New 2018 Goldwing Survey


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What are your thoughts regarding the new 2018 Goldwing?

It's fantastic in every way, I've already got my deposit in
2
1%
It looks pretty good, I'll consider buying one when it is available
18
5%
It's just too expensive for my tastes/budget
51
15%
The lack of storage space is a deal-breaker for me
53
15%
The great new technology is amazing
47
14%
Too much whizz-bang technology for me
13
4%
Honda concentrated too much on shaving weight and not enough on improving a great touring bike
53
15%
I don't care for a sport bike on steroids, I just want a comfortable tourer
44
13%
I love the prospect of a sporty tourer with exceptional performance
31
9%
I expected more considering what the competition has released recently
31
9%
 
Total votes: 343

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by 823JIM » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:13 pm



I am sure Honda did extensive marking research before building the new 'Wing. I don't really think this is aimed at the aging current Goldwing riders (myself included) who prefer the big and comfortable two wheel Buicks we currently ride on cross country trips. I think this is aimed at a younger more tech orientated market, instant gratification and all that. Less time to spent on long trips more performance and more day tripping thus storage capacity not as big of an issue. The more I talk to younger riders (son in-laws crowd, etc.) about long distant trips they tell me not interested, not what they bought a bike for. I will keep my current GL1800, can't afford on of these anyway' but sure want to ride one when opportunity arises.


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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by Roypaul » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm

The new wing looks and sounds awesome. Can't believe some of the responses. First there's a lot of bitching and moaning about no changes to the wing and how "old and outdated" it was. So Honda comes up with something truly unique and different!
The big moans seem to be 1. Less fuel tank size- don't understand- who the hell wants to go more than 2-3 hrs. Without stopping- insane if you do! Secondly- the luggage space is too small- hey, it's not a f------ truck! It's a motorcycle . You have to train your wife to take less **** with her.
My wife and I just spent the last year in the UK and Europe on the wing. Most awesome experience ever!! We had everything we needed with just one small extra bag on a rack on the top box.
The less weight is awesome !
As for getting rid of the centre stand- best thing ever. I never ever ever use the damn thing because you need 3 people to lift the damn thing onto the stand!
In Europe we saw literally thousands and thousands of bikes- many with 2 up- the Europeans take their partners with them A LOT! The wing got more looks than any other bike .
VERY FEW K1600's but tons of other bmw's- more than any other bike.
I think Honda has done a brilliant job!

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by FM-USA » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:03 pm

Roypaul wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm
The new wing looks and sounds awesome. Can't believe some of the responses. First there's a lot of bitching and moaning about no changes to the wing and how "old and outdated" it was.
:? ... and all those who are B'ching can't believe yours either.
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by PastoT » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:21 pm

Of course I want to be hands on with this new Wing before I put money down and have several reservations starting with the reduced storage and loss of all glove boxes (if you choose the Tour DCT Airbag). Definitely a sharp looking bike but tail in saddle will be the ultimate decision for me. My 02 is paid for with a couple hundred thousand miles still in its veins with everything the new machine does geek wise all ready aboard. I don't see myself riding a SS1000 on the new bike in the same comfort I do now. Still with a trailer hitch and support bag in the pillion I may be wrong. I am half geek and half cowboy so a sexy new iron horse with all the geeky toys built in is certainly calling my name. I'll probably add an '18 to my garage when money is less a factor.
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by Stew » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:29 am

I think Honda took people describing the Goldwing as a “couch on wheels” or a “two wheeled car” as insults or deficiencies they needed to fix, but what they didn’t realize was that those were actually terms of endearments!

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by adventurous » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:11 am

Roypaul wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm
My wife and I just spent the last year in the UK and Europe on the wing. Most awesome experience ever!! We had everything we needed with just one small extra bag on a rack on the top box.
And therein lies the problem. How do you think your trip would have gone if you had only had one saddlebag and the top box? With a loss of 40 litres of storage space, that is what it amounts to - the loss of one side of storage. I have regularly done long trips with my wife, and if you are carrying a tent for 2-4 weeks, you truly do need ALL the storage you can get.

Regarding the fuel, I have done 1,000km days often (20+ times in the past 5 years), and 2,000km days more than five times. I just don't want to stop for fuel every 2-3 hours. However, I recognise that I am in the minority here and am willing to tolerate this change.

