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All-new Honda Gold Wing revealed

Honda’s flagship tourer gets complete redesign and sheds over 40kg.

WE’VE already seen it in leaked pictures and now Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing has been officially revealed, with confirmation that it’s been ‘redesigned from the wheels up’.

The flagship tourer will be available with a new, third generation of Honda’s semi-automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) system, with seven speeds. The manual version is six-speed.

The flat-six 1833cc engine now has four valves per cylinder and benefits from a new ride-by-wire throttle and four riding modes.

The chassis is new, featuring an aluminium beam frame, double wishbone front suspension and single-sided 'Pro-Arm' swing-arm, with damping and rear spring pre-load electronically adjustable.

Honda says the 2018 Gold Wing is smaller, lighter and more agile that its predecessor, a development the firm hopes will increase its appeal to younger riders.

It will be available as the base-model GL1800 Gold Wing and as a ‘Tour’ edition with a top box and the option of DCT and an airbag.

The claimed kerb weight is 365kg for the base model, 379kg for the Tour and 383kg for the Tour with DCT. The existing Gold Wing weighs a claimed 421kg.

The engine has been ‘optimised for size’ according to Honda, but makes more power than the current Wing, at a claimed 126hp compared to 118hp. Peak torque is also up, from 123lbft to 125lbft.

The four riding modes are Tour, Sport, Econ and Rain, altering suspension damping and the combined braking system as well as throttle response.

It also gets Honda’s ‘Selectable Torque Control’ traction control system and Hill Start Assist, the latter to prevent rolling backwards.

The DCT version has a ‘creep forward and back function’ while the manual one retains the reverse system of its predecessor.

Equipment includes an electric adjustable windscreen, cruise control and a seven-inch TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity.

And of course, the new Wing has received a comprehensive styling makeover, as shown in the pictures.

The base model comes in silver, the Tour in red (main image on page two) and the Tour with DCT in red and black (above).

The 2018 Gold Wing was unveiled early this morning at Japan’s Tokyo Motor Show.

The new base model GL1800 Honda Gold Wing, which features a smaller screen than its predecessor.

Here are the full specs of the 2018 Gold Wing, straight from Honda. Scroll down for more pictures.  

Technical Specifications

ENGINE

Type

Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24 valve SOHC flat-6

Displacement

1,833cc

Valves per cylinder

4

Bore x Stroke

73mm x 73mm

Compression Ratio

10.5:1

Max. Power Output

124.7bhp/5500rpm

Max. Torque

170Nm/4500rpm

Oil Capacity

4.4 litres (MT) / 5.6 litres (DCT)

 CO2 emissionsGold Wing and Gold Wing 'Tour' MT version:
128g/km
Gold Wing 'Tour' with DCT and air bag: 131 g/km

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Throttle Bore

50mm

Air cleaner

Viscous, cartridge type paper filter

Fuel Tank Capacity

21.1 litres

Fuel Consumption

50.4mpg

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Starter

Integrated Starter Generator system

Battery Capacity

12V/20AH

ACG Power Generation Capacity

12V/120A

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

(MT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with coil springs, assist slipper cam

(DCT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with oil pressure

Transmission Type

6 speed MT (including overdrive. Plus electric reverse)

7-speed forward and reverse DCT

Primary Reduction

1.795 (79/44)

Gear Ratios

(DCT) 1st: 2.167    2nd: 1.696    3rd: 1.304                   4th: 1.038    5th: 0.821     6th: 0.667     7th: 0.522 Rev: 1.190

(MT) 1st: 2.200      2nd: 1.417    3rd: 1.036                         4th: 0.821     5th: 0.667 6th: 0.522

Final Reduction

Engine side 0.972

Rear Wheel side 2.615

Final Drive

Enclosed shaft

FRAME

Type

Aluminum die-cast, twin tube

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H)

Gold Wing

L: 2,475mm

W: 925mm

H: 1,340mm

Gold Wing ‘Tour’

L: 2,575mm

W: DCT 905mm / MT 925mm

H: 1,430mm

Wheelbase

1695mm

Caster Angle

30.5°

Trail

109mm

Turning radius

3.4m

Seat Height

745mm

Ground Clearance

130mm

Kerb Weight

Gold Wing: 365kg

Gold Wing ‘Tour’:  MT 379kg / DCT 383kg

SUSPENSION

Type Front

Double Wishbone

Type Rear

Pro Link

WHEELS

Type Front

130/70R 18

Type Rear

200/55R 16

Rim Size Front

18 x MT3.5

Rim Size Rear

16 x MT6.0

BRAKES

System Type

Electronically-controlled combined ABS system

Type Front

320mm x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 6-piston calliper, floating rotors and sintered metal pads

Type Rear

316mm x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads

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