Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Model: GL1800 Audio Comfort
2018 Goldwing Test Ride
I took my Goldwing to Muscleman Honda, in Tucson this morning, to have my back tire replaced.
I went in the showroom to drool over their chrome. I really like the CB1100 EX. It's a really well designed retro vertical four.
A salesman and I started talking Goldwings. They had two 2018s on the floor, as well as a couple of new previous year models.
After a bit, the salesman mentioned that they had a 2018 to test ride. At first, I declined, telling him I wasn't in the market. He suggested I take it out anyway.
What the heck. They hadn't even started on my bike yet.
I gotta say I was impressed with some aspects of the new bike. It's handling in parking lots and on twisty roads is a lot better than my 2016. It felt a lot lighter than I expected with the 110 lbs difference. Also, the walking forward and reverse is far superior to the previous Goldwing reverse.
Alternatively, I prefer my seat comfort and windshield/faring coverage, better than the new Goldwing.
I was mixed on the DCT. It was nice while tooling on the highway, but less so on the twisty roads.
My short test ride take away is that I'd get one, if I could justify and afford a stable of motorcycles. The new Goldwing would be my goto for trips around town and close to home. But my bigger Goldwing would still be my choice for longer highway rides and any multi day trips.
But then, if I could own a stable of bikes, I'd have a hard time deciding whether to buy the CB1100 EX first, or add another Goldwing. Retro frequently appeals to me and the 560 lb CB1100 is in an entirely different weight class than the Goldwings.
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