However, the luggage space is a deal breaker. I really wanted to get this bike - love the DCT option. Having said that, this is one item easy for Honda to address in a future update. Could I be that lucky?

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by 823JIM » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:02 am

Roypaul wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm

The less weight is awesome !
As for getting rid of the centre stand- best thing ever. I never ever ever use the damn thing because you need 3 people to lift the damn thing onto the stand!
I am 5'6" and just shy of 66 years old and have no problem at all putting my GL1800 on the center stand by my self. Sounds like you truly do need a lighter and smaller big.
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by FM-USA » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:19 am

Roypaul wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm
As for getting rid of the centre stand- best thing ever. I never ever ever use the damn thing because you need 3 people to lift the damn thing onto the stand!
Have you tried throwing your right hip into your right arm while pressing down on the center-stand?
IF it don't work the first/ninth time, it does take a little timing.
My Wing goes up on the center-stand like a dirt bike.
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by Rayvn » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:12 pm

Roypaul wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm
The new wing looks and sounds awesome. Can't believe some of the responses. First there's a lot of bitching and moaning about no changes to the wing and how "old and outdated" it was. So Honda comes up with something truly unique and different!
The big moans seem to be 1. Less fuel tank size- don't understand- who the hell wants to go more than 2-3 hrs. Without stopping- insane if you do! Secondly- the luggage space is too small- hey, it's not a f------ truck! It's a motorcycle . You have to train your wife to take less **** with her.
My wife and I just spent the last year in the UK and Europe on the wing. Most awesome experience ever!! We had everything we needed with just one small extra bag on a rack on the top box.
The less weight is awesome !
As for getting rid of the centre stand- best thing ever. I never ever ever use the damn thing because you need 3 people to lift the damn thing onto the stand!
In Europe we saw literally thousands and thousands of bikes- many with 2 up- the Europeans take their partners with them A LOT! The wing got more looks than any other bike .
VERY FEW K1600's but tons of other bmw's- more than any other bike.
I think Honda has done a brilliant job!
Man I think you have a few screws loose. If you think it's a good looking bike maybe you need new glasses. Center stand..... ever try removing your wheels without one. Sure is a pita. maybe you need to learn how to put it up on the center if you can't get it up there now. It doesn't take muscle or weight, only know how. Luggage space, the old 1800 could have used more, so that's right blame everything on someones wife for taking to much. I for one and I know there are others that don't mind riding more then 2 or 3 hrs, why would you call all of us insane ? If you think Honda has done a brilliant job you must have Honda stamped on your arse. maybe you should move to Europe !
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by MikeB » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:28 pm

Rayvn wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:12 pm
Man I think you have a few screws loose. If you think it's a good looking bike maybe you need new glasses. Center stand..... ever try removing your wheels without one. Sure is a pita. maybe you need to learn how to put it up on the center if you can't get it up there now. It doesn't take muscle or weight, only know how. Luggage space, the old 1800 could have used more, so that's right blame everything on someones wife for taking to much. I for one and I know there are others that don't mind riding more then 2 or 3 hrs, why would you call all of us insane ? If you think Honda has done a brilliant job you must have Honda stamped on your arse. maybe you should move to Europe !
There is no reason to attack or belittle someone for stating their opinion Rayvn. Everyone has an opinion and they are entitled to it. If an opinion differs from yours, it doesn't mean it is incorrect. It is after all just an opinion.
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by GramKate » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:52 am

Apparently Honda thinks that everyone who might want one of their new Goldwings owns an Apple iphone. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. Those of us who own a Goldwing probably own a smart phone, but a lot of us own Samsung or other Android phones. That makes that fancy new radio system useless to us. We were seriously considering a new model, but if the reduction in luggage space wasn't a deal breaker, the Apple iphone (only) compatible radio system definitely is.
Honda has had ample opportunity to hear what their Goldwing owners have been requesting of their motorcycles; yet they continue to ignore the requests and suggestions. Shame on them!

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by FM-USA » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:09 pm

Always the possibility Honda is getting a substantial kickback from Apple for this Apple only connection.
MOOCHO-MOOLAH IN but we see no break in the Wings price.

