A friend just called and said there is an arictle on the internet stating that Honda will not be building Goldwings after the 2009 year. I can not find anything to verify this info. Anyone else heard of this???:shrug:
Information was leaked today by the American Honda design group in California after the announcement that the Ohio Honda motorcycle plant will be closing and all operations moved back to Japan in 2010, that the touring segment of their line will include only one model, in two variations, for the 2010 model year. The European designed ST1300 and the American designed Goldwing GL1800 will be discontinued, replaced by a single model. This design will blend the attributes of both, being a high performance shallow angle 1600cc V6 design of approximately 150hp, backed by a 6 speed transmission, and single sided swing arm, mounted in an all new aluminum frame. Standard features will include ABS, traction control, and a riders airbag. It will be available in a sport variation without an integrated trunk, and a touring model which will include a trunk, along with integrated GPS and wireless rider to passenger communication. Both will feature integrated side bags, a rider adjustable windshield, and a long list of available comfort and performance options.
Hey gang, I attended the International Motorcycle Show today and talked to the folks from Honda and this is what they had to say. The 2010 Goldwing is in production in Marysville, OH as we speak. Yes, Marysville, OH. There are little changes to the 2010 as has been the case on the 2009. You probably won't see much change on the 2011 as well. They feel that they have a good product which is selling very well and why change it... The 2011 Goldwing WILL be produced in Japan, again expecting little change. As far as the Honda Homecoming for 2009, they are still trying to decide on whether to hold it or not. Honda has a couple of new street bikes, the Fury and the DN-01. If you would like a picture of either one or both, let me know and I will send them to you.
This should be a fun thread to watch. opcorn:
By now, Honda should be full into the pre-production planning stages for the GL1800 replacement. However, I can see how it might get slid to the right due to the poor economy, but I can't see Honda tooling up a new factory in Japan for a model that is going to change in a year or two. They would just have to turn around and retool the whole assembly line at great expense.
My bet is that the first GoldWing that rolls off the assembly line in Japan (whenever that is) won't be a GL1800 as we currently know it.