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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #200 on: May 10, 2019, 03:26:04 am »
Dealers are still heavy on inventory, price slashing on the 2018 models now, I just couldn't refuse, a red Tour model followed me home today...
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #201 on: May 10, 2019, 03:47:24 am »
Very Nice!!

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #202 on: May 10, 2019, 09:00:21 am »
You went full tour! Very nice of course your farkle budget now needs an increase. Many miles with smiles ZG!  :motonoises:

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #203 on: May 10, 2019, 12:28:02 pm »
Thx guys, she's bonding with her new stable mates...  :great:




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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #204 on: May 10, 2019, 04:37:49 pm »
Looking forward to a ride review

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #205 on: May 10, 2019, 07:24:45 pm »

Congrats!    You're going to need a bigger garage.

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #206 on: May 11, 2019, 08:08:20 am »
Better deal on the non-DCT?

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #207 on: May 26, 2019, 06:29:32 pm »
Hello all,
We bought a new 2018 Goldwing Tour the other week and just got back from our first little maiden voyage test run on it, thought I'd post up a brief overview for others on the fence as I was.

Quick bio on us...
I've had a couple dozen bikes, mostly sport, a couple sport touring, a dual sport, and a 2016 Wing.
49 years old, 5'8" and a buck fifty, been riding for 35  year.
Pillion and wife of 28 n counting years is 47 years old, equal height, weight is a secret but I'm gonna guess less than me. She's been on the backs of my bikes since we were teens, her favorite past bike for pillion comfort was our 2016 Wing.




Last year I sold our 2016 Wing in anticipation of getting the new 2018 Wing, but once the new Wings hit local dealers to me I pulled back and didn't buy one. The reason I was leary about pulling the trigger was I really wanted the blacked out look instead of the chrome, unfortunately the blacked out (non-tour) model lacked some key features I wanted, most importantly reverse for the 6 speed model. My logic was to wait and hope they added a blacked out look on the 2019 Tour model, they did not.

Over the winter I've been trolling the BMW K1600 GTL, they finally added reverse to those last year, and prices have softened, at least in my local area. A white 2018 GTL w/4k miles popped up for sale local to me for $20k, I went to go check it out and buy it assuming all was well, I got there and it just sold. I then went over to my local Honda dealer who also deal in used and I've bought a half dozen bikes from them over the years to have them keep an eye out for a used GTL for me, while there I start looking at the new Wing again, Honda has good incentive deals to move the 2018's now because there is still so much inventory. Long story short I came home with a red 2018 Tour model with the 6 speed manual for $21k OTD, that's almost 6 grand less than they were when they came out, enough of a discount for me to give it a try.







I added a couple quick fix items before our trip, Honda rider backrest, Rivco HWY pegs, and Helibars risers. I also brought the Honda half cover and luggage liner sets for the trunk and side cases.

Our trip was originally intended to be longer, but life happened and we had to truncate it, we live in the Portland OR area and did a quick trip down the coast line on 101 and back, a short but fun trip just under 500 miles.

We left the house and the new Wing had about 20 miles on it. The 2018 Wing really exceeded my expectations in every way, I realized a couple features that held no value to me prior because I didn't really know what they were I now have tremendous appreciation and value for, first and foremost Apple carplay is pure genius, a dry place to keep and charge your phone that connects to the bike and allows you to access apps on your phone using the bikes display, nice! I can access my Pandora for music and Apple maps for gps, create a quick map in my phone, save it, and access it from the Wing, wow that's just too cool and easy. And as more apps come out over the years this Wing will always stay current with those apps, too smart Honda, thank you! BTW, if somebody has a good app their using for doppler radar to see where the rain is please let me know.

I was concerned about the smaller tank size, and didn't believe the hooey that the new Wing gets better gas mileage, I was wrong and they indeed do get better mileage. On my 2016 Wing I'd get upper 20's for MPG, on the 2018 I got 38.6 MPG in Tour mode on the way down and 41.2 on the way back in Rain mode and riding in the rain about 90% of the time. I don't ride trying to get good mileage, I just ride, the results are what they are, but according to the #'s I'm getting a solid 10  better MPG than I did on our 2016 Wing, quick math tells me I didn't lose any range from our 2016 Wing. I just love that these Wing's run on regular gas, it's so hard to remember because I'm use to putting Super in all my other bikes.