Hummmm...
Ya-kno... these 2018 Wing changes aren't all that costly to mfg..
Last 17 years of gathering big bucks through few changes, our input and possible Apple kickback, I wonder if in a year or three a completely all new Wing will debut.
Then we had the Patent design leaks, Honda NEVER let that happen before. Throwing us off-track? :roll:
BUT.... this is just conjecture. (Tab-A in SLot-B thinking ;) )
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by Stew » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:55 pm

FM-USA wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:09 pm
...I wonder if in a year or three a completely all new Wing will debut.
Well if people are really that disappointed and vote with their pocketbooks it could happen. Remember when the 2012 Civic got such horrible reviews that Honda gave it an emergency refresh for 2013 after only one year?

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by detdrbuzzard » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:32 pm

don't fool yourself into thinking that the new Goldwing is a sport-tourer, it is not! it is just a lighter Goldwing
I ride my ST 1300 way more than my 1500 wing so I know all about having to take less or resort to strapping on a dry bag
fuel on a bike the size of a wing, more is better. how many of your bikes or cages get exactly the mileage stated by the manufacture?? the one thing I really like about my ST 1300 is the 7.7 gallon gas tank ( not including the 3 gallon fuel cell ), I can stop after 200 miles or not
so what's the price of the center stand that should be standard on the wing
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by MiWinger51 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:19 pm

detdrbuzzard wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:32 pm
don't fool yourself into thinking that the new Goldwing is a sport-tourer, it is not! it is just a lighter Goldwing
I ride my ST 1300 way more than my 1500 wing so I know all about having to take less or resort to strapping on a dry bag
fuel on a bike the size of a wing, more is better. how many of your bikes or cages get exactly the mileage stated by the manufacture?? the one thing I really like about my ST 1300 is the 7.7 gallon gas tank ( not including the 3 gallon fuel cell ), I can stop after 200 miles or not
so what's the price of the center stand that should be standard on the wing
Hello Doc, You are the only person I've ever ridden with that can ride all day long and never have to worry about gas. :D I'm already looking forward to spring and riding season to be officially on in Michigan. I will text you in the spring when we can get together with Corky and do a ride. Keep the mighty ST1300 gassed up and ready to go when the temps start rising.
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by detdrbuzzard » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:32 pm

MiWinger51 wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:19 pm
detdrbuzzard wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:32 pm
don't fool yourself into thinking that the new Goldwing is a sport-tourer, it is not! it is just a lighter Goldwing
I ride my ST 1300 way more than my 1500 wing so I know all about having to take less or resort to strapping on a dry bag
fuel on a bike the size of a wing, more is better. how many of your bikes or cages get exactly the mileage stated by the manufacture?? the one thing I really like about my ST 1300 is the 7.7 gallon gas tank ( not including the 3 gallon fuel cell ), I can stop after 200 miles or not
so what's the price of the center stand that should be standard on the wing
Hello Doc, You are the only person I've ever ridden with that can ride all day long and never have to worry about gas. :D I'm already looking forward to spring and riding season to be officially on in Michigan. I will text you in the spring when we can get together with Corky and do a ride. Keep the mighty ST1300 gassed up and ready to go when the temps start rising.
sounds good to me, hope you're not riding one of those new wings that don't have a center stand or hold enough gas :) when I take a long trip on my wing I never leave home without the 2+
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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by Mag » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:08 am

My view is
- This bike is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE.....no way I am going to spend $25k on a bike, I just can't get my pockets around that.

This being said, when my 1500 decides to die, then I will need to decide what I want to do. What entices me to the wing is the manageability of its size. Yes, it is big, and I have to admit, people see me on the road. Can not say no to that. Also, I get 42 to gallon avg on my bike now and with the big tank, I am satisfied. Granted, if I had better electronics, that would be great, but it is not a deal breaker, also I do like the reverse, easy to back out of my garage spot, etc. If more large bikes had reverse, it would be harder for me to choose what I would ride.

Sounds like I will be buying older bikes here on out, and that is ok for me.

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by WingVetteGSXR » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:12 pm

