New 2019 Gold Wings Announced

September 7, 2018 - 12:13 PM
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It seems like just yesterday that we were all speculating, doubting, predicting, and second-guessing the release of the completely redesigned Gold Wing. Many Wingers were saying, "Take my money already, Honda!" While others were taking a more conservative approach, proclaiming, "I'll believe it when I see it." And of course the rest of us were somewhere in between. As we all know, the 2018 Wing did arrive earlier this year and now Honda has announced the 2019 model. There won't be too many differences, but we wanted to lay them out for you here.

 
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The 2019 Gold Wing

Colors

Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour DCT: Candy Ardent Red, Darkness Black Metallic, Pearl Hawkseye Blue

Gold Wing Tour Airbag DCT: Candy Ardent Red/Black

Gold Wing: Darkness Black Metallic

Gold Wing DCT: Candy Ardent Red, Matte Majestic Silver, Darkness Black Metallic

 

Price                                                                                                              VS. 2018 Prices

Gold Wing Tour Airbag DCT: $31,800                                                         $31,500

Gold Wing Tour DCT: $28,000-$28,500                                                       $27,700*

Gold Wing Tour: $27,000-$27,500                                                               $26,700*

Gold Wing DCT: $25,000-$25,300                                                                $24,700*

Gold Wing: $23,800                                                                                      $23,500

 

Availability: Winter 2018

*Base model price.

As you can see above, they have added a new color-way, Darkness Black Metallic, to several models and raised the prices a bit for each.

Should you spring for a 2019 model, you will receive two (2) SmartKeys (the 2018 models only offered one) as well as some much needed Nav software updates. For one, the daylight savings date change has been corrected. Additionally, the points of interest as well as voice route guidance will not go away when you turn the ignition off and back on again.

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Do you already own a 2018 Gold Wing? The good news for you is that Honda will be offering a Navigation software update for '18 Wings as well, which should be available as a download on the Powersports site sometime in the fall of this year.

 If you haven't already purchased a new Gold Wing, are you planning to buy the 2019 model, opt for a 2018, hold out for another year or stick to the Wing that you already own? We'd love to know what you think...let us know by commenting below!

 

Want more info on the 2019 Gold Wing? Do you want to peruse all the specs and look at images, click the following link: https://powersports.honda.com/2019/gold-wing.aspx

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September 7, 2018 - 12:33 PM
Yeah, I'll wait for the model that brings back GL1800-level fuel and storage capacity, and Garmin navigation. In the meantime, my 2016 is working just fine!
September 7, 2018 - 12:34 PM
bought a new 2016
so will just stick with what I have
September 7, 2018 - 12:36 PM
Still 100% satisfied with my 2003 Wing and have no plans to change after full customization of my old one.
September 7, 2018 - 12:37 PM
2018 model is the better buy, other than color. only changes seen is to nav. and updates for the 2018 will correct the listed problems. The storage space still sucks cannot put a full face helmet in the storage areas. poor design by Honda, no intercom system
September 7, 2018 - 12:38 PM
I will be interested in a 2019.
I have been, passively, trying to sell my 2010 for a few months... It has been hard to get serious about selling such a great motorcycle, that for all practical purposes, is still like a brand new motorcycle (still less than 40K miles and not a mark on it).
My wife was ready to pull the trigger on a 2018, but I told her when the 2010 sells, we will do it. I think I may be happy I waited, as the black may be my color of choice.
September 7, 2018 - 12:39 PM
Hello Honda,
Navigation-useless
TPMS- useless and annoying
Audio system, weak
No powered headsets, really

