Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Barstow, California
Farewell to your Goldwing
I can relate to your situation. I currently have three bikes, a 2002 Illusion Blue Goldwing (ABS) with 86k, a 2003 BMW R1150RT with 60k and a 2004 KLR650 (my second) with 30k.
Although I try to rotate and ride all three commuting my 40 miles each way to work, I find the KLR is the most fun of the three. Only drawback is lack of wind protection to thwart the brisk wind/air this time of year. Perhaps a larger windshield or heated grips (with addition of more powerful Stator) will be a future purchase. Thank goodness for my heated jacket liner.
I had a 2007 KLR a couple years ago but I had a "Moment" and traded it in for the Beemer. My wife commented that I'd kick myself down the road as we both enjoyed dirt-donking around the Southern California Deserts. Sure enough, I had to get another Enduro. Fortunately, my Beemer dealer called and said he had this 2004 that was clean/well-maintained. So it now resides next to the Beemer and Wing.
My brother has a sweet Beemer R1150GS but my Kawi runs circles around it when we dirt-donk together. I love the GS platform though and if there ever was a great All-Purpose bike, the GS is it!
As you're comtemplating, I am considering selling off the Wing but I just know the wife wouldn't dig that scenario. We pull our 1990 Kwik-Kamp pop-up tent trailer behind the Wing for our week-end get-aways too. We bought it with 30k miles, been cross-country several times (Wing Ding Rallys) and just turned 86k miles.
Keep it between the ditches, Ride Safe and Happy New Year's.
US Army (Retired)