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2009 Goldwing GL1800 2000-2010 GL1800A Review: Beautiful Tourer - Quiet and Comfortable

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2009
Color: 
Dark Blue
Review Summary: 

I bought this bike to enable my wife to travel comfortably with me, after doing a 4 day trip last summer with her on my VTX 1800T. I had been looking at touring bikes for a year or two, and narrowed my choices down to the Goldwing, a H-D Ultra, or an Indian Roadmaster. When I found this 2009 Goldwing with less than 7000 km on it, and a full load, plus some nice additions from the previous owner (passenger armrests, saddlebag and trunk mats, fitted Goldwing luggage, all manuals and an unused tool kit) for a price that was about half of what I'd pay to get the same features on either of the other two bikes, the choice was easy. What was even nicer, was how easy the bike is to ride. The handling is phenomenal and the power is awesome! What a revelation in comparison to my VTX. The Goldwing is the only bike I know of that has a reverse gear. I think this actually gives people the wrong impression about the "heft" of the bike. In actuality, this bike is easier to move around than the VTX. I haven't used reverse yet! I'm also very impressed with the excellent wind protection from the adjustable windshield, and it is a real bonus to have the heated seats and grips. This bike truly is the ultimate tourer. Satellite navigation, excellent sound system and large luggage capacity all add to the bike's capabilities. I rode to Sturgis for the 75th in August of 2015, with two fiends, both riding nice Harleys (2009 Heritage Softail, 2014 Ultra Limited), and the 'Wing is definitely the better handling bike for winding roads such as the Chief Joseph and the Beartooth Pass. Coming home, I rode from from Red Lodge MT to Calgary (over 1030 km, with a detour for road construction) in one day - I couldn't believe how comfortable the bike was. On a stock seat! This summer (2016), I rode the Cannonball 500 (miles) in June - it was actually over 1000 km again, in 12 hours. No problem with comfort! I LOVE this bike!

Best Features: 
Comfort, power, easy to handle, excellent stereo, satellite navigation, luggage capacity, heated seats and grips, cruise control
Improvements: 
Would have been nice to have at least one USB port, but they are easy to add if you're even a LITTLE but handy with basic power tools. A LOCKING side stand would also be nice too. Had it roll off the side stand on a VERY slight downhill slope. Good news is; this bike is pretty easy to pick up - it only goes over to the roll bars, which work really well at protecting the bike.
Compares to: 
Harley-Davidson Ultra Glide Limited, Indian Roadmaster, Victory Cross Country Tour
My Overall Rating: 
5
Power : 
5
Looks: 
5
Handling: 
5
Comfort: 
5
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
average
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
1
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
12,000
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, commute, with passenger, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
some accessories
Customizations: 

Chrome trim on fairing, trunk and saddlebags. Ergo II Highway Pegs with Mini Floorboards, iPhone / iPod interface with stereo system, Kuryakyn Luggage Rack, Kuryakyn Passenger Armrests with cup holder, fitted Hondaline luggage, Hondaline mats in trunk and bags, show Chrome carbon-fibre look scuff protectors on fuel tank.