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Sep 29th 2017, 02:55 PM   #1
 Skiffman's Avatar
  Apr 2016

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Questions for Goldwing riders

Have taken a couple wings out on lengthy test rides and am sold on a Wing for my next bike. Have gone to the various forums and got a good taste of their few issues. Planning on flying to a southern dealer to save thousands over West coast pricing on leftover 2016's. Haven't decided between the audio comfort or the audio comfort with Nav, abs,XM. A $2000 difference. Would get the gamin if I decide against Honda's navigation. But I would lose the abs which I haven't experienced on a bike. And also the much higher resale value from what I have seen shopping used ones. Chime in with your thoughts and experience. Thanks, Tom
Sep 29th 2017, 03:22 PM   #2
 Chrishil54's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Not a goldwing owner but if given the option to have ABS on my ride, I'd go for it. I've heard that insurance companies will give discounts if your ride has it.
Sep 29th 2017, 03:25 PM   #3
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
  Feb 2016

I test rode a totally loaded Goldwing for a 250 mile "test ride". I really liked the XM radio feature. I couldn't figure out the nav system, I guess it has to be used with the bike stopped?

If I were going to go to Daytona or some other far away place on a motorcycle (and I had ton of money to spend on one), I would do it on a Goldwing with all the doodads.
Sep 29th 2017, 06:21 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
if you dont like there gps you can just not use it , and if the resell value is close or equal to the price of the add ons why not get them?
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Sep 30th 2017, 09:43 AM   #5
  Jan 2016

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
Well, the 2018 has already been announced, and it looks quite spectacular, with major updates to the front suspension, controls, dash graphics, etc. etc. You might want to take a peek before you decide.

If you are only concerned with cost, I'd say get the stripped model, you can add almost all of those accessories or use your cell phone, except for ABS of course. The Wing has linked braking which is fairly effective, and most Wing riders are pretty good at avoiding panic stops.

I ride an F6B which I enjoy a lot, and get lots of compliments on. I have no idea why Honda won't make a Wing with a detachable trunk, but it's a surprisingly sleek machine without it, and if you don't have a passenger you can attach any number of soft luggage pieces to the pillion.
Sep 30th 2017, 10:16 AM   #6
 Skiffman's Avatar
  Apr 2016

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Seen the 'spy' photos of the new Wing. Looks like a BMW sort of. When I can get a 2016 for $21,000 or a 2017 for a couple of G's more. I don't see any reason to spend $30k+ for a 2018. Rode a F6B and love it but it's for both Me and the old lady so I'm going with a regular wing for the passenger accommodations. She loves to go on short trips together. I have the Octane for when she wants to ride her bike or I want to do a quick blast.though Tahuya or quick runs to town. As far as the abs goes, I feel it would be a asset when it comes to panic stops with a 900 lb bike. I have experienced a few on the Venture and it was almost ugly. The GPS wouldn't get alot of use as I usually route plan pretty thoroughly. The latest Garmin has some pretty cool features like weather maps and curvy road planning.
Sep 30th 2017, 02:59 PM   #7
 Rustydust's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
I have a 2010 GW that I bought new in 2011. It has the GPS and sat radio and I used them on almost every ride I take. Certainly the longer ones. I rode a R1100RT for 11 years before buying the Goldwing and never regretted the swap. The GW is so smooth and quiet. Runs on 85 and up octane gas, occasionally gives me gas mileage in the 50's (usually in the high 40's) and and is almost boringly reliable. Getting close to 95,000 on it now and would have a lot more than that on it if I did not have three other bikes that I ride as well. I was not sure when I bought it if I was quite ready for a "bikeolounger" but I never get off of it and wish that I was on a bike with less comfort. Longest one day ride I have taken with it was 850 miles. I could have gone longer but I was at my destination.

If you can get you a leftover and put some coin back in your pocket then I sure would do so. Even the 2018 is still using the same anvil reliable 1800cc engine and why not? Best one ever made so why change it?

I wish that mine had an electric windshield like the BMW had. At parking lot speeds I wish that it was a bit lighter. But when I am cruising down the road at 40 mph or 80 mph I never find myself wishing that I was on a different bike. After 50 years of riding, I guess will try for at least 20 more. Hopefully on a Goldwing.
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Sep 30th 2017, 04:22 PM   #8
 coastrider's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Oregon Coast

  2017 BMW R1200RT
I road a V-Strom and mounted a GPS on it. Was not a GPS built for motorcycles but also not super expensive. If you are going to buy a true GPS designed for motorcycles that is a fair chunk of that extra $2K.

Opinions differ on value of ABS. I can't say that mine has ever saved me but I like having it. I know that I am not a skilled enough or at least not a practiced enough rider to be confident that when I look up and realize that traffic stopped and I absolutely need to stop in the minimum distance that I will do as well as I would without ABS assistance - especially if the pavement is wet. So for me the value of ABS is high even those, as I say, I don't know that I have really needed it so far.

I went from riding a V-Strom with no integrated GPS and no music to a BMW that has an integrated GPS and also Satellite radio. I find that I really appreciate both. The true motorcycle GPS is a big win over what I was using. I could have gotten the bike without the GPS but really enjoy it.

On my last big trip I chatted with a few different Goldwing riders and looked at their bikes. They look very comfortable. Some of the two up riders had trailers and were really happy with them, covering a lot of miles each year. I'd love to try one some time though that much weight seems a little intimidating.
Sep 30th 2017, 05:37 PM   #9
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  Apr 2016

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane

This paint job and the huge savings is the main reason I am looking at the 2016's
I found two in Florida. Already have a 3800 mile return trip planned out via the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Yosemite.
Just got to convince the Old Lady to pull the trigger before next spring........,
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