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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-25-2017, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Looks to be a hell of a nice touring machine. The Goldwing was way overdue for a makeover.


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Note the BMW style front suspension. This rig should handle a lot better than its predecessors and no brake dive to boot.

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That front end reminds me of the old Girders. This new Honda looks promising but there seems to be no way to get around the riding position and it not being tall person friendly because of the way the cylinders are positioned.

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I still don't like the side opening saddlebag style it has though. I have no idea why they went with this rather than a standard top opening style.

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That front end reminds me of the old Girders.
Oh, the complexity of it all! So many pivots and joints to wear out and negatively affect steering and handling. I'll stay with my simple telescopics and change their oil every 30K miles or so.

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This isn't the first time Honda has stepped out of the comfort zone with a different style front end. Remember the Honda Rune?

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I think Honda et all would like to forget the Rune.
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Not me. It's the one Honda I'd love to have simply because it was unique and they didn't sell many of them. A true classic collectors bike that can still be ridden (carefully). They are still worth a pretty penny and likely to increase in value.

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Bbob, that's all good and well for the collector, but the point I'm making is the manufacturers'. They aren't gonna keep producing it if it doesn't sell. Kinda like Victorys.

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Bbob, that's all good and well for the collector, but the point I'm making is the manufacturers'. They aren't gonna keep producing it if it doesn't sell. Kinda like Victorys.
Polaris made a butt load of money selling off their remaining Victory's this year compared to last year.

Hmmm... is this a marketing mistake or a fluke?

I wonder if we will ever know the real reason Polaris shut down Victory. I don't think it was strictly about the bottom line. There had to be some politics behind it. Isn't it funny how politics involve every aspect of our lives in some way or another? Even the motorcycles we choose to ride.

But yeah; the Rune didn't sell well, everyone knows that, so it was deleted from the line up. They eventually discontinued the entire Valkyrie line; probably for the same reason. They were popular but had one huge draw back; terrible gas mileage. Like 26 mpg terrible. On a car it would be acceptable but not with the small gas tanks of a motorcycle; especially one that is capable of touring.

Maybe someone who knows the Honda Goldwing bikes better can explain why the Valkyrie had such bad gas mileage compared to the standard Goldwing.
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