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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone,
I was just wondering what do you guys think of the new Gold Wing design?
The new Wing comes with two options.
One options is the good old manual clutch foot shifter.
The other is a automatic electronic clutch and shifter.
Any of you guys test rode one?
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I like the looks and have seen it in person, sharp bike.

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It got a much needed slimming down and much better handling. Obviously designed to attract a younger and slimmer clientele.

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I haven't ridden it but I like what I've seen and read. Looks like it's well equipped but I'm concerned the limited foot positioning will be an issue. My Visions have me very spoiled.

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I saw and sat on a new white Gold Wing at the dealer in Huntsville, AL recently. I was amazed at how small the bike looked in person. It wasn't that far from a leftover CCT they also had on the floor. If not for the engine design, I'd say it's more of a the replacement for the ST1300 that Honda axed a few years ago. At least that's about the size of the new Gold Wing.

If I were going that route I'd simply get another Honda Valkyrie Interstate. The biggest draw back to the Wings and Valkyrie's are your feet have very little room to move around. In my case my knees would hurt after a few hours. Highway pegs had my legs spread way too far apart.

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Funny you should mention the 'Wing. It was only about three weeks ago I finally got to take the Vic for that recall for the rear brake line re-routing. The dealer is about 200 miles from me and has Honda, Indian, Triumph and one or two others as well.

I was wandering around looking at bikes as you do, and the Wing really caught my eye. They've slimmed it down a lot and it looks very stylish. I didn't sit on it because I knew that would have resulted in a test ride, followed by a how much will ya gimme and you know the rest!

I was very impressed with the overall look of it though. Very clean design and smaller all over compared with the previous model. Definitely nowhere near the luggage carrying capacity of the XCT, but then again, what else has? That aside, I'd be looking closely at the new Wing if I was thinking about a replacement. About AUD $45k retail on the auto trans one here though, so not cheap.

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My local dealer has 2 on the floor right now and I think both are manuals. The new wing is very sharp but when I sat on it I felt very cramped, spoiled to those two big surfboards on my XR.
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From an ergonomic standpoint the new Yamaha may be about as close to comfort as you can get to a Victory Cross bike. But at the price of new one, a used Cross bike would beat it every time. From an aesthetic point of view and a cost/benefit analysis, again, the Cross bikes come out ahead. Far, far ahead in my book.
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My son had a 2012 Gold Wing and loved it but he is short legged and the heavy bike was a little bit of a problem for him but he put a LOT of miles on it before he traded (42,000) ..... Now he has a 2018 Gold Wing and likes it even better. I think it sits a little lower also..It's 100 pounds lighter and he says it handles better than the other one and has the Automatic Transmission that he likes too. . It has several modes for different riding and the sport mode for riding the curves, he loves. To each his own but I can't blame the boy. I raised him riding Honda's.

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...but he put a LOT of miles on it before he traded (42,000)...
42k?
42k?
Dang, I had 133kM when I sold my last 'Wing!
60kM+ for the 'Wing before (I wrecked it).
'Wings are made for ridin'....
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