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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-03-2018, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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How is a 2018 Gold Wing for riding the twisty roads???

Been a Harley rider all my life and have finally decided to get a new 2018 Gold Wing. I love to ride the winding roads and hits the curves!! Obviously Harley's don't do this very well....How are Gold Wings, particularly the 2018's when you hit the turns?Is the bike very agile and fun to ride or does it ride like a "big" bike? Sort of slow and ponderous?
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Crotch rocket on steroids. However it is still an almost 900lb bike. If you are moving from a Harley it will take some getting used to just based on riding position.

Best advice I can give....learn to counter steer if you don’t already.

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Are you sure? the specs read:

"Curb Weight 787 pounds. Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel - ready to ride"


Anyway I test road one earlier today, and the bike seemed "light" compared to what I am used to.
And counter steering is no problem. I am riding a Street Glide on the twisty roads now and it
weighs a ton...
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The 2018 is excellent in the twisties. Feels like a much smaller sport tourer. Virtually no dive in the front end when braking. The dual clutch transmission shifts down as you slow into the corner (especially in Sport mode) for rapid acceleration coming out, or if you want to accentuate this just hit the left thumb downshift once or twice going in. Plenty of power for coming out of corner fast. Lean angle is limited by the touring tires and scraping pegs, but it's enough for me. Also the riding position, fully upright, is much better for the twisties than a cruiser riding position. But, I wish it had cornering ABS.
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Hello Bulldog I am a HD owner as well and the GW DCT is awesome on the back roads. Be sure to get real in tune with her burst of speed cause you will be into a comer way faster than you think. And she handles awesome but she’s still a 300 lb plus bike compared to the sport crowd.
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Hello Bulldog I am a HD owner as well and the GW DCT is awesome on the back roads. Be sure to get real in tune with her burst of speed cause you will be into a comer way faster than you think. And she handles awesome but she’s still a 300 lb plus bike compared to the sport crowd.
Yes but would it be a step up 'handling" wise from a Street Glide?
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Oh yeah LOL can’t compare bikes. The GW is really a “Sport Bike” tour in disguise. Some long term GW previous generation owners are not too happy about the new GW for this reason. She’s too sporty, quick, nimbler, smaller, lighter and loss of storage as well as back seat rider comfort. I think Honda is going after the progressing sport bike riders. And here’s one of my Harley’s:
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Yes but would it be a step up 'handling" wise from a Street Glide?
Very much a step up in handling and quickness/power. There's nothing wrong with the way the Glide handles, it's just a different ride altogether.

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Stick with the Harley. Last time I check there were enough smiling faces zipping thru the curves on all different years of wings and we would like to keep the fun to ourselves.
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Purchased the new wing two weeks ago. Very disappointed in the bike. To heavy to be a sport tourer and is no longer luxury tourer, Not sure what they were shooting for.
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