Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
Honda definitely does not need to compete directly with BMW or Harley. The BMW is a SPORT touring bike. I cannot ride a sport touring bike. I need to sit upright, on a comfortable seat. Harley is not quite what I want either, but comes closer than the BMW. The main problem I have with the Goldwing (the current Goldwing) is it's overall size, and it's complications. Oh, and it's price. The original 4 cylinder Goldwings fit my needs perfectly, and I have one. But it won't last forever. I would like to buy a new one something like it, but Honda has gone way too far for me.
I keep looking at that $19K Harley Electra Glide Classic, with no gadgets (well, it does have a CD player and 2 speakers) no ABS, a simple TBI injection system that can be remapped to make it richer so it will run right, and pretty much nothing else but a motorcycle. Replace that air cooled v-twin with the original Goldwing flat four, and you'd be almost there. But of course Honda WAS there, way back in 1980. Harley now has an oem trike. I expect Honda to follow suit.
Honda has done the same thing with cars. I remember the first Civic. Neat little car, and very simple. Look at the Civic now. But. Honda now has the Fit, to replace the Civic as th low end model in their lineup. They need to introduce a lower level Goldwing, for those who want a smaller, simpler, and less expensive touring bike.
As far as the standard, Honda, BMW, and Harley all set their own standards, based on their own criteria, and no one follows. Having those 3 models available provides a touring bike to fit most peoples needs.
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