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post #101 of 165 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 06:44 AM
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Ingenuity coupled with trial and error is the answer


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Diesels too noisy, but low down torque would be very impressive.
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YES! Can you imagine a Goldwing that makes a more pleasing sound than an ear splitting Harley does?
The whine of a turbo, the smell of rich diesel, the clatter of a cold diesel engine. Diesel do not necessarily have to be noisy now days though. My 2003 cummins powered Dodge is very polite.


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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.

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Weight issue?
We can directly control much of any weight issue by consciously limiting how much gear we carry with us and or how much our own girth adds to the bikes overall weight.
We can also ask our gals to skinny up a bit. LOL!



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well, if they{mother honda} can get the weight down ALONG with the rest the of stated
could be a healthy ride.
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One very nice option that comes with a diesel engine is either an engine retarder or an exhaust brake, that would be so cool on a motorcycle. With the understanding of course that the brake light would need to be activated when one or the other is applied.


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Hi FM,
I have a problem with the seat height being to low. How about an adjustable one. I mentioned to my wife that I'm going to have a seat made that allows me to sit a little further back so my knees don't hit the fairing. This would give her a little less room but she still has plenty.
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Hi All,
Sounds like good work so far but I also have some ideas.
1. More lighting (LED) It's a quiet bike so it's good to be more visible.
2. Adjustable handle bars.
3. Adjustable seat.
4. I would like a bigger gas tank.
5. Electrify the windshield height adjustment.
6. A six speed transmission (hint: like the Harley)
7. Have a smart phone interface nave (better than any factory stuff)
8. ABS standard.
9. Air flow in the seat.

Most important to me are #5 & #6

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YES! Can you imagine a Goldwing that makes a more pleasing sound than an ear splitting Harley does?
The whine of a turbo, the smell of rich diesel, the clatter of a cold diesel engine. Diesel do not necessarily have to be noisy now days though. My 2003 cummins powered Dodge is very polite.
So is my wifes BMW diesel. But, have you see how thick the injector manifold/housing needs to be in order to muffle the noise? There might not be enough room in a Goldwing for all that extra material.
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