I was concerned about the smaller luggage capacity compared to our 2016 Wing, in reality this turned into a non-issue and even slightly liberating. I have a soft bag that's maybe 6x8x14 and goes with me on which ever bike I'm touring on, it carriers your typical road side needs, I do seem to add things to it over the years, but never take anything out, and I don't think I've ever really needed to have it in a situation. So, I no longer carry it, wow that was easy, in past I would always have one side case dedicated to this along with airpump etc. The side bags on the Wing look/are small, I was really surprised though at how it all worked out, we each got our clothes and bathroom needs in the Honda side case liners, we each got one. I put one of those in each side case which takes up about 95% of the space, the last 5% is those triangles in the back of the side cases, on one side I used that for the Honda half cover, and on the other side triangle I put a small medical supplies bag, and a small tool pack from Revzilla that's about the size of a small bible. The Honda trunk liner bag contained both our laptop bags, a pair of shoes for each of us (plus I was able to fit my slippers in my side case bag) a fleece layer for each of us, and some snacks. The trunk liner bag uses about 95% of the trunk, in the 5% left over I put water bottles on one side, and my wife's rain shell on the other side.

I think I only have one complaint so far...
I wish I could change fuel modes on the fly, ie when it starts raining be able to switch into the rain mode, and when not raining switch out of it. In the PNW it rains and stops raining often, having to pullover to change these is an inconvenience. Scratch this from the list, I now know you just have to let off the throttle, then toggle through them and enter, nice!

The oem seat is worlds better than every oem seat I've ever had on other motorcycles, that said it is not as comfy as the Ultimate seat we had on our 2016 Wing, my wife and I both agree on this. I'll be looking to get another Ultimate seat for the 2018 Wing once they figure out how to play nice with the Honda electronics.

If I were to get picky, I'd also say that when accessing pandora through carplay its unfortunate that you can't like and dislike songs (like I can on my Zumo 595 while riding), you can only skip songs you don't like in carplay.

Future plans...
new seat
luggage rack with tail/brake light
pillion usb charging port
fog lights
hand wings
trailer hitch for our Unigo

My wife is looking for an iphone holder that attaches to the back of a rider backrest so that it remains there with the screen visible while we're riding, if anyone know's of one please post up a link, thanks.


Overall I am extremely happy with our purchase of the new 2018 Wing and am looking forward to all the adventures to come!

Well I think that's it, but I'm sure I forgot something that I'll add in.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask!

Here's some pics from our trip down and back up HWY 101 of the Oregon coast.






























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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #208 on: May 27, 2019, 08:08:20 am »
Thanks for the review! Pics were great!! Honda kept the analog tach!
Couple of questions- you've had 2 Wings; did you notice any difference on the weight?
I see you are reviving the unigo. Bags and top case only good for over nighters? Thanks again ZG!

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #209 on: May 27, 2019, 10:27:39 am »
Great review and pics!!!
Is the trunk removeable? Is there a quick release modification available yet? That bike could be the best of both worlds with a removable trunk for solo and trunk on for two up/touring.

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #210 on: May 27, 2019, 11:15:12 am »
Thanks for the great review, and the terrific pics!
Irene has had her own for a few years now, but looking at your pics reminded me of the many similar ones we have of her taking them over my shoulder, although not with the ocean on the side :-(.
About the only think we did differently is that we only took one small netbook our trips, I guess we were packing heavy  :)

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #211 on: May 27, 2019, 12:16:04 pm »
Thanks for the review! Pics were great!! Honda kept the analog tach!
Couple of questions- you've had 2 Wings; did you notice any difference on the weight?
I see you are reviving the unigo. Bags and top case only good for over nighters? Thanks again ZG!

Thx DZ, I noticed more a difference on the size than the weight, but IMO I think it's all related to what you're coming off of. When I went from the Connie & 1290SA to our last Wing I didn't notice as much as from this time going from the Gixxer and Viffer to the new Wing, it seemed alot bigger at first. Yes will need the Unigo for camping, it holds all our camping gear.
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #212 on: May 27, 2019, 12:18:33 pm »
Great review and pics!!!
Is the trunk removeable? Is there a quick release modification available yet? That bike could be the best of both worlds with a removable trunk for solo and trunk on for two up/touring.

