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New Goldwing Announced

It appears that the changes were very minor!

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"A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windscreen-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 4.0 inches of travel. Operated manually, the mechanism eliminates the weight and complexity of electric motors.

"Curb Weight*: 904 - 933 pounds, depending on option packages selected.

Look at all the weight they saved by leaving out an electrically adjustable windscreen!

We rode a GL1800 for a few days last summer in the mountains of the Apache National Forest and Gila National forest in AZ and NM. We were surprized that the GL handled as well as it did, but it isn't an LT and we didn't come away from the experience wanting to trade the LT for a GL.

It seems that the new 2010 GL is basically the same bike with new electronic packages and other options, no?
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Lots of incremental improvements and some new features/gadgets. I think the appearance/cosmetic changes are a big step forward. I like it!

Interesting to note they are putting the Honda logo on the sides.

I was hoping they would finally add an electric windscreen. I think that engine can handle the additional weight which they cite as a reason for not including it.


Looks like Charlie beat me to the "windsreen vs. weight" comment. We're thinking along the same lines.

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Re: New Goldwing Announced

The most exciting new spec I see is the clear coated wheels. That was the most annoying thing I found about my two previous Wings; they would seem to tarnish practically overnight!

I don't see enough changes to entice owners to trade up unless they have high mileage on their current Wing.

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Re: New Goldwing Announced

Thanks for posting. It confirms my choice to pre-order a GTL. A great bike with sewing-machine smooth engine and gobs of power, but a tired design....not for me.

While 900+ pounds might help a bit when riding in 40 mph cross winds on the interstate, my preference is lighter, leaner, nimbler, quicker when the road gets twisty...

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Re: New Goldwing Announced

Wow -- One look at the literally *dozens* of individual switches all over the front 1/2 of the bike, and the BMW left grip multi-controller wheel starts making a *lot* more sense!


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Looks like the love-child of an older wing and a Victory Vision. You know, sort of how your middle child looks an awful lot like the postman . . .

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Re: New Goldwing Announced

Of course, I HAVE to play devil's advocate.

But before I do that, let me say that I just CANNOT believe they didn't redesign it more than they did. Also, that they didn't put that pig on a diet!!! And that they STILL don't have an electric windshield. REALLY?!?! That's absurd!

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A great bike with sewing-machine smooth engine and gobs of power, but a tired design....not for me.
That didn't stop you from buying an 11-year-old design when you bought that '09 LT.

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Wow -- One look at the literally *dozens* of individual switches all over the front 1/2 of the bike, and the BMW left grip multi-controller wheel starts making a *lot* more sense!
"individual switches" have their pros and cons. I would guess that an older clientele would want individual switches as they are less confusing. 1 button = 1 function ... simple. Also, if the multi-function "multi-controller wheel" fails, you lose a LOT of functions ... instead of just one. Mind you, I'm ALL ABOUT the multi-controller wheel. My '10 Connie has one button for scrolling through 6 different functions as well. I like it.

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Looks like the love-child of an older wing and a Victory Vision.
I guess I do see a bit of "Vision" in the new model. Now I'm just confused.

The taillights on the trunk don't match the bike's taillights! What the heck is going on over at Honda?!?!?!?!

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I recognize where all their "riders on the go" shots were taken. It's just north of Cambria, CA near the old lighthouse and Piedras Blancas. Joe - You may have missed it as we were going just over the speed limit when we rode through there a few years back.

Piedras Blancas is know for being an elephant seal rookery with hundreds of them around most of the time, including a large number of the large males well into the 2-3000 pound range. I guess the Wing was in good company there.

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So I read the initial post, read the article and just like everyone else I keyed on the lame excuse for a manual windshield adjustment:


- A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windscreen-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 4.0 inches of travel. Operated manually, the mechanism eliminates the weight and complexity of electric motors

I'll keep the weight and complexity of the electric adjust. Thank you just the same.

One thought on integrated electronic features especially GPS and stereos. This applies to ANY make/model.

Why would anyone want these items integrated into the bike except for aesthetics. Look at how far technology has come in the area of GPS and audio. The new products of 3 years ago are seriously dated today.

$28,000 for a motorcycle!!!! Yipes!!!!

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Looks like Honda Japan wanted to save some money with the "new model". for me it is just a facelift.
Well, there is another thing that I really don`t like. the hole between the handle bar and the fairing is still there.

I do love my old LT

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[QUOTE=mneblett]Wow -- One look at the literally *dozens* of individual switches all over the front 1/2 of the bike, and the BMW left grip multi-controller wheel starts making a *lot* more sense!

