Honda Gold Wing motorcycles get lighter, sleeker


The new model takes cues from the legendary GL models that came before it while maximising potential through a lighter, more thrilling, and more technologically advanced package with a new engine, chassis, and electronics suite.

Honda's design for the 2018 Gold Wing pares back some of the older bikes' chunkiness in favor of a "more performance-minded shape" the company says. Honda claims front end feel and stability on the new Gold Wing have thus improved vastly. It also misses out on electronic suspension adjustment and a few other features. Honda engineers revisited their original flat six engine prototype from 1972, and streamlined it successfully to incorporate into the 1988 Gold Wing model and expanding the engine capacity to 1,520cc. If you want to be the cool kid on the moto block who can talk to their iPhone their bike while riding, the 2018 Gold Wing starts at $23,500. The 2018 new version of the motorcycle promises a 20% improvement regarding fuel efficiency. The twin-spar aluminum frame is paired with a single-side swingers, the pivot area structure of which has been redesigned.

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Another major highlight is the double wishbone suspension up front that Honda claims reduces rider effort for steering the motorcycle and also improves handling further. The bike includes a 7-inch LCD display that shows the usual iOS-style interface, but it's not touch-enabled. For added comfort, the Gold Wing uses a Pro-Link® rear-suspension configuration with progressive reaction. These brakes use electronically controlled combined ABS that works to distribute braking force to the front and rear wheels. The 2018 Gold Wing features a throttle-by-wire, four riding modes (Tour, Sport, Econ, and Rain), Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Hill Start Assist, and a finely tuned cruise-control system. Selecting the riding mode that's best suited for the riding conditions is easily accomplished through the Gold Wing's new controls, and then confirmed via a attractive, 7-inch full-color Thin Film Transistor liquid-crystal display-one of the many features that bolster the model's premium feel. Another big update is that the 2018 Honda Gold Wing is the first motorcycle to feature Apple CarPlay integration. With new ducts and an electric windshield, the goal is to minimize wind blast and give the rider more control over airflow. The new Gold Wing also uses all-LED lighting, of which the turn signals feature an auto-cancelling feature.

The new luggage system has two saddlebags, each capable of holding 30 liters.