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So I LOVE LOVE my Goldwing. I have always wanted a sportier bike. I came across a deal I could not pass up on a 15 FJR 1300ES. So I plopped down a deposit on the spot and will pick her up Fri. So excited. Already has a custom seat, Yoshi exhaust, frame sliders, highway pegs, taller windshield, dock for a trunk and more I am sure I forgot. Will post pics when I get her.
 

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Do they come in yellow?

I was looking at those at the dealer last time I was there, and have to admit, if you are going to ride really fast you want a fully aerodynamic motorcycle.

I was in Germany last December on a business trip. We rode with a company CEO in his Audi station wagon on the 'highway'. I was in the back seat and kept looking at the speedo.

We were going 180 to 200 km/hr for about 40 minutes, (115 to 125 mph). The car was not panting, it was normal morning traffic. We were mostly passing cars in the right lane going about 20mph slower than us, and we frequently were in the right lane while cars passed us going about 150mph.

Even though it was December and it was about 45F that day, we were passed by two motorcycles. Both full aerodynamic BMWs, I would guess going at least 140mph.

It funny here in the US we get on the interstate and crank it up to 80 or 90mph on our cruiser bikes, and we think we are badass. It was a reality check being in Germany.

Also got a two hour ride on their ICE high speed train. We got up to 300 km/hr a few times: 190mph. On take off commercial jets rotate up off the runway at speeds slower than that. You cannot look out the window at things next to the track, because its all going by so fast its literally a blur. You have to look off in the distance for your eyes to track and focus.
 

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The Autobahn is no joke, Germans can drive circles around Americans any day of the week on the highway. Most American made cars will have their governors kick in at the speeds they drive everyday. Cars over there sustain speeds that rival sports bikes.
 

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I was there for a week, visited 4 towns / cities.

I think I only saw 4 or 5 american cars the whole time I was there, and I was looking in all the parking lots and watching cars on the road.

One was a Ford Fusion station wagon (they call them Kombies). They are not even sold in the US.

They dont drive SUVs there hardly at all, because they go so fast on the Autobahn. Station wagons are the preferred family and company car.
 

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Lots of fun. It's impossible to judge your speed when going >150mph by the trees you pass, or atleast I couldnt. I could only do it by how fast I passed the semi's.

Looks like yamaha's version of my old bike, a Kawasaki GPZ 1100 '96. I loved that I never really got wet on it in the rain, but the heat from the radiator would just bake you all summer, but keep you nice and warm in the winter.
 

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NGM just to torture myself, how is the airflow around the bike on the highway at 75mph?

I put a standard windshield and fork deflectors on my VS 650, and going through the trials of trying to get them adjusted 'just right'

your bike looks pretty aerodynamic right out of the box!
 

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With the tall windshield it is AWESOME I was in a little rain and did not get a drop on me. There is enough flow with the windshield down to keep me cool. As far as around the fairings. It catches my arms pretty good, but not much on my hands while on the bars. I was comfortable riding in 95 degree weather the other day. Minor sweating due to full faced helmet. As far as stopping, it is pretty damn hot sitting at a light. I am thinking of wrapping the exhaust in front of the slip ons.
 
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