Last week in our article, The New 2018 Goldwing: Breaking Down the Specs (We Think), we speculated on what the new Wing would bring us. Last night Honda made it official and we’re here to break down all the detailed specs, changes and features of the Goldwing Tour models. This thing has been redesigned from “the road up,” so there’s a lot to discuss. We’ve all been waiting a long time for this and, here at WingStuff, we’re really excited! Before we dive in, we want to give a special shoutout to HondaProKevin.com for all his great info.
If you haven’t already seen Honda’s announcement, you can check it out here.
Key 2018 Gold Wing Tour Info / Specs:
- 2018 GoldWing Tour Colors:
- Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour DCT: Candy Ardent Red, Pearl White, Pearl Hawkseye Blue
- Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag: Candy Ardent Red/Black
- 2018 GoldWing Tour Packages / Model Options:
- Gold Wing Tour
- Gold Wing Tour DCT
- Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag
- 2018 GoldWing Tour Prices / MSRP:
- Gold Wing Tour: $26,700 – $27,200
- Gold Wing Tour Pearl White: $26,700
- Gold Wing Tour Candy Arden Red $27,000
- Gold Wing Tour Pearl Hawkseye Blue $27,200
- Gold Wing Tour DCT: $27,700 – $28,200
- Gold Wing Tour DCT Pearl White: $27,700
- Gold Wing Tour DCT Candy Ardent Red: $28,000
- Gold Wing Tour DCT Pearl Hawkseye Blue: $28,200
- Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag: $31,500
- Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag Candy Ardent Red / Black: $31,500
- 2018 Gold Wing Tour Release Date: February 2018
- 2018 GoldWing Tour Horsepower: TBA
- 2018 GoldWing Tour Torque: TBA
- 2018 GoldWing Tour MPG: TBA
Availability: February 2018
2018 Gold Wing Tour Key Updates
- Lighter overall package results in improved handling and maneuverability
- More compact, lighter engine with four-valve head and Unicam valve train
- Available seven-speed DCT with Walking Mode forward/reverse
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Robotically welded aluminum twin-tube frame with revised plate thicknesses
- Radially mounted six-piston dual front braking calipers
- Double-wishbone front-suspension system
- Electrically controlled suspension
- Throttle-by-wire with multiple riding modes
- Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
- Hill Start Assist
- Smart Key
- Apple CarPlay compatibility
- LED lighting
- Updated design with 11.8 percent improved aerodynamic efficiency
- Electric windscreen adjustment
ENGINE (Standard on all Trims)
The Gold Wing’s horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine is famously smooth and powerful. They’ve kept that same overall architecture, but it’s an all-new 1833cc powerplant for 2018, and over 13 pounds lighter (more than 8 pounds for the DCT versions).
ALUMINUM CYLINDER SLEEVES (Standard on all Trims)
High-strength aluminum cylinder sleeves help reduce weight, increase cooling efficiency, and reduce engine length. The 73mm cylinder bore and short, high-strength crankshaft also help make the engine more compact.
UNICAM CYLINDER HEAD DESIGN (Standard on all Trims)
The new engine uses four-valve, Unicam® cylinder head design. That improves engine performance and power, and also contributes to the engine’s weight reduction. The four-valve per cylinder design is also a big part of the new Gold Wing’s improved fuel efficiency.
7-SPEED AUTOMATIC DCT TRANSMISSION (Standard on GW AUTO DCT, GW TOUR AUTO DCT & GW TOUR AIRBAG AUTO DCT)
This is huge news for 2018. For the first time ever, the Gold Wing is available with a brand new 7-Speed Automatic DCT. The shifts in this version are faster and smoother than ever, and the overdrive seventh gear is perfect for highway cruising.
6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION (Standard on GOLD WING & GOLD WING TOUR)
Want a manual transmission? The new Gold Wing offers the best conventional gearbox in Gold Wing history. Case in point: now you get an overdrive sixth gear.
SLIPPER CLUTCH (Standard on GOLD WING & GOLD WING TOUR)
They’ve given their new Gold Wing’s with manual transmissions a slipper clutch, just like their premium sportbikes. It only makes sense—the 1833cc engine delivers tons of power, and the new chassis lets you ride this Gold Wing like a sportbike. Twisty roads? Bring ’em on!
EXHAUST DOUBLE WALL PIPES (Standard on all Trims)
You may think this is just for cosmetics, but on a hot day single-wall exhaust pipes can throw off a lot of heat. The new Gold Wing’s twin-wall design keeps things cooler. Plus, this is the best sounding Gold Wing they’ve ever built!
