Congrats Branch good choice, DCT is great fun in "manual" mode...nimble is right, I had a GL1800 and was ridding with friends on CBR, SuperDuke, FJR, RT, GS never a problem keeping up, the Wing can be ridden as a true ST machine.But I really can’t believe how nimble and small that huge bike feels.
I love the Goldwings and it might just be my next bike but i'm not sure if I meet the age requirement yet as I am only 40 haha. I think it would compliment my CRF450L very nicely though!First of all. I kept my 2012 Vee. I’ve had a dream since my boys were little of doing the cross country thing with them when they were old enough. So now we have 3 capable bikes, and if the vaccine can get in our arms, we should be able to this summer. My wife encouraged this purchase because when she sat on the GoldWing she got excited about how comfortable the pillion was. So, win-win. Got to take it out yesterday for about 3 hours before it started getting to cold. It’s a 2018 and it’s fantastic. It is the DCT which is strange, I keep grabbing for the nonexistent clutch. But I really can’t believe how nimble and small that huge bike feels. Just figured I would share some kinda cool news in the doldrums of winter. Am I still allowed to hang out in here with you all?
I can assure you the latest Wing is no old mans bike, I would LOVE to have the new DCT!!!!!I love the Goldwings and it might just be my next bike but i'm not sure if I meet the age requirement yet as I am only 40 haha. I think it would compliment my CRF450L very nicely though!
The 2018+ reminds me of my ST1300A and man do I regret selling that bike! I need the cash for a house so it had to go but it was the most comfortable bike I ever owned.
oops sorry, you are right. Added a picture.
Really appreciate your honest opinion and some of the issues I’m liable to face. I will keep everyone posted on issues that I run into. I’ve not had enough time in the seat to have a real world opinion at this point.I hate to be the dissenter here but I have a very different view of the new Goldwing. I've had three Goldwings now and four DL1000s. I currently own a 2018 Goldwing Tour manual and a 2019 DL1000. I love the V-Stroms. I bought the last Goldwing so my wife would be comfortable while riding. If I ride alone, it is always the V-Strom. I've had this new Goldwing for a year now and there is no way in hell, I would buy another one. Here are my biggest complaints. The electronics are far too complex. The operator's manuals total 325 pages. The GPS system is worthless and very difficult to program. I added a Garmin GPS on my handlebars and that is what I use. I have had several instances where the bike would no longer recognize my smart key and it has left me stuck more than once (this is a common issue). There have been frequent failures like the latches for the bags and gas filler doors so I couldn't get them open without much monkeying with key and switches.
Slow, parking lot speeds make the new Wing handle like a wild buffalo. Get in some loose gravel and you'll be lucky to get through without it dumping you on the ground. This has happened to me several times, and again last week. It was all I could do to keep it upright. My wife was on the back and we both likely would have been badly hurt if we had gotten dumped. I've been on that same pull-out with my wife on back, on my V-Strom. No problem whatsoever, and the Strom is wonderful in parking lot maneuvers and gravel.
The new Wing is a beast to work on. Everything is so tight and poorly engineered for service, it is a nightmare. Just getting the seat off and back on again can take me two hours of pushing, pulling and adjusting to get it properly fit back on. The trunk and saddle bags are way to small for touring. The saddle bags are more suitable as glove boxes. My V-Strom is set up for a lot more storage than the Wing and works better for packing for a trip. There are MANY other issues about the new Wing but I'll stop there.
Well, I know there are a lot of glowing reports about the new Wing and it is everyone's right to have their own feelings and beliefs. These are mine, so at least, other's will have a heads up. I'm not trying to slam anyone, I just think we owe it to each other share our experiences. I'll stay a loyal Stromtrooper, not a Winger.
And I have never worked on one, so I would have no idea how good or bad they are these days. Feature bloat is certainly a thing.Really appreciate your honest opinion and some of the issues I’m liable to face. I will keep everyone posted on issues that I run into. I’ve not had enough time in the seat to have a real world opinion at this point.