Redesigned from the wheels up, the new Honda Gold Wing is sharper, more compact and lighter than ever – and we’ve got the stats to prove it.

Since its introduction as a naked 1000cc machine in 1975, the Honda Gold Wing has created an enduring reputation for luxury, quality and comfort. But, in response to the ever changing motorcycle industry, the GL development team has gone much further than usual with its latest update.

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Don’t worry though, it’s still a Gold Wing. It still has an evocative, flat six-cylinder engine that delivers an avalanche of torque and power, and it still remains Honda’s flagship premium tourer, loaded with features that allow two people to ride in style. But, it’s now smaller, much lighter and much more agile – as happy on an urban commute as it is out on the open road.

Mr Yutaka Nakanishi, Large Project Leader (LPL) 18YM GL1800 Gold Wing

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“We wanted our new Gold Wing to maintain its luxury but to be a much more ‘rounded’ motorcycle. A machine as useful to its owner around the city as it is out on tour. And more exciting to ride than ever. So we started from a blank piece of paper and made the Gold Wing smaller and lighter, and added all the technological hardware and software the modern rider could wish for. Now, just as in 1975, it remains a flagship model for Honda – and we are very proud to start this new chapter for such an important name.”

Its massive flat six-cylinder engine features 4-valves per cylinder and comes equipped with Throttle By Wire, 4 riding modes, Honda Selectable Torque Control and Hill Start Assist. The new chassis features an aluminium beam frame, double wishbone front suspension and single-sided Pro-Arm – damping which is electrically adjustable, as is the rear spring preload. There’s an electric screen, Smart Key and Apple CarPlay all as standard too. Plus, it’s available with an entirely updated version of Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission – with seven speeds.

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Sharing a common engine and chassis platform, the new Gold Wing will be available in three different versions, the base model will be the GL1800 Gold Wing, the Gold Wing Tour, which has a removable top box, and the Tour DCT, which will also be available with an air bag. Still nothing from Honda on price, but with the current model starting from £24,999 you’re likely to be looking around that mark, and beyond.

Styling & Equipment

Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath

Comfort, heat management and air management vastly improved

Electric windscreen adjustable for angle and height

Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)

Ample luggage capacity for touring, and top box still takes 2 full-face helmets

7-inch TFT display provides navigation and audio information

Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to use their device

Full LED lighting and auto-cancelling indicators

Smart key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage

Technical Specifications

 ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24 valve SOHC flat-6
Displacement 1,833cc
Valves per cylinder 4
Bore x Stroke 73mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 124.7bhp/5500rpm
Max. Torque 170Nm/4500rpm
Oil Capacity 4.4 litres (MT) / 5.6 litres (DCT)
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 50mm
Air cleaner Viscous, cartridge type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.1 litres
Fuel Consumption 50.4mpg
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Integrated Starter Generator system
Battery Capacity 12V/20AH
ACG Power Generation Capacity 12V/120A
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type (MT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with coil springs, assist slipper cam

(DCT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with oil pressure

Transmission Type 6 speed MT (including overdrive. Plus electric reverse)

7-speed forward and reverse DCT

Primary Reduction 1.795 (79/44)
Gear Ratios (DCT) 1st: 2.167 2nd: 1.696 3rd: 1.304 4th: 1.038 5th: 0.821 6th: 0.667 7th: 0.522 Rev: 1.190

(MT) 1st: 2.200 2nd: 1.417 3rd: 1.036 4th: 0.821 5th: 0.667 6th: 0.522

Final Reduction Engine side 0.972

Rear Wheel side 2.615

Final Drive Enclosed shaft
FRAME
Type Aluminum die-cast, twin tube
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) Gold Wing

L: 2,475mm

W: 925mm

H: 1,340mm

 

Gold Wing ‘Tour’

L: 2,575mm

W: DCT 905mm / MT 925mm

H: 1,430mm

 

Wheelbase 1695mm
Caster Angle 30.5°
Trail 109mm
Turning radius 3.4m
Seat Height 745mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight Gold Wing: 365kg

 

Gold Wing ‘Tour’: MT 379kg / DCT 383kg

 

SUSPENSION
Type Front Double Wishbone
Type Rear Pro Link
WHEELS
Type Front 130/70R 18
Type Rear 200/55R 16
Rim Size Front 18 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 16 x MT6.0
BRAKES
System Type Electronically-controlled combined ABS system
Type Front 320mm x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 6-piston calliper, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 316mm x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

 

Ross Mowbray

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