From: Gold Wing To: Roadmaster Tell me why.....

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  1. doublej

    doublej Bronze Member
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    I've never ridden a GW. The folks I have talked to that own them seem to be incredibly loyal to that model- almost cult-ish. Not to mention that it's hard to find a Honda (anything) that's a piece of junk, with a very high dollar : value ratio.

    I read on another thread several people that converted over to the RM from the GW. I am lucky enough to have an RM, so I don't need you to sell me on the idea of getting one. Just curious to find out what the motivation was to drop the GW for the RM?
     
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    Sounds like a good question for @Warlock
     
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    Thanks @Gator Mcklusky

    A) I’ve wanted an Indian since I was a kid. B) I test rode an RM at our local dealer and was convinced. 3) I’m not a GW cultist...lol. But I know a couple.
     
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    I had my 1st Goldwing in 1977.... on my 3rd now, a 2008 Goldwing Airbag model. I had my 1st close up look at a Road Master (any Indian really) at a trade show in Spokane , spring 2018. The dealer had the bright blue Elite model on a stage with blue lighting above it. It was incredible! That started me tracking Indian motorcycles and this forum. The Wing has been rock solid, but I think I am just ready for a new m-cycle experience. After following this website and test riding a few times I almost purchased. But .......then the Challenger rumors started and it was finally released and I am leaning that direction for that new engine. Now I have a few things to sort out before I can purchase and want to give the Challenger time to sort itself out as well. Hopefully 2022 will bring a full blown tour model including, tour pack, RM style seat, heated grips and seat. Indian.....are you listening.
     
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    I consider the Goldwing just a big ol plastic appliance on two wheels.
     
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    Everybody has three things ...... the first two are an opinion and a keyboard.
     
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    Here i thought they were exe's and a DUI. I learned a thing today!
     
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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha........
     
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    Goldwings to me are like Modern Cars and talking working on them not riding them .. Everything is fine until something fails then takes a rocket scientist to figure it out .. I do have a code reader for all my 4 wheel Vehicles and it helps but many times when get a code it could be this that or the other .. While they are well built and with proper maintenance might do 100,000 Miles without a problem, for the price of a new one just not for me this late in life ..
     
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    Rode a Goldwing for 6 years and 111k miles trouble free. Traded it in for a RM and yes there are big differences. The wing is a solid bike. The RM i am getting use too. Time will tell as well as the miles. So far the gas mileage is better, the wind doesn't effect it as much, it handles better on washboard gravel roads and it looks incredible. I have no regrets.
    Having said that, comparing a Goldwing to a Roadmaster is an apple and orange thing. To completely different bikes.
     
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    Wisdom.
     
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    Well, I feel left out...I ain’t got none of them...lol
     
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    You're a better guy than some of us, I suspect. I hope you're well up there in B1G 10 land.
     
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    Doing great. I’m no better than anyone...just me. :)o_O
     
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    Experience makes us who we are....I stopped judging the imperfect many moons ago when I suddenly and abruptly realized I wasn't perfect......since then I've met none perfect people :D
     
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    I have a Honda ST1300, and I love it. It's a machine. It sounds like a machine. If you knew it's history, you'd be amazed at what a great machine it is.
    But last year I saw the Roadmaster. I fell in love. In July, I finally got my 2020 and I could not be happier. Because of covid, I had to wait 4 months to get it, but it was worth the wait. It is an amazing bike and incredible ride. I haven't found anything I hate about it yet.
    I love both bikes for different reasons. Before I got my RM, I looked at the GW and BMW, but I chose the Indian without any second thought. Here's why. I would never ever get a HD. Ever. I don't like the look, and I especially don't like the culture. I also consider it to be of inferior quality. That is no reflection on my friends who have HDs, it's just how I see it. The Indian Roadmaster is part of a culture that I've come to love. It's fun. It's respectful. It's knowledgeable. It's kind of retro, which is cool as Hell. My Roadmaster is an incredible machine. Lots of moving parts and systems that work in concert. It also very willingly accepts most any expensive farkle. And to me, it feels like a motorcycle. And it looks like a motorcycle. What steered me away [see what I did there?] from the GW and BMW is they remind me too much of cars. I already have a car. I wanted another motorcycle. My Roadmaster was the perfect choice for me.
     
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    My previous bike was a 2007 ST1300 that had 343,000 miles on it when I sold it in 2015, my present bike ( 2014 Chieftain) has 369,000 miles. They both have been extremely dependable and my 2 favorite bikes that I have ever owned. Comfort goes to the Chieftain, performance goes to the Honda, longevity is a tie, appearance goes to the Chieftain, dependability is a tie, but like ability is definitely the Indian ! By the way, WELCOME !!
     
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