When last we left it, in February, the BMW K 1600 B won out over a pack of six other baggers on our overnight whirlwind tour to Hoover Dam, Sin City and parts east. Some didn’t feel the six-cylinder German wonderbike should win since it’s not really a V-twin bagger, but then we’re not really bikers, either, so we just picked the motorcycle we liked best. The BMW was the smoothest, fastest, comfiest, highest-tech two-wheeled vehicle out there that sports saddlebags and a windshield.
The shoe that had not yet dropped, however, was Honda’s new 2018 Gold Wing. Now it has. American Honda loaned us a brandspanking red Gold Wing DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission), And so we ride! Instead of seven brosephuses, though, it’s just me and my boy Ryan on a long weekend spin up to Calistoga, an hour or two north of San Francisco in the Napa Valley. A place where it does not suck, and where the Calistoga Half-Mile provided us a near-perfect excuse to explore the area.
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