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post #21 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 05:08 PM
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Electronic gizmos dont cause me to lose focus on the careful task of riding on the streets.

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post #22 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 06:52 PM
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Thanks for letting me know that my opinions are silly.
I guess on the subject of giving unsolicited feedback, I'll reciprocate.
Do you know your grammar and spelling are atrocious?


Thanks for recognizing my poor grammar and inability to build a proper sentence. Since I was able to quit working 30 years ago, at the age of 35, I haven't had a need. My skills have suffered but I can usually get my point across.

To the OP... Sorry your thread has been sent off track and crapped on. Ride your 1800 another 13 years and a few hundred thousand miles. Then tell me you aren't tired looking at it! Hope you're still in love with it.

The 1800 is still a great bike but some of us that roll up the miles and ride 12 months a year are tired looking at it. Not a thing wrong with the 1800, just want change.

You won't find many members here that's been around over 10 years. Probably not many over five. They move on... Some realize they aren't motorcyclist and others have gone to different brands.

Enjoy what you ride and have a safe summer....

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post #23 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 08:21 PM
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Umm, wow, anyway, I have some 35 year old bikes that I still like a lot. Hey come to think of it, I have some bicycles that are even older. I'm not much for needing the newest stuff, I guess. I'm good with what I have and very thankful to have anything at all. Blessed.
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I can really relate to this thread, I'm not anti technology but I do feel some have become more interested in what's on the bike than riding the bike. Throughout my many years of riding, I've rode motorcycles without turn signals, hydraulic disc brakes, halogen, H.I.D or adaptive headlights, cruise control, menu driven screens, 200W audio systems, multi function controllers, ride modes, keyless ignitions, infotainment systems, electric adjustable windshield, etc.

while I do see the benefits of some of the technology mentioned, I can't remember any bike I've ever had that I didn't have a great time on. For me the ride is the prize not what electronic gadgets I can play with on the bike.
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There are many here that wish Honda would "modernize" the GW. These folks are tired of the same ole thing year after year.

Well, maybe you ought to say "thank you" to Honda for putting out a machine that is the most dependable touring machine the industry has ever seen! There isn't a single one of you that wouldn't jump on your GW tomorrow morning and ride coast to coast, given the time and money. No pre-trip appts at the shop to make sure it's ready, just jump on it and ride!

All I'm asking you to consider is not to forget why we started riding bikes in the first place. It was/is just plain fun! No, I'm not saying that modern conveniences aren't nice, but don't let the lust for all those goodies blind you to the real natural fun of riding itself. That's still the objective isn't it? LOL!

Personally, I think a lot of folks in general lust for all the electronic features that are in their cars and trucks. Be careful about that. In a car, you have a lot more protection around you and the screen that has all that electronic stuff is a LOT easier and quicker to read. As riders, we need to pay a LOT more attention to our surroundings than is necessary in a car. That "electronic trap" you are focusing on can be a double edged sword. Focusing on it merely a second too long could prove to be damaging to body and machine.

Think a little about what I have said. Do you really want to be riding a two-wheeled laptop?
"Its all about me !" Thats what I think about when I read some of the posts in this forum. Think about Honda and its marketing. In order to sell bikes, you have to produce something that will attract new buyers. You have already satisfied the current owner, but how about new ones ? Anyone that does any research about GWs will quickly find out that the engine/drive train are no different than they were 16 years ago and the body has changed very little except for the coyote ugly saddlebags. You can talk about dependability all you want, but new buyers want new tech. If they don't make changes to attract new buyers then they will stop making the GW.

