2012 Goldwings


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2012 Goldwings

Postby cw3newt » Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:00 pm



Since GW manufacturing is now in Japan, has quality control suffered?



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Re: 2012 Goldwings

Postby Mike 545 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:01 pm

No. The plant is brand-spanking new; which means, everything is 21st century up to date. The Japanese have always had a high standard of quality control. If you buy a 2012 wing, you will not regret the purchase.

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Re: 2012 Goldwings

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:39 am

Don't care where it's built. This bike has been in production since 2001. All process controls should have been perfected a long time ago. This should be a problem free, 100% perfect vehicle.
But, alas, tis put together by humans! There are going to be some concerns along the way.
Some on going concerns seem to have been ignored by Honda (wobble, ghost shifting, poor suspension, etc.)
Since Honda decided to move the Wing to the Land of the Rising Sun, if I ever purchase another bike, it won't be a Wing.
I know, it's impossible to buy 100% American but at least the largest percentage of the profit stays here buying from a American based company.

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Re: 2012 Goldwings

Postby Mike 545 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:29 am

I think where something is built does matter. The previous Goldwing production location had been around for awhile; it was time to invest in improvements - sometimes, building new isn't all that move expensive.

I would prefer that production stayed in the States, myself. But even most American companies no longer produce here. Look at Apple; it is an American company; but all production is outsourced to China.

The issues you discuss: wobble, ghost shifting, and poor suspension have, pretty much, been ironed-out. Take a 2012 Wing out for a test ride - make it a good ride.

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Re: 2012 Goldwings

Postby tfdeputydawg » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:58 am

Complete new tooling for the Wing in Japan did not happen! Most tooling was transferred to the new plant from the states.
Those items I mentioned have not been ironed out, IMHO.
I have reviewed the 2012 Wing and find no improvements over previous Wings!
Matter of fact, again IMHO, I find it cheapened in looks w/the multi-color finishes applied in various places, reverting to "old" lamps in the trunk, and the ugliest lamp below the trunk I have ever seen on a bike.
The main silver on the fairing was taken from and makes the bike, on first glance, look like a BMW.
The front suspension "feels" just like previous Wing when they were brand new.
YMMV, as I'm sure there are many that disagree w/my assessment as a few are being sold. But, already, there are large discounts and added incentives to get them sold!

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Re: 2012 Goldwings

Postby Mike 545 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:06 pm

I can't disagree with you about the paint; I prefer solid colors, myself.

Let's see what a 2013 looks like; let's see how it handles.

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Re: 2012 Goldwings

Postby timboo » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:54 pm

I'm getting ready to buy a brand new one. Don't care where it is built. After a test ride it is the most comfortable bike to ride for me! If I don't like the paint, I will have it painted the way I like it. One guy painted his all blue. Probably will wait to see what the 13's look like before I purchase.

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Re: 2012 Goldwings

Postby GreenDragon » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:33 pm

I am just anxious to see the 2013's. If no serious improvements, I'll keep the "03" I have and wait another year. The "03" only has 90,000 on the clock, so I have plenty of time.


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