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2018 Wing

runnerb0y

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Member
4Bikes said:
Spotted this video on wingstuff.com.
https://youtu.be/9P72DmWjh7M
Thanks for the eye candy on the new GL.

Is wingstuff.com the Wing Forum you are participating in Jay?  {edit:  I see that is a retail site, disregard} I'm seriously looking at the new Wings; probably won't be able to afford one in '18, but want to get educated as to the pros and cons of the new bikes when they are out.  I figure there's no better way than participate in the community of riders to see what's working and what doesn't.
 

zg

Member
Member
runnerb0y said:
Is wingstuff.com the Wing Forum you are participating in Jay?  {edit:  I see that is a retail site, disregard} I'm seriously looking at the new Wings; probably won't be able to afford one in '18, but want to get educated as to the pros and cons of the new bikes when they are out.  I figure there's no better way than participate in the community of riders to see what's working and what doesn't.

There are many, but mostly I follow http://gl1800riders.com/forums/
 

advtracker

Member
Member
So Jay,
I'm still "fit to be tied" about the storage on this thing, but have you heard any rumors about Unigo or aftermarket saddlebag (lids?) adaptation?  I know you're on the Wing forums a lot probably.  Suppose I could suck up the trailer hassle with "she who must be obeyed" on board, and then not on day or solo trips. 


thx,
Joe
 

zg

Member
Member
WingCon said:
So Jay,
I'm still "fit to be tied" about the storage on this thing, but have you heard any rumors about Unigo or aftermarket saddlebag (lids?) adaptation?  I know you're on the Wing forums a lot probably.  Suppose I could suck up the trailer hassle with "she who must be obeyed" on board, and then not on day or solo trips. 


thx,
Joe

Hi Joe, Happy New Year!  :beerchug:

Sorry buddy, I haven't been following the Wing forums for the last month or so, am occupying my time with another build that is scratching my current itch. Last I heard was Wings should hit dealers in Feb/March, I've back burnered my Wing interest for now but I'm sure I'll re-engage at some point in the spring.

http://forum.cog-online.org/other-motorcycles/tis-the-season-k1-gixxer-750-rescue/
 

diz@ct

Member
Member
I keep waiting to find out if the new engine is really that much more efficient that the smaller fuel tank makes no difference between fill ups. And will you miss the nice big analog gauges?
 

works4me

Street Cruiser
Diz said:
I keep waiting to find out if the new engine is really that much more efficient that the smaller fuel tank makes no difference between fill ups. And will you miss the nice big analog gauges?

The fuel tank capacity was reduced to bring it more
in line with the the target market rider’s aging bladders
to allow for more frequent pee breaks.
Kudos to Honda for caring about our comfort.
 

Ranger Jim

Member
Member
:rotflmao:  I think the tank capacity reduction was more to reduce weight than to accommodate "aging" bladders. Gas weighs 6 lbs. per gallon so ... . It's still pretty much in line with the competition.
 

Bud

Member
Member
Oops!  Fred Harmon was what I meant to say! :-[  Is the guy in the vid I posted a member here?  He has a few C14 vids as well showing some high techy device hooked up.  Thought that might be Fred Harmon.
 

satxrider

Member
Member
As a C-14 owner who might eventually end up on a Wing one day, I find the 112mph limiter almost a deal breaker.  When I want to pass a stack of cars on a two lane road, I want to do it as quickly as possible and not worry about the engine cutting out in mid-pass.  Hopefully Honda or some creative guy will come up with a flash that will eliminate the limiter.  Time will tell

Steve
 

diz@ct

Member
Member
After reading Fred's review, I wonder if ZG is contemplating a change from the GW to the GW Tour. Reverse gear is such a helpful accessory with a 800 LB. bike. Electronic suspension that works on the fly as well.
 

advtracker

Member
Member
4Bikes said:

Quote from Fred:  Three days worth of clothes, and had to leave his tool kit at home due to storage.  I've never been so conflicted about buying a new bike in my life.  :)    Speed limiter and fuel tank size don't bother me too much, though I don't understand the reason for the limiter.
So many other great positives.  Going to have wifey sit on one as soon as available for a "seat of the pants" comparison.
 