Thx TD,
There is a quick release trunk kit now in the aftermarket world, I think Traxxion Dinamics makes it??

There is also larger side case doors from Corbin now available that increase the depth of the side cases adding more space.
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #213 on: May 27, 2019, 12:20:56 pm »
Thanks for the great review, and the terrific pics!
Irene has had her own for a few years now, but looking at your pics reminded me of the many similar ones we have of her taking them over my shoulder, although not with the ocean on the side :-(.
About the only think we did differently is that we only took one small netbook our trips, I guess we were packing heavy  :)

Thx Jorge, indeed, it's great having a pillion camera crew onboard.  ;D
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #214 on: May 27, 2019, 08:00:52 pm »
Great looking bike, review & pics.   :great:    (Mmmmm, fish & chips)   :beerchug:

DCT vs manual. Was the manual a must have or more of an availability/deal thing?

Wish I had the $ and room in the garage for one. I think the wife would be willing to ride along on that pillion seat.
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #215 on: May 28, 2019, 11:59:10 am »
Great looking bike, review & pics.   :great:    (Mmmmm, fish & chips)   :beerchug:

DCT vs manual. Was the manual a must have or more of an availability/deal thing?

Wish I had the $ and room in the garage for one. I think the wife would be willing to ride along on that pillion seat.

Thx MTR.  :beerchug:

The DCT vs manual I flopped back and fourth on, I love the idea of DCT for slow traffic creeping and saving the hand clutch hand from tiring out. But in the end I went with my gut and got the 6 speed manual, I didn't want to miss the shifting part of riding on such a big purchase. DCT to me is kinda like tip-tronic on a Porsche, it can be nice at times, but in the end I love using my hand/foot to shift gears, downshift into turns blipping the throttle to match the rpms etc, it's one of the things about riding that I really truly enjoy and didn't want to lose.

The 6 speed manual is butter smooth, I don't regret my decision at all yet.  :great:
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #216 on: May 29, 2019, 08:23:03 pm »
 :great: :great: :great: :great: :beerchug:

sooooo..... are you 2 coming east to Williamsport in July?

or, am I gonna have to make "face cut outs" and "photo bomb" the "national".. using them again..???

 >:D >:D :)) :))

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #217 on: June 03, 2019, 11:39:23 am »
:great: :great: :great: :great: :beerchug:

sooooo..... are you 2 coming east to Williamsport in July?

or, am I gonna have to make "face cut outs" and "photo bomb" the "national".. using them again..???

 >:D >:D :)) :))

ride safe you kids.... :rotflmao: :great:

Sorry Rich, sounds like a blast but can't make it to the east coast this year.  :(

You folks have fun though!  :beerchug:
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #218 on: June 04, 2019, 10:20:01 pm »
Looks good ZG! :great:

Funny you mentioned changing the fuel modes, I did the same exact thing when I first bought my Vstrom 1000.
Throttle has to be closed! :-[
 

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #219 on: June 05, 2019, 11:50:04 pm »
Looks good ZG! :great:

Funny you mentioned changing the fuel modes, I did the same exact thing when I first bought my Vstrom 1000.
Throttle has to be closed! :-[

Thx LT!  :great:
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #220 on: June 05, 2019, 11:53:02 pm »
Ultimate seat arrived today!   :great: :great:








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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #221 on: June 06, 2019, 12:14:16 pm »
You are an old man my friend. :D

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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #222 on: June 06, 2019, 02:53:30 pm »
You are an old man my friend. :D

But yet will always be younger than you somehow...  ;D

I'll bring the couch rocket over for you to take it for a rip!  :motonoises: :beerchug:
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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #223 on: June 14, 2019, 12:16:04 pm »
Time to get naked...  >:D




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Re: 2018 Wing
« Reply #224 on: June 14, 2019, 12:34:48 pm »
This is yet the only place I've admitted this - stopped at my Kawi/Honda dealer and looked at trading my C14 in on a new Wing.  Curiosity with a splash of desire pulled me in.  I've ridden them and I've pushed my luck for quite a while on the Connie.  In a year when the kids are out of school . . . . . :-X
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