FUEL EFFICIENCY (Standard on all Trims)
Because the 2018 Gold Wing is lighter, you’d expect it to be more fuel efficient. But lighter weight is just the start. Combined with the new engine, new intake system, and new four-valve design, estimated fuel economy is up 22 percent.* Want to really squeeze the last mile out of every drop? Try the “Econ” ride mode setting.
*Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
WALKING MODE (Standard on GW DCT, GW TOUR DCT & GW TOUR AIRBAG DCT)
A big leap forward for 2018: The new Gold Wing DCT models feature “Walking Mode,” which lets you creep forward under power at a walking pace. Think how easy it will be to get in and out of tight parking spots with a fully loaded bike.
CRUISE CONTROL (Standard on all Trims)
Of course the new Gold Wing still features cruise control, and with their new throttle-by-wire system it’s better than ever.
DOUBLE WISHBONE FRONT SUSPENSION (Standard on all Trims)
One look and your eyes will immediately go to the Gold Wing’s radical, new Honda-engineered double-wishbone front suspension. The innovative design changes the path the wheel travels through the suspension stroke, and that lets Honda move both the engine and the rider/passenger closer to the front wheel. You get more room, and stellar handling.
FRAME (Standard on all Trims)
This latest generation all-aluminum frame is significantly lighter and more compact than previous editions. State-of-the-art die-casting lets us fine-tune chassis rigidity, giving you both a smooth ride and precise handling.
SWING ARM/ REAR SUSPENSION (Standard on all Trims)
Using their proprietary single-sided Pro Arm® design, the aluminum swingarm still houses the Gold Wing’s shaft drive. The swingarm links to the frame using a new, patented pivot structure that both increases stiffness and reduces weight. You get responsive handling and a smoother ride.
ANTI-LOCK BRAKES (Standard on all Trims)
Have to make a hard stop, fully loaded and two up? All new 2018 Gold Wings are equipped with combined anti-lock brakes for excellent stopping power under a wide variety of road and traction conditions.
RIDE MODES (Standard on all Trims)
Gold Wing engines offer a wide range of user-friendly power, and now you can even choose between four ride modes (Tour, Sport, Rain, and Econ). Each mode varies power output depending on the mode selected. On the Gold Wing Tour models, it also changes suspension damping, and the shift points on the DCT models.
WEIGHT REDUCTION (Standard on all Trims)
Shaving weight on a motorcycle returns all sorts of benefits, from handling to acceleration to just being easier to maneuver around. Honda didn’t just shave ounces or grams with the new Gold Wing. They lopped off pounds—almost 90. The lighter weight absolutely redefines this motorcycle. You thought it was fun to ride on twisty roads before? Wait until you experience this one.
LOW CENTER OF GRAVITY (Standard on all Trims)
It’s not just how much a motorcycle weighs; it’s how it distributes that weight. Thanks to their horizontally opposed engines, Gold Wings have always offered a low center of gravity. The new 2018 Gold Wing offers the lowest center of gravity of any bike in the class. That’s a huge benefit in handling, and it makes the bike feel lighter and easier to maneuver.
RADIAL FRONT BRAKE CALIPERS (Standard on all Trims)
The brake calipers on the new Gold Wing are mounted similar to that of our Grand Prix winning RC213V. Why? The stiffer mounting reduces caliper flex and improves brake power and feel.
ELECTRONIC SUSPENSION PRELOAD (Standard on all Trims)
The new Gold Wing Tour’s suspension features four electronically adjustable modes for varying loads. You can select (1) Rider, (2) Rider with loaded bags, (3) Rider and passenger, and (4) Rider and passenger with loaded bags.
RIDE MODES (Standard on GW TOUR, GW TOUR AUTO DCT & GW TOUR AIRBAG AUTO DCT)
On a Gold Wing Tour Model, when you select a Ride Mode (Touring, Sport, Rain, Econ), in addition to tailoring the engine’s power character, the mode choice also changes your damping characteristics, automatically controlling the oil flow in the front and rear shocks. This helps optimize the bikes maneuverability and ride quality.
THROTTLE BY WIRE (Standard on all Trims)
The 2018 Gold Wing’s throttle-by-wire system enables features like our ride modes and their exclusive Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) which you’ll find on Gold Wing Tour models.
HILL START ASSIST (Standard on all Trims)
Both the Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour models feature Hill Start Assist (HSA). This feature momentarily holds your motorcycle’s position on inclines when the brakes are released and before you apply the throttle, eliminating any roll-back drama. It’s a great convenience when starting from a stop on a hill.
