|11-15-2012, 10:56 AM||#31 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Like it, but don't love it.
I have mixed feelings on this one. I was a Gold Wing owner (1987 GL1200) for many years, and loved the smooth, quiet ride, the storage, and the reliability. I bought it in my early 30s, way younger than the usual age of GW owners. Ironically, at age 56 I bought the Shadow partially because I liked the leaner, cleaner look. (The $14K price difference had something to do with it, too.) I do miss some of those conveniences, though, as I am kind of a gadget junkie and really want some decent LOCKABLE storage.
I love the way the black F6B looks from the side. But look at it from the front, rear, or above, and all I see is a HUGE bike not much more stylish than the "standard" Gold Wing. And the only feature of any interest to me in the deluxe model is the self-canceling turn signals. For a thousand bucks it's just not worth it. I would have liked to see a nav system instead for that $1,000, something I have on both cars and use frequently.
Since I don't have 20 grand lying around, I guess this will be just a nice idea for now. But I definitely would at least consider it for my next bike.
2006 Shadow Sabre (VT1100C2), gloss black
- Cobra floorboards & crash bars
- National Cycle Switchblade windshield, sissy bar, luggage rack & chrome lowers
- Kuryakyn ISO grips
- Mustang wide touring one-piece Vintage seat with driver backrest
- Mustang tank bib with pouch
- Skene Design P3 and Photon Blaster conspicuity lighting
- Clocks4Bikes EL clock
- Garage door opener built into right side cover