The New 2018 Gold Wing: What We Got Right, What We Got Wrong

The New 2018 Gold Wing: What We Got Right, What We Got Wrong

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Last week we were so ecstatic about the prospect of a new Gold Wing, we took it upon ourselves to generously speculate on all the changes and updates. If you didn’t catch it, you can read it here: The New 2018 Goldwing: Breaking Down the Specs (We Think). Now that Honda has revealed both the Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour, we’re going to play a little Monday Morning Quarterback and review what predictions we got right, what we got wrong and what we totally missed. So without further ado…

What We Got Right

Power Windshield – Ok, this one was kind of obvious with the leaked images. There’s no way Honda was going to hide this feature.

 

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Suspension – A brand new, unique double-wishbone front-suspension design and Pro-Link® rear-suspension. What we didn’t know at the time was that Honda used Showa shocks and, for the upper-end Tour models, there’s an electric preload adjustment. The ride can easily and conveniently choose the corresponding preload setting to match their load: Rider only, Rider & Luggage, Rider and Passenger or Rider, Passenger and Luggage.

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Heated Seat and Grips – The heated seats are only available on the Tour Trim.

Smart Key – As we anticipated, when your key (fob) is close to the Wing, you are able to simply jump on, press a button and ride. What we couldn’t tell from the image was that the key-fob also an “answer back” feature to help us forgetful folks find our lost Wing! That’s pretty sweet.

DCT Automatic + Manual Options – All the reviews we’ve scoured so far seem to speak highly of the new Gold Wing’s 7 speed DCT Automatic. Just as we hoped, Honda is still offering a six speed manual option as well.

Self-Cancelling Signals

Ride Modes – With the 2018 Gold Wing, as we rightly assessed, you will have several riding modes to tailor your riding experience depending on specific riding conditions. They are Tour (the default mode), Sport, Econ and Rain Mode.

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What We Got Wrong

Driver Assist – We really wanted this to be true. But sadly, none of the Honda Sensing technology is included in the new Wing. We made a handful of predictions relating to this, including a stick shaker, the vent looking thing on top of the dash (still unsure what that is) and a couple buttons on the left handlebar controls. No Adaptive Cruise Control (although there is standard CC), Lane Assist and the like. The button we assumed was either Driver Assist related or Reverse turned out to simply be a “Home” button and the one below it is the “Back” button, which we got right. As a side note, the leaked pics didn’t have the CB controls to the right.

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“Speak” Button – From what we’ve read so far, it looks like this button will simply answer and end calls (which we did get right), but will not accept voice commands. Let us know if you read differently.

Ride Height Adjustment/Auto Braking Button – Both of the switches at the bottom of the lefthand controls relate to the new Wing’s “Reverse” function. Additionally, we thought the icon on the dash of the man sitting was the bike’s indicator for ride height adjustment. In reality, it relates to Suspension Preload adjustment. 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.

Camera On Trunk – What we thought was some sort of backup camera turned out to be a rack/brake light. Not as tech but certainly just as crucial.

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What We Totally Missed

It goes without saying that we were limited by the handful of images that were leaked. So there was no way we could guess all the new updates to the redesigned Gold Wing. But we did our best. With that said, here are some things that we totally missed:

It’s lighter all around, shedding 80+ pounds compared to the previous model

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New Gold Wing Logo – It makes sense that Honda would revamp their iconic Gold Wing logo seeing as how the 2018 Wing is totally redesigned. In the leaked images, the new logo was definitely subtle, but it was there. Surprisingly, we haven’t heard any chatter as far as what the Gold Wing community thinks of it. We’re curious to know your thoughts.

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Apple CarPlay – To be fair, there was no indication from the leaked photos that Apple CarPlay was going to be integrated. We did think it would have the ability to pair via Bluetooth, but this is on a whole new level! This will be the first motorcycle with CarPlay. Go Honda! If you have an iPhone, this feature will allow you to access Apple Music and Maps, make phone calls, and send messages, all through the bike’s TFT display or with your voice via Siri. Keep in mind that CarPlay will require you to have a Bluetooth headset. Interestingly, the Android Auto has not been integrated.

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Walking Mode –  this allows for slow, creeping speed ideal for negotiating around a parking space. With Walking Mode, one clutch enables forward movement and the other clutch enables rearward movement. In either direction, engine speed is controlled by the Gold Wing’s new throttle-by-wire system, and clutch engagement is ideally modulated. Walking Mode speeds are limited to 1.1 mph (1.8 km/h) in forward direction and .75 mph (1.2 km/h) in reverse direction, with the rider easily controlling the system through the + and – buttons on the left handlebar switch.

Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) – This feature helps the rider manage rear wheel slip. It calculates the slip ratio of the rear wheel by measuring the vehicle-speed signal of the non-contact ABS wheel-speed sensors. When slip is detected, the system steps in through adjustments to the throttle valve and fuel injection, in combination. HSTC is available on all Gold Wing Tour models.

