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Breaking News: Honda Discontinues the Goldwing!?!

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From this article on the Asian Nikkei, Honda is discontinuing ten different models of motorcycles, including the Goldwing, thanks to new, tighter Japanese emissions standards coming into effect this fall. 20 different models from all the Japanese manufacturers are affected:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Envir ... -this-year

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Honda, the world's largest motorcycle company, will retire approximately 10 out of 80 models. The affected bikes include popular models like the CB400 Super Four, a midsized motorcycle which has been a bestseller since the 1990s.

Also on Honda's chopping block are models from the full-sized Gold Wing series, as well as the Benly scooter made for delivery services.
So doesn't sound like ALL the Goldwings...just some. I suspect this might mean the non-DCT Wings will go away.



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Acording to this article brief the Gold Wing is going away! :evil:

https://www.webbikeworld.com/honda-suzu ... ent-501650

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Of course consider the source, but bikes gotta evolve to get cleaner, just as cars are.

One could argue if we need 1800cc of displacement, with the additional frictional losses of six cylinders in a motorcycle these days. I know it brings smooth traction, but so can an electric hybrid engine with half as many cylinders (and half or less of the displacement).

When Honda brought out the 2018 wing, there was rumour they were going to also offer a 4 cylinder hybrid variant, where the front two cylinders had been replaced with an electric system, kind of Toyota Prius idea. I like to think at least this idea was down on paper, if not tried and tested by honda.
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WingAdmin wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:03 pm So doesn't sound like ALL the Goldwings...just some. I suspect this might mean the non-DCT Wings will go away.
Why would the DCT goldwings have lower emissions than those with manual transmissions?
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Emissions are lower on any automatic trans because it can "encourage" you to shift when it is best for emissions purposes, one of the reasons that stick shift cars are hard to find now.
Honda seems to be up a well known creek since new more stringent emission laws have been passed and redesigning an old engine is expensive it's all about how many copies will they sell so as to recover those expenses and still make a profit.
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WingAdmin wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:03 pm Here's a more reliable source:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Envir ... -this-year

An excerpt from this article:
Honda, the world's largest motorcycle company, will retire approximately 10 out of 80 models. The affected bikes include popular models like the CB400 Super Four, a midsized motorcycle which has been a bestseller since the 1990s.

Also on Honda's chopping block are models from the full-sized Gold Wing series, as well as the Benly scooter made for delivery services.
So doesn't sound like ALL the Goldwings...just some. I suspect this might mean the non-DCT Wings will go away.
pointed to a global market. cb400 super4 is where? that may indicate eradication of not only very old engine technology, but also non competitve models that have run their course and cannot compete with the 300cc singles because of cheaper manufactoring and/or tariffs
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Sadanorakman wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:43 pm
WingAdmin wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:03 pm So doesn't sound like ALL the Goldwings...just some. I suspect this might mean the non-DCT Wings will go away.
Why would the DCT goldwings have lower emissions than those with manual transmissions?
One of the ways manufacturers are modifying vehicles to get around the Euro 5 standard is by increasing engine size, so that the engine makes the power at a lower RPM. Lower RPM = lower emissions.

With the DCT, they can program the DCT's computer to shift at lower shift points to keep RPM down and emissions lower. Can't do that with a manual transmission.

Air cooled engines are really up the creek, many manufacturers have already abandoned air-cooled cruisers because of this.
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I posted a video on this...



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So it was discontinued, but then that was cancelled?
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tamathumper wrote: Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:55 am So it was discontinued, but then that was cancelled?
No, the "cancelled" is just a stamp I used on the thumbnail. I couldn't find a "discontinued" stamp image to use. :)
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Brief history here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_ ... _standards

Note that the final auto standard is Euro 7, being discussed now for implementation in 2025. Also note that the auto standard and the 2-/3- wheel standards are harmonized. Thus, if the current configuration can't make the cut, it either is improved or it's eliminated.

Elimination from the market seems to be the easy way out of the jam for all of the Big Four manufacturers, as noted in the article. Whether or not 'Big Red' chooses to improve the model for worldwide sales of ~20,000* units year....cost-benefit analysis is going to be difficult to overcome.


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I think it's mildly funny that people don't start worrying about something until it directly effects them. Human nature eh.

California not withstanding...

I get it, that with such a large land mass, Vs population, that unless you live in a crowded place then emissions just aren't likely to be very high on your agenda.

Kind of ironic that it's the increasing concern about emissions outside of the U.S. that has finally threatened the existence of a product that was inspired by, designed for, (and manufactured in) the U.S. for so many years.

Be a real shame to see the end of the gold wing line after what, 46 years? I hope mother honda decides to do something re hybrid or electric more rapidly to ensure continuity.
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Why not just make them in the US again, on a limited scale, and get back in Marysville Motorcycle Plant? The US market has to account for enough sales to justify some variation or scale of this option.
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In all likelyhood Honda is having to look at the prospect of the US passing regs like those in Japan and the Euro countries. Manufactures have to have a three to ten year or more outlook since they have to plan a long way ahead to know not only what they can sell now but also what will sell years from now (or what they will be allowed to sell). Even US makers are having to think emissions, fuel mileage and should we go electric so it's no wonder Honda is in the same boat.
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Of course I'm rather old school, I remember road draft tubes (look it up kids) and no emission regs at all.
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goldenknight4212 wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 4:44 pm Why not just make them in the US again, on a limited scale, and get back in Marysville Motorcycle Plant? The US market has to account for enough sales to justify some variation or scale of this option.
Since motorcycle manufacturing left Ohio, the plant has significantly grown for auto products.

It was sent to Japan for cost savings. Doubt that your wish would ever happen.
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The trend is pretty clear. I think the yellow was wishful thinking at the presentation where this was given.


Maybe it will be dropped to bring out the PlatinumWing? :roll:
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If will be a sad day when production concludes but then I have no plans to replacement for my 2008 model with something that has yet to be made. Plus my Wing will probably out live me. Same for my 2017 Accord.
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I anticipated Honda would be the first to go with an ecycle. As with cars any company not going electric will be gone in 5 years. GM will be gone. Harley will be late to the party ut has a strong anti change base so they may hang on for a while. I believe a proper wheels forward trike is the real deal . Www.zener-ecite.com may be it?
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What a bunch of unnecessary big brother govt. b.s. :evil:
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Government B.S. is right.
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GLRT wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 9:14 am Www.zener-ecite.com may be it?
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Guess I'll hold on to my 2014 F6B for a while. Could be worth a phat resale price a couple years down the road.
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Typically motorcycle design is 70 years behind automotive. Just look at how long it took for automatic transmissions. How many more years will manufactures like HD stay around with a 110 year old design? Honda and most likely BRP will dominate with electrics ICE is dead.


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