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Maybe I am just getting cranky in my old age,(72) but while looking at the new/old and custom stuff at our recent local motorcycle show, I started to thinking about my bikes over the years. First bike, 1964 Honda S90, I rode the snot out of that little bike, topped out at shy of 70 mph when I 'tucked' in. Next a 1964 CL 160 Honda. It had almost 6,000 miles on it when I bought it. 18,000 + on the clock when I traded it. Most of the miles were on the highway at close to max speed. Seat as hard as a brick compared to todays bikes.. Next a 1969 CL 450 Honda again. Switched out the high pipes for TT downswept pipes and upswept megaphone mufflers that I made my own baffles for so I could stand to ride it. Just a touch over 20,000 miles when I traded that bike. I took it from Fargo ND all the way across Montana to Lewiston, Idaho one summer in about 4 days. Not the greatest seat again. A small windshield and that's it. Then a 1972 CB 500 Honda. First bike in the Fargo area with a Windjammer, you old timers remember those? Mounted a set of Bates bags and away I went. Again not a very comfortable seat by todays standards. 45,000 miles later, I sold it outright and bought a 1979 GL 1000 with Windjammer and Vetter bags. Put about 7500 miles on that in 3 months and traded for a car. Then a 80 GL 1100 and a 92 GL 1500 SE. Now a 07 GL1800. Compare all those old bikes to the new GL. Wow, comfort and ease of travel. Fun, probably had more on the S 90 than any of the others. I like to ride not play with the 'toys' on the bike. I know all that fancy stuff sells, but then again, look at most of the HD's on the road. How many look like the 20 year old bikes? 90+% of them. Most of the older owners don't care for the 'electronic toys' just for the overall looks and noise of the bike.
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Looking at the Info screen is no different than glancing at a speedometer. It's second nature for me. Haven't found a real reason the look at it much. It gives you instruction through headsets or external speakers.

If it was distraction to you you were fixating on it because it was new to you. Maybe you should black out all the gauges on the dash of your Wing. They are a distraction if you stare at them.

Ive got 65,000 on Harley's with the infotainment. I've never been distracted by it.

I don't care if you like the RG or not. Just some things your picking at is silly.
It would be nice if people could post their thoughts about topics without being chided or demeaned for expressing their opinion. Not everyone's experience or opinion is going to or should be the same. No ones opinion should be labeled silly, why not let people say what they think.
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I just copied a few dozen CD's to a thumb drive and plug it into my USB port in my left saddlebag. It's just not real easy to navigate through the various songs/artists to pick what I like so I just let it play. It always picks up where I left off, doesn't need charging, costs very little, and doesn't require me to be in range of a radio station. I have my 160 GB iPod Classic in my car loaded with about 1000 CD's. I gotta have my music!
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"Its all about me !" Thats what I think about when I read some of the posts in this forum. Think about Honda and its marketing. In order to sell bikes, you have to produce something that will attract new buyers. You have already satisfied the current owner, but how about new ones ? Anyone that does any research about GWs will quickly find out that the engine/drive train are no different than they were 16 years ago and the body has changed very little except for the coyote ugly saddlebags. You can talk about dependability all you want, but new buyers want new tech. If they don't make changes to attract new buyers then they will stop making the GW.
YES, and if they revise/change things every year and the reliability turns to crap they still won't be able to attract new buyers. Reliability is still most important to me, new features every few years keep the line interesting and gives us something to wish for. Personally, I will probably never buy a brand new wing because they are so well built I can safely buy one several years old at half the hew price and not worry about it. Bought my 2008 three years ago with 43,000 miles and it runs just as strong now with 85,000 miles on it as it did then and I run it hard. I'll take my tried and true 9 year old wing over a new HD, Indian or anything else loaded with gadgets and infotainment systems that I don't need.
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We've been hearing for some time now about how antiquated the Goldwing is, and how if only Honda would update it they would attract new buyers. My question is why haven't there been massive increase in sales of bikes that already have this technology? Why haven't all of the improvements made to Harleys lineup lead to increase sales?

I'm sure they have their own experts that studies the market and will release a redesign or completely new bike at a time that it makes sense to them. In other words what hi tech or redesigned motorcycle is taking America or the rest of the world by storm?

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