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test rode the 2018 dct. Waiting for some other comments on radio. notch 30 under full face, 85mph, could barely hear the radio. to make matters worse, local channel that comes in clear on f6b full of static. The radio sounded loud sitting still. Could not even hear the back speakers at hwy speeds. I did not adjust the settings before ride so just went with whatever the dealer had set up....any other radio volume complaints???
 

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Turn the radio up???

So you took the bike for a ride and the radio is the important factor???

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I canh hear the radio on mine with no problem. I adjusted the fade and bass/treble. I also have the speed controlled volume on high. I run fm/XM/iTunes through it with no issues! I’m wearing the hjc is-2 max so I’m also in a full face.
 
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Turn the radio up???

So you took the bike for a ride and the radio is the important factor???






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Maybe I didn't explain it well enough, but notched 30 if you know Goldwings is the highest level it will go! You cannot turn it up any higher, getting more notices now from other forums and cruise man, this is a problem with a new Wings! They've already started selling upgrades for the stereos and amplifiers, sounds like Honda knew what they were doing, and want you to spend more money after the 30,000
 

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Sometimes new models do need tweaking also sometimes folks just want to complain.

I saw no issue with the one I rode just like @encmerk.

Of course for me the radio wasn’t that important either


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Sometimes new models do need tweaking also sometimes folks just want to complain.

I saw no issue with the one I rode just like @encmerk.

Of course for me the radio wasn’t that important either


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Again I didn't check the settings prior to the beginning of my test ride, but yeah if I'm going to spend $30,000 on a motorcycle, I absolutely want to be able to hear the radio at highway speeds, isn't that what these are built for? A touring motorcycle you should be able to hear your radio underneath a full face helmet very clearly in my opinion. My F6B is awesome behind the madstad shield, very clear at 20 notch at 85 miles an hour. And no I am not a complainer, but I think not being able to hear the radio at highway speeds is a huge issue! Again I started this thread because I want somebody to tell me I'm wrong, again it could be something the dealership did, but I'm starting here more griping about it so it was probably set correctly. And yes the radio is extremely important, so in my book huge flaw Honda. I'll wait for 2019 to see if they correct
 

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I hate to say it, but you’re doing it wrong. You’re right, Honda is selling an amp and speaker upgrade kit.... not the first manufacturer to do that on day 1! I have no problems hearing my bike radio at 80. I think I’d spend a bit more time fiddling with it before I call it bad, but that’s jmho!
 

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I hate to say it, but you?re doing it wrong. You?re right, Honda is selling an amp and speaker upgrade kit.... not the first manufacturer to do that on day 1! I have no problems hearing my bike radio at 80. I think I?d spend a bit more time fiddling with it before I call it bad, but that?s jmho!
please reread my opening line in my thread! Not calling it bad, admitted that I had not adjusted anything, just asking if anybody else heard what I heard! And passing along others are feeling the same way, even a Salesman for a dealership who rode the bike a hundred fifty miles told me he thought the radio was weak. To each his own if it's good for you great I'm happy for you, and yes I will try it again for sure, but right now it's a thumbs down until I take my next test ride. I'm definitely going to take another one because the DCT for me is a no-go! The manual is the only thing I would consider again, right now it looks like next year after the bugs are worked out. Also this might help somebody be aware of this before they buy one! Why not try to work that into the price with the dealership? Again don't ask me to pay $30,000 for a below Prime sound system. If the dealership wants to sell it, and enough people gripe about it, it could get added in with the deal! Just trying to help out future 2018 owners before they step through the door.
 

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it is not loud enough i have one if you run it though apple play it is better but that is all and it will not pick up radio very well
 

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it is not loud enough i have one if you run it though apple play it is better but that is all and it will not pick up radio very well
Thank you, been waiting for some confirmations that I wasn't going crazy! Unbelievable they didn't make that thing louder! I guess this is one of the bugs they have to work out on the new models, really looking hard at a 2017 F6B Deluxe.
 

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I'm finding this thread very interesting. But since I have no actual riding time on a 2018 I can only attest to the static sound output of the system. That certainly rivaled just about any other cycle's sound system I've heard, my '09 and any of my friend's HD's included. I've heard complaints of riders saying the old 1800 sound system sucked, but when mine can be heard over a set of Screaming Eagles (at my normal volume setting) running beside me I can only think that said complainer needs electronic hearing enhancements. My riding buddy said he thought my stereo sounded "awesome" from where he sat on his Ultra. I'd certainly do some adjusting prior to another ride. With all the advancements and tech on the new bike, it's not out of the question that the sales rep you said thought the sound system was weak needs to do some more training on the Infotainment System.
 

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Interesting thread. I have to apologize for some of the guys here who are not usually so quick to criticize a guy with a legitimate question. You spend $30k, you want EVERYTHING PERFECT.

Personally, I always have volume issues, but I wear hearing aids, and use a Bluetooth headset, so I'm not qualified to speak to your question.

Sorry, Keller, it you didn't get quite the response you should have.
 

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Interesting thread. I have to apologize for some of the guys here who are not usually so quick to criticize a guy with a legitimate question. You spend $30k, you want EVERYTHING PERFECT.

