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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-25-2012, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Calling all GL1500/1800 converts......

Seems I am seeing several GL1500/1800 converts to Victory's, so curious. How many out there has gone from a Goldwing to a new Victory and why?

I did, I don't really know why. I have been on GL's since about 1997 (three in a row) but decided to make a change and fell in love with the XCT. I know I will miss the smooth power of the wing, but hoping that is all I will miss.
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I had a 02 wing and we don’t miss it a bit (sold with about 70,000 miles). Soon as my wife rode on the back of a XC she said sell the wing, I'll never ride on the wing again if we had one of these. Her reason being it rides so much smoother. The bumps are just that, bumps, no harshness compared to hitting the same pot holes and tracks on the wing. I might add we had just replaced the rear shock of the wing with a new unit and the front shocks had been redone as well. The other reasons, the wing was without a doubt the most boring motorcycle we ever owned. Not sure how to explain that other than saying it just that way. Lastly, I never found the wing to be that reliable. I believe the 1500 was far more reliable than the 1800 and my wing left me stranded on more than one occasion, as well as having its fair share of long term visits in the shop. One more item are the brakes. For anyone who thinks the XC have weak brakes, they need to take a ride on a GL1800 if they really want to feel a wooden braking system in my.

I kept the wing 10 years so I gave it a fair shot and I have no desire to own another. They are not a bad bike compared to many, just not the right bike for us.

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Got off an GL1800 in Sept '08. Started looking for a new ride in '11 and tried several. Had it narrowed down to an HD Ultra Limited when my family Vet said go ride a Vision first. Took his advice, test rode the Vision and never gave the HD a second thought. In terms of the GL, the Vision handles as well if not better and the room I have is no comparison. I can move all over the place and find soo many comfortable positions. The GL was way too limited in that department. Think I'll keep this Vision for a while.

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I traded a 2010 GW last November for a Vision. The Vision is by far a better bike. It handles better and the wind management is much better than my GW ever was.

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I got to my 2012 XCT by way of 20+ years with three GoldWings. I miss the smoothness of the Wing (especially it's tranny compared to the Vic) and I miss its better heat management. The Wings were also much less finicky about gear selection at low speeds--leave 'em in third and go from 20 to 45!

But those misses are more than made up by the roaring tons of fun I always have on my XCT. I appreciate its roominess, its handling, and its uniqueness--I don't go anywhere that someone doesn't say, "I ain't never seen one of them before. What in the hell is that?"

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I had a GL1200 and a GL1500 and loved them both. I never thought I'd buy anything else but the GL1800 just does not fit me. I've put a couple thousand miles on GL1800's by renting and borrowing and I wanted one so bad I could taste it.

I explored all the seating and controls options and none convinced me I'd be comfy. At 6'7" with 38" inseam it's never easy.

What I miss the most is all that smooth power and I did get spoiled with the standard reverse. I think the Vic handling and suspension is very good and compares well but sure get jealous when my 1800 buddies take off and leave me in the dust. The transmission on the Vic is terrible as compared to the wing. I hate the noise and try to ride in 5th gear as much as possible.

The final straw that got me on the XC (besides the smoking deal I got on a 5K mile repo bike) was Honda deciding to move the wing production back to Japan. Having a Jap bike was always a thorn but I took a little comfort knowing it was at least built here and helped keep americans employeed. Honestly if I were less than 6 foot I'd have likely bought a used GL1800 but never the 2012 or newer Jap built ones.

Someday perhaps an american company will make a smooth 6 cylinder, water cooled touring bike but in the mean time at least I'm fairly comfy and still riding american plus I really like having something different.

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Originally Posted by Bob C350 View Post
I had a GL1200 and a GL1500 and loved them both. I never thought I'd buy anything else but the GL1800 just does not fit me. I've put a couple thousand miles on GL1800's by renting and borrowing and I wanted one so bad I could taste it.
I'm not a convert as I got rid of my Wing over a decade ago. It was a 1500 and I too liked it real well. I don't have a problem with the 1800s, my best riding buddy has one and I've rented one and rode it all over the PacNW. I was frankly just disappointed. There was so much media hype touting the new 1800 as a near sport bike blah blah blah. To me, if I was blindfolded I couldn't have told a difference.

Anyway, the Vics have a more visceral riding experience and feel lighter with better ground clearance, plus its way purdier.
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Had an 06 1800. Great bike. Can't beat that 6 cylinder. Torque and horsepower on tap whenever needed. Great passenger comfort. At 6'2 I was a little cramped with my long legs but not a show stopper. The economy crashed, my job changed in a big way, and so I sold it, thinking it was a luxury best not afforded at the time. After a time I realized my job change was not the end of the world. Another Goldwing was out of the question. Picked up my first Vic, a Kingpin tour leftover at a great price. The seating position was way better for me and not bad for my better half. We were riding again so we were both happy. The v-twin was fun and gave the bike some character that the Goldwing didn't have. The Kingpin was not a full dress tour bike however. Enter the Cross Country Tour.
Both our jobs back on steady ground. Both kids out of the house and an empty nest.
Looked at the HD Ultra classic, felt like I was sitting on top of the bike and more cramped compared to the Kingpin. Checked out the 12 Goldwing and really not much changed in the seating position for me. The XCT was the best fit for me and the wife and I believe it rides better then the Goldwing, and handles nearly as well. This summer extended trips are planned and we are looking forward to putting the XCT through its paces.

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I had an 08 Wing now I have a 12 XCT. I just couldn't get comfortable on the GW because of the limited leg positions. The GF says the back of the XCT is more comfortable than the Wing. Also, it seems to me that Victory was reading the Goldwing forums because a lot of the complaining the wingers did about what the GW should have come with the XCT has. For example the 12V adapters, the wings on the bottom of the fairing and the Ipod connector just to name a few. I'm loving me a XCT.

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I have gone from a 2007 Goldwing to a BMW 1200 RT to a XCT.
The Goldwing is so much smoother than the XCT.
I am 5'10'' o I don't have the fit problem that someone who is 6'7" has.
As far as the "made in America" issue. If you look at the tag on the wiring harness on the Victory you see "Made in China".
Is that better than "Made in Japan"?
I doubt if anything is totally "Made in the USA".
I like the XCT but.....hard to beat the Goldwing, acceleration wise, cornering, etc. If you like more noise the XCT is it.

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