But I bet the Goldwing switchgear actually works consistently and won't leave you stranded somewhere. Sorry couldn't resist!
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I guess I do see a bit of "Vision" in the new model. Now I'm just confused.

The taillights on the trunk don't match the bike's taillights! What the heck is going on over at Honda?!?!?!?!
(1) Yes, especially the view from the rear quarter.

(2) An improvement! Personally, I never did care for the rear lights on the previous model GL1800s. This new model's rear lights look those on an R1200RT, so maybe we should be flattered that they are copying one of our own?

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Blue is probably my favorite color, but not Goldwing blue. EEEEWW! (Remember "Ernest goes to Camp"?

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Of course, I HAVE to play devil's advocate. .
We wouldn't know it was really you if you didn't, Joe

Seriously, contrary views are great for a truely healthy discourse.

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"individual switches" have their pros and cons. I would guess that an older clientele would want individual switches as they are less confusing. 1 button = 1 function ... simple. Also, if the multi-function "multi-controller wheel" fails, you lose a LOT of functions ... instead of just one. Mind you, I'm ALL ABOUT the multi-controller wheel. My '10 Connie has one button for scrolling through 6 different functions as well. I like it.
There's definitely plusses to single-function switches; in the right application I believe they are *better* than multi-function devices.

But this ain't one of those applications!

Nearly all of those switches require your hands to move far away from the grips. Even if you have them all memorized and can operate them without looking (a hardly realistic expectation for 90+% of riders), there is far too much distance to be covered (and often requires leaning forward to reach), and far too much time off with the hands off of the controls. This was enough of a problem with the LT's radio, BC computer and instrument cluster buttons; this GW array is something I'm glad I don't have to deal with!

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Had a tough decision to make back last year, buy an 09 LT, or an 08 top-o-line Goldwing, or wait for new 1600 or the new wing.
I bought the 09 LT, the 1600 looks nice, and I'm SO glad I didn't get any wing, old or new.

Updated plastic huh, that's about it really. the new nav is nice but that's about it.

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I think of it the same way I think of the Victory Vision,
nice bike for somebody else, just not for me.

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And...its now build in Japan.

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The waited to see what BMW came up with and this is the best they can do to counter?

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There's definitely plusses to single-function switches; in the right application I believe they are *better* than multi-function devices.

But this ain't one of those applications!

Nearly all of those switches require your hands to move far away from the grips. Even if you have them all memorized and can operate them without looking (a hardly realistic expectation for 90+% of riders), there is far too much distance to be covered (and often requires leaning forward to reach), and far too much time off with the hands off of the controls. This was enough of a problem with the LT's radio, BC computer and instrument cluster buttons; this GW array is something I'm glad I don't have to deal with!
On a Wing, the controls that count (cruise, remote radio and CB) are conveniently mounted on the bars and are intuitive to use. On the new Wing it appears that the right fairing switches are radio/intercom related and not normally operated underway (the major functions can be pulled up on the bars). The ones on the right fairing are for the navigation which cannot be operated underway. I like the look of all those switches -- sort of like an airplane cockpit.
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BMW is probably grinning ear to ear now. This will sell a whole lot of GTL's.

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Just for the record, I'm very outspoken on the GW forum - I think Honda has become very arrogant as a company, and the Goldwing shows that they think they don't need to make major changes on an 11 year old bike.

I'm on my second GW only because it's purely a two-up bike for me and an very long time friend of mine owns a Honda dealership. But the "new" 2012 just solidifies my interest in the new BMW 1600. Honda used to be a technological leader. Now they are content to let others pass them by. In the auto market the have the Koreans breathing down their neck. In the motorcycle industry I think everyone has passed them by and they are letting 40 years of momentum carry them. That works for a while, but not indefinitely.

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Haveing owned 2 18's and I'm now the proud owner of an LT, it's a big " SO WHAT" from me
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Just for the record, I'm very outspoken on the GW forum - I think Honda has become very arrogant as a company, and the Goldwing shows that they think they don't need to make major changes on an 11 year old bike.

I'm on my second GW only because it's purely a two-up bike for me and an very long time friend of mine owns a Honda dealership. But the "new" 2012 just solidifies my interest in the new BMW 1600. Honda used to be a technological leader. Now they are content to let others pass them by. In the auto market the have the Koreans breathing down their neck. In the motorcycle industry I think everyone has passed them by and they are letting 40 years of momentum carry them. That works for a while, but not indefinitely.
YEP, nothing new but the "gangsta look", a higher price and perhaps some minor parts from new suppliers. The fact that the same old 8 pound CB/intercom box is still sitting above the left hand grip says it all. I still think BMW caught them with their pants down and they obviously decided not to compete. I can't at all understand why they went back into production with the same 950 pound Hondapottamus they we're already having problems selling. Oh well, just not my problem.
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I read through all (!) the comments in that thread. Overwhelmingly they feel the same way most of us do on this site.

