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From reading this forum and my own thoughts it seems we have 2 very diffrent schools of thought. That being said everyone seems to agree the storage is lacking on the 1800. I personally don't understand why my 82 1100 has larger bags and trunk than a 09 1800, Is this progress?

Now why not introduce/reintroduce a Goldwing with a 1100-1500cc opposed 4 motor. Just a classic SIMPLE tourbike. Just the basics,Noneed for all thedodads. Radio, mabie acb but that is about it.Give it a retro stylefairing and lights for those of us that think the 1800 is ugly.

Then produce the2000cc wiz bang with all thegadgetsfor those that wantall the bells.


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THEY ALREADY HAVE IT ..THE st1300

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Yes, it seems that Honda is stuck in what may simply be referred to as the human physical limitations zone. I remember a stripped down 1500 from the early nineties, the 1500 interstate. It didn't sell well and only lasted a few years. Unfortunately, the thing still weighed a 'ton' and the handling characteristics were no better perhaps worse than the 'standard' bike. If Honda wants to do basic, then they will need something like the 1300 that WEXY mentioned above or even an updated Pacific Coast.

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THEY ALREADY HAVE IT ..THE st1300
With all due respect, tain't so.

The ST1300 is a lovely bike, but it is not a small Wing.

We rode one for an afternoon, lots of fun, but an 800km day two up, not a hope.

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I think what is needed is more like an updated silverwing gl650. Perhaps more like a 1100cc motor. a little lighter and smaller would appeal to shorter people male and female. it would also be more fuel efficient and cost less. A lot of people like the big wings but are overwelmed by the size weight and cost. My friend Dorie loves to ride and is very experienced but being so short and with a bad back she needs a smaoller lighter bike. I let her riede my gl1100 and she rides it like a pro.

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I think what is needed is more like an updated silverwing gl650. Perhaps more like a 1100cc motor. a little lighter and smaller would appeal to shorter people male and female. it would also be more fuel efficient and cost less. A lot of people like the big wings but are overwelmed by the size weight and cost. My friend Dorie loves to ride and is very experienced but being so short and with a bad back she needs a smaoller lighter bike. I let her riede my gl1100 and she rides it like a pro.
Honda already has a lighter, streamlined, better handling bikeon the floor.......... and I'm on one! The ST1300 sports tourer! If you shorter people would try it, you'll never go back.... ever!

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CJ you are right I just think that a lot of people areafraid of a bikke over a liter and there are not any purpose built touring bikes like the old Silverwings.

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CJ you are right I just think that a lot of people areafraid of a bikke over a liter and there are not any purpose built touring bikes like the old Silverwings.

2008 GL1800
\'81 GL1100
\'85 BMW K100rt
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I think reintroducing an S model would be a good idea.

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From reading this forum and my own thoughts it seems we have 2 very diffrent schools of thought. That being said everyone seems to agree the storage is lacking on the 1800. I personally don't understand why my 82 1100 has larger bags and trunk than a 09 1800, Is this progress?

Now why not introduce/reintroduce a Goldwing with a 1100-1500cc opposed 4 motor. Just a classic SIMPLE tourbike. Just the basics,Noneed for all thedodads. Radio, mabie acb but that is about it.Give it a retro stylefairing and lights for those of us that think the 1800 is ugly.

Then produce the2000cc wiz bang with all thegadgetsfor those that wantall the bells.

How about this little number?? No radio, no CB No Bags or Tail trunk. Automatic and sounds like fun!

DN-01 from Honda's web site!








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