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.
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 .
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.
Welcome to the forum.
Last summer was my first summer with my 1993 Aspencade, I had a 20 year break from riding motorcyles. Like others have said find a parking lot and practice, practice and more practice. My problem came from not being prepared for where I was going to stop, white lines, oil spots, sand and gravel are not your freind, once I stopped and my feet ended up in a gutter needless to say I got to practice the procdure to pick the bike up.
I'm 6' even and 200lbs. I'd never riden aside from a 50cc harley when I was 14. I starting riding in the summer of 2010. I rode a Shadow 500 for about 6 months (August to March), before I got my wing. I was a little shaky at first, and I didn't go on the freeway for about a week, but as long as you take it slow and easy til you get the hang of it you should be ok.
Just remember, this ain't the kind of bike you muscle around. It's all about deliberate clutch/throttle/handle bar inputs. Your biggest problem will be low speed manuvers (parking lots) and pulling up to stoplights (as in putting your feet down). You'll find quickly that there is a tipping point from which the bike cannot be righted
My son is 19 years old; and about your size, and has a GL1100 Interstate Goldwing. He first took the MSF course to get properly trained and licensed. Then he spent his first summer on a CX500 that we rode all around the countryside to the tune of 7000 miles of "practice".
Then he traded up to the Goldwing...
The challenge is this...The Wing may be too large for a starter bike, but you will quickly outgrow the starter bike you would learn on and want a larger bike...SO buying the larger bike skips a step..
But is this an important step to take...? According to him..YES. One should elarn on a smaller bike that handles easier, stops quicker, accelerates slower, and turns easier. That way the mistakes you WILL make may be overcome by this responsiveness of the bike.
A 700lbs + Goldwing can get you into some serious trouble pretty quickly and not very forgiving for the untrained. I tell him all the time he is squarely in the danger zone now (as are you)... Some training, some acquired skills, and some small experience... Applying those lessons learned EVERY time you ride may save your a$$ from serious hurt someday.
CAN you learn on a Goldwing? --Yes. SHOULD you learn on a Goldwing ? -- another question..IN my opinion perhaps not ...
Ridden since I was 13. IMHO, the above post is EXCELLENT advice. If you want to buy something that would serve you well as a "trainer" yet wouldn't be outgrown in short order...you might consider a standard middleweight, such as a 750 Honda Nighthawk. Simple, easy to ride, very road worthy for the long haul or around town.
Chances are you are gonna buy the bike no matter what is posted here,I do not blame you I prolly would as well if I had my mind set on it.
Please give some thought to the above post,it at the least could save your new to you bike from being messed up and most important could save your life.
And for Gods sake....DO NOT take any passengers until you have some time on the bike under your belt.New to riding a large bike + a passenger that may or may not know how to ride as a passenger = a WRECK!
If you were to take a course for motorcycle riding you can ride and drop THEIR bikes instead of yours.Just a little time with the smaller trainer bike will help you greatly with the GW.
Again listen to ALL the above. Should start out with an older bike. Than when
not if you drop it, you will not get mad at your self. Then when you get some exparence,you can sell the first and get yourself a bigger bike. Also at that time, you will know if you want to do a lot of touring or day rides.
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