The Honda Gold Wing has been around since 1975 and it that time it has built a reputation as being one of the best touring motorcycles available.
For 2018 Honda is introducing an all-new model, which Honda claims is more powerful, agile and lighter.
The 2018 Gold Wing is powered by a flat six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT gearbox. It also features a creep forward and back function. The manual machine employs the same reverse system as the previous design.
The stylish, aerodynamically-efficient fairing channels air around the rider and the electric screen adjusts for preference; the seats provide all-day comfort. New features like the smart key system, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity bring even more convenience.
From a seating perspective, rider and pillion are separated, much like the old model – the rider can enjoy riding the bike, while the pillion can sit back and enjoy the ride. The rider’s seat shape is comfortable and supportive while allowing movement.
All lighting is LED. The lower portion of the headlights uses 5 polished optical lenses on both sides to create a Jewel-Eye low beam light signature. Using high beam (in the upper portion) creates a stereoscopic impression. The front indicators are housed in the mirrors and the indicators also auto-cancel; the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.
The new Gold Wing’s cruise control too has evolved; the speed that’s been set with the cruise control switch (located on the right handlebar) is now shown in the bottom left area of the speedometer.
The rear top box of the ‘Tour’ versions will hold 2 full-face helmets; combined with the panniers 110L storage capacity is available. Opening is via a button or smart key. Available as options are a luggage rack for the top box and exclusively designed inner bags.
The capacity of the fuel tank is 4 litres less at 21 litres. But as the new Gold Wing is lighter and more aerodynamic, which has resulted in improved fuel economy of 5.6 litres/100km means tank range is at the same level as the previous design.