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2021 BMW R1250 GS/GSA vs Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour
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2021 BMW R1250 GS/GSA vs Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour

Right on schedule, my 2-year itch kicked in. It only takes about 24 months or so for my eyes to begin scanning the news on the latest, newest, hottest 2-wheelers to satiate the never ending quest for motorcycle satisfaction. By late summer 2021, I’d had my ’19 Honda Gold Wing […]

Extreme cold weather riding – how cold is too cold with an e-vest?
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Extreme cold weather riding – how cold is too cold with an e-vest?

How cold is too cold to ride a motorcycle? Here in Western Canada, motorcycling means having to face cold weather, even in the middle of summer. It’s not uncommon in mid-July for the early morning temperature to be a bracing 7 degrees Celsius. But by Canadian standards, 7 C isn’t […]

$2.89 Hack for ’19 Gold Wing Horn
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$2.89 Hack for ’19 Gold Wing Horn

The horn button on Honda’s latest generation 2018+ Gold Wing is the subject of much handwringing and complaint on owners’ forums. Honestly, the horn button is an ergonomic miscue. Located just above the turn signal button, small and flat – not large and concave shaped to fit one’s thumb, and […]

New OEM Bridgestone tires for the ’19 Honda Gold Wing
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New OEM Bridgestone tires for the ’19 Honda Gold Wing

New tires for motorcycles are controversial. There’s much debate on motorcycle forums as to which tires are ‘best.’ Years ago, Car and Driver magazine, long my enthusiast automobile ‘bible’ since I was a teenager, ran a feature story on tire technology. An unnamed engineer for one of the big tire […]

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First ride, 2021

I picked up my bike last week. I filled the tank and rode it to storage on November 1, last year. Now, 5 months later, with friend Rick, we pulled the nylon bike cover off, unplugged the battery tender, and removed the strategically placed Bounce sheets from the dash, saddle […]

Part 2.  Which is best?  Honda Gold Wing?  or BMW R1200RT?  Details. . .
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Part 2. Which is best? Honda Gold Wing? or BMW R1200RT? Details. . .

’19 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing vs. ’14 BMW R1200RT In Part 1, we gave a broad-brushed overview of the strengths and weaknesses of arguably the two finest touring motorcycles available – the Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing (2018-’20) and BMW R1200RT (2014-’18), both essentially unchanged motorcycles for their production […]

Which is BEST? Honda GL1800 DCT Tour Gold Wing or BMW R1200RT?
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Which is BEST? Honda GL1800 DCT Tour Gold Wing or BMW R1200RT?

Last week, Dave, in Maryland in the United States, contacted me through the Adventure Rider forum. He’d seen a comment I’d posted about having moved from a ’14 BMW R1200RT to a new ’19 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing. Dave, who owns a ’14 BMW R1200RT, was contemplating moving to […]

19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience
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19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience

My 2019 Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour is within spitting distance of 19,000 km, some 16 months since I bought it new in June, 2019. Readers of CarandRider.com will know my beloved 2014 BMW R1200RT experienced an electrical fire caused by a failed rectifier in June last year. The BMW […]

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Fuel Economy Test – 2019 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing

Real world gas mileage intrigues me. Even though few motorcyclists barely give fuel consumption a second thought, tracking fuel usage is one way to compare a vehicle’s performance to another’s. When the current generation of Honda Gold Wing (model year 2018) was launched, Gold Wing forums were filled with cries […]

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Upgrading Olympia Jacket with New D30 Armour

Earlier this year I began thinking about replacing my Olympia hi-viz touring jacket. It has served me well over 8 riding seasons, keeping me dry in pouring rain, and with zip-in liner, warm (once with a heated vest to minus 4 degrees Celsius) in the cold weather we typically experience […]