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Post by toanogreen » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:45 am

Thank you for the beautiful pictures and descriptions on the new Goldwing and other bikes. I'm not in the market to buy another bike, but maybe in 10 years I may upgrade. After looking at pictures, videos, evaluations from many outlets, outside of technology upgrades I haven't seen anything that would entice me to buy a new Goldwing. In terms of looks, I actually like the loaded BMW K1600 GTL and the Can-Am more. The pictures of the GL1000 take me back to where I wish motocycles were; simple, powerful, and beautiful without gimicks.

I realize anything new takes time to adjust to, so I'll wait for "real" riders evaluations from long use and real touring adventures. Just my opinion.

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Post by Mh434 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:21 pm

brettchallenger wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:07 am
I have long legs and short arms
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LOL!! So true!! In Italian cars, you need to have really long arms, and really short legs!

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Post by Alan_Hepburn » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:19 pm

Ralf_CT wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:05 am
Great pics and videos... but couldn't the goldwingdocs.com logo be smaller and placed somewhere in the bottom RH corner, it overpowers everything else?
Technically, that logo is called a Watermark, and it's intent is to make it a lot more difficult for someone to steal the copyrighted artwork...
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Mh434 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:21 pm
brettchallenger wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:07 am
I have long legs and short arms
Never contemplate owning an Italian car!
LOL!! So true!! In Italian cars, you need to have really long arms, and really short legs!
I have had the opportunity to drive a couple different Ferraris in my life (a 1979 308GTS, and a 1981 512BB) as well as a late 80's Alfa Romeo Spider, and I can tell you that this is 100% true! :)

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Post by GLer » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:54 pm

can you wrap a tie down strap around those read passenger handle holder?

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GLer wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:54 pm
can you wrap a tie down strap around those read passenger handle holder?
No, they aren't a handle per se that you can get your fingers around - more like a protrusion that you can hook your fingers underneath. So you can't loop something through them like you can the old handles.

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Post by Kactus59 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:16 pm

Thanks WingAdmin for the in-depth report of the new Gold Wing. With all the previous reports and reviews about lack of storage and lack of passenger comfort and amenities, the new and improved offerings still had me intrigued at the prospect of trading up, However, your wonderful and very informative review has made me realize that Honda really missed it for the most part and maybe they will back track a bit in the coming years and stick with what we expect and need from our Wings and change only what really needs changing. I'm sure the new front end, electronics, new engine design and trans options could be coupled with the storage capacity of the 1500 and the agility and power of the 1800. You got my head out of the clouds and I realize that I will stick with what I have for a few more years, and then maybe Honda will hit it right on all counts. Thanks again for taking your time to enlighten all of us with the true reality of what the new Wing is and not give a sales pitch!

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Post by raygald » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:43 pm

Thanks for pictures and comments about new GW. It looks that some covers are absent on the bottom sides of the engine, to cover rear brake oil tank and parts of the engine, as these covers are on the former GL1800? Are there good grips to ease the pulling up of the bike if we drop it? Passenger grips on former GL1800 are easy to grab for this purpose.
I guess you are eager to ride it when available for Demo Rides? Wishing you're gonna do a report after the test ride: ease of operation of buttons, radio power against road and wind noise, wind protection, comfort of seats, difference of drive vs former GL1800, etc.

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Post by toanogreen » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:48 am

minimac wrote:
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I had previously read Freds report and felt it sounded as though it was written by the Honda advertising department. Please tell me how two people can fit everything needed for two weeks of traveling(even if it was only three days clothing for each) in that tiny trunk.
Scott, that was a nice report and reviews. IMHO, the new wing is, for the most part, nice looking. I don't care for the looks from the rear, but I don't see it when I'm riding, so that's OK.There's no excuse to have to pay extra for wind wings on a bike costing over $20K, to get the wind protection that should be there. Because I'm old, I don't like all that stuff on the display. You have to be a Rhodes scholar to figure it all out, especially since it doesn't seem to be intuitive. It seems as though the trunk and bags are configured as to be minimally useful, and the lack of passenger comfort-especially compared to previous models- would cancel out the big improvement in ride ability. I wonder why it took Honda so long to figure out that by adding weight towards the front (moving the engine forward)would improve the ride. Of course being the first year of a new model, there's bound to be improvements and refinements coming, so maybe in another two years or so, I'll part with my 1500.
That poor Yamaha could be a nice alternative but as pointed out, that backrest is absolutely awful, and why the jiggly Vtwin? Heck, my old Suzuki Cavalcade had a great, smooth, powerful, V4....and that was thirty years ago.
Until the motorcycle manufacturers listen to actual riders, instead of trying to tell us what we want, I guess we'll continue to get not very well thought out gadgets. Rant over.....
Amen! I like my 1800, but I loved my 1500's. Sometimes I still wish I had kept it.

