What I don't care for about our older wing is that the wide, long motor puts your feet directly under you once seated on the bike and they are pretty much locked in place by design. This makes it impossible to shift your feet around to increase comfort while riding. My wife uses a 4" pad on the seat to keep here knees from contacting the lower fairing because she has long legs. Even with shorter legs I don't find the position comfortable for more than a couple of hours of riding between stops. Don't know if they were able to address the seating position issues on this new version. It doesn't seem to be something that can be fixed with an engine that wide and long and a seat height that is low enough to make managing a heavy touring bike practical.
I absolutely am in love with the engineering though. Toughest motorcycle I have ever owned bar none and I can still buy most wear parts from the factory even though it is 26 yrs old. Lot to be said for that.
That one looks far better than ours does. Their styling has come a long way.
The riders pegs seem to still be in that "hole" behind the heads... If you look at the linked article, you'll see a drawing of some type of cantilevered suspension.Does that have a conventional front fork or something else?
As much as I don't want to ...I keep getting drawn back to the K1600BThe new Goldwing has some new competition..........
2018 BMW K 1600 Grand America First Look - Cycle News
Once I purchase a bike, I want to be able to do my own maintenance.....I really don't want it back at the dealer unless there's warranty work to be done. So buying a BMW, maintenance would a huge concern....and I recently learned that the K1600 requires valve maintenance every 15k miles... I can only imaging what that entails and what BMW would charge on a 6cyl. 24 valve engine! Not to mention whatever else BWM would want the bike back to the mothership for.....The only concern with the BMW is the cost of maintenance I keep reading about but I guess I could learn how to work on them just like most of us did with the Victory's.
More than likely they use shims either on top of a bucket or under. I doubt if they use hydraulic lifters say like Victory's single cam. BMW uses a double overhead cam. The cams depress the bucket/shim combo directly.With hydraulic valves being the norm these days; I wonder what kind of adjustment the valves need. I seem to remember the HD V-Rod also needing some valve attention every so often like that too.
It sure looks like that's how the V-Rod engine is designed.More than likely they use shims either on top of a bucket or under. I doubt if they use hydraulic lifters say like Victory's single cam. BMW uses a double overhead cam. The cams depress the bucket/shim combo directly.