Hey from Texas Hill Nation, simply exterior of Austin, Texas. Along with absorbing a few of that prairie life, I’m out right here to trip the 2018 Honda Gold Wing.
For this mannequin 12 months, the enduring touring bike will get an all-new design, making it the sixth technology of the Honda Gold Wing, which has a concentrate on being extra compact, refined, and constructed for right this moment’s fashionable touring rider.
As such, roughly 90 lbs of fats have been trimmed off the ol’ Wing, thanks largely to a extra compact engine design and what Honda calls a “double wishbone” entrance finish (you may name it a Hossack suspension design).
In complete, there are 5 variations of the brand new Gold Wing. The Honda Gold Wing Tour is the design you’ll probably acknowledge, because it comes with built-in trunk and passenger chair, it in flip has three flavors: normal, DCT (dual-clutch transmission), and the airbag mannequin returns to the lineup as effectively.
Changing the Honda Gold Wing F6B is what Massive Pink merely calls the Honda Gold Wing. It has a extra bagger look, with the trunk/passenger chair eliminated. It is available in two flavors, normal and DCT.
An indicator know-how for Honda now, that is the third technology of Honda’s dual-clutch transmission, which has appreciable refinements over the earlier technology, particularly in its Gold Wing utility, and options seven speeds for optimum cruising.
With snow and ice anticipated in Texas this week, our trip plans have modified a bit, however we nonetheless ought to be capable to give the brand new Gold Wing a pair hundred miles of testing, using via the hill nation, exterior of Austin.
For bonus enjoyable, Honda has introduced a few of its 2017 fashions as effectively, so we must always be capable to give a very good comparability between the 2 generations of this extremely fashionable bike (roughly 800,000 of them have been offered worldwide, and most of these have been within the USA).
Per our new evaluation format, we might be giving you a reside evaluation of the brand new Honda Gold Wing fashions proper right here on this article (down within the feedback part), and there we’ll attempt to reply any questions you might need.
So, right here is your probability to study what it’s wish to trip the Honda Gold Wing, earlier than even my very own correct opinions are posted. As all the time, if I don’t know a solution, I’ll attempt to get a response from the Honda personnel. So, pepper away.
You’ll be able to observe our ideas on the bike reside through Fb, Twitter, and Instagram, and you may see what our colleagues are posting on social media by in search of the hashtag #2018Goldwing.
Spec-Sheet Comparability of Related Fashions to the Honda Gold Wing:
|Honda Gold Wing||BMW Okay1600 GTL||Yamaha Star Enterprise||Harley-Davidson Street Extremely|
|Horsepower||125 hp||160 hp||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Torque||125 lbs•ft||129 lbs•ft||126 lbs•ft||114 lbs•ft|
|Weight||787 lbs (moist)||772 lbs (moist)||957 lbs (moist)||910 lbs (moist)|
|Engine||Horizontal Six-Cylinder, 1,833cc||Inline Six-Cylinder, 1,649cc||Air-cooled V-Twin, 1,854cc||Air-Cooled V-Twin, 1,753cc|