Roypaul wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 pm
The new wing looks and sounds awesome. Can't believe some of the responses. First there's a lot of bitching and moaning about no changes to the wing and how "old and outdated" it was. So Honda comes up with something truly unique and different!
The big moans seem to be 1. Less fuel tank size- don't understand- who the hell wants to go more than 2-3 hrs. Without stopping- insane if you do! Secondly- the luggage space is too small- hey, it's not a f------ truck! It's a motorcycle . You have to train your wife to take less **** with her.
My wife and I just spent the last year in the UK and Europe on the wing. Most awesome experience ever!! We had everything we needed with just one small extra bag on a rack on the top box.
The less weight is awesome !
As for getting rid of the centre stand- best thing ever. I never ever ever use the damn thing because you need 3 people to lift the damn thing onto the stand!
In Europe we saw literally thousands and thousands of bikes- many with 2 up- the Europeans take their partners with them A LOT! The wing got more looks than any other bike .
VERY FEW K1600's but tons of other bmw's- more than any other bike.
I think Honda has done a brilliant job!
Dude, I'm 5'9" and 62 years old. I can put my '03 on it's stand wearing soft thongs. You don't need to muscle it, just put your weight on the stand with your right foot, grab the handlebar and passenger handhold, and lean towards the rear of the bike.

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by Big Red 94 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:59 am

I love the look, and that it had a front end upgrade. Until I have ridden it, and gone over it and, and then think hard about losing all that luggage space, will I decide. I have a 2004 / 1800 and sometimes it lacks the space I need to get my gear around. The other thing is, The Apple system...I hate Apple/Iphone. Very big let down.
So i guess I will test ride, but probably give it a big wide birth because of the storage and bloody Apple crap.

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by WingVetteGSXR » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:34 pm

Honda, if you are reading this, as soon as you fix the storage issue, you are going to have myself and many others placing orders.

Thanks

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by Oldbear » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:33 am

20 some years ago this would have been amazing. But it seems they have just copied ideas from their competition. Is there any real innovation? Sure its all new plastic and a new engine, but the "new" features on the old designs would have been about the same. It's like saying that the F6B was a new and wonderful full redesigned bike model rather than a Goldwing without the truck and a shorter windscreen. I'm not impressed. I was happy with the features on my 83 Aspencade - I'm not interested in this new bike.
My wife is the greatest - she won't let me sell my bike - I'm less grumpy when I ride...

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Re: New 2018 Goldwing Survey

Post by WingVetteGSXR » Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:24 pm

So what technology would you recommend that Honda put on the new Wing that isn't there now?

Maybe blind spot monitoring. Could have made the LCD a touchscreen, but thumb control is probably safer. Maybe given us more ability to do things with Nav other than adding " go home and waypoint deletion" like they did, but that's an issue for the lawyers. Re: apply car play, that technology wasn't even on the drawing board 20 years ago.

Other than blind spot monitoring by flashing warning lights on the mirror, I really can't imagine what this bike is behind on?

True, you could make the argument that none of what I pasted below isn't "revolutionary", but to say that this bike isn't a huge leap from my '03 compared to your '83's advancement over the 1000? I had an '83 also. All it added was a fairing, storage, and another 100 cc's.

Now, having defended Honda on the technology, I'm disappointed in the lack of a real power increase, and I'm probably not going to place an order until the saddlebags are fixed. But that's a different issue.

Really dude. :?


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2018 Gold Wing Key Updates
Lighter overall package results in improved handling and maneuverability
More compact, lighter engine with four-valve head and Unicam valve train
Available seven-speed DCT with Walking Mode forward/reverse
Six-speed manual transmission
Robotically welded aluminum twin-tube frame with revised plate thicknesses
Radially mounted six-piston dual front braking calipers
Double-wishbone front-suspension system
Electrically controlled suspension
Throttle-by-wire with multiple riding modes
Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
Hill Start Assist
Smart Key
Apple CarPlay compatibility
LED lighting
Updated design with 11.8 percent improved aerodynamic efficiency
Electric windscreen adjustment

Overview of Features & Benefits
Design

Improved aerodynamic efficiency by 11.8 percent, to complement improved power-to-weight ratio and extend fuel mileage
Compact side-mount radiator with higher performance allows for narrower front cowl
New air-guiding ducts flow optimal amounts of air into the seat space, allowing a true motorcycling experience
Electric windscreen, in varying heights depending on model, gives rider control over airflow through stepless adjustment for height and angle
LED headlight provides new “wing line”
LED turn signals with auto-cancelling function are integrated into mirrors at the front and into the taillights at the rear
Two-piece seat is shaped in a way that allows the rider to easily move around in the saddle during spirited riding, and for passenger to tour in comfort
Engine / Drivetrain

