Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota, USA
Another couple design criteria to keep in mind during this exercise:
1. total weight
2. total part count
Weight savings are their own reward in handling and fuel economy. I don't think I would ever buy a 1000lb goldwing no matter how nice it was.
A manufacturing engineer will tell you that a X% reduction in parts count typically provides an equal percentage drop in manufacturing cost. Honda already has a vast amount of expertise in reducing weight on their motorcycles; all they need do is apply some of that expertise to the GL.
So - lets make the new wing lighter and simpler.
2003 GL1800, 05 FJR1300, 1998 TL1000R, 2003 1978 KZ750