Personally, I always have volume issues, but I wear hearing aids, and use a Bluetooth headset, so I'm not qualified to speak to your question.

Sorry, Keller, it you didn't get quite the response you should have.
No I really appreciate your input! Thank you
 

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I'm finding this thread very interesting. But since I have no actual riding time on a 2018 I can only attest to the static sound output of the system. That certainly rivaled just about any other cycle's sound system I've heard, my '09 and any of my friend's HD's included. I've heard complaints of riders saying the old 1800 sound system sucked, but when mine can be heard over a set of Screaming Eagles (at my normal volume setting) running beside me I can only think that said complainer needs electronic hearing enhancements. My riding buddy said he thought my stereo sounded "awesome" from where he sat on his Ultra. I'd certainly do some adjusting prior to another ride. With all the advancements and tech on the new bike, it's not out of the question that the sales rep you said thought the sound system was weak needs to do some more training on the Infotainment System.
Thanks for your comment, and yes that kind of solidifies sittingstill the system sounds great! That's why your friend sitting next to the bike said it sounded awesome, cuz it does! Standing still that is, And again I was perplexed by how loud it was sitting at the dealership, compared to when I'm on the highway just doing barely above 65 and can't hear it under a full face.
 

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Thanks for your comment, and yes that kind of solidifies sittingstill the system sounds great! That's why your friend sitting next to the bike said it sounded awesome, cuz it does! Standing still that is, And again I was perplexed by how loud it was sitting at the dealership, compared to when I'm on the highway just doing barely above 65 and can't hear it under a full face.
We were actually running SxS at 70 mph when he commented on my sound system. He runs an Ultra with a stage II 103(?) CI mill. All I know for sure is it's loud as heck compared to a Wing. Dunno how he hears anything other than his pipes. I'm a gearhead but not that dedicated to engine noise....
 

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Don’t hold your breath. I traded my 2006 GL1800 for the 2018 DCT/Tour model last month. I wish I never did, so disappointed. Let me tell you the pros & cons.
1- You are absolutely right, my 06 had such better sound and volume that I could hear my music even at 100 mph coming out of my speakers. On my new one I can’t even tell what’s playing crusing at 75 mph. I have adjusted all the settings to max and still no difference.
2- Apple car play keeps disconnecting so I don’t use it anymore.
3- Everytime you start the motorcycle, you have to switch back to Bluetooth, you have to go back in your phone, open up the pandora app and hit play. So freaking annoying. On my 06 I had an aftermarket bluetooth set up through my Aux cable and had no issues,
4- They charge almost $30k for a new one and Honda doesn’t invest maybe $1 to have the switch for your fog lights & homelink already installed on your control panel. I spent a full day taking my new Wing completely in peace’s just to install a fog light. Open up YouTube and search for 2018 Goldwing fog light installation. It is insane how far you have to strip the wing just to replace the dummy switch with the actual fog lamp switch. Honda should be ashamed.
5- While removing parts & peaces, I found almost 1/2 the screws loose on the panels. I was shocked on quality control, I really thought Honda is meticulous with quality, boy was I wrong. I’m actually glad I took it apart, now at least I know all the screws are back on tight.
6- The DCT model....
It has such irratic shifting, if you ride like a grandpa, than the shift points are stable, but if you take off quicker from a stop to change lanes, good luck, the transmission has its own mind.
7- The seat on my 06 was so comfortable, I could ride all day with no problem, the new one has almost no cusion, the maximum is 2 hours and I have to get off and rest before riding.
8- The storage space is so much less, even with the trunk carrier being half the size of the older model, you literally have to pull a trailer if traveling with two people.
9- They took away the two helmet holders from the bottom of the rear trunk and replaced it with only one helmet holder on the left side rear passenger side. It’s a joke.

Overall, they upgraded the look, The front suspension which was the weakest link on the older models, the instrument panel is beautiful, the handle bar switches which was another weak part of the older models.

Honestly, If I could take this thing back and get my 06 back which by the way, it had close to 60,000 miles, I would do it in a heartbeat.
This is my 3rd Goldwing, but the 1st one that really disappointed me, especially with the amount of money I paid.

You live and learn. I should have waited a couple of years to read real rider reviews, instead of watching paid reviews before pulling the trigger.

I’ve included pictures of my old Wing next to my new one that I traded for. Also pictures of how deep you tear the motorcycle apart to install a .50 cents switch.
 

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I have no issues so far with mine....

But I now listen thru my Cardo PacTalk headset and my Amazon Prime music.

I don’t even use the Wings sound system anymore. The Cardo unit I just speak to it and it changes songs volume etc...

But I understand your frustration.

Saying that, on my ‘08 that I traded in, on day one from the dealership the radio barely worked and nothing from the rear speakers...it ended up being the amp was bad from the factory, Honda made good on it and it worked after that without a hitch.
 

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Why don't you buy a headset then link it to the 2018 Goldwing through Bluetooth. That way you can hear the radio with the speakers inside your helmet instead of every one else in the vicinity of your motorcycle having to listen to your taste in music. With wind noise and tire noise suppressed by your helmet your experience will be much more enjoyable.
 
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