Honda GL1800 Gold Wing gains tech and comfort updates for 2021

The flagship tourer from Honda has been updated for 2021, as the Gold Wing gains new colours, improved speakers, and more

THE flagship of the Honda range has for many years been the archetypal big-bore, big-budget GL1800 Gold Wing. Reborn in 2018, the modern-day ‘Wing was the lightest and most sophisticated yet. And for 2021, further improvements have been made.

Honda X-ADV 2021 Specs

The changes for 2021 feature mainly in the form of improved speakers on both bikes and greater pillion comfort on the Gold Wing Tour.

For both the Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour a newly improved stereo system can now be unleashed on your neighbours at 6 am as you leave for work. They’ll love that. Having ridden the previous generation bike I can confirm that at normal speeds the stereo is great, its as the speed rises you can come into problems. At around 60mph it can distort slightly as is fights against the wind noise. The new unit is said to offer great clarity and presence, which should help a bit.

Aside from the internal and external changes, the standard bike is available in a new colour that has one of the weirdest names ever. It’s called Pearl Deep Mud Grey, which frankly sounds like something you’d find in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The top-spec Tour edition is available in Gunmeatal Black Metallic and, if you stump for the DCT, Candy Ardent Red.

Honda GL1800 Gold Wing Tour 2021 updates

For 2021 the top-spec Gold Wing Tour also gets a boost in luggage capacity, jumping from 110 to 121 litres, with the pillion’s backrest – prat’s perch! – also being modified for this year’s bike. It’s not visually changed, as far as I can see anyway, and is claimed to be more relaxed and reclined slightly. Both rider and passenger seats on the Tour are also covered in a slightly more premium looking synthetic leather cover that looks a bit like suede.

Prices and availability

GL1800 Gold Wing Tour DCT & Airbag    £31,449

GL1800 Gold Wing Tour                              £28,349

GL1800 Gold Wing                                       £22,849

GL1800 Gold Wing DCT                              £24,299

In dealers around early March

2021 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing specs

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

93kW/5,500rpm

Max. Torque

170Nm/4,500rpm

Oil Capacity

4.4 litres (MT) / 5.6 litres (DCT)

CO2 emissions

127g/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

5.5 litres/100km

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

Aluminium die-cast, twin tube

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H)

L: 2,475mm

W: 925mm (DCT) / 905mm (MT)

H: 1,340mm

Wheelbase

1,695mm

Caster Angle

30.5°

Trail

109mm

Turning radius

3.4m

Seat Height

745mm

Ground Clearance

130mm

Kerb Weight

MT: 366kg / DCT: 367kg

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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