I think the gear ratio should be raised starting with first gear.Â* When making a left turn at a traffic stop, I feel I need to change gears before I get through the intersection.Â*
Geezerglider, I understand the sentiment, but...it's a case of "watch what you wish for"....you're describing the original GL1000, and first gear was WAY too tall. The clutch was stout, and could take it, but slipping up to 15+mph gets REALLY old, really fast. Frankly, the 1000 SUCKS in start/stop traffic, IMHO.
At the high end, I thought the GL1800 was already in overdrive (right?) in 5th gear. I'm sure they could add a "sixth" and gain some mpg, but...it would be absolutely worthless, if you needed to accelerate. I'm not saying they shouldn't, but perhaps they surmised that folks expect some acceleration, at any speed, out of that big an engine?
I didn't really calculate it, on my four day jaunt down to NASSIR2, but, it seemed to me that I mostly got about the same mileage as my ancient GL's (i.e. 40mpg, or above) even on the 1800. Granted, I wasn't towing a trailer, or riding two-up, but..I was quite "sporty" about it, and not trying to conserve.