2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment


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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by Sidcar » Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:59 pm



I went to the Bike Show at the Birmingham NEC last week. The Beemer I sat on, an R1600 or something like that, certainly had all the tech you could want (and it was powered up so you could play with the sat nav, screen, etc) but I didn't find it that comfortable. I forget the exact price but I think it was about £22,000.
I sat on the GW Anniversary model as well. It felt a lot more comfortable and seemed to have plenty of tech, but as there was no power I couldn't check it out. My wife definitely preferred it but at £25,600, the price of a very good car, and you still have to stop every time you want to adjust the screen (an electric screens are bikes less than half the price of the Wing) I think Honda are extracting the urine.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by k1w1t1m » Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:50 pm

This only affects three groups of people, the early adopters, those that are thinking of trading up a few years and wanting significant change, and possibly those coming from another marque where possibly the lack of features puts them off. Since I have a (01) BMW GS in the garage I have read the forums. How often do you read about the electric windshields and electronic suspension being described as great when it is new to you and a novelty? After a couple of months you forgot about it when it became set it and forget it. The only other time you hear about it is if it broke.
As for me I think this is great news, right now I don't aspire to owning a 1800 Goldwing. I have just bought my 1500 and am happy with it. If I wear it out or become unhappy with it then maybe I'll be looking for an old 1800. Why is this lack of change good news? For those of us that own older bikes, when we finally own an 1800 there will be 14 plus years of 1800s out there that are substantially the same, that is a whole lot of spare parts.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by milkman44 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:48 pm

captscotty wrote:Victory Vision Tour, no question.
That Vision is way out there in looks, when I see it, the first thing that comes to mind is just back it in the garage and flip up the front wheel and store on the three legged rear end????? :mrgreen:

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by jpooch00 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:09 pm

I kinda thought about getting one of the 40th. aniv. wings and called Honda of Russelville about it. They quoted me some pretty steep prices, and that fancy (but really nice) two-tone paint job adds yet another $1000 to the OTD price!

Screw that! Those Harley Ultra Limiteds are lookin' REALLY good right about now!

I get the impression that Mother Honda just doesn't gibe a flyin' f**k anymore.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by golden highway » Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:19 pm

I was at the dealer the other day and they had the new Indian with the full touring package. I was hard leaving without it.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by Spook1800 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:06 pm

golden highway wrote:I also like the BMW but hang out at the BMW forum and you will quickly discover the expensive maintenance and reliability issues that come with the BMW. Most seem ok with thousands it cost when the ABS goes out or when the final drive, brake lines, oil seals and so on fail. It all seems common and acceptable. As much as I like all the options and looks I don't know if I can give up the Honda reliability.
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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by BikerGuy » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:43 am

Try looking at the Polaris Slingshot. For the same money, you can get a loaded one and they look like they're really fun to drive too.... and a lot more comfortable.

http://www.polaris.com/en-us/slingshot? ... oCmhnw_wcB

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by MikeB » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:16 am

Looks like a flat Spyder.

It may be okay for some, but neither a traditional trike or this backward trike/go cart would satisfy my motorcycle addiction.
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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by CWJ73 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:56 am

BikerGuy wrote:Try looking at the Polaris Slingshot. For the same money, you can get a loaded one and they look like they're really fun to drive too.... and a lot more comfortable.

http://www.polaris.com/en-us/slingshot? ... oCmhnw_wcB
I saw one of these at the Calgary Motorcycle show a month ago. It looks really slick from the outside, but it did not look to be comfortable at all. There is also next to no storage, which is really a shame considering how large this is. The only storage is behind the seats. My 1500 has more storage than it does.

Despite all the complaint about the 40 Anniversary GoldWing, I would rather spend my money on it than one of these SlingShots.
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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by Sally » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:03 pm

For me Honda screwed up when they pulled out the USA. I would never buy any one newer than a 10 model when they left. But again why pay for an model year upgrade when it's basically the same as my 02. Besides I have made my 02 better than a new one. I know it rides and handles better than new with all the suspension upgrades I have done. And to me color is everything and I love my sunburst Pearle orange to me it's just AWSOME.Sally :lol:

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by zeke1883 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:45 pm

Hell, I would settle for a frickin seat that was comfortable and you didn't have to spend $1600 on something else.
How about designing in somewhere to actually add road pegs so you didn't have to be a contorsionist to use them?
Oh, yeah, one other thing.... stop attaching every damn accessory with double stick tape, and actually use something like a mounting bolt so the crap stays on the motorcyle over time. That is one thing about the Harley.. accessories usually bolted on in some fashion. But it prevented someone from just walking off with stuff off your bike.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by MikeB » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:04 pm

I wonder why Harley has to bolt everything down.
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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by trike lady » Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:10 pm

MikeB wrote:I wonder why Harley has to bolt everything down.
To keep the parts from vibrating off? :lol:
I also used 'Blue' LocTite when customizing Harley bikes and trikes.
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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by Old Wing Man » Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:47 am

Looking at all the new bike prices and thinking that one would have to be an idiot to pay that for 2 wheels when you can buy a nice car for less.
Buy used!! Let some fool take the loss on the new bike. My neighbor just sold a 2003 Harley Road King (?I think) with 14K miles with full customize with every addition ever thought of for $10K. He has another one with only 4K on it that is customized the same way. He bought them all used. He also sold one of his bikes to a gentleman in Australia. Motorcycles of all makes are pricing themselves out of the market. I bought my 1999 GW1500 with 46K miles for $6000. No way would I pay $32K for two wheels of any make. For the life of me, I cant comprehend what would make two wheels, a motor and some plastic cost that much.
Just talking with an employee at the local Honda shop and she said business was really off. They are not selling their GW cycles hardly at all, I think she said 2 so far this year and I can sure see why @ $32,999 per unit. I see nothing wrong with buying a 15 year old bike for 1/5 of new price when it is basically the same technology with just a bit of plastic styling changes especially with my riding habit of just a few hundred miles per year.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by toanogreen » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:20 am

