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Honda Goldwing from the passenger seat

submitted by Throttlebunny

Originally introduced in 1975, the Honda Goldwing is one of the most widely recognized model lines and is bar none one of the finest luxury cruisers out there. Priced at approximately $18,000 for a stock 04 model, we tested the ride as a passenger to see what it offers for the price.

Models available in 04:

Standard edition: MSRP $17,999
ABS edition: MSRP $18,999

Model tested:
2003 Honda Goldwing

Rider size:
5'3" as passenger

Rating system: Each area is rated from 1 to 5 carrots
(1 being suckiest of the sucky, 5 being really excellent)
This is an independent rating and is not affiliated with any company, manufacturer or other business enterprise and is solely based on an individual rider's opinion.

Comfort: 5
Its an awesome ride! Unlike most smaller bikes I find that I don't have to lean with this bike I just sit there! Nor do I worry if I need to move!

Driveability: 5
Well I really can't say since I don't drive this one! lol BUT from the husband's view point... He says 5 carrots! For such a large bike it is very agile and handles with ease it tight places - also has reverse at the touch of a button can't go wrong there! The 02 has an electronic switch which allows you to adjust the suspension for a single rider or 2 up.

Reach for driver (5'4"):
Not applicable

Bike tested as a passenger. Stand-over height is 29.1 inches, may need to be modified for a smaller rider. Most smaller riders have had trike kits installed to make handling easer. Dry weight is just shy of 800 pounds.

Colors: 4
Quality of paint on Goldwings is very good. Colors for 2004 include: Black, Red, Candy Black Cherry, Candy Red, Magenta Metallic, Titanium, White.

Accessories available: 4
Wow this field is unlimited and not too bad on the pocket! Most of the lighted accessories are bike and installer friendly due to the ability to be hooked up into existing wiring harness without modification to the harness..

Price: 4
Well it can be a little pricey but its a bike well worth the money.
Price New: $14,999.00 - $25,000.00
Used: $10,900.00 to as high as $20,000.000 depending on custom work.

Reliability/Mechanical Issues: 5
There was a recall issued for the passenger seat. The seat separates partially from the trunk lid. Other than this minor problem no complaints!

The creme de la creme of cruising, this is one sweet honey of a bike. With electronic reverse, cruise, ABS option...oooh baby....the list goes on....

Specifications for the 2004 Honda Goldwing ABS

Engine Type 1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Bore and Stroke 74.0mm x 71.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Valve Train SOHC; two valves per cylinder
Carburetion Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with automatic choke
Ignition Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping

Transmission Five-speed including overdrive, plus electric reverse
Final Drive Shaft

Front Suspension 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system, 5.5-inch travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with
computer controlled spring-preload adjustment with two memory presets;
4.1-inch travel
Front Brakes Dual full-floating 296mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers
with Anti-Lock Braking System® (ABS®)
Rear Brake Single ventilated 316mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper with
Anti-Lock Braking System® (ABS®)
Front Tire 130/70R-18
Rear Tire 180/60R-16

Rake 29.25 degrees
Trail 109mm (4.3 inches)
Wheelbase 66.6 inches
Seat Height 29.1 inches
Dry Weight 799.0 pounds
Fuel Capacity 6.6 gallons

Available Colors Black, Red, Candy Black Cherry, Candy Red, Magenta
Metallic, Titanium, White

Model ID GL1800A

Thanks to Throttlebunny for submitting this personal review.

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