2018 HONDA GL1800 GOLD WING : NEW TECHNOLOGY AND OPTICS
THE NEW HONDA GOLD WING, TECHNICALLY AND VISUALLY RETREADED, IS MORE COMPACT AND LIGHTER. THE SIX-CYLINDER BOXER ENGINE RECEIVES FOUR VALVES PER CYLINDER, THROTTLE BY WIRE, FOUR RIDING MODES, HONDA SELECTABLE TORQUE CONTROL AND HILL START ASSIST.THE NEW HONDAClick here for matching products on Amazon.de! GOLD WING, TECHNICALLY AND VISUALLY RETREADED, IS MORE COMPACT AND LIGHTER. THE SIX-CYLINDER BOXER ENGINE RECEIVES FOUR VALVES PER CYLINDER, THROTTLE BY WIRE, FOUR RIDING MODES, HONDA SELECTABLE TORQUE CONTROL AND HILL START ASSIST.
The new chassis has an aluminum frame, double wishbone front suspension and a pro arm swingarm. The chassis damper characteristic is electrically adjustable by pressing a button, as well as the spring preload on the rear shock. An electrically adjustable windshield, smart key system and Apple CarPlay complete the equipment. The unique Honda Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) has been further developed and is available in the third generation with seven gears.The new chassis has an aluminum frame, double wishbone front suspension and a pro arm swingarm. The chassis damper characteristic is electrically adjustable by pressing a button, as well as the spring preload on the rear shock. An electrically adjustable windshield, smart key system and Apple CarPlay complete the equipment. The unique Honda Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) has been further developed and is available in the third generation with seven gears.
The success story of the Gold Wing dates back to 1975, when the first generation with a 1000cc four-cylinder boxer enriched the market. Developed over several model generations, size and design changed – always according to their reputation as an icon and unsurpassed standard with a focus on luxury, quality and comfort.
Changes in the motorcycle market as well as demographic developments have resulted in the Honda development team choosing and realigning the Gold Wing instead of traditional updates. The Honda Gold Wing model year 2018 presents itself from scratch. Still equipped with a six-cylinder engine and tremendous thrust, it remains Honda’s flagship in the touring segment and continues to provide a full complement of style and comfort on extended tours. The new Gold Wing is more compact, lighter and more agile – a true luxury machine for cruising and traveling.Changes in the motorcycle market as well as demographic developments have resulted in the Honda development team choosing and realigning the Gold Wing instead of traditional updates. The Honda Gold Wing model year 2018 presents itself from scratch. Still equipped with a six-cylinder engine and tremendous thrust, it remains Honda’s flagship in the touring segment and continues to offer a full complement of style and comfort on extended tours. The new Gold Wing is more compact, lighter and more agile – a true luxury machine for cruising and travelingClick here for matching products on Amazon.de! .
The new Honda Gold Wing will appeal to a larger number of customers, especially younger generations. Whether on shorter routes through the city or on free trips over long distances, it now fulfills many needs.
MR. YUTAKA NAKANISHI, PROJECT MANAGER OF THE GL1800 GOLD WING MODEL YEAR 2018
“Our goal was to underline and unify the luxurious and universal qualities of the Gold Wing. A machine that perfectly supports the driver in the city as well as on extended tours and offers even more driving pleasure than before. So we started with a piece of white paper and made the Gold Wing more elegant and lighter, adding any modern, technical features that riders could possibly wish for. Now, as in 1975, she is a figurehead for Honda. We are very proud to have realized the next section of this world-renowned motorcycle. ”
On a new, common engine and chassis platform, the new Gold Wing is available in two variants: as the base model GL1800 Gold Wing and as a “Tour Edition” with Topbox. The latter is also available with DCT dual-clutch gearbox and airbag. Depending on the model and equipment, up to 48 kg of weight was saved compared to the predecessor model.
