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It must be true - it's Chris Cope sayin' it (if you're not familiar, check him out... now The Motorcycle Obsession, previously Ride Apart - greatest motorcycle writer in the world IMO)

https://themotorcycleobsession.com/2019/02/25/the-greatest-motorcycle-in-the-world/

And after all, our bikes are officially Honda Goldwing Valkyries, right?

And when you think of what a new full Goldwing tourer costs, we got a screaming bargain.
 

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Cool article, however the new goldwing is practically a completely different bike from the goldwing the valkyrie was based on, and even that goldwing is fairly significantly different from the valkyrie.
 

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Cool article, however the new goldwing is practically a completely different bike from the goldwing the valkyrie was based on, and even that goldwing is fairly significantly different from the valkyrie.
Hmm...not sure they'd be that different in terms of power delivery, cornering, braking and overall smoothness. I would expect a high degree of consistency across the Goldwing range in those (key) areas. Even across different model years...
 

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I’d have to agree with geepers. I don’t think I need to ride the 19 goldwing to compare. We are a unique group of owners and this model valk is not going to be on a lot of ‘got to have it’ lists.

I’ve owned enough bikes and have done my homework on them all. I don’t need all the bells and whistles so this one fits the bill.
 

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Hmm...not sure they'd be that different in terms of power delivery, cornering, braking and overall smoothness. I would expect a high degree of consistency across the Goldwing range in those (key) areas. Even across different model years...
The engine is entirely new but more powerful and fuel efficient but still just as smooth.

The real difference is everywhere else. The new goldwing is something like 80 pounds lighter than the previous generation, has a new frame, and the front suspension is a double wishbone setup (which most reviews say is too soft) rather than traditional forks.

The engine and seating position are an inch or two forward, which might not sound like much, but it changes the weight distribution and handling of the bike significantly.

It is also a physically smaller bike overall.

It's different enough that nobody would advise another manufacturer of copying the goldwing if they made the bike instead.

Being that it shares something on common with the previous model other than the name, I couldn't justify applying this review to previous model goldwings.

And to top it off, the valkyrie is different from the previous goldwing in terms of wheelbase, weight, balance, rake, handling, and power, and is even more different from the new bike.
 

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The engine is entirely new but more powerful and fuel efficient but still just as smooth.

The real difference is everywhere else. The new goldwing is something like 80 pounds lighter than the previous generation, has a new frame, and the front suspension is a double wishbone setup (which most reviews say is too soft) rather than traditional forks.

The engine and seating position are an inch or two forward, which might not sound like much, but it changes the weight distribution and handling of the bike significantly.

It is also a physically smaller bike overall.

It's different enough that nobody would advise another manufacturer of copying the goldwing if they made the bike instead.

Being that it shares something on common with the previous model other than the name, I couldn't justify applying this review to previous model goldwings.

And to top it off, the valkyrie is different from the previous goldwing in terms of wheelbase, weight, balance, rake, handling, and power, and is even more different from the new bike.

Oh alright then, we've got the second-greatest bike in the world :rolleyes:
 

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I got to ride a new Goldwing DCT over tne past weekend. Not too crazy about the DCT . The bags are pretty good. Could of been bigger. Other than that? The bike is amazing. The GPS is like out of an Acura, it's very well balanced, techy but easy to adapt to and best of all... It's fast. Faster than a ST1300. And it just pulls. Then you hit the high 80s the visor automatically rises getting the wind off you and the bike just keeps pulling faster. Automatic steering damper keeps you stable.Then there's the brakes. Beautiful.
The bike is amazing...
But then you talk numners which bring you back to reality.. It's expensive. But if I had the disposable income? Id buy one in a New York minute.
 
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I have driven both 2018 Goldwings one with the DCT and the 6 speed.
Both are fantastic rides.
I thought about buying the DCT but it would have costed more than $15,000+tax with my trade in (2013 F6B).
That's what made me buy a Valkyrie less money and I got to keep my F6B.
So now I have 2 great bikes.
 

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I got to ride a new Goldwing DCT over tne past weekend. Not too crazy about the DCT . The bags are pretty good. Could of been bigger. Other than that? The bike is amazing. The GPS is like out of an Acura, it's very well balanced, techy but easy to adapt to and best of all... It's fast. Faster than a ST1300. And it just pulls. Then you hit the high 80s the visor automatically rises getting the wind off you and the bike just keeps pulling faster. Automatic steering damper keeps you stable.Then there's the brakes. Beautiful.
The bike is amazing...
But then you talk numners which bring you back to reality.. It's expensive. But if I had the disposable income? Id buy one in a New York minute.
STOP!! I'll be trading in the Valkyrie at this rate :eek:
 

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I'm a weather nut and I really hate the winter we've had especially for you guys up north. I constantly think, how the heck do they live in that stuff!

Seems we've had one big cold wave after another. Here in the south, we go from 30-40s for a few days and then near 70s for a few along with considerable rain. Everything is budding and we are seeing dips into the 20s.

I want it to at least get real cold for long enough to kill some of the bugs before spring comes. We've had mild winters before and the summers would be ridiculously swarmed by all kinds of hellacious bugs.
 
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