The 2002 Goldwing 1800 is a radical departure from Goldwings of the past. Where before it represented, no, was the definitive fat-bastard touring machine, the latest incarnation is almost … well, a sport tourer – If something weighing in at 363 Kg (almost 800 lbs!), can be considered anything close to sporty.
I love the new F4i. It’s like a 599cc Fireblade, and provides an excellent all around ride.
Apparently size matters and Honda reckon that their new VTX 1800 will make everyone else feel like they’re ridding Mr. Tiddles. If you believe the hype then I had the biggest in all of Daytona.
First, some context. The trend these days in the cruiser world (which holds more than half of total street bike sales in Canada) is to the “power cruiser”.
The RC’s 999cc four stroke, 90 degree, v-twin motor comes with fuel injection and ram air to produce a claimed 130bhp @ 9,500rpm, with a max torque of 71 lb.ft. at 7,000rpm, in stock form. The PGM-FI fuel injection utilises two injectors per cylinder with the ram air passing directly through the frames steering head. Camshafts are driven by a gear train off the crankshaft.
The new Fireblade got the sport bike fanatics much lusted makeover with a complete redesign from top to bottom. With the addition of PGM fuel injection, claimed output is a class leading 160bhp/litre, 10 up from what Yamaha claim for the R1.
Have you ever had one of those days? If you have, then you’d know what kind of a month it’s been.
My flame adorned purple VW Fox, (the eyesore of Ajax) dumped all its rad fluid whilst on the way to the fix-it shop to check why I couldn’t get the temperature gauge to function. Needless to say without coolant or any way to monitor the engines temperature I didn’t realize there was a problem until #3 piston parted company with its connecting rod.
In my opinion, one of the typical down sides to cruisers is the tendency for manufacturers to detune the engines to such an extent that they couldn’t even pull the skin off a rice pudding!
Picture this – Toronto, Canada – early January. There’s half a meter of snow on the ground, it’s well below freezing and it’s time to ride some bikes! Well not here, but in Savannah, Georgia, for the annual Honda Canada press launch
“I probably won’t need you tonight, dear,” said the gentleman to his wife as he stared lasciviously at Honda’s remarkable X4, throttle hand twitching. Yes, he was smitten, and no, she didn’t think he was being particularly funny. Odd thing is, I don’t think he was trying to be.