Not good, not good at all. First production release models are basically "Beta Testing Units" and are sold to the public for real-world testing. Companies find it cheaper and as cost savings to send out units into the field instead of doing all the intensive in-house testing before releasing a product. Then let the dealers be the data collection centers that report back on all the issues that they encounter.
I would personally wait at least two model years before getting one, at that time all these issues should be addressed.
I was one of those "Beta Testers" for Zero Motorcycles for 2 years and I found plenty of issues with the bike for them, which lead to the bike's demise and it sold back to them.
I think what you say makes a lot of sense for some manufacturers but Honda typically does not do anything of the sort. There is no Honda tribal experience to support this, at least since 2001 or earlier models. This GW reportedly has been in development 4 or 5 years. I'd take that bet. Those of us that bought 2012 NC700Xs had no problems with the bike or it's systems.
C & C Powersports in Clarksville, Indiana has a white DCT Goldwing sitting on the floor now. I sat on it yesterday.
Just remember one small detail. With all due respect for the suspension shop above, they are first of all in the business of making and SELLING suspensions. The guy needs to find what could be done better and then sell it, otherwise he will loose portion of his business. Just look at their site, they sell suspensions for all makes and models of motorcycles, meaning THEY think that all bikes have lacking suspensions and will benefit from their products. While there is nothing wrong with that, it does not mean that the manufacturers don’t have a clue about what they are doing. It just means that this company can offer you perhaps a better suspension, just like Ohlins, Wilbers and the likes, but at a cost. Manufacturers will usually offer you what is good enough while keeping the cost down. This guy needs to persuade you, that his $1400 product + $800 installation fee is better for you. And it may be, I don’t dispute that. I’m just not buying the idea, that Honda engineers don’t know what they are doing and only this guy can save their clueless a**.
Funny stuff right there!I would personally wait at least two model years before getting one, at that time all these issues should be addressed.
First production release models are basically "Beta Testing Units" and are sold to the public for real-world testing.