Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Kanata, Ontario, Canada
While I'm sure the ST1300 is a great bike, it's no GL and never will be. My wife simply refuses to even try sitting on the ST1300 so that's an immediate deal breaker. They're 2 totally different classes of bike and they appeal to different types of people. Not everyone needs or wants a Sport Touring bike. Some will want a sport bike, some will want a touring bike, some will want a sporty bike that tours and some will want a touring bike that's sporty. Why do you try to take away our options by suggesting the ST1300 could be a smaller Wing?
A modernized GL1000-1200 taking advantage of all of today's light weight materials, aerodynamics and electronics would be the cat's a$$ IMHO. I don't NEED to go 0-60 in under 4 secs or 125mph+. Those things could be left for the big 'Wing. Give me a comfortable cruising speed of 75-80mph and 50-55mpg with 300 mile range and it's nirvana.
Willy "Grumpa" Pichler
\'08 GL1800 yeah baby!