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I would give up nothing cause my 1500 is paid for and im the only one that loves it

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Cb radio would go first. I read a lot of posts about no Navi, I found the Navi awesome when traveling to the unknown. Driven across the states and canada, would have been stuck a few times without the help of my Navi. Hard to read a map and ride at the same time.

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I'll tell you what I did give up nearly two years ago: I gave up Goldwings.

After we went deer hunting with our 1500, I took the insurance check and went looking at 1800s.....cheapest one in Washington State was just over $24K. I only paid $35K for my house (1989)! I then went looking for a late model 1500: zip, nada, not-to-be-had. So then I went looking for an early model 1500: zip, nada, not-to-be-had.

And then, like a burst of sunshine, the answer came to me.... in August 2008, parked in the corner of the dealership, looking like an orphan that had given up hopes of being adopted, sat a 2007 non-ABS Honda ST1300 Sportstourer. $12.4K brand new.... I took a test ride; I signed the papers; and I became an ex-Goldwinger.

What did I give up? Not much.... an audio system, longer-lasting tires.... But what did I gain? At half the cost, I got a bike I could tour on as easily as the Wing, a bike that was more fun in the corners than the 1500, a bike that averaged near or over 50mpg two-up at 70plus mph, a bike I never felt I was gonna drop, a bike that was a joy to ride! 27,000 happy miles now, and I ain't sorry!

Would I buy another? In a heartbeat....

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Sure, but by looking at your avatar, it's cost you a little in the complexion departmentOr is that a result of all that smiling??:chee sygrin:

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Sure, but by looking at your avatar, it's cost you a little in the complexion departmentOr is that a result of all that smiling??:chee sygrin:
Yeah, I'm lookin' a little weathered, hey? Been that way since I came home from northeastern Canada!



I think it was facing all that oncoming Simcoe Day traffic when we left Dusty Boot's house... or maybe the 200 mile rainstorm we hit just shy of Sudbury! Think I got permanent water damage!


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I was looking at an STR 1300 myself. My previous bike was a GSX 1100G that the wife refused to get on.



The STR 1300 would be great as a solo rider, but 2 up long distances would be a challenge.



The wife sure likes her comfy couch on the wing complete with her own a$$ warmer.



I think the comparison is apples to oranges. The STR is a sport touring bike for short and medium distances. Having test drove one for a 100 km trek up in Northern ontario canada, I can't see myself doing a cannonball 22 hour run like I just did on my wing.



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I was looking at an STR 1300 myself. My previous bike was a GSX 1100G that the wife refused to get on.



The STR 1300 would be great as a solo rider, but 2 up long distances would be a challenge.



The wife sure likes her comfy couch on the wing complete with her own a$$ warmer.



I think the comparison is apples to oranges. The STR is a sport touring bike for short and medium distances. Having test drove one for a 100 km trek up in Northern ontario canada, I can't see myself doing a cannonball 22 hour run like I just did on my wing.



But each to their own



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Well, my wife and I just rode our ST1300 two-up with camping gear from Washington State across the country to Nova Scotia (The Cabot Trail) and Quebec (The Gaspe' Peninsula) and back.... 8,910 miles....Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, a slice of Ontario, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the rest of Ontario....and back again.....

Gee, I didn't know we couldn't do that!



I believe the artificially set limits on bikes -- "that's a touring bike, that's a sport bike, that's a trailer-bike" -
- are all patent nonsense. The world has been circumnavigated by people on 50 ccs, and by a double amputee on a junkyard Harley (Dave Barr). My advice to all is to disregard "expert" advice, and do what you want with what you got....... but, as the man says, to each his own......
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Love that pic, Jack, seeing Red in it helps as well. Were you lucky enough to get to walk out to the Rock, we've done it a couple of times, don't start when the tide is coming in

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Love that pic, Jack, seeing Red in it helps as well. Were you lucky enough to get to walk out to the Rock, we've done it a couple of times, don't start when the tide is coming inÂ*
No, we didn't, Bob, but we walked around the town quite a bit..... cool place! By the time we got to Perce, time and money were beginning to be a factor, so we spent only one night there.... had a wonderful, wonderful time, sure...would love to do more riding up in your neck of the woods, but it's so far away. Thought about storing a bike in Maine; that way we could fly in and ride the great Northeast! Every serious motorcyclist should ride the Cabot and the Gaspe' once in their lives..... we left Newfoundland for seed...gotta come back someday to do Newfie-land!

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Didn't mean to hijack this thread: What would I give up? How about $25-35K motorcycles..... make a new, less luxurious Goldwing, and sell it to me for a price that a retired educator/social worker can afford..... I paid $2495 for an 81' Wing with 60K miles on it, and put 160K more on it; I paid $10,000 for a 96' Aspencade (in 2001) with 8K miles on it, and put 80K on it before we slammed a deer...... But I cannot pay $20K-$25K-$30K for a motorcycle.....just cannot do it. I'm afraid Honda is going the way of Harley, and pricing normal people right off the road...... my humble opinion only, of course....

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