Hill Start Assist – This is another first for the Gold Wing. Simply put, it makes it easier to continue riding after stopping on an upgrade. When HSA is engaged and the rider releases the brake, the ABS modulator generates hydraulic pressure on the rear brake caliper and the motorcycle will not roll backward if the rider uses the throttle to move forward within three seconds. An HSA indicator will light up on the right side of the Gold Wing’s new 7-inch LED display throughout the process.

Home Link System – When your ride has come an end (or when it’s starting) this is a nice feature to have. It integrates with a garage-door so you can open and close it with the push of a button on your Wing. To be fair, the leaked image of the center console didn’t include an icon for this option.

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Ergonomic Improvements – The handlebars have been moved forward and the footrests moved back. The narrower design in the rider area makes it easier to put your feet down at a stop.

So there you have it. Some things we nailed, others we whiffed on and a few things that completely escaped our notice. Either way, this new Wing is looking better and better and we can’t wait to get our hands on one!

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2018 Goldwing Tour Officially Announced

2018 Goldwing Tour Officially Announced

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.

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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

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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

 

Performance

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

Handling

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Engineering

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

OPTIONAL LIGHTS

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.

Electronics

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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®.

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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!

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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.

 

Comfort

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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.

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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.

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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.

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FUNCTIONAL STYLING

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.

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Can’t get enough? Want even more detailed information? Check out this great resource from HondaProKevin.com

The New 2018 Goldwing: Breaking Down the Specs (We Think)

The New 2018 Goldwing: Breaking Down the Specs (We Think)

As we move closer and closer to the expected announcement of the newly redesigned Honda Goldwing (and feeling rather confident, at this point, that the rumors are true) WingStuff.com has taken it upon itself to delve in to the images that are available online and break down what we think will be on the new bike. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the leaked pictures that were released last month and generously speculate on what we all can expect to see on the new Wing. To be clear, this isn’t inside information. Or is it? Just kidding, it’s not. We are all so excited for the release (fingers crossed). I mean really excited. Next week, once the bike is actually announced, we will post a follow-up article to this one where we will examine what we got right, what we got wrong, and what we totally missed. So keep an eye out.

Front End

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Power Windshield – This front facing image clearly shows us that the new Wing will have a power windshield! More circumstantial evidence to support this later.

You can also see the back of the mechanism at the top of the dash that may or may not have to do with some kind of Driver Assist. Some think it’s just venting. In this image it’s flush with the dash, but in a later picture you will see it raised. We talk more about it below. If it is, in fact, some sort of sensing device similar to what is in Honda’s cars then there would probably be an additional sensor somewhere on the front , possibly in between the headlights?

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With the body of the bike removed and the guts revealed we start to get a better idea of the technology that Honda has put in to their redesign. It looks to have what is called a stick shaker, which further supports the idea that it has something similar to the Honda Sensing technology. In other words, the new bike would have the ability to see the lane ahead and keep you from drifting out of it. If not that, perhaps it’ll include some form of adaptive cruise control.

Its flat-six engine and twin-spar frame look the same, but the Hossack-style front suspension is new.

Display Control Panel

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It looks like the new Wing will have heated seat and grip options as evidenced by the buttons at the bottom left and right. The bottom center button will alternate between your headset and speakers. We expect the bike to have integrated bluetooth as well, but hopefully it will also still offer a corded headset option for those of us who like to plug in directly.

At the top of the console where the key usually goes there is an on/off and accessory nob. To us, this is the most interesting part of this section. We think this bike will be keyless. You will probably have a fob that it will sense and you will simply mount your Wing, turn it on and ride. It’ll be that easy.

Right Handlebar Controls

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We can see there will be your typical cruise control buttons and 4-way or hazard lights. Of course, there will also be the kill-switch. But the intriguing buttons, for us, are the ones in the middle. Although it’s difficult to clearly see the letters/symbols, by taking a closer look and comparing this with Honda’s Africa Twin, we anticipate the 2018 Wing to at least have the option of a DCT Automatic. You’ll be able to choose between manual and automatic and drive or sport mode. The manual mode, of course, will involve the use of paddle shifters as evidenced on the left handlebar controls below.

This raises a couple questions. Will there still be a traditional, true manual option? Current motorcycle trends (and one image below) suggest that they will offer both but I guess we’ll just have to wait a whole agonizing week to find out. Secondly, will it be a five speed or a six?

Left Handlebar Controls

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The left side has a lot more going on. In the center we see a cluster of buttons that will control your music, maps, CB and the like. You also have your left and right signals below, which will be self-cancelling. We think the topmost right button will be for the power windshield.