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Post by toanogreen » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:56 am

jbaviera wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:53 am
Mh434 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:56 am
There are some wild technologies coming out on bikes, that's for sure - but for long distance hauling, it's hard to beat the storage space & comfort of a GL1500. I'm not sure I'm convinced to change up...
Agreed, and I'm new to the GW. (95 GL1500A spring of '17) Have to admit, I'd like to take the front suspension and engine and put them on my 1500. That or, find a way to put the rear plastics on the back of the new Wing. Want that room, as I need to travel with my CPAP, though not that big, in that small trunk, over half the space will be gone.
This is a perfect case where size does matter!!

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Post by dtrider » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:32 am

Thanks for the review WA. This pretty much confirms my thoughts that the '18 GW is not in my future. It's not just the storage space. The real deal breaker for me is the passenger comfort. When you mentioned that you found the rear seat uncomfortable and that several other people at the show mentioned the same thing, that pretty much clinched it. The whole reason that I have a GW is for my wife's comfort so that she will stay interested in riding with me. If it wasn't for that I might still be riding my old V-Star.

I was talking to her about the review last night and she told me that maybe I should go out and get a '17 now. That way we would have a good low-mileage bike that will last us for the rest of our riding days. I always did like the way that she thinks. And that gentlemen is why I like to keep her comfortable. :D
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Post by Ravyn » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:21 pm

That has got to be the ugliest gold wing ever. There is nothing I like about it except the blue color. That thing looks like a ugly Victory vision only worse. Plus all the other negative things said about I would not buy that thing if it were half the price. And what's this bullcrap about only 100 miles per tank. On a touring bike.....really....I find that hard to believe but if it's true what the he!! has Honda been smoken !!! My 2002 Wing will do 240 miles on tank before the light comes on and my 1994 SE, 1500 with a champion 3 side car will do 150 miles before needing fuel.
Phttttttt, I am done with Honda. If I ever need to buy another bike it wont be a Wing. And that new Journey is a close second to the wing when it comes to ugly. OK, rant over...... :roll:

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Post by WingAdmin » Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:33 pm

Rayvn wrote:
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That has got to be the ugliest gold wing ever. There is nothing I like about it except the blue color. That thing looks like a ugly Victory vision only worse. Plus all the other negative things said about I would not buy that thing if it were half the price. And what's this bullcrap about only 100 miles per tank. On a touring bike.....really....I find that hard to believe but if it's true what the he!! has Honda been smoken !!! My 2002 Wing will do 240 miles on tank before the light comes on and my 1994 SE, 1500 with a champion 3 side car will do 150 miles before needing fuel.
Phttttttt, I am done with Honda. If I ever need to buy another bike it wont be a Wing. And that new Journey is a close second to the wing when it comes to ugly. OK, rant over...... :roll:
The new GL1800 is expected to do around 200 miles on a tank, not 100 - but that's still not great.

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The new GL1800 is expected to do around 200 miles on a tank, not 100 - but that's still not great.
That is about all any of my Goldwings have ever got.... at 185 miles, I better be pulling into a gas station.... none of them have ever averaged over 33 mpg averaged over a year's record keeping.
That was with the Tulsa Tall windscreens..... a 94, a 98, and now the 2002.
I have a spreadsheet on the '98 showing a trip from Florida to Corpus Christi, to Phoenix, AZ and the average was 33 mpg over 3,000+ miles.

