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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 05:21 AM
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Okay now I chime in. The 2018 does have smaller storage capacity and fuel tank however they are an incredible machine. So much different than the previous 1800s. I have ridden a few 1800s putting on some few thousand miles but when we went to ride the 2018 in Texas, it is like night and day.

My advice for you is to look into a demo ride for the new bike before you push the button on a 2017 or older 1800. Not that I am trying to sway your decision but just so you can gather the info to decide for your self which way to go. Here is a link that will show you where the dealers are that are participating in the dealer demo program.

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Welcome, and let me add agree with my colleague above.

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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 07:04 PM
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Welcome from Glen Allen, Va. If at all possible, go with an ABS model. I wouldn’t look at it as a deal breaker, but they are by far safer than non-ABS brakes.
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 07:34 PM
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Welcome to the forum. I had the chance to inspect and sit on the 2018 models two days ago and they are certainly impressive even in static mode. I agree with Bones that you should look at both models and try to visualize how you would be using them before making your choice.

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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-17-2018, 08:00 PM
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Welcome to the forum. I just moved to a Gold Wing this week. One thing I can say to you is that you can find a brand new 17 loaded in the 23k or less range. You’ll save even more if you got used IMHO. I will say this about ABS, once you’ve used it in a real life situation and stayed upright and alive, you won’t want to be without it ever again! I also agree with the test rides before you decide!
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I have a 2010 without ABS and don't know if it would have helped me avoid an accident four months after I bought the bike. (If I had 5 more feet to stop I wouldn't have had the woman's door stop me.) But it got fixed and I've been riding since and will go over 119,000 next week.

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Welcome from the northern tier of PA. The one that sings to you is the one you should buy.
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I was on Honda's website and the graphite spoiler is out of stock but the red is still available.

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Originally Posted by Rusty360 View Post
I was on Honda's website and the graphite spoiler is out of stock but the red is still available.
I ordered the Red R342 spoiler from at least four different honda parts dealers. All took my order, all said it was in stock, all cancelled the order because Honda could not supply the part. So until you actually get the part don't believe what you read.
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