My first new motorcycle


After riding my 1992 GL1500 GoldWing for 9 years, I finally broke down and bought my very first brand new motorcycle. This is the 2006 GL1800 GoldWing. It has a lot more power than the older bike, heated seats and heated hand grips. Most of the other features were on my 1500 but they have all been updated. Things such as the 6 speaker stereo with speed controlled volume. In helmet stereo and intercom. This stereo even has a hook up for an MP3 player so I don't need a CD changer in my trunk. The trunk can be opened with the key or with the remote control. There are a bunch of other little things butthese are the key items.

It will be a few days before I am totally comfortable with this new ride. I just picked it up today (1/9/2006) and it had 0.9 miles on it from being pushed in and out of the show room each day. It had no street miles on it. I was the first person to ever get it out on the street! This bike has so much more power than my old bike so in the rain, it will take a little getting use to. When I put it in the garage for the night, I had 43.3 miles on it. I make a few trips accross town and up and down the highway.

Here is a photo of Tammy on the bike and another of it sitting all alone in front of our house. It sure is pretty when the clouds aren't making everything look black.

I went back an forth for some time about this purchase. After adding up the cost of maintenance and the decreasing value of my old bike and mostly the fact that I drive every day, well Tammy and I decided that it was time to replace the old bike.

Hey! Does your car or motorcycle know your name? This one does!

Is that a crazy feature or what? I love it!

I took the bike grocery shopping. I was really wondering how much it could hold. I almost bought too much, but I managed to fit all that you see below into the rear trunk and two side bags. It is about the same amount as the older bike but packing is different because of the change in the bucket shapes. Rather impressive for a motorcycle isn't it?



  Engine Type 1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
  Bore and Stroke 74mm x 71mm
  Compression Ratio 9.8:1
  Valve Train SOHC; two valves per cylinder
  Carburetion PGM-FI with automatic choke
  Ignition Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
  Transmission Five-speed including overdrive, plus electric reverse
  Final Drive Shaft
  Front Suspension 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 5.5-inch travel
  Rear Suspension Pro Arm single-sided swingarm with Pro-Link┬«; electronically controlled spring-preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1-inch travel
  Front Brakes Dual full-floating 296mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers
  Rear Brake Single ventilated 316mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper
  Front Tire 130/70R-18
  Rear Tire 180/60R-16
  Seat Height 29.1 inches
  Rake 29.15┬░
  Trail 109mm (4.3 inches)
  Wheelbase 66.5 inches
  Dry Weight 827 pounds
  Fuel Capacity 6.6 gallons
  Available Colors Dark Red, Gold, White, Titanium, Black


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