Ride America: Hawaii

Ride America: Hawaii

The islands of Hawaii have long been considered by many to be the ultimate escape from the trappings of day-to-day life. Its laid-back lifestyle, natural beauty and dramatic scenery are hard to beat. Riding down the road on your Wing can be difficult with so many things calling for your attention. But you can do it, we know you can!
Obviously, the biggest challenge when it comes to riding on any of the Hawaiian islands is safely transporting your Wing there or, alternatively, leasing one while there. Unfortunately, last we heard the only place that rented Wings on any of the islands is now closed. So looks like your options are to ship yours over or make a friend on the island who happens to own a Gold Wing and is also willing to lend it to you. If any of you has heard something different, let us know!
Keep reading to find out some of the best roads to ride in the Hawaiian Islands.
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Fast Facts:
1. The word Hawaii comes from Proto-Polynesian “hawaiki,” which means “Place of the Gods” or “Homeland.”
2. State Fish is Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (try saying that 10 times fast!)
3. Only state to commercially grow coffee (as well as vanilla beans and cacao)
4. Grows about 42 acres per year
5. Billboards, gambling and snakes are outlawed
6. If someone offers you a lei, it is considered impolite to refuse to wear it
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Big Island of Hawaii – “Island of Inspiration”
Must See – Volcanoes!
Must Ride – Kohala Mountain Rd
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If you’re looking for a more relaxed, casual quick trip you might want to consider Kohala Mountain Road Route 250 on the Big Island. Known by locals as “The High Road,” it takes you through all sorts of landscapes so you get a good variation.  Interested in seeing volcanoes? On this road you will see three awe-inspiring volcanoes: Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai. There are additionally several areas along the way, should you decide to pull over and snap a few pics.
The lookout at mile marker 8 has a great view of the Kohala Coast and Kawaihae Harbor down below. On clear days, you should be able to see Maui across the pacific waters. For a longer ride, you can add route 19 as well as 270 (coastal) and make it a loop!
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Maui – “The Valley Isle”
Must See – Haleakala Crater
Must Ride – East Maui Loop/Hana Highway
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This ride is about 112 miles and traverses a solid portion of Maui, both the interior and coastal. Along the way you will be overtaken by unforgettable sights to stimulate the senses: Panoramic ocean views, waterfalls, lush rainforests, rolling hills, evidence of lava flows and even ranches and farms with cows milling about. Riding through the Haleakala National Park just after the town of Hana, you will have the opportunity to visit the Pools of ‘Ohe’o (Seven Sacred Pools). Sounds mysterious! If you arrive at the right time, when water levels are up, there will be many waterfalls and natural pools that you can swim around in. A few things to remember if you do decide to check out the pools: It’s part of a National Forest so it costs money to get in, it can get pretty crowded later in the day and access is regularly restricted in wet weather.
If you only want to ride a portion of the loop, check out the section from Jaws to Hana. Also referred to as the Hana Highway, this stretch starts at a popular surf spot known as Jaws, on highway 36 and ends at the town of Hana on highway 360. It’s about 37 miles of jaw-dropping views (think Jurassic Park) but also technically challenging with hundreds of turns. There are expansive ocean views on one side and humbling mountain and waterfall views on the other. Just keep in mind, this ride is recommended for experienced riders only. Guard rails are few and the drop can be quite steep (over 1000 feet).
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Oahu – “The Heart of Hawaii”
Must See – USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu
Must Ride – Tantalus
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If you are staying in or near Honolulu and feel like going for a quick jaunt up a mountain, consider the Tantalus run. It’s about 5 miles of constant incline and twisties. In other words, this is an incredibly technical road that requires an experienced rider and continuous concentration. You can expect to find some long straights as well as short, elevation changing hairpin turns. Most of the road should be in pretty good shape, but there’s a chance you come across some rough spots along the way.
On the way back down, keep an eye out for a couple look-outs that you may want to stop at to marvel at the view below. The best part about this road is, if you really enjoy it, it’s short enough that you can ride it over and over again to your hearts content!
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Kauai – “The Garden Island”
Must See – Na-pali coast
Must Ride – Waimea Canyon State Road 550
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Located on the west side of the island where it tends to be dry and sunny throughout the year, you  might say it was made to have a motorcycle riding down it. As with the other routes we’ve suggested, there are stunning views and plenty of opportunities to stop and take some pictures. For those of you who are sightseers, there are some great places to stop along the way: The Waimea Cottages, JoJo’s Shaved Ice, the Hanepepe Swinging Bridge and more. You won’t be disappointed!
For many well-travelled Wingers, Hawaii and Alaska remain two of the most elusive U.S. states to ride for obvious reasons. Ironically, because of their isolation they both also house some of the most picturesque, pristine and serene landscapes in the world. Riding your Gold Wing across any of the Hawaiian Islands is an experience you will never forget!
Keep an eye out for our next edition of Riding America where we will explore all that Alaska has to offer. If you’ve discovered some incredible rides in Alaska, feel free to let us know in the comments below or by emailing us at [email].
Also, if you have any roads or points of interest in Hawaii that you would like to add, feel free to let us all know in the comments section below!
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 (read more on that here: 2018 Goldwing Tour Officially Announced), 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 rider 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 houses an “answer back” feature to help us forgetful folks find our lost Wing by flashing the hazards! 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 a tight 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 paddle shifters 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 pairs with a garage-door opener 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, but the new ones do.

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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 there were 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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