Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: LaVista, Nebraska
Quite the contrary. Sometimes you guys really crack me up. BMW is going after the Goldwing market. Honda took its flagship touring bike (the Goldwing) and took the trunk off to create a "new" bagger (the F6B) way back in 2013. It was at that point (even though the F6B didn't sell very well) that BMW decided to do the same thing to it's flagship touring bike (the GTL) and take the trunk off and lower the back end to create a "new" bagger (the K1600B) in 2018. Yes, that is 5 years after Honda did it.
Then in 2018 Honda (after 18 years) did a complete redesign of the Goldwing (now called the Goldwing Tour) and decided to continue the trunkless blacked out bagger version (now just called the Goldwing) even though again it hadn't been a big seller in it's previous version, the F6B.
I too was disappointed that Honda did not boost the power of the new Goldwing to try to compete with the BMW. However, it is still a nice update and a great touring bike. I don't know any real numbers, but my impression is that the BMW bagger is more popular than the old or new Goldwing bagger, but the new redesigned Goldwing Tour (especially the DCT version) is selling pretty well.