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I think the first generation GL1000 was a new standard of motorcycle innovation and I would love to own one now. At least for me the 1100,1200 &1500 were the Buick's of the motorcycle world. Just not my cup of tea. Enter 2001-the GL1800 was a state of the art touring bike in 2001. Many years ahead of the competition. I have owned a 2005 & 2010. The Gold Wing 01-17 run was the longest run for any model bike outside of the Honda Cub & was showing its age. Not to say that it is not still a great bike.Truely the BMW by 2010 or 2011 had become a much more refined, faster bike. I do think cost of owning one is slightly in maintenance and past cost. I was first in line Feb 2018 when I had heard there was a new Goldwing. The BMW is faster and if I were 30 years younger I probably would lean that way but for a touring bike for those 50+ I think it is the best bike available
 

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I remember riding a Gl1000 back in 1978..I was 19 and riding a 1978 Yamaha XS1100. The GL1000 engine was smooth...so was the Yamaha, it was very smooth, noticably smoother than the inline fours of the time, but the Honda's flat four was even more silky smooth...that was the only thing the Honda had over the Yamaha...the Yamaha had a much smoother suspension, a better seat and a engine that did high 11's in the quarter mile...the Honda was a dog in comparision and my 19 year old self wondered why anyone would even own the Honda...but that was when Honda itself didnt even know the GL1000 would become the touring machine it evolved into to...it was Honda customers who first put Vetter fairings and saddle bag and trunks on the GL1000's and made it a touring machine before Honda saw the light.
 

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Hind sight is 20/20.

I still won't buy the first year of a new product just as it comes out. I'll let someone else be the beta tester.

That being said, I have no problem buying a brand new left over 2018 at this point.
 
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