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2009 Luxury Touring Shootout

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Great shoot out. Why does the Victory remind me of a Salsbury motor-scooter? Whatever...
 

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Haiku for you...

Sport bike wheelies bore,
Big rig wheelies cause giggles.
Tell me why this is.
 

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Well, 3/4 of a Luxury Touring Shootout

While the three bikes included are all very good rides in their own right, you know I have to point out that the Goldwing is about as American as the BMW K1200LT. Why the stretch to leave the big beemer out of the comparo?

Of course, having owned two of them, I might be carrying some small bias...

My wife and I rode the teutonic fat girl to Colorado last summer from Miami, and comfortably completed about 6000 miles, getting as high as 57mpg (averaged about 47mpg) all in the lap of luxury.
 

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I have to point out that the Goldwing is about as American as the BMW K1200LT. Why the stretch to leave the big beemer out of the comparo?
1. The GW is designed and built in America; the K12 is not.
2. BMW didn't have an LT in its press fleet.
3. The LT is a bit long in tooth and is scheduled to be replaced within two years, probably with a V-6 engine (scroll near the bottom of this article: 2009 BMW S1000RR - A Closer Look - Motorcycle.com)
4. We only have three staffers/riders who live in SoCal. We'll call you next time around... ;)

Have a fun and healthy '09, my friends!
 

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Nice article boys. It didn't tell me anything I didn't know already. The GW is the most comfortable mile eater ever made and always was. I also think if the E-Glide Ultra was chosen that the MSRP would be the cheapest of this bunch. Go figure with everyone always complaining that Harleys are so expensive.
 

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1. The GW is designed and built in America; the K12 is not.
2. BMW didn't have an LT in its press fleet.
3. The LT is a bit long in tooth and is scheduled to be replaced within two years, probably with a V-6 engine (scroll near the bottom of this article: 2009 BMW S1000RR - A Closer Look - Motorcycle.com)
4. We only have three staffers/riders who live in SoCal. We'll call you next time around... ;)

Have a fun and healthy '09, my friends!
Well you've got one quasi-staffer who works for carne asada burritos. ;-)
 

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Nice article boys. It didn't tell me anything I didn't know already. The GW is the most comfortable mile eater ever made and always was. I also think if the E-Glide Ultra was chosen that the MSRP would be the cheapest of this bunch. Go figure with everyone always complaining that Harleys are so expensive.
Funny that no mention is made of the Victory's accident laugh/hazard ratio. More accidents are caused by uncontrollably laughing bystanders than from any other motorcycle currently being sold.

The all time accident laugh hazard/ratio hazard winner is, of course the Honda Rune followed by the Norton Hi-rider.
 

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I didn't want to mention the Victory 'Bad Vision' too much, but anyone that says those things are better looking in person than they are in pictures needs to see an optometrist ASAP.
 

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Sport bike wheelies bore,
Big rig wheelies cause giggles.
Tell me why this is.
Wheelies are Easy
If you want big-time jaw drops
Go for the Stoppie..........
 

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Nice article boys. It didn't tell me anything I didn't know already. The GW is the most comfortable mile eater ever made and always was. I also think if the E-Glide Ultra was chosen that the MSRP would be the cheapest of this bunch. Go figure with everyone always complaining that Harleys are so expensive.
The Harley traces its roots back to the depression when people could not afford a used Ford Model A. People used it for the market, going to church and work. Now the CVO costs about 10 times more than what a 1000 acre farm sold for back then. Now only the wealthy can afford one. Thanks Harley, no wonder you're in trouble.
 

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Read more closely!

Why compare the CVO in this group? Why wouldn't you compare apples to apples and put in the Ultra Classic without all the bling in this comparison?
I figured this would happen sooner than later. Seems a fair question, and it's surfaced a couple times already. But I thought maybe the title might have indicated the general theme, as well as the teaser text on the homepage, and in this para:

"Because touring is such an important part of the U.S. bike market, we wanted to get the best of what of each manufacturer had to offer. In light of that we went with a trio of luxury liners that are made in America, and we ordered them as loaded with options as we could get them."

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I figured this would happen sooner than later. Seems a fair question, and it's surfaced a couple times already. But I thought maybe the title might have indicated the general theme, as well as the teaser text on the homepage, and in this para:

"Because touring is such an important part of the U.S. bike market, we wanted to get the best of what of each manufacturer had to offer. In light of that we went with a trio of luxury liners that are made in America, and we ordered them as loaded with options as we could get them."

:roll:
Did any of them come with a carne asada burrito?
 

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Good test, I also like the Vision and have seen a couple out on the road. It's not a bad looking bike and the owners seem very pleased with them. For my money I'd get the Ultra but not the CVO model,
 

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Why compare the CVO in this group? Why wouldn't you compare apples to apples and put in the Ultra Classic without all the bling in this comparison?
Cause we wanted max luxury. The non-CVO E-Glide woulda fared worse, and the lower output of its smaller engine would have been really outclassed.
 

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Hmmm.... Adult themes and concepts?....full frontal nudity?... graphic sex and violance?....

pass the popcorn and Vodka.......
Vodka? You're off the Bushmills?

I don't believe it.

You have to hand it to the Finlandia people though. They've convinced huge numbers of people that their expensive distilled potatoes are better than the $4 brand.

Now excuse me while I get back to my brother-in-law's excellent martinis.
 
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