Join Date: May 2017
Location: Central Florida
2018 SVTC vs 08 Wing
I posted this over on the Wing forum. I am so glad I did not do what I was contemplating as I like this bike more and more everytime I ride it. Someone on here told me that since leaving their Wing the SVTC has made them slow down and smell the roses or should I say "Enjoy the ride". The wife and I have been going for a ride an hour or so before sunset and taking it easy and enjoying the ride. I know understand what he was talking about. Here is the post I put up in the Wing forum:
"I just bought an 18 Yamaha to replace my Wing. Thought I'd share some feelings on it.
First the specs: The Yamaha has more storage than my 08 Wing. The stereo is FANTASTIC, the Wing is not even in the same stadium as the audio sound on this machine. The Yamaha also comes standard with a CB, GPS, Bluetooth, intercom, weather, AUX, XM, AM, FM, and Pandora. It also has a wired 7 pin headset system (HD compatible). It has a power windshield, outside temp display, TPMS, ABS, and a trip computer. Of course cruise control and electric forward and reverse is included. The passenger can control their volume and listen to separate audio sources through the headset. The bike at 60-65 MPH is turning around 2250 RPM.
5 days after buying this I decided it is not for me and called around about trading it but I had to wait for all the purchasing paperwork to be mailed to me before I could trade it. I absolutely hated the air cooled v-twin. It was hot on my leg and felt like a train engine. I could feel the engine when I turned the throttle, it would come to life and you could feel the engine pushing the bike faster and faster. I missed the wonderfully smooth flat 6 that we all love. While I waited for the paperwork, we still rode the bike. I owned a v-twin before and did not remember hating the engine on it. The more I rode it the less I hated it, as the miles piled up it seemed like the left leg heat was less too. The bike handles great, the bumps and potholes are also much easier on me than they were on the Wing. I now have 1700 miles on it and have no intention of trading it. I still like the flat 6 better than the v-2 but that is the only thing I like better on my old Wing. After I get some armrests and highway pegs for the passenger I believe we will be well pleased with the Yamaha. We went on a 150-mile ride today to get tacos and cruising at 60 on the back roads with the engine running a little over idle speed was very enjoyable. I hope my love for this bike continues to grow, it was a rough start. If I had taken a test ride I would have never bought it. I'm thankful now that I didn't.
I think I struggled so much because it had been so long since I had been on a v-twin. I had forgotten how they felt. They are different. Bottom line is if you want a true two-up tourer and have no problem with a v-2, this is the bike for you.
Performance is fine, it's a touring bike. I can pass vehicles by twisting the throttle, I've set the cruise at 90 so it's good enough for me.
PS The headlights are far superior too.
Rob - 18 Raspberry SVTC, 08 Pearl White Navi Goldwing
Last edited by Bucfan11; 09-06-2018 at 06:21 AM.