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!

Could the Next Honda Goldwing be a Hybrid?

Could the Next Honda Goldwing be a Hybrid?

According to RideApart, Honda recently filed a new patent for a motorcycle trike with a Hybrid engine. The design drawings submitted show the front wheels lo oking somewhat similar to the Can-Am Spyder but the overall look is even closer to the Piaggio MP3.

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This newest development causes us to ask…what’s next? If Honda is able to master a hybrid engine in a new three-wheel bike, how long will it be until they put one into our beloved Goldwing? Of course, it would still need to be powerful and efficient, but imagine being able to ride even longer between fill-ups. As the article from RideApart states, that could be a “true game changer.”

Over a year ago, in April of 2016, MotorcycleNews.com published an article which discussed the possibility, based on previous patents submitted by Honda, of a Goldwing Hybrid option for the next generation bike. According to the article, “The hybrid version removes the front two cylinders from the engine, leaving a 1200cc flat-four, and in their place puts a large generator unit, bolted straight to the crankshaft. This unit harvests electricity when the engine is on the overrun or the bike is slowing down, storing it in relatively small batteries and then reusing it when it’s needed for acceleration. The overall length of the engine and generator is virtually the same as the normal six-cylinder unit, allowing it to be fitted into the same chassis, and should provide similar performance while offering increases in economy and fuel range.” You can read the full article here.

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The benefits of a hybrid engine are numerous. In the long run, you’d save a decent amount of change on gas, contribute less CO2 emissions, and release less exhaust into our environment. In addition, the rider would likely experience instant torque and, given that the Goldwing is a top-of-the-line motorcycle, we probably wouldn’t see diminished performance. Likely, the cost to buy a new hybrid Wing would be greater than if it was a traditional engine, but state and federal tax credits will help offset that. Although not always the case, hybrid vehicles also tend to have higher resale values than their traditional counterparts. It would be a win/win/win!

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What do you think about a hybrid Wing? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

For the full details regarding the new patent and design, check out the RideApart article: Honda Hybrid Electric Three Wheel Vehicle On the Way?

Favorite Motorcycle Memory – Part 3

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We forget many things in life, but for those of us who ride, there are certain memories with our bikes that will stay with us forever. So what about you? What’s one of your favorite motorcycle memories?

Below is a sampling of favorite motorcycle memories from riders like you. Take a minute to read their stories and you’ll probably find yourself thinking, “Something like that happened to me too!” If you feel so inclined, leave the community one of your most fond riding memories in the comment section below. Who knows, it just might be featured in our next Motorcycle Memory blog.

Michael from California:

“Started riding at 13. That’s me on my Hodaka at 15. At 63, I ride a 450X off-road, an a 2008 GL1800 on-road (below)”

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Dan from Oregon:

“My first bike was a brand new ’64 Honda 250 Hawk I’d saved for 2 years to buy at the age of 14. My stepdad grudgingly drove the old Chevy 1-ton farm pickup into town and we hauled the Hawk back home from the dealer. I unloaded it by myself (no small feat) and immediately had to park it as there were chores to be done the rest of the day. Along near dusk we got back to the house and I straddled the motorcycle, bumped the starter button, and listened to that zero-time engine purr like a kitten. I’m sure I had an ear to ear grin but nobody noticed, or cared one way or the other.

I babied the bike up the driveway and onto the gravel road, heading tentatively up the canyon for a brief first-ride at about 15 mph. About 1/4 mile from the house a white tail doe ran across the road in front of me. I locked up the rear wheel and applied as much front brake as I dared in the gravel. The doe paused in the road and just as I came to a stop the front tire gently bumped her hind leg. The startled animal kicked the tire and bounded up the hillside…neither of us worse for wear. She left me with a hoof print on my tire and a story to tell about the first ride on my first motorcycle!”

goldragon1329 from PA:

“Taking my wife for our first ride together.”

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WARWGN from MS:

“The first time I went full throttle launch on my 2003 GSXR 600, it felt like a cartoon and the bike was gonna jump out from under me and take off leaving me sitting in the air looking at it. I think I was grinning for days.”

Les from TN:

“My granddaughter and I on our first MC trip together on my previous 1500…”

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What about you? What is one of your favorite motorcycle memories? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below and you could be featured in one of our future blogs!

Road Royalty: How The Kings of Comfort Stack Up

Road Royalty: How The Kings of Comfort Stack Up

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The Honda Goldwing has long been hailed as the big dog on the block when it comes to touring in comfort and convenience. Ever since its release the Wing has crushed the competition. Other motorcycles are known for being lighter or faster or having a rugged look; but nothing beats, nothing compares to the luxury of riding cross country on a Goldwing. Or is there?

Over the years some would say that Harley and Indian motorcycles have steadily closed the gap. In Rider Magazine’s August 2015 issue three bikes are compared and contrasted to find out who the real “King of Comfort” is. The rides that are compared? The 2015 Harley Electra Glide Ultra Limited (what a mouthful), 2015 Honda Goldwing and the 2015 Indian Roadmaster. These are the largest, most decadent touring bikes you can get your gloves on. These are the cream of the riding crop. So who will come out on top?

For this particular comparison – and for good measure – they rode all three bikes together for over 1,200 miles through different kinds of terrain and environments in WingStuff’s fair state of California. Deserts, mountains, valleys, cold and hot weather. Our favorite stint would have to be when they rode through Yosemite National Park. Such incredibly awe-inspiring views. Talk about feeling one with nature. Just seeing the beautifully captured image of Bridalveil, El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance definitely inspires us to make a trip out there (See photo directly below).

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The article goes on to compare the three in detail, from windscreen capability to audio quality. Stock seating positions including legs and feet, luggage capacity, handlebar positioning and a lot, lot more. Suffice it to say that their comparison of these three “road kings” cover just about everything. Not only do they cover the strengths of each bike, they also touch on their shortcomings. For example, they note that the Goldwing’s stock windshield allows buffeting when in the lower position and the configuration of the handlebars and engine limit the riders mobility.

“So what’s the verdict,” you’re probably asking. Is the Goldwing still King of the luxury touring hill? Has Harley and Indian reached the crest as well? Could it be possible that one has taken over as the best touring bike? Check out the full article, Rider Comparo: 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited | 2015 Honda Gold Wing | 2015 Indian Roadmaster, in Rider Magazine’s August 2015 issue to find out their conclusion. In the meantime, we’d love to know what YOU think? Of course, we’re all a little biased when it comes to our bikes of choice, but how do you rank these three rides?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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