A Goldwing for those who really, really don't want a car...
I love motorcycles, you love motorcycles, we all love 2 wheels and the wind in your face, right? This week's online find really pushes the boundary where motorcycle touring meets convertible roadster - It's a Goldwing equipped with so many extras that you start to wonder what the point is.
What you see here has got to be the ultimate Goldwing touring rig. Not only do you get the excellent GL1800, one of the all time greats of motorcycle touring, but what has go to be the fanciest sidecar, and a matching trailer as well. All of them painted to match! I have never owned -- or even ridden -- a bike with a sidecar, but I love the concept and novelty of them. So I see the appeal, but in this case I would suggest just investing the money in a similar vintage Lexus SC430 hardtop convertible, which the "chair" kind of reminds me of (though the headlight reminds me more of the Acura Integra). Not only does the Lexus have a better power to weight ratio, it is actually narrower by nearly 12" and shorter front to back too!
But lets look at just what is possible if you set out to build a rig with all the bells and whistles. The GL1800 has a raked front end, to better handle steering the sidecar, plus an auxiliary fuel tank filling one of the saddlebags, giving it what is likely a bladder testing range.
The sidecar rig is a Hannigan GTL, set up with an electrically adjustable camber, which allows you to adjust for your passenger and luggage load and interstate or country road riding. Inside is a full complement of info-tainment, including video screen, GPS, air conditioning, rear view camera (why?) and reading lights. You also get a removable hardtop, which stows in back, and an 11-cubic-foot tail trunk.
The trailer is a Bushtec Genesis, with a carpeted interior, alloy wheels (including a spare inside) and a specially mounted garment bag inside for your tuxedo.
Now, it isn't easy to know exactly what the dimensions of this whole rig would be, but with a few assumptions, and some math it start to look something like:
Length: 189" (16'1")
Width: 84" (7')
That makes it as long as a Lexus RX350 SUV, wider than anything but a full-sized truck, and with a power to weight ratio of about 11lb/hp before you add luggage and passengers (about the same as a V6 Mustang). Admittedly, you can easily leave the trailer at home, but unless that sidecar is also quick release, I think I'd rather have a car. You can find the auction here and the bike is in Arkansas with a buy it now of over $20k.
What do you all think, car or bike? Also, can you think of anything you'd add to this rig?