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Hi,
my wife appreciated the ride in goldwing we had in Usa, we will receive the double seat for the Rune end this week but for the long trips we would like to buy a goldwing beginning 2005. J contacted a local dealer and he his talking about a new model goldwing with engine of 2.000 cc.
Anyone has informations about this new model ??

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Hannibal,

It is RUMORS only. There are also rumors of 2300CC and electric windshields among others.

I also own a 2001 Goldwing with ABS and it is my 6th Goldwing in 15 years. I follow the GL1800 web pages fairly closly.

http://www.ridersrally.com/forum/

http://www.gl1800riders.com/

IF Honda doesn't make any significant changes, they USUALLY would release the new model year ( 2005 ) sometime in August. When they made the new 1800 model for the first model year, it was announced at the dealer convention ( Sept 16, 2000 ) and the first ones on the street were mid November. Those did not have the ABS brakes. I ordered mine on September 17th and got the first ABS model locally the end of Feb 2001.

I would personally be VERY surprized if Honda makes a displacement change to the 1800 cc engine. Perhaps they may get more HP or something. I would NOT be surprized to see them add an electric windshield ( like BMW ).

The Wing is a great bike. My Rune gets little use, as I am usually on the Wing for longer rides. I enjoy the Rune for several hour rides, when my wife doesn't want to go.
 

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Strake said:
IF Honda doesn't make any significant changes, they USUALLY would release the new model year ( 2005 ) sometime in August. When they made the new 1800 model for the first model year, it was announced at the dealer convention ( Sept 16, 2000 ) and the first ones on the street were mid November. Those did not have the ABS brakes. I ordered mine on September 17th and got the first ABS model locally the end of Feb 2001.
I had one of the first ones, but later regretted not waiting for the ABS a few months (thankfully I didn't need it).

Also remember there were spy photos and articles about the 1,800 way before the dealer convention, so everybody knew there was a new wing for '01 in advance; just not the details.
Based on the cooling problem alone on current models, it's almost certain there won't be changes to this platform, let alone a displacement increase (I had to sell mine due to the chronic tendency to overheat, and the frame recall cinched its fate). They'd have to redesign the front at the very least, with fans where they should be (behnid radiators), and blowing in the 'right' direction.
My final comment is I hope Honda doesn't engage in the apparent displacement war. The important factor is POWER, not size, and there's A LOT more to be unleashed from the 1,800 motor without adding more weight and bulk. Unfortunately, it might cost more to refine the current motor (DOHC, individual TBs, coil-on-plug ignition, etc.), that just make it bigger with current 'old' technology. In reality, the GW is NOT at a power disadvantage now against the newly revamped LT, so an engine upgrade/change is not really necessary IMHO. With the lower seat, electro-hydraulic center stand, and substantial power increase, the LT would win against the GW if I was to buy one again now. If Honda was to add an electric windshield (a MUST I say), plus going back to a 'normal' cooling system, just the F6 engine would be enough to pull me in that direction again. If I could only convince my wife to ride with me.....

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Runeman,

Great pics in your gallery. What bags are those, and what lighting? How do you like the bags? Do you like the Corbin seat?

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Hi,
thanks for the news and your opinion, j may not wait a long time so j will purchase a wing in february.
concerning the use of wing,j had an experience of 2600 miles, j have only two remarks but very important.
a) at very low speed turning left or right with two people on board the lever front wheel/bar is stronger than my arm and may cause to down the bike.that could be worst if j was not on the road but on sand and small stones. with the rune j did not have that sensation as the angle of the front whell is inferior and the bar size larger. of course you may turn the rune only in a larger space.
b) j am enought strong and my weight is more than 200 lbs but the Wing should need an electric or idraulic stand up. if the floor was not oriziontal j had some problems, may be not too much practised.
concerning the power it is enought for Usa Roads, not much for Italian roads and traffic. anyway it is a great bike

But when j seat on my rune she is my lover. j eat my Rune with my eyes.

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Runeman, i have one of those bags that go on the backrest too. And i also have the next smaller one they make. I use the smaller one for around town trips....just big enough to put sunglasses, gloves, a rag in ....etc. The bigger one is for 'longer' trips and hauling 'a bit more'.

BTW, my wife took off the strings that came with them, and made us some velcro straps to fasten it to the Corbin backrest. it looks and goes on much better.
 

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MalibuRune said:
Runeman,

Great pics in your gallery. What bags are those, and what lighting? How do you like the bags? Do you like the Corbin seat?

MalibuRune
Thanks for the positive comments! The saddle bags are by "Givi", the bag laced to the back rest is by "Willie Max" and the red LED accent lighting is from Show Chrome. The LEDs are a replacement for incandescent lighting for the chrome accent trim on the trunk and saddle bags of my Wing.

As for the seats, I have the new Ultimate and the Corbin Fast Gun. I like the Corbin the most for both appearance and comfort.

The bags and seats have been discussed several times on this board. Just do a search using key words like "saddle or storage bags" and "seats" and you will find several discussions that may interest you.
 
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