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I'm looking at an 08 base unit GL 1800 (GL 18P) with 4000 miles. What are the differences between the 08 and 09 base units with no regard to new or used? I've just started to look at Goldwings and the factory specs are sorely lacking in describing the simple amenities (such as heated..., etc). I'm new to the forum so hope I'm asking the right question in the right way-the "search" function sure didn't work. Thanks for any replies! :confused:
 

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I bought a new '08 3 months ago and I do not believe there are any differences except price. Also, supposedly, the price of all models is going up $1000+ on any wing that the dealer orders from supplier after April 1. You could look on Honda Motorcycles web page to make sure there are no model differences.
 

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To my knowledge the differences between the 08 and 09 are mostly on the base model(s). The 08 base did not have heated seats. The 09 base comes with heated seats and grips and the Tire Pressure monitor system. The rest of the mechanics are pretty much the same.
 

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I just purchased my new 09 wing off ebay...Picking it up today.... price was less than $20,000 with the navi.The 09 base (no navi Ebay price less than $18000 ) comes with heated seats and grips and the Tire Pressure monitor system. I looked at 08/s but for less than a $1000 and a get the 2009 why not!!!
 

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I am going Sat to pick up my New 08 with ABS and Airbag. My question is (the dealer said no) is do I have a CD player? I understand this not having a CD changer but why would it not have a CD player? If your buying the top of the line with all the bells and whistles why would it not have ALL the bells and whistles??
I have NEVER bought a NEW vehicle and this is a FAR cry from my 1985 1200. I can hardly wait, Thanks for your time and wisdom.
 

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Savoy, how did you manage to get an '09 Cdn model with XM? Mine's
an '09 AD and it doesn't, and XM isn't on the available equipment list for Canadian bikes. I have a Pioneer Inno on mine running with the aux plug. Ralph, I think the main reason the bikes don't come with the CD changer from the factory is they take up a pile of room in the trunk (and there is the cost factor too). I wouldn't want to add one due to cost, room, and weight in the trunk. It's too easy to go over the weight limits on these bikes as it is (IMO).
 

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I agree with you on cost and space. I am going to get a "Zune"(MP3 player) which makes more sense to me anyway. 4000 songs in an 1" by 1 "package vs carrying around all those CD's. I just thought they would have a place to put 1 CD. Thanks
 

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I am going Sat to pick up my New 08 with ABS and Airbag. My question is (the dealer said no) is do I have a CD player? I understand this not having a CD changer but why would it not have a CD player? If your buying the top of the line with all the bells and whistles why would it not have ALL the bells and whistles??
I have NEVER bought a NEW vehicle and this is a FAR cry from my 1985 1200. I can hardly wait, Thanks for your time and wisdom.
Probably for the same reason they don't have a CB standard anymore. $$$$$. Adding ad CD player and CB would drive the price up about $1k for the base model so I guess Honda had made the decision, if you want it you have to buy it. Most guys today don't bother with the CD player. They go right to a Ipod nano or MP3 player and save the space. Oh, and welcome to the forum from the Keystone state. Ride safe..
 
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