Fix these, I''ll trade my 2008.
September 7, 2018 - 12:46 PM
I will hold on to mine for a while. I an glad to see Honda is addressing several shortfalls of the 2018 model.
September 7, 2018 - 12:48 PM
When Honda brings back all the things we have lost from the pre-2018 GL1800 I'll seriously consider buying one. IMO the ONLY thing the 2018 gave us was a much needed 6 speed and the DCT (could care less about the DCT). Until then I'll stick with my 2012.
September 7, 2018 - 12:51 PM
I'll keep my '16 F6B, which I bought new for way less than the base model '19...
September 7, 2018 - 12:52 PM
they need too add more fuel capacity not less and shouldn't of reduced storage i use it on long trips not sure if i would by a new one in less it's go bigger on my issues sorry Honda hope you see this.
September 7, 2018 - 01:01 PM
I traded my 2003 for the 2012, new in early 2013. As I have considered the 2018 update, I think mine will only increase in value as the older models with more storage, greater fuel capacity, and a lot less electronically to go wrong become less available. Of course, that will probably happen after I die, because the early 21st century GL1800s (through 2017) will take several decades to become rare. They run forever!
September 7, 2018 - 01:10 PM
I have no plans to buy a new model, My 13 goldwing has 35k and in immaculate condition, With less storage why would I switch when most of my miles are touring miles,What is your reasoning Honda calling a bike a touring model when you reduce storage space,Extra gear was a great addition along with Bluetooth capabilities, I'll wait for more improvements and refinements in the next few years.
September 7, 2018 - 01:16 PM
As my 2004 has less than 38k miles, I'll probably have it until the day I die!
September 7, 2018 - 01:21 PM
No provision for highway pegs, useless rider hand holds, token storage space, no Android integration, cheap-looking seat, passenger arm rests that are a ridiculously priced accessory item and look like a cheap afterthought, long term reliability of front suspension unknown, fog lights additional cost, and no OEM integrated headset solution. A Porsche 911 GT3 RS can make 130 HP per liter in a naturally aspirated horizontally opposed six cylinder engine of the same configuration. Couldn't Honda have easily come up with 90-100 HP per liter? Who is the target customer for this bike? Millennials with 30K bucks to blow on a bike without a clear mission statement? It's certainly not targeting the hard core long distance touring riders that want to carry more than a toothbrush and cell phone. I think I'll keep my '96 GL1500 SE. I added a Garmin GPS and satellite radio, so there's no compelling reason to upgrade (downgrade?) to a 2018-2019 Goldwing. I am, however, taking a serious look at Harley Davidson. The Milwaukee Eight engines have received great reviews. The bikes are stunning and the touring models address all the Honda shortcomings. Plenty of storage, functional GPS, functional passenger hand holds, and easy integration of Harley wireless headsets. It appears that Honda has abandon the long distance touring rider while Harley has not. Just expressing my opinion, so don't take it personally if you disagree.
September 7, 2018 - 01:25 PM
Test rode the 2018 and did not like it. 2019 is the same bike so I will be keeping my 2017.
September 7, 2018 - 01:27 PM
I have a ‘16 so feel like I need to wait for the ‘20 in order to maximize value. But I do drool each time a friend gets a new Wing. Also, after trying the DCT for 100 miles, I think I’ll stick with the manual. Call me old school and they did a great job with the DCT, but it’s just not a motorcycle with an auto, even using the paddle shifters.
Signed,
Troglodyte
September 7, 2018 - 01:27 PM
Won't be buying any gold wing until is back to what it was a touring bike with nice storage etc.honda you ruined this motorcycle may have to become a Harley man!
September 7, 2018 - 01:53 PM
I have spent several thousand dollars, mostly at wingstuff, customizing my 2008 Candy Red Goldwing with Navi/ABS. I have approached many if not all the significant features that the 2019 model provides. The '08 has a larger gas tank, softer seats, pegs, bluetooth, TPMS, etc. Honda, IMHO, fell way short on making the previous GW owners flip for the new model, especially in the Carplay iPhone bluetooth (non powered) integration, weak navigation with inadequate waypoints, and now more frequent stops at the pump, etc... Sorry, I'm not upgrading in '19, the ole '08 is one great cycle for me!