SMART KEY (Standard on all Trims)
Your new Gold Wing features an electronic smart key. When the key is in close proximity (say, in your jacket pocket), you can just hop on, press a button, and ride off. An “answer back” feature lets you find your bike in the dark or in crowded rally parking.
ISG – INTEGRATED STARTER GENERATOR (Standard on all Trims)
Most cars and motorcycles have separate starters and alternators. Not your new Gold Wing. They’ve combined the starter and alternator into one compact assembly, that is both light and compact. It’s part of the Gold Wing’s overall weight-savings program, and you’ll hear the difference the first time you press the start button.
REVERSE (Standard on GW AUTO DCT, GW TOUR, GW TOUR DCT & GW TOUR AIRBAG AUTO DCT)
Gold Wing DCT models offer an exclusive low-speed reverse that uses engine power. The Gold Wing Tour with manual transmission offers a unique electric reverse. Both systems make it easy to maneuver your bike out of a parking space, especially if you need to roll back up hill.
Honda SELECTABLE TORQUE CONTROL – HSTC (Standard on GW TOUR, GW TOUR DCT & GW TOUR AIRBAG AUTO DCT)
On their Gold Wing Tour models, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) constantly monitors your bike’s rear-wheel speed, and adjusts torque instantly. It’s a great feature when riding in the rain, or on sandy, gritty roads, or over wet leaves, or anywhere else under conditions that compromise traction.
LED LIGHTING (Standard on all Trims)
All 2018 Gold Wing models feature a complete LED lighting package. The headlights, the taillights, and every bit of instrumentation is LED. LEDs not only last longer, but they’re are also lighter and run cooler.
NANO-TECH PAINT (Standard on all Trims)
Even the new Gold Wing’s paint is high tech, using BASF’s nano technology. The darks look darker, and the lights look brighter. The paint itself has a luxurious wet look. The Gold Wing is available in three colors (Candy Ardent Red, Pearl Stallion Brown, and Matte Majestic Silver); the Gold Wing Tour comes in four colors (Candy Ardent Red, Pearl White, Pearl Hawkseye Blue, and a special Candy Ardent Red/Black two-tone for the Tour Airbag DCT model).
AIRBAG (Standard on GW TOUR AIRBAG AUTO DCT)
The Gold Wing pioneered the concept of a motorcycle airbag, and the new 2018 Gold Wing continues to lead the way. Available on their Tour DCT Airbag model, it goes that extra mile towards increased rider safety. You also get an exclusive Red/Black paint scheme.
TURN SIGNALS (Standard on all Trims)
You’ll notice that the Gold Wing’s front turn signals are integrated into the rearview mirrors, and use three LEDs each. The rear LED turn signals are built into the tail- and brake-light assembly for a clean, integrated look. Best of all, they’re self-cancelling.
Lighten up! Accessory LED lighting for your Gold Wing includes optional fog lamps, an additional brake light that integrates into the upper portion of the Gold Wing Tour’s trunk, and lights for inside the trunk and saddlebags that automatically illuminate when the luggage is opened.
HomeLink (Available on all Trims)
Available as an optional feature, HomeLink® lets you integrate your new Gold Wing with devices in your home. A typical example: you can open your home’s garage door without any dedicated controller—just touch a switch on your bike’s center console. No more fumbling, and no hassle.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM – TPMS (Standard on all Trims)
Correct tire inflation is a necessity for safe, economical motorcycling. And it’s especially critical with a touring bike, because of the varying loads. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) automatically warns you of low tire pressure on all Gold Wing models. On Gold Wing Tour models, including a readout of the actual front and rear pressure in PSI is a premium touch
ADVANCED METERS (Standard on all Trims)
The new Gold Wing’s cockpit meters are information central. In addition to the basics like vehicle and engine speed, loading configuration, ride mode, fuel level, engine temperature and dual tripmeters, you can also monitor outside air temperature, cruise control speed, heater levels and even selected apps linked through CarPlay® on an Apple® iPhone®.
Apple CarPlay™ Integration (Standard on all Trims)
A first for the motorcycle industry! Apple CarPlayTM*1 seamlessly integrates your iPhone®*1 into your new Gold Wing. That means you can use your iPhone to access Apple Maps®, Apple Music®, and other services easily. You’ll have access to weather, playlists and telephone numbers while aboard. Available Bluetooth®*2-enabled wireless headsets let you communicate more easily than ever. And best of all, with more apps available every day, CarPlay® keeps your bike’s technology and convenience on the cutting edge.
