New Goldwing pictures leak

Leaked press kit pics show 2018 Gold Wing and F6C weeks ahead of official debut

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Submitted by Visordown on Fri, 22/09/2017 - 10:30

IMAGES of Honda’s new Gold Wing and F6C for 2018 have been leaked a month before the bikes are due to be officially revealed.

We’re expecting Honda to announce the Wing on October 24, just before the Tokyo Motor Show, but leaked images – apparently from a press kit or brochure – have already given the game away.

What we can see is a new Wing (pictured above) that retains the classic flat-six engine layout but bolts it into a new chassis that adopts a BMW K1600GTL-style girder front suspension system instead of telescopic forks. That comes as little surprise, as Honda has been patenting weird front suspension ideas for the Goldwing for a couple of years now.

The engine also appears to be heavily revised, although it’s said to still be an 1800 like the current one. It’s optionally bolted to a DCT dual-clutch transmission, which previous patent applications have suggested will use seven forward gears plus a reverse. Some of the leaked pictures show no clutch lever or gear lever, while others show bikes equipped with both, so the semi-auto – or perhaps it will be a full auto – will be an option rather than standard equipment.

We also see that the bike has a very modern dash with a large central colour display and a tank-mounted control unit that looks rather like the iDrive system used in BMW cars. That suggests it’s not a touchscreen, but will use a jog wheel to navigate the menus instead. If you’re wearing gloves and trying to keep your attention on the road, that’s probably a good thing. The dash also has additional digital displays including one for riding modes. That may also be a hint that the Wing has electronically-adjustable, semi-active suspension. If it wants to regain its spot as the most high-tech bike on the planet, it will need gadgets like that.

Both a full-on Gold Wing and a bobber-style F6B are revealed in the leak, the latter lacking the top box and tall screen of the former. The screens on both bikes are electrically-adjustable, addressing a notable shortcoming on the existing Wing.

The F6C




Is it so hard to be more accurate. F6B and F6C have for many years been used to name and distinguish between 2 different variants of the GL1800. Yet in this story the 2 have been used interchangeably. In 2 pictures above, of the same bike, one is labelled F6B and the other F6C. Notwithstanding that at this time I do not believe any pictures have been seen of a new F6C, it's poor reporting to label the same bike with 2 different names.

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