In a few years when it is time tested the truth will come out one way or the other. What were they basing this on? I haven't tried one so can't comment one way or the other, but it is a new kid on the block and hasn't had its metal tested. I don't doubt it is a fine machine, but the Wing, Venture and the Heavy HD's have stood the test of time.
I have not ridden the Beemer but I hear, mostly from internet reports and magazine articles, that it is quite the machine. I sincerely hope it's a better all-around touring bike than the GL1800 because that will raise the bar for all future touring bikes, including Gold Wings.
The thing about the Gold Wing is that it created the heavy touring segment of the motorcycle industry and in has remained the undisputed king for 37 years. And now,after it has apparently taken BMW 37 years to build a bike that some journalists like better than the current model of Gold Wing, we're supposed to jump ship? No way!!!. We've heard this type of reporting before with Ventures, Voyagers, etc. and every one of the pretenders fell by the wayside.
The Honda Gold Wing is king! Long live the king!!!
one would almost think that this is a goldwing forum or something. I agree though.
The only report I read put the BMW and Wing head to head with a passenger.
The BMW got some rave reviews but their overall conclusion was that the wing is king.
They are really somewhat different animals, however I do appriciate the BMW. BMW has shown that a heavy weight touring bike can be a bit sportier and more agile. (at least I'm assuming based on reviews since I haven't had a chance to ride one).
It wouldn't hurt my feelings if Honda veered that direction a bit with the GL1800...
I, for one, appreciate move toward less weight and more power, adjustable aerodynamics, adjustable suspension and handling characteristics above and beyond pre-load, reduction in cockpit items and distractions, etc. That BMW is pushing Honda once again is a good thing. My allegiance is to fine, SOTA motorcycles, not Honda (although I do think a lot of their small-engine products and have a bunch (mowers, blowers, generators and things).
According to the MC Mag. the GW is superior in:
Fit and finish
center of gravity
bigger boxer better for the super slab
more leg room
more passenger room
less drive line slack
transmission is not as clunky
better brakes with less pulsation
But somehow there last statement makes the BMW the better touring machine.
"Yes the Gold Wing did give us the best years of it's life, but we're running off with the 133 hp BMW anyway, sorry...
Writers will pretty much say anything in a magazine to promote a product, probably in the next issue they'll compare the Royal Star Venture to the BMW and say the Venture is awesome, rides like a dream and has an azz kicking sound system. Spit on your finger and put it in the air to see which way the wind is blowing for the next article.
I don't pay attention to any of the writers. If I'm in the market for a new whatever I go out and see for myself what is available, test it and then see if I want it. I don't let magazine article writers influence my buying decision, I use my own judgment.
It's the new toy in the garage. Of course it is number one. :lol:
Guess it all depends on what you consider "touring". For me, that involves my wife and I....together....on the same bike. I suspect they are still giggling from their 1-up tests that involved pulling wheelies and trying to drag hard parts around corners while the back seat remained empty.
I sure hope this doesn't push Honda to turn the Wing into a 1-up tourer that will compete with the BMW. What a travisty that would be for my wife and I and all those riders that like to share the road with a loved one riding pillion. :nojoke: