Thanks Paul I'll keep that in mind!Buy a 2012 or newer. Second generation 1800, upgrades and amended body styling. Dorent answer your question about ABS, but go 2012 or newer if you have a choice. (If it was me I'd go 2014 or newer. That's the year the dreaded shift drip from 5th to 4th was resolved.)
You're right. The premier flagship touring bike SHOULD have had standard ABS. It didn't become standard until the newly re-designed 2018 models. Welcome aboard. You'll find this forum is a great place. Come on in- the water's fine!Thanks! I figured when you're spending big bucks for a Goldwing it would come with ABS as standard equipment. I'll be careful when I buy one, soon!
Terry, one small correction. Beginning in 2006 the ABS was available only on bikes equipped with the Navigation system. The 2001-2005 models actually could have the ABS as a stand-alone option. Just like you, I decided that the ABS was a mandatory option when I bought my 2006 WIng, so I had to pay the $2000 to get the Nav (wwwwwhich I didn't want) so that I could then pay $1000 for the ABS! My present 2012 model has the full monte including the airbag.I feel like no one has really answered the question. ABS was optional from 2001-2017. It is standard on 2018+ models. In my experience, most of the bikes that are available used 2017 and older do not have ABS on them. Buying used is also in some ways buyer beware. I've had people tell me a bike had ABS on it, when it did not even have the navigation option which is required for the ABS option. Many people selling used Goldwings assume that it has ABS. I did not want a bike without ABS, but that was my personal preference and nothing more.
I have been riding with ABS since 2012 and I have never had it engage outside of my practice sessions.
Not to hyjack the thread, but you've been having the same problem for 2 yrs should be covered under the lemon law.Late to reply, but I was so happy to buy my 08 new without being forced to get ABS. I don't like ABS on cars, trucks, motorcycles, or any other vehical. All it does is cut in and frick up your braking when you need it, and is always the first system to go to crap on any vehical it's equiped with. Wife's 2014 Jeep we've been fighting intermittant ABS problems for 2 entire years now. Some reason the system senses the right rear wheel not rotating sometimes during slow speed braking, and when this happens it releases the brakes and you might as well open the door and stick your foot on the ground for brakes, as brakes are disabled on the thing. I can so easily live without this feature.