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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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hi, im new this and a new rider this summer,(2o13) just want to know if a honda goldwing gl 1100 is to big of a bike for a beginner, it a 1983 i and im going to buy it
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 12:36 AM
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Wow, that is alot of bike for someone that is new to riding...have you had any riding time? as in dirt bike or anything?

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It depends..how tall are you and strong?? If you can flat foot it while sitting not a big deal. When you are moving weight it not an issue. The bike is well balanced with a lower center of gravity than most bikes. But it is a big touring type bike if it is an interstate or Apsy..the standard is more like an around town ride OR cruiser.

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i have road a 93 ninja 750, for a summer but nothing after that
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I'd buy it but plan on taking an advanced rider course with the bike

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im 5'9" and 220lbs
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Hello and Welcome to the Goldwing family .
You should be able to flat foot the Wing . Its about 686 lbs dry . Manuvers well once its rolling . Find a parking lot to practice riding ,stopping/starting , turning/ U-turn . A saftey riding course is always good , even us long time riders can use a refresher/advanced course .
the 83 is very dependable . But when servicing/looking for brake parts be sure to specify 1983 because they made changes every year it seems on 1100 family .
Enjoy your new bike and visit with us often .

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Like the other members said, you should be OK... Take it slow and easy and get used to your new ride... An MRC or ERC course would be a good idea and plenty of practice as well...

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1st rule of motorcycling: don't ride it if you can't pick it up. don't fib, guys. we've all dropped one at some point, it happens. if you're by yourself, an 800 # bike is difficult at best to get back up. i'm not telling you not to buy, just be prepared.

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Yes I've let mine take a nap . It does happen . Not to worry though its easy to upright as seen in this video .
Have to be a little more careful if lifting from the left side .

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