Regarding the cosmetic changes, one of their comments cemented for me why I like the new look so much: it looks like Honda's VRF1200F. The color combinations, the dividing line between colors, even the fairing-mounted Honda badge - it ties the Gold Wing to the new VRF1200.

Gold Wing (choose red): http://powersports.honda.com/2012/gold-wing/colors.aspx

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I read through all (!) the comments in that thread. Overwhelmingly they feel the same way most of us do on this site.

Regarding the cosmetic changes, one of their comments cemented for me why I like the new look so much: it looks like Honda's VRF1200F. The color combinations, the dividing line between colors, even the fairing-mounted Honda badge - it ties the Gold Wing to the new VRF1200.

Gold Wing (choose red): http://powersports.honda.com/2012/gold-wing/colors.aspx

VRF1200F: http://powersports.honda.com/2010/vfr1200f/colors.aspx
I thought exactly the same thing. I also don't understand why everyone thinks it looks like a Victory. The rear looks like a BMW to me, the bags look more like certain Harley bags and the front looks like a Goldwing trying to imitate a VFR.

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Being a hardcore Honda rider for 40 years now, ST's the last 20 years, I never have the thought I want a GW
That is so different with this new K1600GT, would love to get a red one, for me an upgrade next to my 3 ST's

Just because the new K1600 has 6 cil will not put it in the same field as a GW, the Wing is a total different sort of bike, in my opinion so typical American stile, the K1600GT is far more compact.
I think the new K1600 is more in the field of the Honda ST, Kawa GTR and a few other Sport touring bikes, although the K1600 is leaning a bit more to the touring side.

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No matter how long I stare at the new Wing, I think Hondapotomus not VFR.
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Just because the new K1600 has 6 cil will not put it in the same field as a GW, ... the K1600GT is far more compact.
What on Earth makes you say that?? The GT is roughly the same size (wheelbase, length, width) as the K12LT (sans the trunk). And the rider passenger accommodations appear to be just as generous as the LT's, or better (I will spot you that the passenger would want the GT's optional trunk to have something to lean against). I suspect you are looking at pictures and falling into the trap of assuming, due to the styling, that this thing is the same size as the K12GT/K13GT/ST13/etc. -- it's not; more like their big brother.

The GT will certainly not be a 900 lb Barcolounger with interstate-absorbing suspension, but that doesn't take it (or the GTL) out of the "same field" as the GW -- they are all large, mile-eating touring bikes.

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Hi Mark,

What on Earth makes you say that?? well, the whole impression in reel was luckily not bigger than I had hoped for.
No I did not come to this from pictures but from the reel bike.
Actually we went 8 October for a long weekend to Cologne to visit the Intermot, especially to see the K1600 and the at that time still prototype V6 Horex. I have spend at least 1/2 hour at the BMW stall.
Just looking at the picture where this older gent is sitting on the GT show that the bike is as far I concern not bulkier than an ST The man was a bit shorter than me and I'm just 5feet 11"
Also the rear looks pretty nice too, even without the BMW hostesses.

There was just one thing, the bikes where bolted to the floor, so you could not feel the weight standing still, or put it on the main stand.



Just to compare the size, my home ST








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I think I'll just keep my very nice 2006 GW. It is one of the best bikes I've ever owned and unlike every BMW I've ever owned...it is very dependable!
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Hans, there's nothing like first hand-experience -- your opinion is clearly based on actual knowledge, so I withdraw my objection

Thanks for the re-post of the pics, too. Are you going for the rear seat optional extras in the last pic?

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Last pic shows lots of leg room
Until this leg heals to where I can walk on it...and hold the phat girl up, the K1600 will just be something to look at for the future

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About the legroom on that picture (taken at the BMW stall on the Intermot Cologne), these 2 BMW showgirls stayed on that GTL the whole time I visited the stall, about 1/2 an hour.

When I asked on of the BMW representatives to have a look into a side pannier, he pointed out this bike, the only one what was unlocked.
I asked the girls if it was possible to open the side pannier, they where obvious leaning /sitting on, remember the push buton is in the very front corner.
The girl, lifted her leg just enough that my hand could slip in between to reach the push buton, not even an eye blink, go figure.
Nice legs BTW

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'95 MouST Red abs (ex#stoc 1100-'08) in the proces to get a turbo.
'73 CB750 Candy Glory Gold
'78 Maico Enduro 370 Red
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Hans,

Who makes the trunk on your ST?


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Why the YOKO for MOTO on the side ?.

