Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Athabasca, Alberta, short season & huge bugs
The first airbag deployment accident on a Goldwing was in 2007 in Key Largo, Florida. The rider (dressed in office wear: short sleeve shirt, slacks, and oxfords; no PPE at all) t-boned a car at about 35 mph. The driver pulled out in front of him (imagine that...?) and he hit right behind the driver's door. Bike was totaled and the rider got some bruised shins from the cylinder heads. EMT's asked where the body was when they arrived. He was sitting on the curb, none the worse for wear really. A short time later he bought another Goldwing airbag model. He also wears protective gear now. True story so you can judge for yourself.
Personally, my bike is the airbag model and other than the PITA changing of the air filter and the warnings against using certain bling accessories (rotor covers etc) I'm quite comfortable knowing it's there. However, if I were to get a 2018 model it would probably be a DCT without the airbag given the cost of the unit. On the other hand my life is still worth a few grand so...
grab all the kicks you can baby, you only make this scene once!
current rides: '09 GL1800AD "SENSHI"; 2003 RVT1000r (RC51) track bike... certified m/c addict. IDMWT #12. GWRRA #028890