Hello 1000PS fans! I’m testing the 40th anniversary edition of the Goldwing. 40 years, that’s quite a time for a motorcycle model. Of course much has changed since it’s first arrival. This 40th anniversary edtion you can distinguish from the base model by the dual tone lacquer. Black-red looks nice. On the key there is also hint to the 40th anniversary. There are also some emblems and an embossing on the passenger arm rest which looks like a comfy couch that should stand in the living room. If all bikes in the world would transform into cars, the Goldwing would become a rig. It’s really heavy at 413 kg, ready to ride of course. So it’s actually “not that much”. No, it’s damn heavy, you feel it manouvering the bike. Only when manouvering actually. Even I, although I’m quite heavy, had my problems stabilizing her. I had to put some effort in. AND! What’s decadent but also very helpful is the Goldwing’s reverse gear. All you have to do is push a button and then use the starter via it’s button as reversing engine. Works nicely and is useful at over 400 kg. Beside the engine the Goldwing has a real engine, a true big block if I might say. It’s a 1800 cc six-cylinder boxer. Power output is at 118 bhp at 5500 rpm. Nothing to fap about. Almost underpowered, but there is the torque: 168 Nm at 4000 rpm. It really kicks you in the back, there is definately acceleration. I’d rather like to compare the Goldwing to a well engined car. Because you feel so well seated in the bike. The big fairings, the adjustable wind shield. It creates safety and comfort like no other bike out there. The saddle comfort is phenomenal, like a couch from your living room. You sit on it and ride thousands of miles. The riding dynamics, well on a highway they are no problem, but as soon as you see some corners, tight corners, you should be handling the 400 kg quite well. Choose your line wisely as redirecting mid-corner is near impossible. If you prepare your riding line beforehand and hold your radius, you can trust the very good chassis. It’s not like the Goldwing will tilt suddenly or create some disturbances into the chassis and ride. I’d say she feels much more sporty than you might guess at over 400 kg. A big commendation to the tyres. I took the Goldwing – how shall I put it? – you shouldn’t be riding her this way. She has an 18 inch front and 16 inch back wheel, an amazing combination for this bike. I was positively surprised by the chassis. Very surprising for me were the brakes. It’s a combined ABS system, which means if you brake in the front, the back brakes also activate and vice versa. I really was astounded by how the brakes continued to work without any fading. Like I said, I almost abused them. But they work excellent considering the bike weighs over 400 kg, with me on it it weighs – how much will it be, 450 kg I guess? Because I’m quite “light”. No really, over 500 kg. I just expected to keep on pushing forward when braking, but the brakes didn’t have a problem. Well, why would you buy a Goldwing? I guess because of the amenities and comfort. There aren’t much options to be bought in or needed. It has – where do I start? Heated seat and grips. Sourround audio system, which is loud enough for 3 blocks in the city, as I figured out today. Works amazing. The reverse gear. Navigation system! Which can be fitted with a memory card and your personal tour programmed by yourself on your desk top. What else? Uhm, cruise control, but that should be standard on such a bike. A manual switch for increased air ventilation. Interresting enough it works without electronics. Like I mentioned, you are nearly as protected as in a car and might want some fresh air. I can adjust the wind screen. But it’s a bit a let down. I must unlock via 2 levers and then push or pull it. You can do it while riding, but why this isn’t automatic I can only guess. Not that it matters at 413 kg! But maybe it comes next year. I have a small compartment in the front. There is a top case/ side case system with 150 l space for luggage for both, rider and passenger. I can adjust suspension electronically to my weight load. It’s extremely well outfitted. AND! I almost forget – the Goldwing exclusive Airbag. It’s not new on the 40th Anniversary edition, but it’s exclusive to the Goldwing. An Airbag which is activated through sensors in the fork, depending on the impact. It was vigorously tested by Honda and various institutes and certified by very good remarks. I also remembered something rather unimportant. The headlights are made out of an copper-zinc-tin alloy which makes them so nice and shiny… Fuck it. We don’t have to lick ’em. Looks cool. Whoever likes such a fat lady – and I’m sorry to call her this, I think all the fans of the Goldwing can forgive me, it’s just the way it is. But whoever likes such a heavy bike knows what he’s getting into. No other stock bike can provide such luxury and comfort. The Goldwing has history and flair. And she rides much better than suspected. The engine is smooth and accelerates nicely. It’s not a sportsbike, but hopefully nobody expects this. And the brakes really got my support. A really good bike alltogether which is now available in this 40th Anniversary edition. The Goldwing is definatley no bike for our Jacqueline Highsider, although you probably like to see her, she can’t handle it. I hope you were satisfied with me as substitute. There is much to say. If you liked the video, give me a thumbs up. I would appreciate if you subscribe to our 1000PS channel, then you can comment on this video and all others. 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