NEW 2018 GOLD WING

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by slipknot, Jun 29, 2017.

  1. glory racing

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    Yes sir. I kinda like a bit of transfer of weight and force to the front wheel to decrease geometry and increase tire contact area.
  2. bmac

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    No need, I stopped over early today to give one a go so you didn't have to. Lines at the Honda tent get going very early. Everything is booked by about 9am. 6 riders go out every 1/2 hour. Sign up starts a bit before 8am and first ride starts at 9am.

    I have been intrigued by this bike since the pictures first surfaced. Visually the bike is fantastic. It is a very good looking bike in several different colors and I especially like the versions with the blacked out engines. I think they did a great job with the bike from a design standpoint.

    Riding position: For a tall guy (6'2") the riding position is improved from the previous version. The seat is better and leg room is better as well. Handlebars come back way too far. My arms were tired after a very short time. For me riding position was a bust due to handlebars alone.

    Engine: Very smooth and a solid power plant for most folks. After spending a few years on a BMW K1600GT I found it extremely underwhelming. It did not pull near as well as I had hoped and quite honestly, expected.

    DCT transmission: Solid and crisp shifts but shifts points in Drive mode come early and often. 3rd to 4th gear by 20 to 25mph. Other than that it works great taking off from a stoplight and when slowing down when slowing down for the next red light. Provides some engine braking when slowing down. I played with manual mode as well and if I owned a DCT this would be the way I would ride the bike. My preference would still be with the standard transmission but I think most folks would get used to the character of the DCT and enjoy it.

    Handling and suspension: The old Wing was good but this one is significantly improved. The combination of lighter weight and better suspension, especially on the front, do wonders to turn this very big bike into a fairly nimble machine. I specifically sought some of the bumpier sections and had no issues with any "claimed" limits on front suspension travel.

    Wind protection: I thought the whole package was quite good. Adjustable windscreen is excellent offers good protection and no noticeable turbulence. In my view the old Wing had too much protection and was very hot above 80 degrees. I suspect this bike will do better over a wider temperature range.

    Overall, I was not nearly impressed with the bike as I expected I would be. It is not a bike I would consider owning. For those folks with an open mind that think this new Wing might be the one they are looking for should at least take a ride on a BMW K1600. I think the BMW is a clear winner in several categories and is overall a much better complete package. As always, YMMV.
  3. augie05

    augie05 Been here awhile

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    Did you try sport mode?


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  4. Florida Lime

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    Any time I've done Daytona demos, I'm in line before 7 am. :D

    I have sat on one of the new Tour models, and I thought it fit me better than the older 1800. On that one, I definitely felt the bars were too close. Better on the new version, but I didn't ride it. (6'2" also)

    I prefer the blacked out look of the standard Wing, but like some of the Tour's additional features. Just don't know if I ready for a Wing, of any type. :lol3
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  5. glory racing

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    I'm calling BS. I don't believe you ever road the bike. You are just making these claims so you can say the BMW is better.
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  6. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    I don't know how you can say that - I know bmac does have a place in Florida.

    Plus, no one ever road(sic) a Gold Wing. :rofl
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  7. glory racing

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    What does [(sic)] mean?
  8. bmac

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    I did but I preferred the more linear throttle travel of the tour mode. Sport mode was definitely quicker with smaller throttle inputs.
  9. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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  10. augie05

    augie05 Been here awhile

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    Road vs rode


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  11. glory racing

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    You missed it. sic is supposed to be in brackets not parenthesis.
    Kinda funny aint it!
  12. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    Geez, do we have to go through this again?
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  13. glory racing

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    C'mon...the guy making fun of my grammar makes a grammatical mistake in doing so. That's funny!
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    :lol3 Wouldn't be surprised either way but that is pretty funny.
  15. Florida Lime

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    Cycle World -
    "Running the 1,833cc six-cylinder on the dyno in fourth gear, we got a peak horsepower of 97.85 at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 108.41 pound-feet at 1,210 rpm."


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  16. larryboy

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    Hot damn, nice torque curve.
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    Good grief.
  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Just the face page on the video tells me that guy is a bit douchey!
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  19. Florida Lime

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    Just "a bit" ?

    :lol3
  20. Drop_Center

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    Oh he is, as his youtube channel has more unnecessary blabbering that a 2 year presidential campaign. He does do some good FJR tutorials though, so I can't help but follow.