2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS


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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by C-dub » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:16 pm



I won't buy one of these new ones. Mostly because I just got a brand spanking new, 0.6 mile, 2016 only 3 months ago today. I'll probably cross the 3k mile mark Monday getting to and from work and haven't taken any trips longer than 280 miles yet and no overnights. That won't come until probably early this spring.

Another reason is from stuff I've read from ya'll about buying one in the first few years after major changes have been made. Right about the time they do that is after they've kinda perfected and or fixed most of the issues/bugs in the current version. So, when the wife/financial planner said she wanted a bike again and we decided on a Wing, I told her we should get one now and not wait for a possible new model for 2018.

I'm not encouraged by the significant decrease in storage capacity, but that's been addressed by the possibility of aftermarket stuff that may make it a moot point. The only downside there is that it will cost more money for something that shouldn't have to. Due to the actual improvements I think, overall, it is a big step forward for the Goldwing. And maybe if I wear my new one out in 10 years I'll get one of these new ones after they've worked out the issues that will, undoubtedly, arise.

I'm also not pleased with the reduction in fuel capacity, but how many people currently fill the tank and then don't stop until it needs to be filled again? I talked with a bunch of friends yesterday about this and most of them stop for short periods every 100-120- miles or so just to stretch their legs or relieve themselves or whatever. None of them said that they ride straight until the tank needs to be filled again. I'm still pretty new to this, so what do I know? That last time I rode across the country I was 20 and on a GS1100E with no fairing at all and did ride until the tank needed gas a couple of times.


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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by eklimek » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:31 am

Concur.

The functional upgrade is expected to be the suspension. If it is not, they will be in the used market in two years. My colleagues still swear by their GL1500 and did not move up to the previous generation 1800. Lets see if they now move up and pay for the ride. Some will be forced to upgrade simply because of high mileage. Most will swallow hard before parting with that kind of money. Those with ready cash already have a 1800.

The transmission is appropriate for the target audience if smooth and predictable. The Afrika Twin is supposed to be very good. Keeping the smooth flat 6 with minimal hp upgrades is adequate. The weight precludes much benefit without much bigger increases.

I can't speak to the electronics. My cynicism makes me cringe if this fails outside of warranty. It does make this a software and hardware challenge for which I am not qualified.

The storage space is always a source of annoyance; no matter how much is presnt, some one will find it inadequate. The rest work around it.

When do we see a "Valkyrie"?

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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by WingVetteGSXR » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:29 am

Mostly agree. But as you say, the storage issue for me is a complete non-starter. Enough to just have pulled my deposit. Waiting for what might be a year or two for OEM/aftermarket storage upgrades doesn't make me happy.
As far as the engine goes. The sport tourer Kawasaki Concours 1400, which is also considered a long range/long life machine cranks out 150HP at the shaft. Torque agreed though is only 100 ft lbs.
eklimek wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:31 am
Concur.

The functional upgrade is expected to be the suspension. If it is not, they will be in the used market in two years. My colleagues still swear by their GL1500 and did not move up to the previous generation 1800. Lets see if they now move up and pay for the ride. Some will be forced to upgrade simply because of high mileage. Most will swallow hard before parting with that kind of money. Those with ready cash already have a 1800.

The transmission is appropriate for the target audience if smooth and predictable. The Afrika Twin is supposed to be very good. Keeping the smooth flat 6 with minimal hp upgrades is adequate. The weight precludes much benefit without much bigger increases.

I can't speak to the electronics. My cynicism makes me cringe if this fails outside of warranty. It does make this a software and hardware challenge for which I am not qualified.

The storage space is always a source of annoyance; no matter how much is presnt, some one will find it inadequate. The rest work around it.

When do we see a "Valkyrie"?

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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:26 pm

I noted a few issues that would be a problem for me: 1) No center stand. I use mine a lot. Especially during service times. 2) Fairing does not look like it protects hands. 3) storage. My wife packs lots of stuff, even for a day trip. 4) Engine complexity for an extra five HP? Maybe for an extra fifty. On a brighter note: I do like the new transmissions. Hopefully the cruising RPM is lowered a bit. My 2005 currently runs at 3500 RPM on the freeway. My Corvette cruises at the same velocity at 1500 RPM. (they both have about the same power to weight ratio).

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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by detdrbuzzard » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:59 am

going from my 1500 wing to the mighty ST 1300 a few years ago I lost a lot of luggage capacity and had to get a dry bag to carry most of my cloths, I had the trunk on back then. lucky for me I don't have a passenger. I don't think of this new wing as an ST 1300 on steroids cause that would be a big weight gain and an even bigger fuel loss, I've gotten use to the mighty ST's 7.7 gallon tank ( i'll leave the 3 gallon fuel cell out of this ) and no way I would want a wing with less than six gallons, need it or not it's nice to have a little more gas than needed. I also know Honda didn't build this wing for someone like me, I am already thinking about my next bike and want something that weighs less then the mighty ST 1300 and holds at least six gallons of gas, that bmw 1200gsa is looking mighty good to me now days
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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by Mshneyer » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:49 am

oldwing1100 wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:00 am
What a bunch of whiny old men that don't want to keep up with technology
I have ridden Goldwings since the first generation and each subsequent generation has been better than the previous one.
No one here has ridden the 2018 and yet many have preconceived notions of what they don't don't like about it.
Keep in mind all you old f@rts, you are not the target demographic for the 2018 wing it's the post millennial yuppy is what they are targeting, the ones with money, not just pension cheques.
If you want 50,000 litres of storage space buy a minivan. A real biker only needs a change of underwear and a credit card to travel.

Let the flaming begin.....
I like this post. Succinct. My reservations are with the new tech. Hiccups that'll need addressing. Since I just bought a 2015, I'm not in the market but a test ride is eminent. Could spell trouble for the wallet...

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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:50 pm

Ha Ha. No flaming here. Too tiring. Might need a nap after....

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Re: 2018 GOLDWING SPECIFICATIONS

Post by mweddy@gmail.com » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:52 pm

Anyway, the Goldwing is my mini van. I have a Ninja for when I want to carve corners at high speed. And the CRF250 for light trails, and the XR400 for serious off-road adventures.



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