I bought the Goldwing in April 2004 from Anza Motors in Palmerston North, New Zealand, which is about 160 kilometres from Napier.

The day I collected it, it was raining so the ride back to Napier, on this enormous bike was a touch daunting but she handled beautifully.

We have done about 1,600 kilometres, and so far it has proved to be a great, comfortable machine to ride.

Although very heavy, it does not feel like 380 kgs. when one is on the go. I would however hate to drop it, so I am very careful when putting it on the stand and getting off.

I don't plan on adding all the chrome bits that can be bought for Goldwings, I would rather leave it as original as possible, but a front fender extension is a must, to prevent stones from hitting the engine cover.

New Zealand has some super black top roads crisscrossing the country, all with very little traffic, so they are ideal for enjoying a bike ride without having cars tail-gating or doing silly things.

One particularly enjoyable ride is from Napier, through a little, and I mean little town called Tikokino, then on to Onga Onga,
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1832 cc (111.79 cubic inches)
Six cylinder boxer, four-stroke
4
118 HP (86.1 kW)) @ 5500 RPM
167 Nm or 123.2 ft.lbs) @ 4000 RPM
(9.8:1)
74.0 x 71.0 mm (2.9 x 2.8 inches)
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5-speed
Shaft drive (cardan)
130/70-R18
180/60-R16
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363.0 kg (800.3 pounds)
739 mm (29.1 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
739 mm (29.1 inches)
1,692 mm (66.6 inches)
24.98 litres (6.60 gallons)
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Honda Goldwing 1800 cc
Dannevirke and back to Napier.

The Sawyers Arms Hotel in Tikokino is a great place to stop for lunch, see photo, bottom right.

The roads in New Zealand are very suited to bike riding, if you have ever watched the TV series, World's Greatest Motorcycle Rides, hosted by Henry Cole, you will have heard him raving about his rides in NZ. He thought NZ was the Holy Grail of bike-riding.