September 7, 2018 - 01:54 PM
I just bout my 2012 model last year and I am quite happy with it, although I do drool over the 2018 models when I visit my local Honda dealer. I don't see me making a change anytime soon, however. I think Honda did good with the redesign of the 2018 model. Us old farts aren't going to be buying motorcycles forever.
September 7, 2018 - 02:23 PM
My 2016 is in perfect condition, and have done tons of mods/upgrades. I can't see doing any better at this time. Plus I agree with others, the smaller storage and fuel capacity is a serious deterrent.
September 7, 2018 - 02:34 PM
Love my 2008 Goldwing Airbag. Have looked over 2018 and I don’t feel it has enough storage space, seating sucks for passenger. Just not worth 31,000 for one like mine. It does look sharp if you want to just have something to look at.
September 7, 2018 - 02:45 PM
My new 2018 Gl 1800 Dct is the best Goldwing ever and probably the best touring motorcycle ever. The previous Goldwings were fine but they don't compare. I have been riding since I was 16 and started riding the touring bikes at around 45. I have had several touring Harleys, a Harley trike and two Goldwings. The only reason I am back into motorcycling is because of the 2018 Gl 1800. The Dct is the way to go. It's So nice not pulling the clutch lever, ever. The takeoff is like a jet. So is the exhaust note. Seamless acceleration with no clutching. If you really get on it, it knows, and it winds up into the higher rpms and stays in each gear longer. Every feature is sublime. It's like riding a spaceship. The four modes allow for selection of shifting and takeoff torque. I use Econ and Touring. Econ is easier on my back at takeoff and less touchy. Sport is radical, Rain is even easier on the back. Less takeoff torque. Touring mode is fine, once you are up to speed. Four bikes in one. I am 68 and I love cycling once again. All other touring bikes bore me. I quit riding due to the boredom of Harleys. This bike makes me feel sorry for Harley. They have too far to go to ever catch up with this. The Harley culture probably won't allow it. Harley riders seem to love noisy exhaust. Yes you can get two helmets in the trunk. Two XXL helmets. This is not a boring bike like a Harley Ultra Classic. It is actually fun. Really, really fun This Goldwing makes me want to ride all the time. No other bike does. Not one.
September 7, 2018 - 02:51 PM
My 2006 has only 31K on the clock, about $3000 in custom farkles, a $5k Bushtec trailer, and with the Cobra exhaust, it sounds like a pissed off Porsche, I LOVE it. The 2018 has less range, less storage, far more electronic stuff to tear up. I did demo a GoldWing and it rides beautifully and looks good as well. The seat was harder and a little taller (not good, I’m short). All in all, I’ll keep my 2006 for several more years.
September 7, 2018 - 03:05 PM
I just put collector plates on my 1987 Gl1200A. I have 58K on it and can ride it anywhere for any distance. I also have a 1989 GL1200 Trike that I will be putting collector plates on after Jan. I know how reliable these bikes are. Why would I want to go in hock for a little more power when I will never have to buy plates again. Imagine what I would have if I put $30k into these two
September 7, 2018 - 03:08 PM
You can keep the 2018 and above GoldWing wannabees. I just bought a real one, a new 2017 audio/comfort. So after trading in my 2008, I still have the usable storage space (actually a little more since taillights are no longer located in the side bags), gas capacity, comfort and weather protection. They keep on playing up the extra mileage of the new ones. Experienced Riders know that mileage is determined by weather,loading,riding style and tuning.Owners of the new ones will eventually find themselves missing that extra gallon.
September 7, 2018 - 03:50 PM
