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Perfect goldwing

Post by billbob » Sun May 17, 2015 1:21 pm

Now this topic will get a lot of coments,but it is one mans opinion.The perfect Goldwing for me would be a FI gl1500 SE,having owned a 1200,1500 and 1800 that is just mt opinion please join in on your opinion. :|

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Re: Perfect goldwing

Post by harvey01 » Sun May 17, 2015 8:26 pm

The only Wings I have owned have been GL1800's. Prior to the first Wing in 2002 I rode Yamaha Ventures which were very enjoyable. So I am sort of limited In trying to pick which one is the best. Truthfully I don't think Honda has built the best Wing yet. The 1800 is far from perfect and has some flaws. I would like to see the suspension and seat upgraded so aftermarket is not a needed choice. Obviously ABS and traction control should be standard equipment.

I wish they could make the Wing thinner more like the Venture, but then the engine would have to be changed and it is plenty powerful and I like the fact it is quiet and rock steady. They need to solve the stumble problem on a few of the 2012's and later, as there is no excuse in that problem.

I am not much on updating the audio system. I am happy with what I have but suspect that Bluetooth is coming, the CB will probably disappear so that is the future with smartphones. And I realize that many folks do not like the wired headsets---thanks to a great system by J&M this is not a problem for me.

As far as the navigation system, make it easier to use, easier to put in maps, easier to update and removable so I can take it into a room at night to do routing for tomorrow. golly, I just asked for my Zumo 660.
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Re: Perfect goldwing

Post by tfdeputydawg » Mon May 18, 2015 12:25 am

Agreed, wish I still had my 2000, 1500SE!!!
However, since I triked, I removed the rider pegs and use the weight bearing foot fairings for my feet, my 1800 is much more comfortable!!

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Re: Perfect goldwing

Post by WingAdmin » Mon May 18, 2015 10:20 am

I have to agree. A FI GL1500, with a few other modern improvements.

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Re: Perfect goldwing

Post by trike lady » Mon May 18, 2015 10:31 pm

If fuel injection on the 1200 had worked out it might have been on the 1500. It didn't seem to work well and got shelved and didn't return until 2001 on the 1800. If it would have succeeded the 1500 would be even better. That's just my honest opinion.
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Re: Perfect goldwing

Post by maintainer » Wed May 20, 2015 7:32 am

My criteria would likely be difficult if not impossible but:

GL 1800 with 160 hp and 135 ft. lbs of torque at 3000 rpm
average mpg of 45 mpg and range of 250 miles
7 inches of cornering clearance
30 inch seat height
electrically adjustable windscreen
Bluetooth for intercom, gps, phone, etc.
Voice activation of gps, audio
all led lighting
update gauges to digital
750 lb curb weight
standard tire pressure monitoring system
implement an new on the fly adjustable suspension system equivalent to Traxxion
max price of $20000.
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Re: Perfect goldwing

Post by FM-USA » Fri May 22, 2015 10:23 pm

Perfect GoldWing,....?
One we can work on without taking nearly everything apart.

I haven't done this yet but I read the rear master brake cylinder is a bear.
Same for the fuel tank, almost 1/3 of the bike needs dismantling.
Granted these parts rarely need working on still they could be a smidgen more open (EZ access).

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