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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by kitesurfer, Aug 17, 2011.
MORE FREAKING LEGROOM.
A seat that isn't made out of rocks.
(GL1200 driver here)
I'd like to see those and a 6 speed gearbox on the standard models, put the ABS, Airbags and traction control on the upgraded models.
The legroom is one of the things that doesn't suit me about the Goldwing, but I don't know how you can fix that and still stay with the flat six, which is as much a trademark of the 'wing as an air cooled pushrod v-twin is for HD.
It would be tough. You'd never get a foot forward position like an Electra Glide. But maybe raise the seat a little, move it back, and lower the pegs and controls so you can get your toes under the engine.
Not nearly as nifty at that custom cafe bike, but here she is.
Just adopted this one from my dad as he got a replacement bike. Hope to put quite a few miles on this one.
The 1500's have much more leg room than the 1800's, so its possible to do with the 6 cyl.
Nice looking naked Goldwing. Judging by the cast wheels I'm guessing '83? I have a '83 Interstate in the same color and always thought it would be fun to have another as a naked bike. Maybe put superbike bars and a smaller, but not really cafe racer-ish, seat on it to tool around on when I don't need all the storage of the Interstate.
Have fun with it!
If a 420 lb BMW needs 190hp then a 900 lb wing could certainly use more than 96. (rear wheel)
Greetz to the inmates who ride a Wing!
...and, to the inmate that made the derogatory about the Wing-related forums - amen, bruddah!
Back to reading - see ya on the road!
That is an awesome picture!!!
I'm almost 58 and a week ago bought a 2007 wing with 13.5K on the clock. the first thing i noticed was the sharp decline in mpg from what i'm used to with my ST1300. 40-48 to 30-35 is this standard with the newer wings in mileage? the traxxion suspension upgrade sounds well needed with every little bump in the road feels like a speed bump, too. the ST suspension felt the same way when i bought it new back in '04 but it has subsided a little over the last years. i was going to put a racetech suspension change on the ST but figured since I should slow down a little the upgrade was an expense not needed. has anybody done the traxxion upgrade and if so how does your wing handle now?
such a great forum! keep it up!
Besides the cash needed to grab one... the mileage decrease is my biggest drawback concern... might as well buy a small convertible car at that mileage.
I like the bike but the other day i saw a Honda Fit and a new GL were parked next to each other. Size wise they weren't much different .
Since I don't care for a convertible, this little car was giving me second thoughts about the expenditure for the Cadillac of bikes. Especially since I'm a solo rider.
MPG's are about the same between the two.
All in what you want, 3 wheeled GL's makes no sense to me but they seem to be popular around here.
its still the most stable mount i've ever ridden. i'm keepin it even though of the cons.
my ST seems like a minibike now!
Once you change your riding habits from the ST1300, the mpgs will be around 40. I made the same change, '05 ST1300 to a '09 GW. I miss the ST but would not give up my GW for anything.
I get about 35 towing my little trailer loaded with camping gear!
Keep in mind that, with the stock 60 series rear tire, the speedo and odometer, through the 2008 models, read about 7% higher than actual.
I run 70 series rear tires as it makes the handling snappier. It has the side-effect of correcting the speedometer and odometer.
I average 35 mpg true on my 2008 GL1800. That's 1 mpg better than the 2001 GL1800 did.
The GL1800 is still the most practical and versatile motorcycle I've ever ridden. It never ceases to amaze me, what Honda achieved with it. It weighs 900 lbs, has a barn-door fairing, and 150 liters of storage, but still has a sporting feel to it that allows one to have a blast on a tight twisty road.
I owned a 2002 Goldwing and missed the moment I sold it. Just bought a 08 and could not be happier. It is the only street bike that I will ride, I'm not even 50 and have decided I like to be comfortable all day. I have owned and /or ridden so many bikes in the past and the Wing just works for me. The bikes handles very well, I liken it to a sport sedan, plenty of wind protection, very quiet, lots of storage and the riding position is upright for comfort great rider visibility.
In my opinion the wing-thing is wrong on so many counts that I would suggest that the only two possible reasons to buy one are, 1) to make your wife happy, or 2) you just have to have one, to add to your bike collection.
Ignoring reason two, the wing-thing is the uncontested and world beating "wife's" bike. This reason for this is simple and it comes down to a simple matter of passenger real estate. Because the bike is obscenely long, the wing-thing has the largest and most comfortable passenger area in the known universe. Unless your wife, or significant other weighs over 500 pounds, there is no motorcycle on the market that provides more personal space than the wing-thing. In fact, the rear seat, combined with the U.S.S Enterprise sized foot boards damn near provides enough space to add a third passenger.