I waited for years for a ‘new’ Goldwing, only to find that in 2018 they discontinued that model. The ST1800 replacement looks like a great sport tourer, but I prefer a touring motorcycle. When the 2018 ST1800 was released, I started looking for a replacement for my ’93 SE. Finally, I found a 40th Anniversary Edition with only 2,400 miles. After adding all the accessories I wanted (spending a small fortune!) I like it so much that if Honda were to reintroduce the Goldwing with a new model, I’d keep what I have. Thank you Honda for saving me a lot of money, and good luck with attracting that ‘new’ customer after abandoning your loyal base.
September 7, 2018 - 04:01 PM
I think losing the gallon of gas is a mistake but I will wait for the 2020 so i can have the 45 year medallion.
One other concern is that the passenger seat is probably not going to be as good for my wife and the windshield probably does not offer as much wind protection. I rode a DCT at wingding 40 in Knoxville last week. Was good. But I think that all of the shifting that the DCT does might turn out to be a problem
September 7, 2018 - 04:17 PM
My 2018 GoldWing Views
I own a 2012 and I love it. Like many others, I have a lot of money in upgrades. I was super excited when I learned a new Wing was coming out, but way disappointed when 1) the engine size did not grow, 2) Storage capacity went down, 3) Fuel capacity went down, and then 4) I read all the NAV problems. 5) The seat, I was at WingDing in Knoxville and there is something wrong when all these people just spent ~$30K for a motorcycle and there already out buying a new seat.
1) Granted I do not need a bigger engine but I want one.
2) I ride my Wing all year until it snows and they salt the road. I travel, I go shopping with my Wing, what am I to do with less storage?
3) Fuel capacity is less of an issue if it actually gets better mileage and I do not mind being forced to stop every 200 miles any way, but more is always better.
4) I am a geek of sorts, my biggest disappointment with my 2012, not having ridden for 20 years, was the navigation system. It was behind the current technology when it came out. I thought, now they will get it right. Wrong!
5) The seat, I just spent $1500 myself for a new seat, ‘Ultimate’, which I love, but hate to have to buy it again.
Do not get me wrong, I love the new technology. I have arthritis and pulling the clutch constantly while commuting in stop and go traffic starts to hurt my hand, so I am drawn to the DCT system and will likely, one day, buy one, but not now. I love riding my 2012 Wing and I love all my upgrades.
I will ride a trike when I cannot hold up two wheels and I will buy a DCT when I cannot pull the clutch lever OR when Honda fixes all the misses.
September 7, 2018 - 04:34 PM
Gold Wing is dead to me from 2018 on. I like the DCT and suspension but the smaller storage space, smaller fuel tank, lack of a recessed dash resulting in sun right on the display, and move to a more sport bike design has made it a non starter.
September 7, 2018 - 06:41 PM
I own a 2005 30 anniversary model. Bought second hand from a Vietnam War Vet. My first 'wing. Lovin it. Would have considered upgrading to a new model in a couple of years' time, but after seeing some of these reviews, may just hold that thought.
Still, I am yet to take mine on a more than decent ride. Only has 55000 kms on it!!
September 7, 2018 - 07:14 PM
I traded my 2004 Yamaha FJR1300 in on a 2006 Wing last year. Really looked hard at the BMW GTL and decided that the GTL was just a bigger version of my FJR so I went with the wing for my long distance bike as I have several rides to choose from (was definetely the right choice/especially after fitting Metzlers to it and losing the 40 - 50 mph decel head shake).Can't help but think that Honda went after the GTL people. In my opinion, that was a mistake on Honda's part.First time I saw the 2018 I stated "looks like a bigger version of my old FJR". Neighbor bought one and I believe I'm correct in my statement. Funny thing is ,Yamaha is now building a big bagger bike that looks to be after our market. Except that it's a v twin which makes it top heavy like the Harley's ultra glides. I don't see this new Wing making 17 yrs. or so as the pre 2018's did.
September 7, 2018 - 07:22 PM
They should've make 2 different models instead of just a Sports Gold Wing. The only real improvements was the front suspension EVERYTHING else was substandard.. Honda should be ashamed. All the sharp edges, and smaller everything says "spots" and leaves out "touring"
Sorry Honda I'll live with and love my 2015
