The new 2018 GL1800 Gold Wing takes a new direction from the wheels-up. It still has an evocative, flat six-cylinder engine that delivers an avalanche of torque and power, and it still remains Honda’s flagship premium tourer, loaded with features that allow two people to ride in style. Yet it’s smaller, much lighter and much more agile – very much a true ‘rider’s motorcycle’.
Honda has engineered the Goldwing to support you and a passenger, no matter how far you plan on travelling. As the rider, you benefit from an upright seating position that gives a clear view of the road ahead. A large windscreen sits just below your eye line to block wind and reduce distractions. Meanwhile the passenger relaxes on a plush couch-like seat with a high back.
The indicators mounted to each wing mirror make sure other road users are aware that you intend to turn. They are joined at the front by powerful headlamps for optimum visibility during darkness. As well as being practical, the body is stylish too and a choice of a number of paint finishes gives the motorcycle its own personality that you can match to your own.
The performance improvement is matched by even greater levels of comfort and efficiency, pushing the limits of what a touring bike can be.
The new Gold Wing is much lighter and more aerodynamic, with improved fuel economy of 5.6 litres/100km tank range, similar to the previous design.
It is also equipped with new features like the smart key system, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity that bring even more convenience.
Optimised for size, the new flat six-cylinder engine has lost none of its power, torque and addictive delivery. Throttle By Wire has been added, with 4 rider modes; TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN.
The manual transmission is now 6-speed while the new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) features 7-speeds with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode – making the 2018 Gold Wing the ultimate performance touring machine.