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Old 04-26-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Should I sell my 2012 Goldwing and buy a new GSW

New member here. I have a 12' Goldwing with 2000 miles on it. I don't really do any touring. I do 200 mile day rides on weekends and local town riding. No passengers. I only bought it for the comfort.

I went and test rode the new GSW and liked it. I used to ride dirt bikes in my younger days. I only got to ride it about 20 minutes. I guess my question is, how comfy would the GSW be on those all day rides? Getting off the wing on to the GSW, it felt like a dirt bike. I just can't decide to make the move. I know I really don't use the wing the way it should be used. But it is definitely comfy. Plus with the GSW I could do some trail riding. I do have a friend that has an 08 GS ADV. Are many of you guys just riding the GS for touring? Can you make them as comfy as my wing, heated seat, risers, etc? How does the GS ADV compare to the GS? I know the ADV water cooled is coming next year. My dealer can order me the GSW, but wont be in till June. Should I wait and see what the new ADV looks like? Thanks for any advise!
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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New member here. I have a 12' Goldwing with 2000 miles on it. I don't really do any touring. I do 200 mile day rides on weekends and local town riding. No passengers. I only bought it for the comfort.

I went and test rode the new GSW and liked it. I used to ride dirt bikes in my younger days. I only got to ride it about 20 minutes. I guess my question is, how comfy would the GSW be on those all day rides? Getting off the wing on to the GSW, it felt like a dirt bike. I just can't decide to make the move. I know I really don't use the wing the way it should be used. But it is definitely comfy. Plus with the GSW I could do some trail riding. I do have a friend that has an 08 GS ADV. Are many of you guys just riding the GS for touring? Can you make them as comfy as my wing, heated seat, risers, etc? How does the GS ADV compare to the GS? I know the ADV water cooled is coming next year. My dealer can order me the GSW, but wont be in till June. Should I wait and see what the new ADV looks like? Thanks for any advise!
If you are a ride to the next Dairy Queen on the interstate kind of Gold Wing guy then you won't be happy with the GS. If you like to get out and ride the county and backroads then get the GS.

Send me a PM. I have a riding buddy that is trying to sell a 2005 LT and a 2008 Gold Wing so he can get a 2012 Gold Wing. We have tried to get him help but he won't listen
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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I use mine for nothing but touring. It allows me to tour places that include bad roads and gravel though. I typically ride 400 - 700 mile days very comfortably. I am 6'4", 235 lbs, and have an 01 GS. I did lower the pegs for leg comfort and have a Russell Day Long saddle. Last summer I rode to Honduras and back in a month (7400 miles) and this summer will be doing a 10K mile trip over about 7 weeks. All this on a $6000 bike. Over the time I have owned the bike, I have replaced a couple of turn signal bulbs. I also had the ABS rebuilt for $250. It has been the most dependable and cheapest bike I have ever owned. Trade your Wing.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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I use mine for nothing but touring. It allows me to tour places that include bad roads and gravel though. I typically ride 400 - 700 mile days very comfortably. I am 6'4", 235 lbs, and have an 01 GS. I did lower the pegs for leg comfort and have a Russell Day Long saddle. Last summer I rode to Honduras and back in a month (7400 miles) and this summer will be doing a 10K mile trip over about 7 weeks. All this on a $6000 bike. Over the time I have owned the bike, I have replaced a couple of turn signal bulbs. I also had the ABS rebuilt for $250. It has been the most dependable and cheapest bike I have ever owned. Trade your Wing.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:27 PM   #5
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Definitely not a dairy queen guy or interstate. Love performance and am just wanting to be comfy on the longer rides. Seems a lot of guys are touring with these bikes, so they must be ok.

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Old 04-26-2013, 02:36 PM   #6
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Definitely not a dairy queen guy or interstate. Love performance and am just wanting to be comfy on the longer rides. Seems a lot of guys are touring with these bikes, so they must be ok.

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I have owned an '07, 09 and '11 GSA. Best touring bike BMW makes IMHO and I have owned and toured on R1200RT and K1200LT.

I had a some issues with my '07, a couple issues with my '09 and my '11 had zero issues.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:49 PM   #7
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I have owned several Goldwings and as far as comfort and pavement eating it is the best period. However I wanted to be able to hit some gravel and dirt too so I sold the Wing and bought the R1200GS. It now has a Russell Day Long seat on it so it is comfortable for long trips too. Is it as comfortable as the Wing, not even close. Just depends on what you want and how you plan to ride. I am very happy with my 2012 R1200GS Triple Black but it would never replace the Goldwing for touring, not that it can't do it, its just no as comfortable. BUT it is also 350lbs+ lighter. I like that part a bunch.

Here is my wing and new Triple black.

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Old 04-26-2013, 03:30 PM   #8
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Here is a pic of wing I would be selling. I'm going for another test ride of the GSW on Tues. The wing is starting to get a little boring.

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I have owned several Goldwings and as far as comfort and pavement eating it is the best period. However I wanted to be able to hit some gravel and dirt too so I sold the Wing and bought the R1200GS. It now has a Russell Day Long seat on it so it is comfortable for long trips too. Is it as comfortable as the Wing, not even close. Just depends on what you want and how you plan to ride. I am very happy with my 2012 R1200GS Triple Black but it would never replace the Goldwing for touring, not that it can't do it, its just no as comfortable. BUT it is also 350lbs+ lighter. I like that part a bunch.

Here is my wing and new Triple black.

Take this for what it is worth as I have never owned a Gold Wing but I cannot wrap my arms around how the Gold Wing only has a 200 mile range.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:38 PM   #10
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I have a 2008 GSA. All my research led me pick the GSA over the GS. In my opinion I'd suggest waiting for the 2014 GSA if you can. You will surely be able to farkle it to comfortably handle all the touring you want and when the road ends you will not have to turn around ;). It should be (at least) as sporty as a wing. It's just soooo much more versatile for a "big" bike. Good luck in your decision. Your wing is beautiful BTW!
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:57 PM   #11
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Would it be worth waiting for the GS ADV watercooled next year? What is the advantage or disadvantage of the GS and the ADV?
I own a 2007 GS Adventure, and a 2011 GS Adventure. I've ridden both an 03 GS, and an 05 GS....

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