If you had to pick, what kind of motorcycle would you say this is? At first glimpse a casual observer might think it a GL1800, but any Winger worth their salt will immediately be able to tell that it’s anything other than a Goldwing. Still, you have to admit there are a lot of similarities. A lot. Maybe too many. What you are looking at, if the rumors turn out to be true, is a leaked image for a design patent from a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer. Jiangsu Xinri, a company that currently makes electric scooters, bicycles, and carts (as well as research into other electric applications) has supposedly taken on the challenge of creating what looks to be a “copy/paste,” wannabe, eco-friendly version of the Goldwing. By eco-friendly, we mean they plan to make it electric by installing battery packs and an electric motor.
We find this to be particularly interesting for a couple reasons. First among them: over the past couple of years, as electric technology for motorcycles has grown, we’ve asked all of you in our Goldwing community if you would consider owning an electric Wing should it ever be manufactured. The answer was a resounding, “No.” Chief among your reasons is that long-distance touring on an electric bike is a non-starter. After all, who wants to ride 200 miles or less on a charge, then be required to wait 8 hours or more for the batteries to recharge before setting off again? Sounds pretty inconvenient.
Other motorcycle companies such as Harley-Davidson and a handful of boutiquey manufacturers (Zero Motorcycles) have recently come out with MPG busting bikes (Project LiveWire) that have experienced positive receptions. We’re curious what kind of reception this “copycat” Goldwing will receive, not necessarily in the Goldwing community (we already have a good idea of that!), but with motorcycle riders in general. Perhaps it could gain popularity in certain countries or among a specific demographic.
What do you think?