Originally Posted by Rich in Maryland
If Honda or the aftermarket offers optional "expanded capacity" saddlebag lids and/or trunk that will get the total luggage capacity up to at least 130 liters, Honda's 2018 Wing becomes a home-run with legacy Goldwing Owners. Sadly, there is no way my wife and I could travel for a month with only 110 liters, and we refuse to pull a trailer. In fact, I would argue that 110 liters of storage qualifies as a "design defect" for a 2-up cross-country tourer. Hopefully, some smart people will devise a creative solution. (Tank bag anyone?) For now, I will have to keep my 2012. Shame... because in every other way, I LOVE the 2018 WING. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
About not wanting to pull a trailer...funny that you mention that...
After attending a GWRRA rally in Springfield, Missouri,...and after walking past quite a few bikes with their trailers still attached in the parking lot, we talked about perhaps we should also explore that option. We like touring/camping, etc.
So, I ended up buying a $350.00 hitch for the GL1500, and a fellow down the street was getting out of biking due to Diabetes health issues concerning his legs (very sad...) and picked up his trailer.
Well...in the time I was going to actually install the hitch, there were three GWRRA members (and their co-riders) that had terrible accidents with their bike-trailer combo's. One in fact (blown tire, fish tail...bike going out of control with the accident fatal to both riders) was with the husband and wife travelling to that very GWRRA WingDing.
After reading of those poor souls...I decided not to proceed. So...I have a never used hitch still in its box, and will probably speak to my dealer, and see if he wants to pick it up from me. As for the trailer...I just took off the car-top carrier, and use it for multi-purposes. We decided not to ever pull anything behind our tour bike as well. That is one of the reasons that for us, we always want MORE luggage storage option, never mind losing 1/3 of what we had on the 2008 GL1800! Like everyone else here, we are all experts by now, in how to fit that last toothbrush in the whatever location...lol...so luggage capacity on our dedicated tour ride...is paramount.
The new Wing is certainly a looker...and will no doubt be a great ride for those who feel it meets their tour requirements. No doubt about it!