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Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing

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Los Angeles, 22, 2000

Many riders who themselves sport bike are slowing down a bit, to enjoy more of this than just the apexes of within a 30-mile radius of house.

Also, they’re to take their significant-others and, in the interest of domestic this often rules out about any and all hard-core sport and leaves very few sport from which to choose. So, the two best full-dress, spend-it-if-you-got-it, motorcycles that money can the new BMW K1200 LT, and the Honda Gold

BMW has always made great touring motorcycles. After in a country known for twisty roads and straight stretches of it comes as no surprise that the top motorcycle maker has grown so at manufacturing a motorcycle that can do it all and do it They’ve expanded their to include the new K1200 LT which BMW is just as capable, if not superior, to the in just about every

When it comes to burning up the in lounge chair comfort has only been one real up until now: the Honda GL Gold Wing. The Wing is on a platform that has been for the better part of 25 years and that time has been into what is generally as the ultimate long-distance tourer. The Wing has not seen much in the way of — until now.

Our began with a hurried jaunt from our LA offices the dreaded I-405 to San Diego, we spent the night. Our ride the day took us down Highway 805 and onto Highway 79 into the of San Diego County, past Cuyamuca and into Julian, CA. a tourist-trap known for selling with apples. Due to its size and the Julian has a slightly Alpine to it, especially this time of when the air is crisp and the temperatures set off by budding leaves and a lingering feel in the air.

As night fell headed into the Borrego desert and treated to sweet smells of fires and farm lands as we the moon rise between the over the Salton Sea, one of the largest irrigation mistakes.

We on through two 170-mile stints took us through Palm and onto the strip-mall saturated and into Los Angeles to end a ride uncovered many good and bad about each machine.

To each bike’s pros and we put numerous miles on each around town, on local and then, to stretch their loaded up both bikes baggage and girlfriends (at times one and the same) and headed out of town. We did an that included everything long stretches of highway to 15 mph in the mountains, all for your and our evaluative

The Honda Gold Wing is many motorcycle enthusiasts to be the most comfortable motorcycle to across the country. Over the few years the Honda has received upgrades to keep it ahead the but lately the Wing has seen few mechanical changes.

The Wing is powered by a two-valve, SOHC, cc, liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed engine that also as the power plant for Honda’s (incorporating hotter cams, six and solid valve-adjusters). The motor’s comes courtesy of a 71 x 64 mm bore and and the cylinders are fed by two 36 mm diaphragm-type, CV carburetors get air through temperature-controlled manifolds. The ratio is 9.8:1, so if you find in a third-world country, the liquid-fossil-stuff call petro should no problem.

Every tester liked the car-like feel of the Wing’s

It grunts off the bottom and rolls the upper revs easily, it doesn’t like to spin up as does the BMW’s mill. isn’t a bad thing. The purpose of the is more main-highway than back road and the power is made to suit.

Suspension on the is courtesy of 41mm forks 5.5 inches of travel and dual shocks that offer 4.1 of travel. The bike is sprung but not at the expense of constant wallowing every bump. Still, is neither an old Cadillac nor a new Cadillac, for matter. When the going any twistier than a kink in a highway, the Gold Wing’s starts to flex.

Suspension was easy since removing the caps reveals Schrader that adjust the air-assist Rear shock pressure is through an electric compressor has a small control panel on the inboard fairing with a display on the LCD readout. That compressor can be used to fill up tires, the front forks or else, provided you have a long air hose.

Fuel on this bike is 6.3 gallons. on the tank is a comfortable seat is only 29.1 inches the ground. Claimed dry weight for bike is a not-so-svelte 819.7 that is hauled down speed by dual front and a single rear disk all three of which are squeezed by calipers.

The brakes are capable of handling duty but when the speeds and you demand more, they a mushy feel at the lever.

The transmission uses special gears to provide a quiet, driveline. The fifth gear is an gear with a convenient light on the dash. The transmission has a reverse gear that is — with the transmission in — by pulling up a lever on the left inboard fairing panel. Thumbing the starter operates the starter motor transfers power to the final through a set of reduction gears.

