The day is near: DCT on the 2018 Goldwing among other features
I'm keeping fingers crossed.
Give it a frunk!
I have a 2002 GL1800 that I've ridden 50,000 miles.
What I would like to see in the next model:
5 speeds is fine. Because the power band is so wide, I can easily ride mine with 2 gears: 2nd and 5th. On the new Goldwing, we don't need more gears, just make the top gear a LOT taller than it is now. My biggest gripe is that the gearing is too low, and being shaft drive, it’s not easily changed.
Reduce the displacement but give the engine 4 valves per cylinder and the NC's technology. The present 1832cc is an old school 2 valve design and ridiculously oversized.
Reduce weight. Who wouldn't want that? However, it's never been a big focus for Honda.
Keep a base model in the lineup that is a manual transmission but with ABS as standard. For those that simply want DCT, don't force them into also buying all the electronic gadgets, air bag, etc. I don't hold much hope for this one, as the 2018 Ridgeline dropped the AWD option off the lowest RT trim, dropped the best value trim line, the RTS, all in order to force buyers up to an even higher cost trim just to get AWD. The trim lineup scheme is all geared toward jacking the price up for key functional features (like DCT), which I expect they would do with the Goldwing as well.
This new Goldwing will not come cheap. You'll be able to buy a compact car that has all the creature comforts, more cargo and people capacity, and gets better fuel economy for probably half the price of the new Goldwing.
I'd like to see DCT gen 4 allow full auto operation as well as FULL manual operation, meaning give the rider control of the clutches if they so desire.
Please Honda, offer colors besides red and shades of grey.
No matter what happens with the new model, I'll likely be keeping my current one for a long time, because it will never wear out before I do.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
But I wanted to see DCT on the Goldwing or on a CRF250 for a long time.
The latter does not seem to come into focus, so this one peaked my interest.
If I get to it, gonna put knobbies on and at least once rip it onto the FS roads.
Full manual as in a shift lever, a real clutch and no help at all from anything wirh shifting. I personally can't stand DCT. Its a deal breaker for me.
”Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
Thanks, but I'll ride my 1975 Moto Guzzi 1000 Automatic.
We also attended a GWRRA region rally, which is represented by mostly over 60 year old couples, with quite a few Wings converted to trikes. My thinking is that DCT might be a big hit with that crowd. DCT is good for a lot of riders for a lot of reasons, but I think the older Goldwing folks will love it.