Old Wing Man wrote:Looking at all the new bike prices and thinking that one would have to be an idiot to pay that for 2 wheels when you can buy a nice car for less.
Buy used!! Let some fool take the loss on the new bike. My neighbor just sold a 2003 Harley Road King (?I think) with 14K miles with full customize with every addition ever thought of for $10K. He has another one with only 4K on it that is customized the same way. He bought them all used. He also sold one of his bikes to a gentleman in Australia. Motorcycles of all makes are pricing themselves out of the market. I bought my 1999 GW1500 with 46K miles for $6000. No way would I pay $32K for two wheels of any make. For the life of me, I cant comprehend what would make two wheels, a motor and some plastic cost that much.
Just talking with an employee at the local Honda shop and she said business was really off. They are not selling their GW cycles hardly at all, I think she said 2 so far this year and I can sure see why @ $32,999 per unit. I see nothing wrong with buying a 15 year old bike for 1/5 of new price when it is basically the same technology with just a bit of plastic styling changes especially with my riding habit of just a few hundred miles per year.

I agree 100%. For two-thirds of that price I just bought an almost new Honda Accord loaded. Now I have an excellent Honda bike and Honda car! The best of Honda, 2 and 4 wheels.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by robb » Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:19 pm

Have tested an new Wing but did not get that fuzzy feeling like when I first tested mm 89 GL1500. Don't have 80k on it yet so it might as well be satisfied with it, it's paid for. When weather is too rough it is still a blast in my 94 Honda Del Sol. Pop the top and lower the windows and away we go. At least if it's too hot I can turn on the AC, lower back glass and enjoy air blowing by.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by Old Wing Man » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:12 pm

In 2013 I bought a brand new Honda CVR EXL loaded for $29K. Why would anyone pay $32K for 2 wheel or $37K for a 3 wheel Honda with nothing on it but stereo and Navi system. We should all just stop buying them and the price would for sure come down. I don't mean go buy another $25K or so equivalent, just stop buying all the high priced 2 wheelers. They were overpriced when you could buy one for $18-19K but now they are absolutely ridiculously outrageously OVERPRICED. No matter how you look at inflation, it just isn't there for the bike prices today. As long as idiots with lots of money or banks willing to finance them to those with little monetary sense keep buying them, they will continue to rise in price.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by rockford75 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:12 pm

I find 30,000 for any bike insulting lol.. Man anyone that would pay thst must have money to burn. The depritiation is brutal. Id rather ride an older wing.
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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by Sally » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:50 pm

I would not give 32999 for a new car. I don't need to keep up with the jones or smiths. Besides I would not buy a wing newer than 2010 after they move from Ohio. Beside pay less do the upgrades that fit your style. Ride safe my friends. Sally

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by triwing » Fri May 01, 2015 9:09 am

Real shame, the wing was to be the undisputed King of Kings motorcycle, with easy to work on & almost impossible to wear out quality's. After he died, it became a real American Co., too much cash for too little product, & who cares, what else can we do to make it cheaper to bring the MARK back for repair or to trade.

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by morrisbw » Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:15 pm

Having owned many makes & models of motorcycles, I have to admit that, although I like the reliability and ride of my Goldwing better than any of the others, I too am disappointed that I can't enjoy an on-demand adjustable windshield, hydraulic center stand and other state-of-the-art tech-tronics. I hate that Honda is only focused only on their goals and not the wants & needs of their customers. It does not speak well for a company's customer service orientation when, year after year, they ignore the pleas of the folks who keep them in business and set the tone for future generations as their children look on and learn. Shame on the leaders at Honda!

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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by maintainer » Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:42 pm

I owned a 2006 black navi from 2006 to 2010 and 46000 miles. Rumors of big changes on forums began in 2007 and virtually every model year since. Never happened, then production moved from Ohio back to Japan. If Mother Honda even cares about American customer's and it is a big if, they don't show it. Their touring bike is dated and still pretty good, but 14 years with basically only a "minor" styling tweek occasionally, ridiculous. They are long overdue for a groundup all new touring bike. But as long as the old long in tooth design sells for 23 to 30K depending on trim pkg. why would they I suppose.
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Re: 2015 Goldwing (40th Anniversary) disappointment

Post by green bean » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:26 pm

We bought a new Gold Wing in 2008. My only complaint is the front forks.$20,000 motor cycle with $100 front forks. Had Progressive springs installed in forks in 2012 and seemed to help some and improved the handling. Don't feel we need all that high tech stuff on a motorcycle. It's hard to not like 100hp and 100 ft. lbs. of torque. I tell people that once your in 5th gear , down shifting is optional. In 2013 we had a CSC trike kit installed and have found that it's almost as much fun on curvy roads on 3 wheels as it was on 2. When we got back into motor cycling in 1987, i purchased a 1981 Wing a very nice bike . In 1991 we bought a 1986 Yamaha Venture, it fast, powerfull,road test showed it capable of 130+mph , tape player,CB, electroic cruise and huge luggage cap, intercom. We put over 100,000 Trouble free miles on it. Talk about change , in the mid 90's Yamaha stopped making this Venture and in 2001 came out a heavy looking Harly look alike with a detuned v4 engine, what a shame. The 08 Wing was the only thing close to the Venture in power and style

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Post by trike lady » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:15 pm

Hello green bean and welcome to the forum.
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Post by green bean » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:43 am

To Trike Lady, not handy with computer. Will get some help and try to post picture of trike later.



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