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the only Goldwing that can compare to a GL1200 as far as handling is a GL1800. The 1200 at low speed will go into a turn and where you stop the lean, that is where it will stay. The GL1500 in the same turn will want to keep leaning and you have to hold it where you want.
The 1200 cannot compare to the 1800 at high speeds, 90+, that 4 banger is just working too hard, and the 1800s 6 cylinders are not even breathing hard.

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I just love to get out in front of the house and do turns in the middle of the street with the wheel pegged to the bumper on either side. Left is so much easier than right for me, I wonder why that is. Same on the twisties..left turns are easier than the right hand curves. But it sticks the road either way.
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the left turn is easier because you are right handed

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You need to relax your arms a little more while riding, let the one inside the turn do the work, the outside arm is doing little/nothing. Then your scrapes will be even.

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Left is so much easier than right for me, I wonder why that is.
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The size of the bike certainly makes a difference but I think it comes down to how comfortable you are on it. Having grown up on dirt bikes (like many others) I learned early how to handle a bike in close quarters on uneven terrain. Now that may not translate to road situations but it gives me a sense of confidence in what I know I can do and whatI can't do. That's why I took that training course rather than go to the registry and try to do a figure 8 in a phone booth on a full dresser. Has anyone every had to do a F8 out in the real word? Makes no sense to me why it's on the test.

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I think the 1200 handles really well.

The only time it's not too good is at really low speeds when the weight of the bike takes over but not enough to needing to put feet down, right down to a complete standstill, but enough to need a bit of room either sidefor the slow motion wobble.

Otherwise cornering can be carried at decptive speeds, having grounded driver pegs and engine barsI can vouch for that, just make sure you have good tyres.

Straight line at high speeds is no problem I'veneversuffered speed wobbles even carrying heavy loads or towing a trailer.

I've ridden a few times upto Thurso so have an idea on the state of the roads, i don't think you shouldhave any problems although it is a bit narrow and tight west of Dounreay on the A836/838 and beyondjust go a bit easy if you go that way and service your forks regularly.

hi..johno i live 2 mile from dounreaytowards bettyhill me and wife often ride up to durness on a nice daythe bends can be tight here, she always handles great without pushing her my suspension is set at 4 psi front.. 40 psi rear i have avon venoms tyres .. set at 36 psi front and 42 psi rear i think these are about right what do you guys think... regards..jim...


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I have ridden all the bikes in my sig and a HD softtail, wideglide; suzuki intruder 1400, LS 1500; honda 1100 shadow ace and the wing 1200 other than the parking lot handle better than them all. It is very responsive and sure on the hwy and the twisties. I was very surprised and impresssed.

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Hey Bike...and Dennis, you need to turn right more. Equal out the amount of dragging.

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