If ever tried to back up a weighing nearly one-half of a you’ll know why this is not a but a necessity.

A heavy-duty, forced-air-cooled puts out enough power to the low-mounted driving lights, CB driver-to-passenger intercom and a stereo that, although is ’80’s cranks out loud sounds.

The alternator is a nice touch it allows you to add as many accessories as you possibly find places on to bolt them. After when’s the last time you saw a stock Gold Wing? bears strapped to the trunk count.)

The large windshield up or down 2.5 inches, and six adjustable vents help to keep the cool in the heat of the day while two vents help warm at you via engine heat. The Gold bodywork almost completely the engine and exhaust with the chrome valve covers through. Hot air is routed under the and away from the rider and

The windshield was effective at all speeds and both passenger and rider a buffet-free ride. Overall the procedure for the windshield was simple compared to the K1200LT, decidedly

One convenient feature of the Gold is the centrally located, integrated system for the trunk and saddlebags. of the three levers located the trunk open a specific compartment. This is supposed to styling and security by completely the latches and eliminating all but one central but we thought it was a nuisance at times to to stand behind the bike and with a lever to open a two feet away.

Still, the system works well and has refined over the years, so it was a target of any major complaints. feature we appreciated was the incorporation of luggage with the hard This soft luggage is designed to fit within the three bags on the bike.

Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing

All you need to do is these soft bags to hearts content then them in their respective bag.

BMW has always manufactured that have been at the top of the touring totem pole, but luxo-tourer K1100 LTs were regarded as little more a K1100 RS with a big, bolt-on fairing. The new K1200 LT to change all of that.

The K-LT it power by way of an inline 4-cylinder, cc motor with 70.5 x bore and …. The motor is a design with chain-driven and four valves per cylinder. The have a 10.8:1 compression and are fed their fuel/air mixture via a Motronic MA 2.4 fuel injection/electronic system with automatic control.

The BOSCH system constant management of all engine so neither bad gas nor high altitudes the fun.

This flyin’ brick revved well, feeling like a sedate sport rather than a hefty machine.

It offered good across the board though, for a touring machine, most of the was located a bit too high in the power This engine has a bit more and character than the Gold due to the way it makes power and the throatier note reverberating out of its faux tip. The frame on the K-LT is of chill-cast aluminum, with unique Telelever front end centrally on the main frame.

The front end all but eliminates brake and offers four inches of while a Paralever, shaft-driven end offers 5.12 inches of at the rear.

The fuel tank has a 6.2 capacity (including one gallon as meaning that your will probably get sore the tank runs dry. due to BMW’s nifty on-board if you should ever run your dry, you haven’t been attention. The computer was a welcome with such features as average-speed, average fuel (expressed in miles per gallon) and remaining travel-range remaining.

computer can be accessed using the two found on the computer’s LCD display to the of the main dash or through a mounted button labeled BC. We do not what BC stands for: Computer, perhaps?

The seat on this bike is 30.3 (or 31.5 inches depending on preference for the adjustable seat and it does a nice job of sitting you in a comfortable, saddle-shaped seat. the rider and passenger have rests that make hours bearable, if not downright The driver also has the ability to both the clutch and brake to his/her preference.

With a claimed dry weight of 788 the BMW has less weight to worry between its 64.3 inch

The BMW’s six-disk CD player is the around (it’s pulled from their cars), but the could stand to be better. the audio is of better quality the Wing, at highway speeds tough to hear your over the roar of the wind. there is no rider-to-passenger intercom as on the Wing, but at least there are outlets for both driver and which make an electric a nice option on cold when the standard heated aren’t enough.

With a dry weight of 788 pounds, the BMW has less to worry about between its inch wheelbase. Still, the BMW equipped with a reverse similar to that of the Gold which is just as welcome. Of the two the BMW’s system seemed to the smoothest since the Honda needed finessing before it into gear.

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