The tranny modes are mentioned:Just wonder why no one pointed out the Power button to them.
Maybe an embarrassment ??
Also, they don't care about what happens to their body below the waist in case of an accident.Ari Henning said:As it turns out, nobody minded riding either of the quasi-recumbents. I was the one who ended up knees together on the Burgman on some seriously technical roads, and I had a blast! It’s a good thing there were already fires burning in Hunter Liggett (controlled burns gone out of control) because the Veggie Burger was trailing sparks. With a little more ground clearance (taking the centerstand off would do it), the Burgman could really rail.
And that's fine...but generally speaking, people shopping for a $10,000 bike are not considering $20,000 bikes......that's my impression anyway.I liked the article. I felt it was just showing readers that there are alternatives to heavier and more expensive choices
Gold Wing is another one. Would love to have one. Will never buy it unless it is available in an automatic. The thing is a heavy, lumbering beast anyway. Not exactly "performance" material - no reason to have to shift gears. ****, it should come with retractable "stabilizers" (like a crane) to help hold the thing up at stop lights and in parking spaces.I can't understand why the Gold Wing is still manual.
The CTX1300 is not available with the DCT, but the CTX700 is!I can't understand why the Gold Wing is still manual.
Whenever I watch GL1800 videos, the clonking gearshifts make me cringe in their gross contrast to the refinedness of the rest of the bike.
Doesn't the CTX1300 come in an automatic version?
Very true. Recently, I test rode a new CTX700/DCT. I was impressed, but was turned off by the chain drive, and excessive wind turbulence with that short windshield. I loved the DCT, since it reminded me of the old Fordomatics. You could feel almost every shift.:kermit:Article would have been a lot better if they covered the CTX700 w/DCT in the mix.
Maybe that is a good sign that it will eventually make its way into the Goldwing.I had them mixed up. Its the Honda VFR1200, with a transverse V-4, that is also available with DCT automatic transmission.
The wing is huge enough they could probably use a regular car-type AUTOMATIC transmission.Gold Wing is another one. Would love to have one. Will never buy it unless it is available in an automatic. The thing is a heavy, lumbering beast anyway. Not exactly "performance" material - no reason to have to shift gears. ****, it should come with retractable "stabilizers" (like a crane) to help hold the thing up at stop lights and in parking spaces.
If I had to guess, it's SO heavy that it would take a really heavy duty CVT to work with it. Maybe the CVT engineering isn't up to that kind of load? Maybe the belt would have to be changed too often - which is a big deal on a high mileage touring bike.
+1. From the start, the Burgman was handicapped by the reviewers. So considering they were suitably impressed, it was the best outcome possible.I thought the article was very fair and painted the Burgman in a very good light.