Peel back the body panels of the GL1800 Gold Wing and you’ll find it’s packed with innovative technology that takes touring and cruising to a higher level.
A light, all-aluminium die-cast beam frame provides confidence-inspiring stability with geometry that delivers agile handling. Up front, the double wishbone suspension system is responsible for supple bump absorption and sharp steering accuracy.
The rear suspension is a Pro-Arm type and works with the unique Pro-Link arrangement to provide high-level luxury; rear spring preload is electrically adjustable to suit passenger and luggage, with four different settings. For enhanced rider and pillion comfort, the Gold Wing Tour features revised damping settings front and rear to give a plush, yet extremely controlled ride.
Front and rear damping level can be tailored to suit the riding mode selected on the TFT screen.
The Dual-Combined Braking System distributes the braking forces evenly to the front and rear wheels for confident braking in all conditions.
The horizontally-opposed, 1,833cc six-cylinder engine punches out an arm-tugging 170Nm of torque @ 5,500rpm – it's the heart of the Honda Gold Wing. With 4 valves per cylinder and Unicam heads you get a strong, eager performance – via Throttle By Wire – out on the highway, and newly-refined FI settings give delicate slow-speed throttle response where you need it most, around town.
You can either tame the power deivery of the six-cylinder engine it, or let it off its leash – whenever the mood takes you – with these selectable ride modes.
This is the base setting for comfort and power, giving you a direct response with default suspension damping and brake force distribution.
This mode serves up strong acceleration, with firmer damping and increased rear brake lever pressure.
With Econ selected, you get maximum fuel economy and easy cruising with default damping and brake force to compliment the ride.
Select this to turn everything down to limit the throttle response for total confidence on a wet and slippery road. It works with the default distribution of braking force and much softer suspension damping.
Honda Selectable Torque Control in all 4 riding modes constantly delivers controllable acceleration and dependable traction in slippery conditions. In SPORT mode, it allows maximum acceleration; you can really feel the engine pull – you’ll be hooked from the start.
Optimised for silky low-speed response, DCT offers extremely slick and fast gear changes. It also eliminates shift shock and has three modes of operation: MT mode provides you with full control and allows you to change gear manually using the trigger buttons on the handlebar. Automatic D mode is perfect for city and highway rides and delivers much better fuel efficiency. Automatic S mode is sportier and allows the engine to rev higher before shifting up for a more exhilarating ride. It will also shift down sooner for better engine braking.
DCT in D mode works with you and can detect what environment you are riding in; adjusting accordingly between mountain roads and city streets. In addition, the Gold Wing comes with Idling Stop too – engine will stop after 3 seconds, restarting at the touch of the throttle – for improved fuel efficiency. And with Hill Start Assist, there’s no fear of rolling backwards or forwards on an incline – clever.
Everything you need to keep in touch is within easy reach on the 7-inch, TFT screen. Using Voice Control and Bluetooth? connectivity, you can access information and playlists on your mobile too.
Another innovative feature is the moderation of gear ratios. They’re closer together for slow speed and seamless changes, yet will set themselves wider apart at high speed to reduce engine revs – very clever.
We’ve created a unique Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) that works as a starter motor, as well as a generator; saving weight and energy. The Gold Wing can crawl in walking mode forwards and backwards, too, which is ideal for parking.
Our unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is available on all Gold Wing variants.