SilverConnieRider

Member
Member
I had an older Wing and for them to downsize the storage - can't get 2 helmets in the truck so I'm not sure I would buy one.

Heck my Connie can hold as much or more then the new GW can.

I'm sure it's a nice bike But IMO they did a disservice to many of us.  So it can go that same number of miles on less fuel.
I'd rather be able to go farther then just the same distance.

Oh well they never asked my opinion 


 

zg

Member
Member
My local shop got a red and a blue Tour model in this week, I went and looked at them yesterday, not sure if it's because I've seen so many pics already but I wasn't super blown away seeing it in person...  :??:

Sat on one, the ergo's felt great, stock seat actually seemed quite nice.  :great:

Waiting for them to get a silver non-tour in so I can see it in person, although I must say I'm somewhat throttling back a bit from my all in stance back in the Fall, just not sure if I'll pull that $25k trigger or not...  :??:

 

zg

Member
Member
Diz said:
Guess that means you have not planned any long tours with mama............

Nothing of long distance bike trips on the calendar yet, looks to be another busy year for us, last year becoming empty nesters means this year we plan to either move or remodel the house...  :??:
 

4bikes

COG#9715 AAD
Member
Here is a video showing the unboxing and prep for the 2018 Wing.  I like the blue.

https://youtu.be/TX1AgVs_X78
 

zg

Member
Member
Gumby said:
Didn't you already order yours?

Ordered is a loose term, HMS is getting 10 in, and can get more if need be, there will be plenty of stock in the US. I didn't put any $ down, so I can get one now, or in 3 months, 6 months, a year or not at all.


Will know more once they get the non-tour models in with all the chrome blacked out, I'm hopeful it either screams buy me or not when I see it in person...  :??:
 

zg

Member
Member
Gumby said:
ZG said:
Ordered is a loose term,
Not really, that was a YES or NO question. ::)

;D

A silver DCT non-tour is coming in with my name on it, when it arrives if I want it I'll buy it, if I don't they'll take my name off it and sell it to someone else...

Better?  ;D  :beerchug:
 

diz@ct

Member
Member
Glad there is plenty of supply. The AT and Crosstourer were in short supply the first year of release which meant a premium on top of MSRP to roll one off the showroom floor here in the east. Hope you can make a deal if you pull the trigger.....
 

SilverConnieRider

Member
Member
ZG said:
Gumby said:
ZG said:
Ordered is a loose term,
Not really, that was a YES or NO question. ::)

;D

A silver DCT non-tour is coming in with my name on it, when it arrives if I want it I'll buy it, if I don't they'll take my name off it and sell it to someone else...

Better?  ;D  :beerchug:

I didn't read all 6 pages - so maybe you all ready answered this but why are you more attracted to the non-tour model?
 

zg

Member
Member
SilverConnieRider said:
I didn't read all 6 pages - so maybe you all ready answered this but why are you more attracted to the non-tour model?

The non-tour model has all the chrome blacked out.
 

1jeep

Mini Bike
All this Wing talk peeked my interest especially now that the wife is back to riding on my bike, since I just turned 50 I thought I am ready for one. Well Saturday I test rode one and while it was nice it didn't give me that want to sell a kidney and buy one feeling! No doubt it is slimmer than my fathers 2014 Wing, but it felt like it had less wind protection than my C14. it was heavier and slower than the c14 but handles nice for its size unlike my previous HD roadturd! the heated seat was nice on a cool 34 degree demo ride. Price was $27k, this was the 6 speed tour model in red.

In the end I walked away confirming that I'm still not ready for my final bike. No doubt this year I will be trading the c14 in for something with more 2 up comfort and cruise, it wont be a wing.
 

ghostrider990

Crotch Rocket
Forum Subscriber
I can't believe I'm even interested in looking at this bike, but it looks good.