Already in the conception phase, the engine and chassis were developed together in order to position the driver further ahead and to create a motorcycle that is as compact and active as possible. The aluminum bridge frame is equipped with a double wishbone front suspension to bring the engine closer to the front wheel. Thus, the front wheel moves more in the vertical direction and down. This design allows a stiff and stable front wheel with best suspension behavior with reduced friction. The tuning of suspension and damping can be additionally adjusted electrically by pressing a button on the new Gold Wing.
Despite the revised dimensions, the new six-cylinder engine has lost neither power nor torque or running culture. New are Throttle By Wire (electronic throttle) and four selectable driving modes: TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN. The equipment also includes the Honda Selectable Torque Control (traction control) and a Combined Braking System (CBS), which is regulated according to the selected driving mode. Suspension / damping system and Hill Start Assist (mountain traction help) increase comfort. The start-stop system ensures optimized fuel consumption.
The foot-operated transmission has 6 gears, the DCT dual-clutch transmission has 7 gears. The function and characteristics of the electronically controlled DCT transmission are determined in practice via the respective driving mode. A maneuvering function that helps the vehicle move forward and backward at a pace is also available on machines equipped with DCT. The manual transmission has a reverse gear as before.
The Gold Wing model year 2018 conveys a sense of freedom with driving pleasure on a completely new level. The noticeably improved performance is accompanied by extremely relaxed driving pleasure. The stylish and aerodynamically efficient fairing directs the wind around the driver and front passenger, providing an electrically adjustable windshield and comfortable seats for extra comfort. Features such as smart key system, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity add value to the features.
Much attention was paid to the finishes and high-quality finish. The painted parts of the panel have rich tones with clear lacquer finish, for the seat covers were selected particularly high quality materials. The lower cladding is provided with clear surfaces.
GL1800 Gold Wing: Matte Majestic Silver
GL1800 Gold Wing Tour: Candy Ardent Red and Pearl Glare White
GL1800 Gold Wing “Tour” with DCT & Airbag: Candy Ardent Red / Darkness Black and Darkness Black metallic
STYLING & EQUIPMENT
Modern design with a streamlined design
More comfort and better heat & air management
Electrically adjustable windscreen (in height and angle)
Convincing cruise control via Throttle By Wire (electronic throttle)
Extensive storage space and top box with room for two full-face helmets
7 inch TFT screen for navigation audio system
Apple CarPlay allows smartphone usage
LED lighting technology for headlights and tail lights, self-resetting turn signals
Smart key function for ignition and storage lock systems
Gold Wing’s new cast aluminum frame positions the more compact six-cylinder engine 40 mm ahead. The structural strength has been optimized in all areas to provide a confidence-inspiring, safe ride – at walking pace or on narrow inner-city roads as well as on endless open-country roads. Frame and swingarm together weigh two kilograms less than the previous model.
Weight saving of 48 kg compared to the previous model
Brand new aluminum bridge frame that places engine and driver further forward
Double wishbone front suspension and pro arm rear swingarm.
Front and rear suspension depending on selected riding mode.
Spring preload on the rear wheel electrically adjustable.
ABS and Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS)
The fascination of the Gold Wing has always been based on the turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine, which produces plenty of torque from low revs and pampers the drivers with the best running performance and performance characteristics.
Extensively revised six-cylinder boxer engine with four-valve technology, 6.2 kg lighter
Throttle By Wire (electronic throttle) and 4 Riding Modes
The selected riding modes affect the tuning of Honda Selectable Torque Control, Suspension and Dual-Combined Braking System
DCT version with automatic start-stop and integrated starter generator (alternator / electric starter)
Hill start assist Hill Start Assist (HSA)
6-speed gearbox with Assist / Slipper clutch
DCT DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
The DCT dual-clutch transmission, which only Honda offers in the motorcycle sector, is particularly suitable for the Gold Wing, because it emphasizes the pleasurable-calm character and ride comfort again. In the development of the new Gold Wing, the integration of the DCT technology was planned from the beginning.
Third generation DCT with 7 gears.
Soft and silent shifting maneuvers, faster gear changes.
Walking mode allows slow maneuvering forwards and backwards.
The 4 Riding Modes also affect the DCT shift behavior.