Top 10 best ever Hondas - 9

9: Goldwing

The Goldwing, particularly in its ever-larger, ever-heavier later variants, is a bike that’s sometimes shunned by mainstream riders. Goldwing owners are seen as part of a separate tribe, their bikes mocked as two-wheeled cars. But in reality the Goldwing, and particularly the 1800cc six-cylinder models of this century, are machines that manage things that should be impossible on two wheels. Like the NR750, the Wing is a legacy of a time when Honda as a company was so effortlessly superior that it could play with weird engineering solutions and still succeed. The bike’s flat-six engine was another example of the time when Honda could arrogantly depart from the norm and offer something better as a result. It’s so good at doing its job that even now, 16 years on from its launch, the Goldwing 1800 is still the standard-bearer of the big tourer class.

 

 

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