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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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After 2 years and 20000 miles of leg BBQing, engine rattling, belt squeeling, saddle bag flopping, and staying in the shop half the time I have finally fixed my 2000 Voyager. I turned it into a Goldwing. Best move I ever made.
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 08:19 AM
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Totally different bikes. Enjoy your new ride. I chose the Voyager over the Goldwing because I could not get comfortable on the wing.

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Had an 1800 and loved it! Rode it all over America. Traded for style change only (I do that a lot). Like TwoWheel said, it is a totally different ride. Kind of like riding a BMW LT is as close as I can relate to it.
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Wow,I didn't know the Voyager is THAT uncomfortable and unreliable.
I'll have to stay away from that one.

A whole year in the shop ("staying in the shop half the time") ,that's awful.
And expensive.

BBQed legs on a full dresser in Texas is hard to believe.
It doesn't get that hot in Texas in the summer.

No worries about being to hot on a full dress GW in Texas though.
That full fairing and full lowers makes it just about air conditioned.

20,000 miles in a year of available riding is darn good though.

You must have had to give that bike away with all it's faults.
How could you sell it in good conscience knowing what a POS it is ?
I wouldn't sleep at night.

Enjoy that GW.
They are very nice bikes.

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BBQed legs on a full dresser in Texas is hard to believe.
It doesn't get that hot in Texas in the summer.
Don't know where you are but it was 105-110 degrees every day for a solid two months in Corsicana last July and August....

Britt... did you wrap the pipes? I have had a couple GW's.... Good scoots..... I thought I made a mistake with the Voyager the first two days I had it until I wrapped the pipes then no more hot leg..... and mine stopped all the ricky ticks and rattles at about 300 miles... belt noise can be solved buy proper adjustment....

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I was being facetious,bubba.
I couldn't believe that he was riding a full dresser in a hot place like texas and complaining about being hot on said dresser and then replacing the dresser with,you guessed it,a dresser.

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I wish people would believe us about wrapping the pipes. It has made such a difference in the ridding comfort in mine. I hate hearing anyone getting rid of a VV because of problems like that. I have never owned a GW but I did ride one once. Didn't like the feel of it.
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I guess the lowers make the Voyager hotter. I don't notice any unusual heat on my Nomad. Least it isn't any hotter than my Harley was.
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I guess the lowers make the Voyager hotter. I don't notice any unusual heat on my Nomad. Least it isn't any hotter than my Harley was.
All of my fully faired bikes are hotter than naked bikes. Whether they are V-twin, Parallel twin, Inline four, when you block all the wind all your left with is heat. The sport bikes do a fair job at directing the air that goes through the radiator away from the rider and that is what Kawasaki did by creating the KAMS kit.

When you get no airflow and have the hot sun beating down on you it can get pretty hot.

I do wonder if those that complain the most about the heat have shorter inseam and can't keep their legs away from the engine when they ride.

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JJ I know....

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