I'm not a big fan of the colors either. I look back on the early years of the GL1800 and I think one of the things that made it such a huge success was all the great colors they made it in. Honda needs to give us more options, and some brighter colors.If I was in the market now I would go for a 18/19 model just because the colors for 2020 are terrible IMHO.
That's another improvement Honda needs to make IMHO.....lets get some cool colors, not all this drab stuff.
Honda of Russellville did some 2018 bikes in that color. They were really eye catching.I wish Honda would had bought back the 2003 candy orange. I was asked many times over the years about what color it was by hot rod guys who wanted to paint their cars that color. I liked when the Gold Wings were painted bright colors...well not so much the 2004 purple..
Yea I know..I seen a Candy Orange at the Wings over the Smokies rally back in Sept...had I known at the time I was buying I might have just paid the extra money for the custom paint..now I have to pay that same money to color match my trailer to my bike...the new wing really looks good in Candy Orange IMOHonda of Russellville did some 2018 bikes in that color. They were really eye catching.
The changes in the DCT shifting appear to be from a combination of things. First, Honda added some additional internal dampers in the transmission, so there really isn't any way to do that to a 208/19 model without tearing apart the engine and transmission and spending huge amounts of money. I suspect that the dampers are what are responsible for the reduction in noise and amount of "clunk" you feel when you shift. The 2020 bike shifts feel, (dare I say it) more like the automatic transmission in a car, and are significantly smoother and quieter. The other improvements seem to come from internal programming in both the ECM and TCM controllers for the improvements in throttle response and shift speeds. While the ECM can be reflashed, the TCM has yet been done, which I suspect is where the transmission shift point maps are stored. I don't know if any hardware or wiring changes have been made, so I can't say for certain that the 2020 ECM and TCM could be put on a 2018/19 bike, but I suspect that would be possible. It would however be a pretty expensive proposition.
The Guhl reflash come real close to the changes Honda made to the throttle mapping, so that is a viable option for 2018/19 owners. Actually, I like the Guhl throttle mapping better than the 2020 throttle mapping. I suspect at some point they will also start reflashing 2020 ECMs.
The RPM at which downshifts occur when decellerating has been reduced. This results in a smoother downshift with less engine braking occurring.Fred said it downshifted much smoother.
I did not detect any changes in sound of the exhaust.Fred are the mufflers still putting out the " Drone" some are unhappy with?
That's what I need and that's what I think Guhl is doing in his ECM flash. I'm looking up here in Europe to find a company to do this flash. I found someone in France, Tombike, I send him a mail but no answer.I believe the handling at low speed improvment was a reference to the new throttle mapping. They made changes to both Tour and Sport mode at the extremely low throttle angle settings to make throttle control more manageable at low speeds.