Enough said on the positives, so what are the wing-thing's deficiencies you might ask? Please let me elaborate.
1. The wing-thing is the ultimate touring bike wannabe. That is, if you only ride the Interstates. The bike is so low and the suspension is so primitive that if you ride any road has a texture rougher than a baby's ass, you are going to eventually kill the bike, or the rider.
2. On the zero ground clearance point, the Honda engineers have designed a bike that exposes critical components to trip-ending road damage. The oil filter, control cables and the coolant tank are vulnerable to every bump and random flying rock on the road. Ride one of these long enough and you are damn near guaranteed to destroy one, or all of these components.
3. On the oil-filter, it is non-existant! The 1,832 cc engine has the smallest oil filter that I have ever seen. I spent a great deal of time speculating on why the Honda engineer’s put a chainsaw sized oil filter and positioned it like the ram on a Greek trireme. I finally came to the conclusion that after they placed it in a position that just screams, “hit me, hurt me,” they were going to present the smallest target area that was engineeringly possible.
4. Lighting is critical and any rider that has been in fog, snow, or herds of deer, knows the value of additional lighting. Although wing-thing has good headlights, the Honda engineer's provided an optional lighting placement position that is in the beaten-zone for road debris. I use the Electrical Connection driving lights and I will be placing orders for replacement lights by the gross.
5. Plastic, plastic and more plastic. All joined by more plastic, that is in turn connected to more plastic. I am not against plastic, but come on guys, you need the see the thickness and fastening mechanism for the wing-thing side and top cases. I hold my breath every time I open and close the damn things. Oh, I almost forgot, check out the dental floss sized safety wire that is attached to the doors and the high quality hinges.
6. That bring us to luggage space. Wow, I must have missed it somewhere. At first look, you would think that the wing has some serious luggage space. You would be wrong, and this is why. It's all an illusion. The wing has the most unusable case space that I have ever seen. Basically Honda uses the cases to hide mission critical components like media-players, intercom systems and navigation systems. If you look inside those cases, or worse yet try to pack those cases, you will discover that strapping 50, one dozen egg cartons to the bike would provide less convoluted and more usable space than the Honda cases do.
7. Just like every other manufacture, selling a wing-things is all about the up-sell. One of the pricier up-sell items on the wing-thing is the navigation system. Now, I believe that this is a necessary price of equipment on a touring bike, but how about making one that is actually usable. Other than the definitely self serving attribute of showing the exact location of every Honda dealer, the thing is a pain in the ass. Honda and Garmin designed the thing so that you can not turn it on while riding the bike. A little thing you may think, but to use the GPS, you need to let the entire 'welcome to your GL-1800' screen system boot for a day and a half before you can turn the GPS on. What this means that every time you stop to get a tank of gas, or take a piss, or take a picture, you have to let the system boot and then enter the secret combination of buttons and keystrokes to use the damn GPS. I think that someone decided that this was the safe way to go. But what about the stops that people need to make alongside congested roads, when they discover that they didn't turn on the GPS. Come on Honda and Garmin, turning the GPS on, while riding, should be a one button process that you can do anytime you want.
8. Another bitch with the GPS is the lack of usable data on the display. With the exception of always showing the exact location of Honda dealers, it seems to me that the display has two modes, 1) the universe mode, and 2) the micro, high detail mode. What I mean by this is that you get two viewing options on the display, you can see roads or, you can see restaurants. The GPS will not even display the name of a mid-sized city unless it's in the micro mode.
9. I keep my GPS in the micro-mode just to know the location of gas stations. Gas mileage does suck on a wing-thing. While it is possible to get over 40 miles-per-gallon, you better not have a headwind, or exceed 2,875.4 rpm's. I guess all of that weight has something to do with it, but a 6th gear, combined with that 1,832 cc's and over 100 horses wouldn't hurt the gas consumption a bit.
10. In some respects the lack of gas mileage is an advantage. You just have to get off this bike every 212.431 miles. Combined with the fact that the bike is completely nonadjustable for driver comfort, you've got no power ports for things like heated vests. What were they thinking?
11. Did I mention that the bike is impossible to wrench? I've installed some aftermarket stuff on my wing and I think that I'd rather do brain surgery. Don't believe me, ask someone how to change a tire on a wing.
I could go on, but I won't. I've vented and at the end of the day, I would rather ride the wing than nothing. If you have found this interesting, all I ask is that you don't quote me. Or, that you don't post any comments on Facebook, Fox News or any other place that my wife may see. That could be the end of me.