To the left there is the horn and a phone and/or “speak” button which will allow you to make and receive phone calls. We’re hoping it’ll be able to pair via bluetooth to our phones. The “speak” ability, which is common in many cars, allow the rider to speak commands rather than using a touch screen display. For example, if you want to listen to a particular radio station you would hit the “speak” button then say AM 710 and it would go to that station. Or you could say “Call WingStuff” and it would place the call. You get the idea. Of course, you would likely need an integrated headset to make it work while on the road, but it would make multitasking on the go more convenient and a lot safer.

You can also see a thumb-activated downshifter on the bottom left. Most likely, if the Africa Twin is any indication, the index activated upshifter will probably be on the front side.

Then there are a few “mystery” switches that we’re not too sure about. There’s the rocker switch, top left, whose symbol looks to be a straight line. We think it’s to raise and lower the contraption above the dash that we mentioned earlier (more on that below). To the right of the music/maps control cluster there looks to be some sort of rider assist button. It could be one of a few things: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System or maybe a Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System. It’s hard to tell.

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Or it could just be the reverse button, which is probably more likely since it does kind of look like an “R”. Just below that there looks to be a return/back button. Then there is the rectangular looking switch. No idea what that is. At the bottom there is a button with a Goldwing symbol which will be either ride height adjustment or
maybe auto braking. Again, the icons are so small it’s hard to tell.

On To the Dash

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Here we see several LED displays which give the rider a wealth of information right in front of them. In the center is the main display which will house maps, radio/music, etc. Just to the right of that there’s another display that says “TOUR.” With a DCT the rider will be able to set different modes depending on what kind of riding they plan on doing (Touring, Sport, Eco. etc.) for greater control. To the right of that you can see an icon of what looks like a man sitting. This probably has to do with ride height adjustment. Another thing to note is that because the dash extends farther out, the speakers are placed a bit lower than the ones on the previous model.

For this section, the thing that grabs our attention most is the vent looking piece on top of the dash. What is that? Is it really just some vents? As we noted earlier when examining the left control, we think this is some sort of radar, camera or combination of the two to capture the lane ahead, much like how Honda Sensing works in their cars.

In the image below we see it in the raised position

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There will be a driver backrest available and the passenger backrest seems to be much higher.

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In this image, there looks to be a clutch lever, which lends to the belief that the new Wing will come in two different iterations: DCT or true manual. However, it might just be a parking brake like the DCT Africa Twin has.

On the top of the trunk there is a mysterious piece that could be some sort of camera. We’re not entirely sure about that.

The list goes on and on. There are so many updates and improvements it’s hard to keep track. And that’s only from what we’ve seen from these images. What are you most excited about? Are there things you think we missed? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Spoilers Ahead: New Images of the 2018 Goldwing Leaked Online?

If you want to be surprised when the new 2108 Honda Goldwing is unveiled later in October, read no further. You have been warned 😉

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Anticipation for the new version of Honda’s flagship motorcycle has been building for, well, years really. Many Wingers are still skeptical that Honda will actually unveil an updated version next month. However, the following are claimed to be “leaked” photos.

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GLRiders.com, a Goldwing forum that we sponsor, broke the news earlier this year thanks to a member whose friend, he wrote, took part in a hush-hush viewing and test ride of the updated bike.

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Now we get our first look at what is claimed to be the newly designed Wing thanks to inter web sleuths who somehow tracked these down.

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The front end reminds us a bit of the BMW K-Series touring motorcycles.

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Some of the photos look to show the Wing without a clutch lever, which leads us to wonder if the long-rumored 7-speed DCT are true. If so, hopefully it will be an optional.

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We’d love to know what you all in the Goldiwng community think. Leave us a comment below!

What’s Next? Is Honda Ramping Up for a Big Reveal?

What’s Next? Is Honda Ramping Up for a Big Reveal?

A few months ago, buzz about a possible new Honda Goldwing started making the rounds on Social Media and Wing-centric forums like theglforum.com. Questionably photoshopped images abounded, claiming to be the updated version.

However, there has been no clear public indication from Honda to suggest something new is coming. Until now.

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It’s no secret that Honda keeps things close to the vest. But there have been rumblings of secret viewings and test rides of the new model. What it will be called is anyone’s guess…GL1800 3rd Gen? Earlier this week, Honda started teasing a new announcement to be made at the end of October. What could it be? Some speculate a long rumored electric scooter or hybrid trike NeoWing. Others wonder if it might be a throwback bike. But our money is on the new Wing.

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You can check out their press release here.

The first of the five video series is available to watch below and we noticed something interesting that serves to support our belief that the new Goldwing is going to be announced. Give it a watch then continue reading below.

As you watch, notice how the other Honda models in the video are current except for the quick Goldwing shots. From :14-:16 we briefly see a vintage Wing (can you guess the model?) as it passes another Honda bike on the road. Then from 1:05-1:09 we see the same Wing. No current GL model is to be found (the closest thing is the F6B) Why would all the other models in this video be newer models except the Goldwing? Could it be a subtle clue?

What do you think? Let us know by commenting below. We’d love to hear from you!