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Well I'm just about finished rebuilding the 82 Interstate I purchased and getting ready for the first trip out. Having ridden only cruisers ie: Intruder 1400, kawi 1000 etc. I was just wondering if there is anything I should be aware of as to handling etc. of this, what Iwould call a heavy bike. The stationary fairing kinda freaks me out a bit but it's not that big a deal. Any advice will be appreciated.

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Just be prepared to ride a looonnnngggg way. These bikes have really long legs.
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I've never been on a 1982, but this 1800 of mine was freaky at low speed maneuvering when I first got it. Very heavy bike. However, a lot of slow speed practice, tight u turns, etc and it all got easier. That would be my one recommendation. Practice slow speed maneuvering. They are pretty smooth down the highway. I would think you would get to enjoying that ride.

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Ride...a lot! The more you ride, the less the worry about the weight will enter your mind, and the better you will become. Spending a few Sunday mornings in an empty parking alot practicing slow speed stuff works wonders. It's the slow speed stuff that gets people nervous, other than that, it's like any other bike.
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Go out by yourself first and get used to the bike, try and get some practice in on a car park doing some tight turns etc, if you do go with other bikes ride at your own pace rather than keeping up with them, they will wait.

dont look at your fairing, you should always be looking well ahead and where you are going, most of all enjoy it

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I'm pretty proficient at slow speeds, the Intruder has a 39 degree rake and is a bit floppy but after so many years of riding it I guess I just feel super comfortable. I'm sure it'll be the same with the Wing. How is it at the front brake and the bars off center. Will she drag right down?

I do not own a car so riding alot is not a problem.

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I'm pretty proficient at slow speeds, the Intruder has a 39 degree rake and is a bit floppy but after so many years of riding it I guess I just feel super comfortable. I'm sure it'll be the same with the Wing. How is it at the front brake and the bars off center. Will she drag right down?

I do not own a car so riding alot is not a problem.
Your intruder is a world of different compared to the wing. The lower center of gravity, and the lower seat height (on the intruder) are the biggest differences.



If your inseam is 32" or better, the increase seat height of the wing won't bother you, but with mine a 30", it did ( and does). Having that big rake on the Intruder is different to what you will feel on the wing. I think its a cross between feeling slightly top heavy and the fear that all that plastic and fairing won't allow you to lean the bike as much as you need to.
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yes I did have that impression.It seems that 31 inch seat height would give many folks a problem. My inseam is 32 but I still have that top heavy feeling. Well it'll be OK with time I'm sure . Thanks

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NEVER let go of both grips around 40 mph. Watch out for the wing wobble between 35-45 Once you feel it you won't forget the thrill. good luck

Remember to keep the pointy end forward & the dirty side down ! Keep Safe
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Learn to use counter steering if you haven't already. I rode many bikes before and never was actually aware of using countersteer even though I was. When I got my first 1100 I began to notice what I was doing to navigate a curve and learned to use it rather than trying to force the bike to turn with my body weight.

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