As for the DCT they can stick that call me old fashion but I'll keep a key can't be hacked and never need to program it
Ride safe & have a blessed season
September 7, 2018 - 10:56 PM
I went to a large Honda dealership to see the new 2018 Goldwing. I listened to all the new features it had to offer. I compared it to my 2010 GL1800 and concluded Honda made a serious design error. The downsizing of this bike is in direct conflict with the intial inception - a comfortable touring bike with not great but adequate storage. What a shame. I am in agreement with the majority of posts. I too will keep my 2010 and only upgrade to a new Goldwing when Honda either reverts to the old GL design or adds it to the line again so buyers have a choice. My wife hated the seat and was tremendously disappointed with the reduced storage. Unhappy wife, well, we all know the rest.
Ric
September 7, 2018 - 11:51 PM
I’ve changed my Goldwing at every 30,000 miles or 2 years since 1998 UNTILL the 2018 was launched. When I saw it I was so disappointed with the lack of luggage space, the seating, the navi, the windshield, and the looks in general I immediately bought a new 2017 bike. I’ll stick with this one until Honda bring back a proper 2 up Tourer that me and my wife can tour Europe on.
Or I’ll switch to maybe the BMW K16Grand America when we next change the bike in 18mknths time.
It’s a real shame Honda decided on a change of direction for the Goldwing, I think they made a big mistake but I hope they also see that and decide to do something about it.
Maybe launch a Goldwing Grand Tour to cater for us luxury Tourer lovers 🤞🤞
September 8, 2018 - 12:02 AM
I have been waiting for a Goldwing with DCT and electric windshield but the smaller bags are giving me pause. Now I am waiting for Big Ugly Bubble Pack Covers (BUBs) to make storage acceptable. Will they come from Honda or a 3rd party? In the mean time, I will ride my 1993 Goldwing and 2008 FJR1300AE (with electronic clutch), both with lots of storage.
September 8, 2018 - 01:03 AM
The wife and I wanted to get this new Goldwing even though we love our 2006. She didn't like the feel or lack of storage. I didn't like having less fuel and storage capacity. I liked the engine and transmission. In the end we did purchase the BMW K1600 GA. It is badass. I lowered the foot pegs and put the passenger floor boards on. The engine, handling, shifting and rider comfort is superior. We kept our wing, but it is no longer our first choice when we go for a ride.
September 8, 2018 - 06:25 AM
Did Honda finds out what was the cause of the 2018 front wheel sheared of on a Bike accident in Istanbul. the famous wing sitting on the road without front wheel.
September 8, 2018 - 06:37 AM
With a low mileage 2012 purchased new in 2013, I strongly considered the new Wing, until I saw it, and its deficit in storage. My wife was not comfortable on the seat. I darksided years ago, which increased her comfort, and just after I decided the 2018 would not fit our needs, I paid for a Full Monty Traxxion suspension. I have what feels like a new bike with far better suspension.
September 8, 2018 - 07:38 AM
Honda seems to be forcing it's traditional buying group to accept a smaller, sleeker MC package in hopes of attracting a younger generation of buyers/riders.
So they have turned it's "Cadillac" touring bike into a quasi crotch rocket tourer.
I think they missed the boat.
They will lose more of their tried and true buyer group than they will gain in younger customers.
(I loved the one reviewer comment I saw that said that most touring riders won't miss the larger capacity trunk/saddlebags as they pull trailers anyway!! Sure.)
September 8, 2018 - 09:07 AM
There asolutely no reason for me to go for the 2018 or 2019 goldwing. As far I'm concerned it will be be a downgrade from my 17k miles 2013.
September 8, 2018 - 09:16 AM
I have so many upgrades to my 2012 that cannot imagine starting over with a bone stock motorcycle. There's no new bike that will be as comfy as mine already is. However, if the future Goldwing models don't mature into what we all bought into in the first place, as long as I own a real Wing, it will allow me to seek out some other brand to purchase as a second new bike. I am glad to see Honda addressing the current issues with the 2018 models.
September 8, 2018 - 09:18 AM
