2018 Honda Gold Wing & Gold Wing Tour

Oct 24, 2017 View Comments by

Honda officially released information on the all-new 2018 Gold Wing models. The current model has been around since 2001, a long time, a testament to its reliability and solid holder of the touring king title. For 2018 Honda incorporates the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with two offered models. The Gold Wing comes without a top case, whereas the Gold Wing Tour comes with the top case. Visually, the sharper lines are not only more aero-dynamic but also more timely. Honda released a ton of information just now. Read on from the press materials.

 

KEY UPDATES

  • Lighter overall package results in improved handling and maneuverability
  • More compact, lighter engine with four-valve head and Unicam valve train
  • Available seven-speed DCT with Walking Mode forward/reverse
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Robotically welded aluminum twin-tube frame with revised plate thicknesses
  • Radially mounted six-piston dual front braking calipers
  • Double-wishbone front-suspension system
  • Electrically controlled suspension
  • Throttle-by-wire with multiple riding modes
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Smart Key
  • Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • LED lighting
  • Updated design with 11.8 percent improved aerodynamic efficiency
  • Electric windscreen adjustment

  

GOLD WING TOUR

The three 2018 Gold Wing Tour models—Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour DCT, and Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag—are the modern interpretation of the classic Gold Wing, the ultimate long-distance touring machine, but with highly improved performance capabilities. Each of these models features saddlebags and a top case, as well as a tall electrically adjustable windscreen, front and rear speakers, and electrically adjustable suspension.

Colors:

  • Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour DCT: Candy Ardent Red, Pearl White, Pearl Hawkseye Blue
  • Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag: Candy Ardent Red/Black

Price:

  • Gold Wing Tour: $26,700 – $27,200
  • Gold Wing Tour DCT: $27,700 – $28,200
  • Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag: $31,500

Availability: February 2018

 

 

GOLD WING

Boasting a sporty character, the two Gold Wing models—Gold Wing and Gold Wing DCT—come with saddlebags but no top case or the accompanying rear audio speakers. The electric windscreen is shorter on these models, and preload adjustment is manual. HSTC, electric damping-adjust, center stand, and heated grips are not included.

 

Colors: Candy Ardent Red, Matte Majestic Silver, Pearl Stallion Brown

Price:

  • Gold Wing: $23,500 – $23,800
  • Gold Wing DCT: $24,700 – $25,000

Availability: February 2018

 

By the Numbers

20%: Reduction in clutch-operation load on the 2018 Honda Gold Wing

6: Number of cylinders in the prototype engine for the original GL. (The production version would have four cylinders, though the engine grew to six cylinders in 1988.)

5.3 lbs.: Reduction in weight achieved through use of an Integrated Starter Generator system (ISG) on the 2018 Gold Wing, combining the generator and starter-motor functions

43rd: Anniversary that the Gold Wing is celebrating in the 2018 model year

SCM440H: Name of the high-strength steel-alloy material used for the 2018 Gold Wing’s crankshaft, which enabled Honda engineers to reduce the component’s dimensions

CRF450R: Honda model (an award-winning, high-performance motocrosser) from which the 2018 Gold Wing’s Unicam® valve-train design was borrowed

1.1: Number of gallons by which the 2018 Gold Wing’s fuel-tank capacity was reduced without sacrificing range, thereby improving performance and handling

999cc: Engine displacement of the original 1975 GL1000 Gold Wing

20%: Improvement in fuel economy for the 2018 Gold Wing during testing

13.7 lbs.: Amount by which weight has been reduced on the 2018 manual-transmission Gold Wing’s engine

7: Number of speeds in the 2018 Gold Wing’s advanced automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

.75 mph: Speed at which the 2018 Gold Wing travels when in Reverse Walking Mode

$2,899: MSRP for the original, 1975 Gold Wing GL1000

4: Number of riding modes on the 2018 Honda Gold Wing: Tour, Sport, Econ, and Rain

7 inches: Size of the 2018 Gold Wing’s full-color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display

1,000: Number of miles Cycle magazine rode their 1988 GL1500 test unit in a single day for a story

4: Number of electric preload suspension-adjustment settings for the 2018 Gold Wing Tour: Rider, Rider + Luggage, Rider + Passenger, Rider + Passenger + Luggage

+80 lbs.: Amount by which weight has been reduced on the 2018 version, compared to its predecessor

Project 371: Prototype code name of the Shoichiro Irimajiri-led development project for the original Gold Wing

30%: Reduction in shock transmitted from the road surface to the handlebars on the 2018 Honda Gold Wing, thanks to the double-wishbone front-suspension system

4.4 lbs.: Amount by which weight was reduced in the Gold Wing frame and swingarm for 2018

110 liters: Total capacity of the saddlebags and rear trunk on 2018 Gold Wing Tour models

 

The three 2018 Gold Wing Tour models—Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour DCT, and Gold Wing Tour DCT Airbag—are the modern interpretation of the classic Gold Wing, the ultimate long-distance touring machine, but with highly improved performance capabilities. All three all-new Gold Wing Tour models feature full luggage provisions, including saddlebags and top case.

 

GOLD WING TOUR

Colors

  • Candy Ardent Red
  • Pearl White
  • Pearl Hawkseye Blue

 

Significant Features

  • Saddlebags
  • Top case (removable with accessory kit)
  • Double-wishbone front suspension
  • Tall electric windscreen
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Reverse gear
  • Audio speakers (2 front/2 rear)
  • Four riding modes (Tour, Sport, Econ, Rain)
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • Heated seat
  • Heated grips
  • Cruise control
  • Electric damping adjust
  • Electric preload adjust
  • Center stand
  • Built-in navigation
  • Apple CarPlay™ compatible

 

GOLD WING TOUR DCT

Colors

  • Candy Ardent Red
  • Pearl White
  • Pearl Hawkseye Blue

 

Significant Features

Compared to Gold Wing Tour, adds:

  • Seven-speed automatic DCT
  • Walking Mode

 

GOLD WING TOUR DCT AIRBAG

Colors

  • Candy Ardent Red / Black

 

Significant Features

Compared to Gold Wing Tour DCT, adds:

  • Airbag

 

GOLD WING MODELS

Boasting a sporty character, the two Gold Wing models—Gold Wing and Gold Wing DCT—come with saddlebags but no top case or the accompanying rear audio speakers. The electric windscreen is shorter on these models, and preload adjustment is manual. HSTC, electric damping-adjust, center stand, and heated grips are not included.

 

 

GOLD WING

Colors

  • Candy Ardent Red
  • Matte Majestic Silver
  • Pearl Stallion Brown

 

Significant Features

  • Double-wishbone front suspension
  • Short electric windscreen
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Audio speakers (2 front)
  • Four riding modes
  • Heated grips
  • Cruise control
  • Built-in navigation
  • Apple CarPlay compatible

 

GOLD WING DCT

Colors

  • Candy Ardent Red
  • Matte Majestic Silver
  • Pearl Stallion Brown

 

Significant Features

Compared to Gold Wing, adds:

  • Seven-speed automatic DCT
  • Walking Mode
  • Reverse

 

 

 

 

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