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Mar 2nd 2018, 06:17 PM   #1
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Seen the New Goldwing

And it looks waaaay better in person than in print or videos.
What a well laid out bike. Didnt take long for this technophobe to figure out how to work the Nav, Comm and Audio.
All the various buttons are easy to reach and control.
The egos are great and seat felt perfect.
The bags are considerably smaller, but then the whole bike is much less intimidating than the old ones, size wise.
Last time I was this impressed by new bikes was the 06 Kawasaki ZX14 and the Victory Octane.
Both of which I bought within 6-9 months of their introduction.

Will be test riding one in March, Excited to try out the DCT model. From what I've read they are the sh!t.
Going to have to kill alot of salmon this summer to pay for one. I've never financed a bike. But if Honda does a 1.9% financing deal after the fishing season this fall, I just might!
Mar 2nd 2018, 07:24 PM   #2
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
good luck man , goldwing is one of my long term dream bikes. make sure to post up some pics and or vids when you test one out
Mar 3rd 2018, 04:43 AM   #3
 Texasl's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
That is an impressive looking machine, although the idea of a motorcycle air bag scares the bejabbers out of me.
Mar 4th 2018, 10:43 AM   #4
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Yea Silvie
it's a long term goal for Me too. Have to see how much touring and 2 up riding Me and the wife do going forward. With a bike of her own and the Octane for Me we haven't been riding together a lot. Being gone to Alaska all summer really cuts down on seat time. But I know I would be riding the Wing every chance I got. We used to tour the Western States. But not the past couple of years due to family and business matters. It's would require dedicating time to traveling via bike instead of Jets and cars like we did this year. ( Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Florida, Canada.)

Texasl,
can't see dropping another $4G for the airbag model. After decades of crashing dirt bikes I don't like the idea of being stuck to a falling 700 lb. Unit!!
Mar 4th 2018, 01:18 PM   #5
 Rustydust's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
While I applaud Honda for making another winner it will not be occupying my garage I dont think. When I found out that they made the fairing smaller making more turbulence reach the rider that dismayed me some. Then I found out that they also made the bags smaller and the top box smaller and the gas tank smaller I began to think that what I bought my 2010 Goldwing for I would be losing somewhat with a new one. I want more luggage capacity- not less. I dont want a smaller fuel load either. My bike came with factory GPS and satellite radio along with the heated grips and seats and cruise control. What more do I need? Give up a bit of comfort and cargo room and range for a bit less weight? Nah. It's a Goldwing- not a sport tourer.

Great bike, Honda. As usual, another great bike. But I will keep my 'old' one I guess. To me, it better defines what I bought a touring bike for.
Mar 4th 2018, 01:31 PM   #6
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
The top box is much smaller. Didnt open the side bags but read they are smaller too. there is always nice Wings for sale that would work too. I-90 Motorsports has a 2010 that I lust after a little. It will be a matter of test riding one and deciding if the handling is worth the extra money. Have ridden a number of Later model Wings and while much better handling and not as top heavy as the Venture I havent found one worth buying....,yet.
I dont really need tons of storage. My Venture has small side bags and big top box. I wont be spending weeks on the road. Just short 1,000-2,000 milers at best. Usually just 2-3 dayers. So the new Wing is actually made for what I do.
Mar 5th 2018, 12:18 PM   #7
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
My brother has a 2002 GoldWing and just purchased a 2018 GoldWing DCT.

Holy Hell, what a difference!

I have not ridden the 02 very much, but when I did, it was a handful. I am sure it would get easier if I rode it more, but she really does deserve the name Large Marge the Party Barge!

I took the 18 out for a short ride the other day. Once I got the nerves worked out, (Who wants to be the first to drop some one else's bike?) I really enjoyed the ride. It is almost like the new Wing is the love child of 2002 Wing and an ST 1300.

There are very few similarities between the old and new bike.

I have always said I am not ready for a GoldWing,even though I am an old fart, but this one could change my mind!

Edited by Bald Guy on Mar 5th 2018 at 12:26 PM
Mar 5th 2018, 05:23 PM   #8
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Sounds like what I'm looking for! How did you like the DCT?
Mar 5th 2018, 07:03 PM   #9
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skiffman
Sounds like what I'm looking for! How did you like the DCT?
I did not play with slow speed stuff, but just riding around it was fine. I romped on it when I got on the highway and it went through 7 gears fast and smooth. Just pin the throttle and let stuff happen! The shifts are very quick, about the only way you can tell it is shifting is by the tach needle.

It makes some funny noises, but it is normal. The up shifts are smooth as silk, the down shift from 2nd to 1st is a little lumpy.

You will find yourself reaching for the non existent clutch lever and feeling foolish.

Edited by Bald Guy on Mar 5th 2018 at 07:06 PM
Mar 5th 2018, 07:50 PM   #10
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skiffman
Sounds like what I'm looking for! How did you like the DCT?
I would advise anyone doing a test ride on a DCT to shift to the “Sport” mode as soon as they are comfortable with the DCT. I did an entire test ride in the Tour mode and the performance was disappointing, it upshifts way too soon and is slow to downshift, the paddles work great to downshift gears but it immediately upshifts unless you a pinning the throttle. Very functional for casual riding but not the fun you get from a conventional transmission. It felt like a dog compared to my FJR which I rode to the dealer for comparison.
Mar 5th 2018, 10:12 PM   #11
 Thumperpilot's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
I'm not a Goldwing rider but I gotta say, they did their homework on this new one! I saw it in Vancouver and it was certainly impressive technology and design compared to the older models. According to the magazine articles, everything about it was engineered for lighter weight, better distributed weight balance, better handling, and even the fun factor of hitting the twisties! Good to see Honda upped the game in the luxury liner class.
Mar 6th 2018, 05:55 AM   #12
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon


Look at the angle on that front end. whoah.



the Cycle World article talks about all the "entertainment tech" on this thing.

Remember when the ride WAS the entertainment?

No way in hell I'd ever buy a bike like this, but it sure is an interesting thought experiment.

Edited by Sentinel on Mar 6th 2018 at 06:13 AM
Mar 6th 2018, 06:34 AM   #13
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
also, if you are wanting this bike it is probably worth noting this:
Mar 6th 2018, 06:40 AM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcrider007
I would advise anyone doing a test ride on a DCT to shift to the “Sport” mode as soon as they are comfortable with the DCT. I did an entire test ride in the Tour mode and the performance was disappointing, it upshifts way too soon and is slow to downshift, the paddles work great to downshift gears but it immediately upshifts unless you a pinning the throttle. Very functional for casual riding but not the fun you get from a conventional transmission. It felt like a dog compared to my FJR which I rode to the dealer for comparison.
I put it in sport mode about a 1/4 mile into my ride. That would most likely be default.
Mar 6th 2018, 07:57 AM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Here

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
also, if you are wanting this bike it is probably worth noting this:
Yeah, caveat early adopter. The first year of a major model revision can have its quirks and disappointments. I was one of those optimists who bought Honda's 9th gen. Civic Si right out of the gate. A year later it featured bigger antisway bars and better interior quality, in response to the howls of too-quick-off-the-mark buyers like me. I ended up trading it back in at the dealer for something else; fortunately they were pretty generous with the allowance.

Edited by WarpShatner7 on Mar 6th 2018 at 12:10 PM
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