As far as I'm concerned Honda discontinued the Goldwing after 2017. The new bike is not a Wing in my book and never will be. It's a completely different model that should've been an ST1800 and they left the Goldwing as-is. Another lost customer here. I'll be keeping my old one as long as I can and unless they start making the real Goldwing again I'll be buying BMW or Yamaha I guess, we'll just have to see what touring bikes are still being made when the time comes. Wish Honda would still have a touring bike. It's a sad sad thing they did to the Goldwing.
September 8, 2018 - 09:21 AM
For each little thing I dislike about my new 18,(smaller bags etc) that are dozens of things I LOVE about it. I Added highway highway pegs, a Utopia backrest and an old style trunk rack. I can now ride and carry all we need (including Jane's diffuser) with ease. If you want to really appreciate the new design, take it through Deal's Gap...it's a riding Game Changer..
September 8, 2018 - 09:21 AM
For each little thing I dislike about my new 18,(smaller bags etc) that are dozens of things I LOVE about it. I Added highway highway pegs, a Utopia backrest and an old style trunk rack. I can now ride and carry all we need (including Jane's diffuser) with ease. If you want to really appreciate the new design, take it through Deal's Gap...it's a riding Game Changer..
September 8, 2018 - 01:04 PM
Sticking with my 2003, only have 27k on it and tweaked it out with upgrades and a Traxxion suspension (full monte). No reason in my mind to change. From everything I hear about this new version I do not care for the changes, I am not looking for a sport bike but a touring bike which is comfortable. If I need to change bikes for some reason I would consider a used one or look to another brand now.
September 8, 2018 - 03:35 PM
I had a 2008 Gold Wing with over 108K on it with no plans to upgrade it. I put over 3K in addons on it and had it the way I like it. I bought the 2018 Gold Wing Tour DCT and have ridden on several trips, you'll have to ride it to love it. My average mileage on the old Wing was 40 mpg, the new Wing 50 mpg about the fuel range, same ridding style. The bike is lighter, easy to handle and fun to ride. The DCT it great, shifts faster than you can, tour mode it fun, sport mode is great, Hold On.
September 8, 2018 - 06:39 PM
Nothing is appealing to me on the 2018 or the new 2019 ! Less for more money is not better. Ill gladly stay with my 2016 GL1800. Seat looks like a two layered brick.
September 9, 2018 - 01:28 AM
Well, after riding a GL1800 DCT at Wing Ding 40 in Knoxville, I was convinced that there is enough new and improved over my 2013 to trade in my 2013 even after several upgrades (Fork Brace, Traxxion Front Fork Springs, Hartco Seat). The new Wing is remarkably more nimble. Granted, the GPS needs work and the aftermarket has been slow to produce accessories. Nonetheless, I took the plunge on a 2018 yesterday.
September 9, 2018 - 11:44 AM
The new bike... Is it really worthy of being called a Gold Wing? I have a 2015. Will keep it and add the new generation, maybe the 2019. I loved the 2018 test ride; especially the sport mode. My goodness what a ride!!! Still think it should be named something else.
September 10, 2018 - 11:09 AM
We rode a 2018 Goldwing in Knoxville, wasn't impressed. Glad we had Traxxion Dynamics do a Mega Monty upgrade on our 2010 while in their area for Wind Ding 40. IMO, Yamaha's new Transcontinental looks more like a Goldwing than what Honda brought to market.
September 10, 2018 - 05:59 PM
I have 6,300 miles on my DCT. To those that say this is not a Goldwing you must not have followed the history of the Goldwing. This is actually more like the original Goldwings i.e. more fun to drive and conveys the same superiority.
I still have my 2004 (and my 1975s) and I still like driving it, but the new one is just such a move forward in technology that it just endears itself to you.
We have done three long trip and the seat despite what people might think is very good. 1,600 miles in 3 days and no sore butts and that's without highway pegs.
And yes it doesn't load much, BUT I have a trailer for the 2004 so obviously I mounted a hitch on the new one and it handles that even better than the old one. I long ago decided it is much better to tow a trailer than further overloading a bike with too much luggage - we all know that the Goldwing riders tend to bring the bikes to max load often without much luggage.
