The Honda Gold Wing, since its introduction as a naked 1000cc machine in 1975, has always been the ultimate in two-wheeled travel. It is a motorcycle that has been very much on its own journey, growing in physical size and displacement over the decades, all the while creating an enduring and unrivalled reputation for luxury, quality and comfort.
For 2018, the GL1800 Gold Wing takes a new direction from the wheels-up. 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. Yet it’s smaller, much lighter and much more agile – very much a true ‘rider’s motorcycle’.
The 2018 Gold Wing is a completely different proposition and replaces the relaxed lines of the outgoing model with a more honed, athletic ethos.
Boasting of a sporty aesthetic display – a double wishbone front suspension, 7-inch full-colour TFT liquid crystal display screen and polished optical lenses headlights – the bike’s design elements create cutting edge style, underpinned by incredible levels of engineering and electronics.
The performance improvement is matched by even greater levels of comfort and efficiency, pushing the limits of what a touring bike can be.
The new Gold Wing is much lighter and more aerodynamic, with improved fuel economy of 5.6 litres/100km tank range, similar to the previous design.
It is also equipped with new features like the smart key system, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity that bring even more convenience.
Optimised for size, the new flat six-cylinder engine has lost none of its power, torque and addictive delivery. Throttle By Wire has been added, with 4 rider modes; TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN.
The manual transmission is now 6-speed while the new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) features 7-speeds with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode – making the 2018 Gold Wing the ultimate performance touring machine.