*1 Apple CarPlay and iPhone are the trademarks of Apple Inc.
*2 For using Apple CarPlay, connection to a commercially available Bluetooth headset is necessary.
NAVI (Standard on all Trims)
Every new Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour are equipped with a big, bright, seven-inch full-color TFT LCD screen to display routes and other navigation information. Plus, since it’s now equipped with a gyrocompass, the system even functions inside a tunnel. Independent of the Apple CarPlay™ feature, it works with or without your phone. Added bonus only by Honda: 10 years of free map updates!
VEHICLE SETTINGS (Standard on all Trims)
Your new Gold Wing is packed with smart rider aids. A glance at the dash keeps you informed of things like ride mode (Tour, Sport, Rain, Econ), rear suspension preload settings (solo, with passenger, loaded, unloaded on Tour models), tire pressure* and much more.
*Depending on chosen model.
AUDIO (Standard on all Trims)
Your new Gold Wing’s audio system is an excellent example of state-of-the-art electronic technology. In addition to listening to music, with an available Bluetooth headset you can make or answer phone calls without taking off your helmet. In addition to a standard USB connector, options include a separate passenger audio control switch, a high-output amplifier and speakers, Sirius XM® satellite radio, a CB radio, and more.
ELECTRIC WINDSCREEN (Standard on all Trims)
You’ll notice a couple of things about the new Gold Wing’s windscreen. First, it’s electrically controlled, moving both up and down over an 4.9-inch range for the Gold Wing Tour (4.1 inches for the Gold Wing) as well as changing its angle as it raises and lowers. Plus, it automatically remembers the last setting. Because you sit closer to the windscreen, it has a narrower, lower, more sporting profile, yet still offers excellent protection.
FAIRING (Standard on all Trims)
Back in the 1980s, the Gold Wing was the first bike to introduce full-coverage fairings as original equipment, and this new one is one of their best. It offers excellent wind and weather protection, yet is trimmer and more aerodynamic than previous models. It also flows more air through new ducting, helping keep you cooler on hot summer days.
RIDER/PASSENGER LOCATION (Standard on all Trims)
The shorter engine and new front suspension let Honda move the rider farther forward, enhancing the bike’s handling and making you feel more connected to the motorcycle’s steering axis.
RIDER/PASSENGER SEATING (Standard on all Trims)
The seats use a new material that makes it easier to move around, and the front portion of the rider’s seat is narrower, making it easier to reach the ground. The rider can enjoy an optional backrest, and on our Gold Wing models without a trunk, there’s also an optional backrest for the passenger.
HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE -HMI (Standard on all Trims)
Ever have to scroll through some abstract menu to access a feature on your electronic device? You’ll find plenty of simple, dedicated switches and controls on your Gold Wing’s handlebars, ergonomically placed, which give you simple, intuitive control inputs that zero out frustration. There is also a centralized control knob in the console similar to modern autos.
LUGGAGE (Standard on all Trims)
All 2018 Gold Wings feature integrated saddlebags, designed to hold enough for most weekend trips. The bags open electronically with the push of a button, and lock and unlock remotely with the smart key. They’re hydraulically damped for smooth operation, too.
TRUNK (Standard on GW TOUR, GW TOUR AUTO DCT & GW TOUR AIRBAG AUTO DCT)
Standard equipment on the Gold Wing Tour model, and available as an accessory on the Gold Wing. The combined capacity between the trunk and saddlebag is 110 liters, plenty to hold what you need for a weekend’s travels. Accessories include an integrated brake light, an auto-on interior light, and a luggage rack.
Sometimes less is more, at least when it comes to motorcycles. Honda has noted that the new Gold Wing is lighter, more responsive, more athletic. That goes for its styling as well. While the bodywork still offers excellent weather protection, it’s crisper now, exposing a little more of the engine and chassis. It’s definitely not your grandfather’s touring bike.
HEATED GRIPS (Standard on all Trims)
Part of riding a bike is enjoying the elements. But nobody likes being cold. That’s why every new 2018 Gold Wing comes equipped with electric grips as standard equipment.
HEATED SEATS (Standard on GW TOUR, GW TOUR AUTO DCT & GW TOUR AIRBAG AUTO DCT)
Now we’re talking about riding in the lap of luxury (no pun intended). In addition to heated grips, every Gold Wing Tour model also comes with heated seats for both you and your passenger.
Can’t get enough? Want even more detailed information? Check out this great resource from HondaProKevin.com