Lately, with a new screen, a little bit lower, it is getting 36 mpg
Here is a picture of the last year's totals.
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AZgl1800 wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:41 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
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The new GL1800 is expected to do around 200 miles on a tank, not 100 - but that's still not great.
That is about all any of my Goldwings have ever got.... at 185 miles, I better be pulling into a gas station.... none of them have ever averaged over 33 mpg averaged over a year's record keeping.
That was with the Tulsa Tall windscreens..... a 94, a 98, and now the 2002.
I have a spreadsheet on the '98 showing a trip from Florida to Corpus Christi, to Phoenix, AZ and the average was 33 mpg over 3,000+ miles.

Lately, with a new screen, a little bit lower, it is getting 36 mpg
Here is a picture of the last year's totals.
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Hi John. You must be hard on the throttle. hehehe I am on my 6th wing and they have all got between 40 and 45 mpg. my 2002 and my old 1993 with 170,000 miles on it when I sold it got 38 mpg pulling my quick kamp trailer riding two up. maybe it's the weather out here. hahaha you better move to the wet coast. :-) My new to me rig a 1994 gl1500se with ony 42,000 miles on it got about 32 miles per gallon and thats with a champion 3 side hack loader to the hilt coming back from MO. to Wa. state .

I have something for you I will be putting in the mail on Monday. :-)

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Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:41 pm

Rayvn wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:19 pm
AZgl1800 wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:41 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:33 pm
The new GL1800 is expected to do around 200 miles on a tank, not 100 - but that's still not great.
That is about all any of my Goldwings have ever got.... at 185 miles, I better be pulling into a gas station.... none of them have ever averaged over 33 mpg averaged over a year's record keeping.
That was with the Tulsa Tall windscreens..... a 94, a 98, and now the 2002.
I have a spreadsheet on the '98 showing a trip from Florida to Corpus Christi, to Phoenix, AZ and the average was 33 mpg over 3,000+ miles.

Lately, with a new screen, a little bit lower, it is getting 36 mpg
Here is a picture of the last year's totals.
.
Hi John. You must be hard on the throttle. hehehe I am on my 6th wing and they have all got between 40 and 45 mpg. my 2002 and my old 1993 with 170,000 miles on it when I sold it got 38 mpg pulling my quick kamp trailer riding two up. maybe it's the weather out here. hahaha you better move to the wet coast. :-) My new to me rig a 1994 gl1500se with ony 42,000 miles on it got about 32 miles per gallon and thats with a champion 3 side hack loader to the hilt coming back from MO. to Wa. state .

I have something for you I will be putting in the mail on Monday. :-)

Nope, not really, I have always lived in the Wide Open Rural Areas, and when I get on the bike, the road ahead is 100 miles+ and almost as straight as a string. Very few trees to look at, a lot of hay meadows with their rolls of winter hay laying all over the pastures.... rarely is there a bridge to slow down for, and rarely does the tach get below 3200 RPM, even when pulling the trailer, I just set the cruise at what the law allows and add 3+ more. So, that means I am running through a full tank of gas w/o stopping at 80+ mph usually.

The very rare times, I have been riding and just looking at fall foliage, the same bike turned in 39 mpg.... it has never done any better than that. No mountains here to slow me down, no twisties to slow down for, just straight as a ruler.

All of my bikes have had Tulsa Tall windscreens, and that adds a lot of resistance, meaning a lot more fuel to burn at 80 mph.... I have a new Madstad windscreen that will be installed if the temps ever get above freezing.

this is today's temp, when I went out to get some pictures of the GPS
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Post by tigi » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:38 pm

Thanks Wingadmin for the great pictures and the article. I'am going to ask santa for one at Christmas !

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Post by brettchallenger » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:24 am

rarely does the tach get below 3200 RPM
I take it you are getting your machine into overdrive as early as you can? I have seen a number of videos of riders out with their bikes and have counted the gears as they change up, it is clear some are very happy to cruise along at 50/60mph in 4th gear, and rarely venturing up into overdrive.
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Post by samellring » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:38 pm

Thank you for the detailed information regarding the new Goldwing.
St. Louis had their own show in mid January and only had one to look, touch, etc...
Personally, I found that there are too many extras on the panel that (to me) would cause a lot of distractions.
Hopefully, when the weather gets better and I can spare a weekend, will go to the nearest dealer and take for a test ride and have a better perspective.

As for the new Yamaha touring bike, had the opportunity to test ride one during demo days last year and found that the starting process was over complicated for a fob style starter.
I found the ride average, the shifting clunky and the engine 'HOT' even while riding. I was not the only demo rider who commented on that to the demo crew.
I am glad that the dealer had the demo day and hoping they will have one for the Honda Goldwing.

