Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Northwestern Illinois
I had been riding a Triumph Thunderbird but wanted a touring bike. I heard all the rumors of an updated Wing but when the 2016's came out and there was no changes I decided I was too old to wait for even one more year. So far I really love my 2016 GW ABS model. But of all the things that I wish Honda had upgraded (a touchscreen monitor, Bluetooth, powered windscreen, a 6th gear, top opening side cases like HD, built in standard CB radio) DCT was not one of them. I had that type transmission on a 2007 Silverwing and found that I missed the control and feel of a real clutch and the shifting of gears. Anyway, when shopping for my 2016 GW I found dealers had few or no Goldwings on the showroom floor. Sales managers at several dealerships said that while they thought the GW was a great bike they weren't selling very many because of the high cost of these bikes. If Goldwing sales really are down everywhere I doubt that Honda will invest the money to upgrade the model at any time in the near future but would more likely replace the Goldwing with something totally new at a lower cost point.
Retired U.S. Army and now FULLY retired!
Former Instructor with the MSF