People who really know Goldwings sometimes refer to them as a "touring sportbike"
I think my 1500 Goldwing is more balanced and agile than my VTX1800 could ever be and the 1800 Goldwing is dang near a sport bike in acceleration and balance. I would recommend either but I love the shear power of my 1800VTX, gives me a tingling in my jewels!!!!
Clearly, an 1800 Goldwing beats a VTX1800 on the Dragon but which bike wins on the 1/4 mile dragstrip? Of course, these comment and question assume equal rider ability on both bikes.
its about location of weight... all Goldwings.. have low center of gravity .. low-Flat Engine...
and the 6 has a very well designed frame... but the 4 was real good at handling.
for a few years the 4 cylinder wings were turned into Cafe' racers.. and were FAST in the turns.. even a company modified the rear swing arm with much better bracing..
fyi.. late 70's there was a kit to replace the intake and carburetors for the 1000 and 1100 goldwing... with a belt driven supercharger and a 4bbl....
and it fit under the fake gas tank... so could be a real sleeper... and NO cutting of the frame.
I installed 2 back in the day. for customers.
I'm familiar with Yellow Wolf and his buddy Fuze that run the Dragon; they are crazy fast. Watching how they flip the 'Wing back and forth in the twisties is just unreal!
I have a pic somewhere of a 1500 Wing made into a cafe racer (cafe racers were a big thing to me in the 80s). I'll have to look in my bikes folder.
Found it, but it's a 1000.
That was cool! I had a red 400 Super Sport, in-line 4, 6 sp. w/ a Dunstall bullet fairing and early Clayton mod on the 4-into-1 muffler.
According to this spec sheet, the F6 Valkyrie, and the F6B Goldwing both squeeze in the 1/4 mi a hair quicker than the VTX1800. And apparently, the '14 Valkyrie will beat the VTX1800 by a half second...
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