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I am 53 son, bought my first motorbike magazine at 12 -still have it- was stripping and rebuilding m/bike engines by 13 had a BSA gold star - could only ride it in the back garden though- by 14, knew what was going on in the world of motorcycling lllooonng before I left high school, anyhow before Axeman axes me elsewhere, point I was trying to make is that bigger is not always better, depends on the application + the advances made in metalurgy and electronics; Latest VW Golf GTi is 1400cc 167bhp & 177lbtft trq!

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PS, forgot to mention I just bought an 1800 by the way.... lest you think I am biased

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.........point I was trying to make is that bigger is not always better, depends on the application + the advances made in metalurgy and electronics;........
Lol, my sense of humor must have gotten lost in my words Kenny. I'm only joking with you. Have you ever watched the TV program called Home Improvement? If not, it's a comedy about a guy that has a TV show about doing home repairs and upgrades. His mantra is always "more power" & bigger is better. (insert sound of men grunting). I think a second line of Wings that were smaller might do well.

Wexman, sorry about taking this off topic. I'll put my self in time out now.

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Me I am pretty sure there is a market for bikes like the Silverwing, which was originally planned as a ladies bike......my son in law started on one and loved it, so did I actually that 500 had some real zip to it even at 100,000+ kms on it With todays technology a much improved smaller wing could be done quite well, something to consider with rising fuel costs......but me I am also with the Home Improvemnt line of thinking, its a redneck guy thing

One must wonder tho, would the market for a smaller version of todays Wing be enough to pay for all the R&D, and would the price of the end product be reasonable enough for the buyers wanting a smaller luxury bike? I did take my old1980 CB750C and make a full dresser out of it, but unfortunately it did not have the suspension and smoothness needed for long rides, at least not for my ole bones

I suspect the concept has probably been considered by Honda but market research proved that the idea would not be profitable enough........just my thoughts tho.....

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No problem John I know you were just pulling my leg,, haven't seen that TV programme over here though, I'll let you know what I think of my 18 when it get's here. Talk to you soon.

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No problem John I know you were just pulling my leg,, haven't seen that TV programme over here though, I'll let you know what I think of my 18 when it get's here. Talk to you soon.
The guy that did the show got his start doing standup comedy. At one gig, he did this thing about rebuilding the recliner in the living room with a chevy small block v8. Worked great till Granny got launched out the front window...



Oh, and to keep it on topic, what do you think about a small wing?


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Except in wives, that is!!!!!!

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Let's look at this semi-logically. There are multiple versions of most every model Honda makes i.e. CBR 600, 1000; Shadow 650, 750 1100 etc. With the high cost of gas there has to be a market of new riders that would love a touring bike but are terrified of starting on a 1800cc bike. IMHO, money for development is not a problem with Honda (I'd love to have just the interest in what make in a day). The solution is to get their marketing folks to look at current market to see what's there. Sure seems to me that there is a glaring gap in the not-so-long -distance touring market. A 800 to 1200 touring bike would allowthe new rider a bit more affordablebike that would also be great for commuting & daytrips.

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Not to mention the fact that if its is a good experience, they are likely to upgrade to the Papa Wing...


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Well that's it settled so, the new Smaller Wing is called a Pan European st 1300 all we need nowis sombody to start making shiney bits for it and change the name to Junior Wing

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