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Hi,
I've owned a lot of bikes over the years, and am finally beginning to realize that there is no "perfect bike". My first was in 1971, when I bought a 1964 Jawa 350. It was cheap, and I guess I was lucky that it wouldn't go over 70 mph. In fact, it didn't even run half the time. I owned a few more 2-stroke twins during the 70s, until I bought a shiny red Yamaha XS750D, full dress, literally right off the showroom floor. That cycle lasted me for 20 years, but finally got too expensive to maintain. I've owned a couple of Vulcans and a Concours, and each had their pros and cons. I had a chance to buy an '82 Aspencade, so I read as much as I could before buying, including your forum. After reading this forum for a while, I decided to join. I'd been riding for 37 years, and the reputation and "aura" of the Gold Wing was such that I always told myself that some day I'd buy one, just to see what it was all about. I finally bought the Aspencade, and really wanted to like it, but just can't get used to the combination of height and weight. It's incredibly comfortable on longer rides, and really shines on the Interstate highways, but is just too clumsy-feeling around town and especially in parking lots and driveways. I'm not exactly small, at 6' and 175 lbs, but I just feel a lot more comfortable and in control on my Vulcan. My wife also feels more at ease throwing a leg over the cruiser instead of climbing up onto the Wing.
Maybe someone who's ridden old Wings and new ones could tell me - are the newer ones just as tall and heavy, or has Honda made them lower and easier to lug around in the more recent model years?

Greg Cote
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Welcome aboard, Nomad and greetings from Minnesota!I have an '85 Aspy and both of our bikes were the "taller" of the Goldwings made. Both the 1500 and 1800 have a little shorter seat height. Also, the 1800 seems to feel a more nimble than ours and the 1500 at slower speeds...but then you have to pay the big dollar.

One thing you might try that has helped the front end handling on my Aspy is to pump up the air in the front tire to 38psi or above. I have found a big difference in how the bike handles at slower speeds when I have the front tire pressure between 38-40psi.
 

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Greg,

Welcome to this Great Site!

Pull up a chair and join on in!

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Wow, this is really a friendly and very active forum! I also belong to a few other rider forums (fora?), and none compares with this one. Thanks for your welcomes and tips - I'll have to try pumping up the pressure in the front tire a bit.

GLC
 

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My experience was that they were a little tall, but as I got used to it that feeling went away. But I also noticed that the 1500 was lower than the 1200.

I regularly spend a little bit of time practicing low speed maneuvers. I get in a parking lot or out in front of the house and practice circles, eights and u-turns. That helps alot too.
 

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