This is a motorcycle picture of one of many Honda Gold Wing motorcycles that I have been fortunate enough to own in the past. I have owned 4 of the Gold Wings, all of various vintages. I still have never owned or driven the 1800 version of the Gold Wing. This one was a 1993 Goldwing 1500 SE, completely loaded including reverse (A GodSend for a bike this heavy). I fondly called this particular Gold Wing "Purple Haze" due to its unusual color and that I appreciated the music of the late and great Jimi Hendrix. I traded this wonderful motorcycle for a 1950 GMC 5 window streetrod pickup about 6-7 years ago. The truck was sold 2-3 years ago. No regrets...it was a fair trade with an honest individual....worked well for both of us.
To most motorcycle touring riders, this is the ultimate of motorcycle touring mounts. Even die hard Harley riders will not bad mouth the Gold Wing to any great extent. They know of its legendary reliability, power, and comfort. In my opinion, no motorcycle manufacturer to date has been able to match or beat the qualifications of the Honda Gold Wing. Truly an awesome machine.
Fooled you on this one. This is a motorcycle picture of a 1988 Yamaha VMax that I owned and sold about 3 years ago. I know it's not a Honda. Yup, it's hard to believe that there are other brands than Honda....and I have owned most of them...lol. This was a great bike...another true Superbike in the reflection of the Honda V65 Magna, except without the inherent oiling problem. In retrospect and knowing the characteristics of both motorcycles, I would say the handling was a bit better with the VMax but I liked the torque band much more on the V65. It was an easier bike to ride without the dramatic and sudden power surge that the VMax would demonstrate at about 6500 rpm. They called this V-Boost. The Honda was tractable and pulled from the lowest rpms. Much more enjoyable to me. Also, although neither of these machines can be deemed as truly comfortable, I found the seating position to be a bit more acceptable on the Honda V65. I've owned 3 of these Yamaha VMax motorcycles at one point or another.