Honda recently unveiled the updated version of the biggest tourer it has in its lineup – the Gold Wing – at a special event at Santa Barbara, California’s MOXI Museum of Exploration and Innovation. The all-new Gold Wing takes cues from the legendary GL models and is lighter with a more technologically advanced package with a new engine, chassis and electronics.
The key element in the new Gold Wing is Honda’s liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. While the general layout has been retained, the powerplant is now more compact, fuel efficient and light. Paired to either a traditional six-speed transmission or Honda’s newly-developed DCT transmission (which includes forward/reverse Walking Mode), the 1833cc engine makes 116 bhp at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 167 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
For 2018, the Gold Wing chassis has undergone multiple revisions to increase low-speed maneuverability and maintain high-speed stability.
The 2018 Gold Wing features a throttle-by-wire system that has opened the door to 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 seven-inch full-colour Thin Film Transistor liquid-crystal display.
In an industry first, the 2018 Gold Wing also comes equipped with Apple CarPlay, which connects the motorcycle to the user’s iPhone to show maps, contacts, and music, all accessed through the motorcycle’s display.
Gold Wing Tour can also opt for fitting an airbag on their motorcycle, which renders it one of the safest tourers in the world. There are three 2018 Gold Wing Tour models — Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour DCT, and Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag.
The Gold Wing is offered in two variants – Gold Wing and Gold Wing DCT, which comes with saddlebags but no top case or the accompanying rear audio speakers. The electric windscreen is shorter on these models, and preload adjustment is manual. HSTC, electric damping-adjust, center stand, and heated grips are not included. The Gold Wing or GL1800 sold in India is priced at Rs 32,16,152.