My wife has a Yoko outfit. Are they still in business ?.
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Hi Ken,

I knew this question would pop up, even on a non Honda forum.

Will try to keep it as short as possible, not my strongest part.
I you look on the front fender you still can see the AMA Pickerton OH sticker, actually I flew this bike in and back for a 6 week holiday in your country in 2001, till now still one of the best bike rides ever.
At least it make me so enthusiast that I bought an extra ST to keep in the USA to go riding every year, bin in 35 states till now.
To travel for 6 weeks you simply need storage, and I absolutely don't like thing like duffel bags or whatever.
So I designed and made this trunk and transformed the bike into a single person bike to use as much as possible of the available room, the front of the trunk goes as deep as the chassis tubes. (to build it back for duo use takes max 3/4 hour)
Actually the BMW 1100LT ?? did give me the idea to make this, and the Police ST1100 did bring the single person idea.

I have also the small original Honda trunk. We did make several pictures from all sides, and on the computer my wife made with some foto program this trunk, specially pointing forward, the rear is not further back than the side panier's, making it still compact.

Bought a police saddle and start building from there.
First made the model from a solid piece of foam, a lot of sanding, looking, sanding, more sanding.
From there I had a professional mold made, and out of this mold come the trunks.
The next step is have the 2 parts professional sprayed in the original colours, I finish the trunk with the same locks as the original side panier's, and use the right decals.
The trunk opens from the left side what makes it very easy to use.

It holds my tent, air mattress, sleeping bags, air vest, cool vest, ands some other small stuff.
Now If I wane visit a town, museum or so, on top of this it still will take my riding gear, and I don't have to walk the whole day in bike gear, on top of that everything is locket inside, so not much on the outside what could drag the attention of small criminals.

Have made a few of these trunks, one for my RED-USA-ST and some for my friends in Walla Walla WA.

BTW had here in The Netherlands, and also at WeSToc in Denver the best farcle price for it.

One of the good thinks is that the fuel millage goes down with this trunk compared with a Givi or what ever.
Riding several thousands of miles together with my ST friends it showed that over 50 miles/hour the difference in fuel consumption rapidly build up.
On average they do 50 and I do on the same trip 55 M/gallon. These figures may sound strange but remember the ST is very, I mean very good on gas, and we don't pusie.
Don't miss understand me, but our devise is, we pay for the whole tire so we use the whole tire, just a little prove, this front tire after 5K miles, a lot Rockies though.

If interested, I own the mold, and now and than still people want a trunk.

Maybe an other point, if, if......, I can afford, and important, get the alowens to buy an K1600GT, for sure I'm gone design one for that bike, it will of course match the more angled side panier's, and having the original locks too.

Home made trunk redy to pack and ship to the USA


Still place enough for the riding gear


Front tire 5000miles and still over 50 to the gallon




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Hi Simon,

Why the YOKO for MOTO on the side ?

Well back in 2001 when I shipped the bike to the USA, YOKO from Finland was one of the very top brands in bike gear, very expensive though, like Rukka now, also from Finland.

By coincident I bumped into there Dutch manager during a bike show, told him about my US plans.
A short story short, they sponsored me with a full outfit. to be honest, I was totally puzzled, the guy say at a certain moment, we have to apology, we do not have boots yet.
I'm still very grateful for that, it is in long use absolutely fabulous stuff, with far over average protection, goretex and for example this belt going from the back to the front under your cross to protect lifting in hard wind, it simply works and last.
So I never take this sticker of.
At that time YOKO was imported by Yamaha Europe. No they are not longer in business as far I know, simply people did not want to pay that money, but the name still exist, actually I met the new people, still from Finland at the Intermot, they try to expend, but I don't know if new buyers will remember this name.

Found on the net a secondhand jacket from a girl who was afraid to ride and have used that sins 2006 in the US, love it

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'93 Red usaST (ex#stoc 221-'05) stays in Walla Walla Washington State
'95 MouST Red abs (ex#stoc 1100-'08) in the proces to get a turbo.
'73 CB750 Candy Glory Gold
'78 Maico Enduro 370 Red
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Thanks for the detailed response, Hans. Good pics, too.

I especially like the way you use all the original factory hardware.

I'm sure if you design something similar for the K16 that lots of folks will be interested.

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Hi Hans, interesting.

I bought my wife´s suit in, I think, 2002 and she is still using it. Very well made, 100% waterproof, the only complaint being that it is slightly heavy, due I suppose to the multitude of protective pads.

I considered buying myself a set 2 or 3 years ago but couldn´t find anyone who sold it, so I presumed they must have gone out of business.

Pity, good gear.

Simon

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