Truly though, after watching that unboxing video and first ride on youtube -- I'm quite positive it just made me want a scaled-down version re-relased as the ST1200 with the VFR motor inside.
Even more displacement from the V4 would be appreciated, and you better not spare the Gear Driven Cams this time Honda -- or it will be a deal-breaker!

The DCT and electronics package on the new Wing is absolutely BRILLIANT.

Now scale it back to Sport-Touring Duty, and you've got me by the Ballz Honda!!  :truce:

P.S. -- Please don't make the new ST as Fugly as you made the VFR.  That was a face even a Japanese Mother couldn't love.  :mad:

gr
 

advtracker

Member
Member
Well, now they're hemming and hawing about finding a White DCT Tour to trade for.  So it begins.......................



ZG said:
WingCon said:
Well, despite all my misgivings with the storage issue, just placed an order for a White GW Tour DCT.  Take delivery next week.     


Now to try and sell my '03 Wing.  It's on craigslist.


https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/mcy/d/2003-honda-goldwing-abs/6516189691.html

Looking forward to hearing your review on it Joe!  :great:  :popcorn:
 

Just Cliff

Member
Member
I happened across a dealer today while out riding that had demo rides for the new wing. 2 were just sitting there so I felt compelled to take one for a spin. I have no interest in buying or owning one, but it just seemed like the thing to do.

This is my simple unbiased opinion from a 20 mile ride.

1st I was surprised at the exhaust note. Noticeably louder than my C14 with a CS1.

With the shield fully down, buffeting & wind noise was equal to my C14. I have a MRA Vario shield which is very small. With shield in full up position there was quite a bit of back pressure.

Front end felt very choppy on rough road. Went back on my C14 & rode it again. The 14 was a lot smoother. Rear end on the wing was silky smooth though. On smooth roads it was great.

Steering felt slow & heavy.

Storage? It looked like a 6 pack would fit in the side cases. Claim 2 full face helmets fit in the trunk, sure looked small. Glove box on right side fairing looked like it would hold a pack of cigarettes.

I have to say it runs great! Much more power than I expected, hits 100 really quick.

I up shift clutch-less & without thinking I did it on the wing, silky smooth.

From the front it looks great, much like a new FJR.

I was really expecting to be wowed by this bike, but I wasn't.

If I was actually interested in owning one the storage would be a absolute deal breaker for me. This is a top tier touring bike & that kind of storage is unexceptionable IMO.

All I can give it is, looks great from the front. Runs & shifts well.

They did have 3 white DCT's Joe & a mate grey blacked out non tour model Jay.

Cliff  :beerchug:   
 

zg

Member
Member
Nice! Glad you were able to take her for a rip Cliff, thanks for sharing your take on it!  :great:

Take care buddy!  :beerchug:
 

Akumu

Bicycle
Dyno of 18 Wing show 97hp/108tq. (Available on YouTube)

Kinda low for a new engine. Thats what the old one made...
 

RLB1100

Moped
Forum Subscriber
Akumu said:
Dyno of 18 Wing show 97hp/108tq. (Available on YouTube)

Kinda low for a new engine. Thats what the old one made...

I expected that Gold Wings had more torque than that, just being an 1800, six cylinder.  I know my zx14r is 192rwhp, and 112 ft.lbs. torque.  What are the hp / torque numbers for a 2010 C14?   
 

Akumu

Bicycle
That torque is peaked at like 4000rpm, though. With like 90+ off of idle or some ridiculous thing.

Stock C14 dynos are all over the web. ECU flashed is about 145/97 with a nice 'plateau' full system and flash C14 are about 160/102, but likes revs more.
 

advtracker

Member
Member
Done.  New Blue Tour DCT.  Now just have to figure out how to shrink half our stuff to make it fit. ;D 
Just broke the bank at Wingstuff.  $1900 in accessories on the way.  :-[

(Decided to pick up a new Triumph Tiger 800 XRT same day while I was at it.)
 
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