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" there is no need to have an engine larger than the 1200 cc."



You have got to take a spin on the 1500 with 6 carbs and hot cams , you don't know what your missing.........
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On average all the Goldwings ever issued return somewhere in the region of 40 mpg, so the change to a 1200 engine would require work to make it return way higher mileage per gallon to make it worthwhile in respect of fuel prices.

the 1200 had a lot older technology considering it was carbed, and the elctronic ignition was primative by todays standards.... with a modern fuel injection and electronic ignition I bet it could do a lot better. I routinely get 40-45 mpg on my 2005 HD, which is far better than my 78 gl1000



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I love the Gold Wing, always have, but I find the GL1800 is far too complex. There is a great deal to be said about the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) theory.

I understand you need to meet legislated demands, but short of that, unnecessary complication is counter productive. This is one of the biggest reasons prospective GL buyers are purchasing Harley Davidsons.

Also, there is no need to have an engine larger than the 1200 cc. With fuel prices steadily rising a newer version of the GL1200 would be a good seller. I personally will not buy an 1800 for that reason, but if a smaller capacity, lighter, less complexversion was offered I most definitely would. I could easily afford a new GL1800, but I bought a carefully used GL1200 instead because it was simple enough that I could understand it.

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I have a 1500 but in my experiences riding along with 1800 owners I see the 1800 getting higher gas mileage than mine consistently.




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I agree with repeat. Best bike on the road. All the old Harley riders in Texas and bike clubs are all switching and trading their Harley's in for more comfort. Its called the baby boomers are all retiring and want comfort and style, not just the ride to the ice house to drink a beer. We want to ride all during the week and let the ones that work have the roads and drunks on the weekends. Also if Honda would really develop their advertising on cable channels, they could own a very large majority of the market.

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Also, there is no need to have an engine larger than the 1200 cc.

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K.I.S.S= Bicycle

1. uses no gas.

2. Very simple to work on.

3. Great for exercise.

4. About as dependable as a Harley.

5. Built for two models available.

6 Environmentally friendly

7. Very low maintence.

Jusy Kidding!!!!!

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I have had some folks look at mine (GL1800) and wish they could have one. But it is to 'big' for them. They are all of 5' tall. But an HD would be a bit big for them too. There is merit to having a smaller GW.

For me, it is just the reverse. It fits me. I like it. Love the power. That's the reason I bought it. Even so, the addition of a baby GW is a good idea. HD does it......the Sportster. Years a go they had the '45'. But I digress.

Why not add a smaller GW? I know what it is like to see something I'd like to have, only to have it to small for me to fit into. Now may not be the time to do it. But in the future, Honda might think about this one. One size does not fit all.

It is a lot more complex than my old shovel. I like my shovel head. Still nothing I can't figure out. Unfortunately, electronics has taken over everything. Only thing I can do about that, is adapt.....the best I can.
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What about a complicated bike for complicated people and a simple bike for simple people???
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Lets put a V-8 on the goldwing


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