All-new 1,833cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine offers low center of gravity, minimal vibration, and quiet running
New SCM440H material for the crankshaft is stronger, allowing the crankshaft to be made more compact
Unicam® valve train offers weight savings and improved fuel efficiency, while also contributing to engine’s more compact dimensions
Four-valve head improves combustion efficiency and fuel efficiency
Aluminum cylinder sleeves for reduced weight
29mm shorter engine (from front to rear of left cylinder head) enables engine and rider position to be moved forward in chassis to put more weight on the front, promoting sporty handling
Single, 50mm throttle body for reduced weight
Intake-manifold volume reduced by 10 percent for more direct flow of air to combustion chamber, for improved responsiveness
Enhanced exhaust sound achieved through reduction in pipe diameter on two of the six cylinders and removal of fiberglass in muffler
Fuel economy improved by 20 percent, enabling fuel tank to be made smaller for better vehicle packaging and reduced weight
Manual transmission-equipped engine is 13.7 pounds lighter than previous-generation engine
DCT-equipped engine is 8.4 pounds lighter than previous-generation manual-transmission engine
DCT features Walking Mode for creeping forward and backward (.75 mph in reverse direction, 1.1 mph in forward direction)
On DCT models, removal of reverse idle shaft needed in conventional transmission saves weight
Reduced shift shock and noise on DCT models through use of fork-shaft dampers, master-arm damper, and DCT clutch-center damper
Both new transmission options allow quieter running and lower engine speeds during high-speed cruising
Assist and slipper clutch on manual-transmission models have reduced lever effort by 20 percent, and reduced shift shock on downshifts
Cam damper on manual-transmission model reduces shift noise and shift shock
Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) saves weight and improves quietness at start-up
Technologies

Throttle-by-wire system provides basis for advanced electronics package
Four riding modes—Tour, Sport, Econ, and Rain—help tailor the riding experience for specific riding conditions
On Tour models, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system manages rear-wheel slip
Hill Start Assist makes it easier to start from a stop on an ascent
Optimized cruise-control function for relaxed cruising
Smart Key for keyless starts and bag access
Vehicle Viewfinder system simplifies locating motorcycle, for instance in larger parking lots
Tire Pressure Monitoring System provides real-time status of tire pressure, also indicating when tire pressure drops below a certain level
Apple CarPlay™ compatibility enables the rider to access Apple Music and Maps, make phone calls, and send dictated messages using Siri
7-inch full-color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display offers clear viewing of audio and navigation systems, as well as settings for individual rider-aid systems
Chassis / Suspension

Robotically welded aluminum twin-spar frame
Revised plate thicknesses in frame spars achieve optimized rigidity and flex characteristics
Single-sided swingarm with new pivot-area structure
Frame and swingarm are 4.4 pounds lighter
Shorter seat rail moves rider and passenger forward, enabling better mass centralization
Twin 320mm front-brake rotors, single 316mm rear rotor, for excellent stopping power
Radially mounted 6-piston dual front-brake calipers and single three-piston rear-brake caliper
Electronically controlled combined braking system with ABS uses single modulator for reduced weight
Tires specifically designed for Gold Wing, in sizes 200/55-R16 (rear) and 130/70-18 (front)
Double-wishbone front-suspension system reduces friction and enhances agility, reducing total shock transferred to the handlebars by 30 percent; inertial mass of components operated by handlebars is reduced by 40 percent
Bearings for all shaft bushings on front-suspension system reduce friction for both stroke and steering
Double-wishbone front-suspension system leads to more compact vehicle package, as new stroke trajectory allows more forward engine location
Pro-Link® rear-suspension system ensures comfortable ride
Convenient electrically controlled suspension-damping adjustment uses stepping motor acting on a needle to control oil flow rate


Additional Standout Features
Weighs over 80 pounds less than its predecessor while still offering comfortable touring capability
30-liter storage capacity each for left and right saddlebags
50-liter storage capacity for rear luggage case on Gold Wing Tour models (optional on Gold Wing models)
Dampers on saddlebag and rear luggage-case lids, for smooth operation
Airbag model’s collision judgment system arranged closer to the center of gravity for better mass centralization



Ride safe all.

Oldbear wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:33 am
20 some years ago this would have been amazing. But it seems they have just copied ideas from their competition. Is there any real innovation? Sure its all new plastic and a new engine, but the "new" features on the old designs would have been about the same. It's like saying that the F6B was a new and wonderful full redesigned bike model rather than a Goldwing without the truck and a shorter windscreen. I'm not impressed. I was happy with the features on my 83 Aspencade - I'm not interested in this new bike.



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