We have an 08 Wing with 125 k on it. We do lots of 5000 mile tours on our Wing. I was looking forward to the new Wing but for us I fear it falls short of our needs. I love the new Yamaha, it checks all of my marks except for being a vtwin air cooled engine ��. If you guys can answer a few questions I'd appreciate it.
Coming off the Wing, how much more heat and vibration will I experience?
Is there passenger armrest available?
Is the highway pegs available?
Drivers heated backrest, does it have a pouch for the wife on the back?
Enough electrical capacity for heated gear?
I'd like to hear general observations compared to the Wing.
Dark side possible?
Is there deals to be had on purchasing one?
I would have replied sooner, but was away from my computer most of the last two days.
So, what is it like to have owned or own, a 2008 GoldWing, and have, or think of having a change up in the game play...? This is my opinion and modus operandi in operating our 2018 SVTC:
Wonderful. You will, 'real-world' experience, about the same acceleration and motive performance as you have, and I had on our 2008 GoldWings. Your motive performance on the Wing, is from horsepower, and from 2,800 to the red line for passing. On the SVTC, your power comes in at 1,500-2,000 rpm, where you have full peak torque (as the premier driving force on the SVTC) only 2,400-2,500 rpm off of idle
(!!!), and you will never have to EVER take the engine over 3,200 rpm, at any time, to high speed cruise, pass, to ramp up to cruising speeds on on-ramps. In fact, you would never most have to take the 113 c.i. over 3,000 at any time, for any scenario. This engine packs torque almost off of idle. THAT is where this engine finds its 'sweet' mojo....high, early on torque
, at unbelievably low rpm generation, and not rapid horsepower generated by high rpm figures.
Let me give you some figures, and you can judge them in how you operate your 2008 Wing.
I have six gears...and here is how I use them with my wife and full weight compliment of touring gear.
I shift into second gear pretty much as soon as I have forward momentum, and the clutch lever disengaged.
From second, I shift into 3 rd at 1500-1700. Yes...do NOT need to go above those rpm's, and am certainly not lugging this fantastic engine!
From 4 rth to 5th at around 1,700-1,800 (not above 2,000 ever).
I will stay in 4th or 5th in the city and only will use 6th, when nearing 60 mph and above.
This is important: I let the torque of the engine build and take me up in rpm, and not so much throttle. I will set the throttle (wrist position), and not mature the setting as the engine rpm climbs...but will keep it in one wrist position, and let the torque carry me up to my next shift point.
If I am getting on a highway, then I will keep moving the throttle as more advanced, until I hit my rpm shift point, only to hurry the process of merging along faster. Once there...I settle in around 60 mph, (my wife and I have really enjoyed dropping down from what used to be our normal 70-75 mph, as this bike is so darn relaxing...and fun...that 60 mph is the sweet spot now for us) 60 mph in 6th gear, is exactly 2050 rpm...which is the rpm of a 535 hp commercial diesel in fact! This motor I'd say, runs exactly pulling you up with torque, and very , very low operational rpm....in the same way that commercial diesels get the job done. I have never had such a bike as this. There is no vibration. Not in the way that one 'thinks' of the feel of a vibrating motor. Nope...you feel the power pulse, which is most pleasant and engaging, but it does not translate out to a high pitched and numbing or fatiguing vibration.
With the above shift points and my modus operandi, we constantly now get (after break in...) 42-44 mpg, (easy operational fuel mileage to hit) and have hit 47 mpg (our peak reading) at least three times since taking ownership on May 6th/2018. In comparing our 2008 Wings, you should easily see a full 8-10 mpg bonus over the 2008 Wing fully loaded out. Again, this is obtained by us, with my above relaxed throttle and early shift points, and in letting engine torque and not increasing roll on of the throttle grip. Let torque work for you on this ride...and that will be the most important 'change up' to learn, from just coming off your 2008 GoldWing, as it was for myself. Early on Torque, puts the smile on the kissser...and not climbing RPM to get your butt(s) down the road....!!! My use and take, anyway.
Comparing the two OEM saddles...one, the 2008 GoldWing, and the 2018 SVTC. Our butts use to need moving around to different positions on the GoldWing, after about 90 minutes of riding. On the SVTC, there is a lack on both my wife's and my part in shifting our butts around on our saddle positions. No hot spots, or pressure points are created with this OEM saddle. The only thing that would have us needing to get off, would be nature, hunger, or fuel level.
You can read all the feature sets between your 2008 Wing, and the 2018 Star Venture T.C. I shared with you what I think you were looking for. All the tech and features, of course, you'd welcome, and is part of the attraction for you. But in handling the engine over the Wing....you got that right up front. I will personally never leave this large bore V-Twin by Yamaha, and would only replace our 2018, with a newer model for purposes of R.O.I. Other than that,...we would not need to be looking at another mount or engine/transmission configuration. This is a simply stupendous bike...and only by you aquiring your very own, will you also add your accolades after you have had the time to get used to another form of motorcycle engine, and in how it takes you in rpm and ranges of rpm,...to your tour destination.
Final, comment, I would recommend to the highest, that IF you want a change of scenery and venue....this would be a prime ride to acquire.
We had a 2008 Honda GoldWing Premium Sound/ Nav package.
We now have a 2018 Yamaha Star Venture Transcontinental...and we both feel that in comparing the above two rides, the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture Transcontinental Luxury Tour, to be easily
, the superior ride, all round.
Joe and Dee-Dee, rider and co-rider.