In November 2009, I purchased this beautiful machine from Appleyards Motorcycles
in Keighley, Yorkshire; my first bike for nearly 40 years! Having previously owned
Honda machines (50cc; 125cc; 305cc and finally 175cc), this Honda Goldwing high speed
cruiser (1832cc) is the most incredible machine. Although weighing in at about ½
ton, it is very easy to ride, although keeping it on an even keel takes a bit of
getting used to when slowing to a stop.
The list of (standard) extras on the Wing is impressive: three large storage areas,
cruise control, CD player, 3 band stereo radio with four speakers, intercom, reverse
gear (very useful - would be very difficult to get out of some parking spaces without
it..!), satellite navigation, automatic braking system (ABS), air bag, and much more.
I have joined a number of biking groups in Kent, including the Honda Owners Club
(HOC), who hold at least two meetings a month (1st Wednesday of every month at The
Windmill, Hollingbourne at 8pm) and organise ride-outs on most Sundays; and the Kent
Wings, who also host two meetings (1st Thursday of every month at the Aylesford Club,
Rochester Road, Aylesford at 8pm), and the other a ride out. I also ride-out with
a Yorkshire based group of Wingers called the Appy Wanderers; one of their organisers
works for Appleyards - hence the name!
I have written notes and added photographs for some of the ride-outs I have attended
this year, just click on the links below to see where I have been:
Sadly, I decided to put the Wing up for sale following a splendid year of touring,
both around the UK and parts of Europe, and in March 2011 a new owner from Rochdale
took the Wing. This meant that I was able to move back into sports cars, and a few
days later took delivery of a 2010 registered MGTF!