So as most people who own one, I love my DCT - as well as my other Goldwings.
September 11, 2018 - 01:57 PM
Thanks to WingStuff, I keep my '85 limited running perfectly. Maybe I will check back with a dealer in 20 years...
September 12, 2018 - 09:14 PM
I had a GL1000 76 that I sold last month for $4,000. Had 1200, and now I am with my forth 1500. That says it all. This is the size of bike that I love and it will be my last Goldwing. For the best touring bike in the WORLD, the suspension sucks. I just added a one inch shim in the front forks. There use to be 2 springs in there, now only one plus a tube. Because, the Japs wanted to sell bikes to the short legs. In 40 years they never could do a good suspension, so I will nor thrust them with that new bike 2018.
September 14, 2018 - 12:46 PM
Update from the troglodyte...I just sprung for a white 2018 Tour, manual. The Honda dealer in Russellville just made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. The ‘18 is the better deal right now, and my ‘16 will never be worth more. So I pulled the trigger. Pick it up Monday. Now for accessories. Hmmm. Where to go.
September 16, 2018 - 12:33 PM
I have the 30 year 2005 anniversary addition, Silver. I was shocked when I read the specs on the 2018. Then I saw one. My view is that they tried to make something between the defunct ST1300 and the 2017 Goldwing. They should have just upgraded the ST, adding a few touring items. IMO they totally missed the mark. Who did they make this bike for?!?! Not a tour rider for sure. I'm all in for new and improved, and I believe change is good-Good change. Not everything that is new is good for a motorcycle though. Some things tried and tested over time just have to stay, especially when you are going through death valley or down that long road in Texas that you have not seen the end of in about an hour riding at 110 degrees. You have to trust your bike and its equipment, weather it is OEM or an add on. This new bike does not encourage or inspire that trust. Fuel economy is a matter of fuel mixture and electronics, not just weight. How can you really tour when you can't take enough with you to be safe and comfortable. I have to give props' to Honda, the new looks fabulous. However, until they do something better, instead of putting a GL in front of the Goldwing, they could just put an ST on it.
September 16, 2018 - 08:28 PM
I am one of the customers Honda was trying to attract. I hated the prior Goldwings. To big, to heavy, too bulbous. I had some liking to the F6B but I never bought one. The new wing is lighter, handles better, and looks , in my opinion, much nicer. Combine this with Honda finally putting modern technology on there bike and you have a new younger customer. I get the Oldwing was my fathers bike. Heck he has a 1500se and a 1800. I know they are good bikes but no thanks. Less storage on the new one, I don’t need the kitchen sink. My cane fits in the tops box and the bike carry’s all I need. The Smaller fuel tank is fine since this new wing gets better gas mileage. I love the new wing. I mean no disrespect but if you don’t like the new wing you probably are not the target customer Honda is looking for. What did you want Honda to make next? I doubt Honda was going to make a factory trike. The new wing is marvelous. The 17 year old bike needed an update. Honda did a great job. They got a Goldwing Hater to buy a Goldwing.
September 16, 2018 - 08:28 PM
I am one of the customers Honda was trying to attract. I hated the prior Goldwings. To big, to heavy, too bulbous. I had some liking to the F6B but I never bought one. The new wing is lighter, handles better, and looks , in my opinion, much nicer. Combine this with Honda finally putting modern technology on there bike and you have a new younger customer. I get the Oldwing was my fathers bike. Heck he has a 1500se and a 1800. I know they are good bikes but no thanks. Less storage on the new one, I don’t need the kitchen sink. My cane fits in the tops box and the bike carry’s all I need. The Smaller fuel tank is fine since this new wing gets better gas mileage. I love the new wing. I mean no disrespect but if you don’t like the new wing you probably are not the target customer Honda is looking for. What did you want Honda to make next? I doubt Honda was going to make a factory trike. The new wing is marvelous. The 17 year old bike needed an update. Honda did a great job. They got a Goldwing Hater to buy a Goldwing.