Look forward to hearing what others think and saw.

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Post by Stew » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:37 pm

Earlier today I stopped in at Everett Powersports to have a look at the new Goldwing in person and throw my leg over it. Yeah, they are pretty nice, but I don't think that was ever in doubt. My perspective is from a recent newcomer to Goldwings and the limited Goldwing experience I have is almost all with my 1500. A couple of quick observations were that while the ergonomics felt good the seat did feel firmer than the very comfortable 1500. It had a much narrower, nimble, sporty feel vs the 1500 and when rocking it back and forth between my legs while standing it did feel lighter, I think the seat felt slightly higher as well.

The trunk capacity looked bigger than I was expecting but the saddlebags were very much smaller than the 1500, as we already know. There are no heater vents in the fairing (or anywhere else) like on the 1500 but the salesman said some heating was accomplished via airflow around the engine, but if true and no way to direct or manage it, it will be interesting to hear from people when they start riding in cold weather how that all works.

He said I could demo it anytime I wanted, that they were excited to get people on it and see how it rides, I declined today because the roads are icy and wet plus I didn't have any gear with me but you can bet I will be going back when the weather is nicer. Oh, one other thing that seems like an interesting design is the way the side mirrors set outside of the housing, I wonder if there is a reason for that or purely a styling decision.



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Post by minimac » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:41 pm

How was it priced? OTD?

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Post by Stew » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:59 pm

There was a tag on it with the price but I didn't even look. This particular white Tour model I sat on had the passenger arm rest extensions and some LED accent lights that were installed kind of on the underside of the fairing overhang where the light would be shining on your legs.

Oh, there were a couple of older guys there hanging out who wandered on over as I was sitting on it, I said I'd get off so they could have a turn and they said no, no, we're not riding two wheels anymore. They then commented something to the effect that I looked really young to be interested in the Goldwing, I told them that I was 47, one of them said with a chuckle that he was 47 about 40 years ago :) I guess that is the stereotype Honda is trying to change with this new Goldwing.

Edit: One more thing the salesman mentioned was that should you lose the keyfob there is a way to enter a code to be able to start your bike so you don't get stranded.
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Post by WingAdmin » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:31 am

Stew wrote:
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He said I could demo it anytime I wanted, that they were excited to get people on it and see how it rides, I declined today because the roads are icy and wet plus I didn't have any gear with me but you can bet I will be going back when the weather is nicer. Oh, one other thing that seems like an interesting design is the way the side mirrors set outside of the housing, I wonder if there is a reason for that or purely a styling decision.
My understanding is that the mirror design change is purely for aerodynamic reasons. By not having the mirrors set into the housing, and instead sitting them on the "back" of the housing, it lets them reduce the size of the housing, which reduces drag and increases mileage. You'd be surprised at how much drag mirrors actually cause. One day when the DOT gets its head out of the 1940's and allows the use of cameras instead of side mirrors, I'm fairly sure you will see side mirrors disappear from most cars altogether, as manufacturers strive to up their CAFE numbers.

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Post by Ravyn » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:12 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:31 am
Stew wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:37 pm
He said I could demo it anytime I wanted, that they were excited to get people on it and see how it rides, I declined today because the roads are icy and wet plus I didn't have any gear with me but you can bet I will be going back when the weather is nicer. Oh, one other thing that seems like an interesting design is the way the side mirrors set outside of the housing, I wonder if there is a reason for that or purely a styling decision.
My understanding is that the mirror design change is purely for aerodynamic reasons. By not having the mirrors set into the housing, and instead sitting them on the "back" of the housing, it lets them reduce the size of the housing, which reduces drag and increases mileage. You'd be surprised at how much drag mirrors actually cause. One day when the DOT gets its head out of the 1940's and allows the use of cameras instead of side mirrors, I'm fairly sure you will see side mirrors disappear from most cars altogether, as manufacturers strive to up their CAFE numbers.
" . One day when the DOT gets its head out of the 1940's and allows the use of cameras instead of side mirrors, I'm fairly sure you will see side mirrors disappear from most cars altogether, "

Dang, I hope that never happens ! :-)



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