disagree with anything you say in your post.
But my wife will tell you there is NOTHING to compare to a GoldWing!