September 24, 2018 - 04:20 AM
I can't really speak to ANY of these post...especially the ones that have (for decades) been "loyal" gold wingers & complain about the "downsized" version...for the past 20 yrs., I've been a "loyal" Yamaha/Venture rider & before that, my 1st. tourer was a 79' Gold Wing w/Vetter fairing...that was the bike that turned me onto "onboard" music (cassette)..I LOVED ALL of my Ventures w/1300 "bullet proof" cc engines & of course factory equipped music sources...BUT the one thing I always thought they needed was "fuel injection" & after the last model of 2014, I waited 4 yrs for them to make an updated version..then this year, I decided to come back to the HONDA FOLD & I'M LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! This DCT is an Absolute Marvel to ride...I never was one for Navigation "add ons" so the factory Navigation system is a Marvel (to me) & is easy to program & a LOT MORE than I ever expected from a Navigation system to begin with...DID I MENTION HOW MUCH FUN THIS DCT IS TO RIDE??!!! YES, it cost a few XTRA $$$ but what "High Tech" anything Doesn't?? As for storage space, I've always traveled lite,,,wearing a lot of Under Armor which can be washed in a hotel basin & hung to dry completely (overnight) AND it packs away in very small spaces,IN FACT...I bought a trunk rack for this GW but have never used it.. Now about the gas tank,,,NONE of my Ventures ever got more that 150 miles b-4 I had to start looking for a station....this GW (5.5 gal.) gets on the average 45-47 mpg..so, now I'm averaging 245+ miles b-4 I even START thinking about my next gas stop!! SO, that's my take on this NEW 2018 GW DCT 7speed w/FULL Automatic or Manual gear shifting (if you prefer).. The Old (like me) AND the Young (like Heyzeus above) will Love this bike IF you give it a chance!!
September 25, 2018 - 02:43 PM
Well, I just couldn’t wait for 2020, so I sprung for the White Manual. My trade was never going to be worth more and the Wing was never going to be cheaper. Also, I’m basically weak-willed when it comes to denying myself motorcycles and gear.
September 30, 2018 - 09:28 PM
I've had over 25 motorcycles since the mid-sixties. I've had them all including three Goldwings, 1200, 1500, an 1800 and even a 1500 Valkerie, none of those can compare to the new 2018 Goldwing. I replaced a 2012 BMW K1600 GTL with this now Goldwing. I thought the K1600 BMW was the ultimate tourer, now I see I was wrong the new Goldwing is absolutely the best touring motorcycle made today.
October 3, 2018 - 01:20 PM
I know we dont all want the same from our motorcycle, BUT, I'd at least like a new model to offer me MORE than the model it replaced.
I think the new Goldwing Tour is a nice looking machine and it does have some nice features, BUT, for me, it has far too many things which aren't quite sorted out yet eg useless satnav, poor Bluetooth system, poor luggage capacity, small and fiddly controls (horn, turn signals) spongy suspension, poor weather protection, etc etc too many things to list.
Oh, and did I say I hated the dct gearbox! Its always in the wrong gear !! Why would anyone want an auto box on a bike ??

I've been a fan of the Goldwing since we got our first in 1998 and now we're riding our 12th new bike - a 2017 Altair Silver GL18.

Honda have lost me as a customer because they appear to have downgraded the Wing from a luxury tourer to a Sport tour bike.
I hope for their sake that they attract a lot of riders from other makes and models to compensate for their loss of me and other riders like me.
October 16, 2018 - 09:16 PM
I would consider upgrading to either a '18 or '19 DCT model if the right deal could be made. Storage isn't a issue for me as as I have a Sidecar with plenty of lockable storage. I'd like to have a built in Satellite radio not a add on. Navigation isn't a big deal as I don't use it on my '08 Nav model. I would desire the abs brakes as I miss not having them. Will wait to till 2019 comes around before making any change decision.

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