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dtrider
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I have a wonderful wife

Post by dtrider » Mon May 21, 2018 3:11 pm



Took my 2012 in to the dealer this morning to get the leaking front fork seals replaced (just not going to have the time to do it myself before we leave for our summer trip). While I was in there I noticed that they have a "new" 2017 on the floor next to the "newer" 2018s. I mentioned it to my wife and she commented "Maybe we should see what they would give us in trade."

I have a wonderful wife.
/dwight


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Post by larryc » Mon May 21, 2018 4:25 pm

Yeah, I'd say you do.

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Post by themainviking » Mon May 21, 2018 7:33 pm

Yeah, me too - I have a wonderful wife. When I asked her if she would get upset if I bought a Goldwing, she laughed out loud and hung up the phone. So, I looked online to see if they still had any brand new ones available, and they did, so I ordered one. When she got home I told her, and she laughed out loud again. She did not think I was serious, as I had been riding Harleys for 45 years. Now I have been riding a Goldwing for just over seven years and she ain't laughing any more, but I am. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :twisted:

Congrats Dwight if you go for it...
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Post by dtrider » Mon May 21, 2018 8:04 pm

At the moment it's not going to happen. They are offering me $9000 for my bike and they have discounted the 2017 to $21,200 + fees. So in other words it would be $13,000 out the door which is more than I want to drop at the moment.

However my wife (did I mention how wonderful she is?) is still trying to justify it. Stay tuned....
/dwight
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Post by themainviking » Tue May 22, 2018 6:06 am

That ain't bad for a dealership. They are a tad lower on the trade than you could sell your 2012 for (quite a tad) so maybe buy the 2017 and privately sell the 2012. The way it works up here, if they give you that amount for your bike, then the taxes as well come off the taxes on the new bike. Dunno if you get that there. It looks like the dealership wants to make a few grand on each bike, and that is why they are in business.
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Post by dtrider » Tue May 22, 2018 11:55 am

I'm going to have to let it go. I just can't see shelling out $13K for essentially the same bike that I already have, plus another $1k for the farkles. Yes it is newer and would possibly last longer than my current bike, but that $13k will pay for a lot of maintenance and repairs. I just don't think it would be a smart move on my part right now. Who knows? Maybe Honda will come to their senses and correct the shortcomings of the Goldwing Tour in the next couple of years.

Needless to say my wife is kind of disappointed. She was really trying to convince me to go for it. Maybe I should spend some of that money on some passenger highway pegs for her.

/dwight
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Post by Harp » Wed May 23, 2018 11:06 pm

Me too! I took care of my F-i-l during his last months. After he passed, my wife asked if I would deal with the estate and not return to work. After this was done, my wife asked me to take her to the motorcycle dealership. We looked at a few bikes, Harley, Victory and then went over to the Honda dealer where she bought me a 2014 Goldwing. I'd say that puts her in the wonderful wife category, as well. She also put up with all my weirdness for the past 25 years (25th in August) - great woman and I'm a lucky guy

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Post by RockportDave » Thu May 24, 2018 8:23 pm

My wife and I used to ride a lot when kids were young, even took our honeymoon on a 1985 LTD. Fast forward 20 some odd years and 5 cars for 5 kids later, I rode my youngest son’s Vulcan Vaquero and started browsing Craigslist and found our 1999 SE. She was more excited than me (and I was excited). She helped me tear it down to the carbs and get it back together and is always ready to get on the road.
The only thing she wants is passenger armrests which I’ll add soon.
She did tell me to stay away from the dealers, no test rides of new ones. Said she is happy with our ‘99.
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Post by Asphaltmaniac » Fri May 25, 2018 6:47 pm

dtrider wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 8:04 pm
At the moment it's not going to happen. They are offering me $9000 for my bike and they have discounted the 2017 to $21,200 + fees. So in other words it would be $13,000 out the door which is more than I want to drop at the moment.

However my wife (did I mention how wonderful she is?) is still trying to justify it. Stay tuned....
/dwight
is it in her favorite color? ha!

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Post by RockportDave » Fri May 25, 2018 8:27 pm

Will she let you pick the color and options? Decisions decisions...
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Post by dtrider » Sun May 27, 2018 9:11 am

Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 6:47 pm
is it in her favorite color? ha!
Sort of. It was the candy apple red. Not exactly her favorite, but she has never been particularly fond of having a black bike. Still wouldn't be worth that kind of money just to change the color. I could probably get a custom paint job for less.

/dwight
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Post by RockportDave » Sun May 27, 2018 10:44 am

I’m with you on the costs. One of my favorite Wings we’ve owned was a 1985 LTD. It was fuel injected and was very comfortable to ride. We took our honeymoon on it. But we recently decided we wanted another GW and I opted for the 1500 for the reverse. We wanted to pay cash for the bike with no payments. We found the 1999 SE for $3500 within 50 miles of home, with low miles, but knew it needed work to run right. About $400 and many tear downs later, we have a GW we really enjoy.
Your 2012 is a beautiful bike and I’m sure has many miles left in it.
Dave
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Re: I have a wonderful wife

Post by themainviking » Mon May 28, 2018 7:06 am

dtrider wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 9:11 am
Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 6:47 pm
is it in her favorite color? ha!
Sort of. It was the candy apple red. Not exactly her favorite, but she has never been particularly fond of having a black bike. Still wouldn't be worth that kind of money just to change the color. I could probably get a custom paint job for less.

/dwight
One thing that is an important consideration. Is your 2012 running perfectly, like a brand new motorcycle should, with no iffy issues in the transmission, etc. , and what kind of mileage have you racked up. If it's all good and you do not have a lot of miles, then your 2012 is probably going to treat you right well into this century. There are still lots of 1000s, 1100s, 1200s and 1500s still running strong on the road, so, you are likely in no danger of the 2012 quitting on you. The only thing that could even possibly be another consideration would be that the 2012 was the first release after Honda moved Goldwing production back to Japan, but I have not heard any issues with the year model. And they really only made cosmetic changes to the bike anyway. Last consideration - the 2017 has had virtually no changes from the 2012.


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