Since its debut in 1975 as the GL1000, the Gold Wing has been acknowledged as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, a machine with the power, refinement and reliability to tour even the most far-flung destinations in complete comfort. The name "Gold Wing" has become synonymous with long-haul power and touring sophistication. Whilst undergoing continuous refinements, from stereo systems through warm-air ventilation to airbag technology, the Gold Wing has never lost sight of the fact that big-distance riders demand big-hearted performance.
Launched in 2001 after eight years of intensive research and development, the GL1800 added real dynamic ability and riding enjoyment to the Gold Wing's repertoire. The bike's box-section aluminium frame delivered stability and accurate steering at speed. It also worked with the unique flat-six engine to keep the centre of gravity low - a key factor in the bike's surprising low-speed balance and agility, which made twisting mountain roads and even busy city streets a pleasure to negotiate.
But it is on the open road that the true luxury motorcycle has always been in its element. The Gold Wing's unique fuel-injected flat-six engine delivers tireless performance together with incredible smoothness and absence of noise. Just as the engine enjoys a legendary reputation for reliability, so the rest of the machine is finished to the very highest standards, with outstanding build quality and paint finish. Meanwhile, the wind-deflecting fairing, huge carrying capacity and user-friendly features such as antilock brakes and the new, improved audio system are clear evidence of the effort and passion behind the latest evolution of this most advanced and full-featured touring motorcycle.
Honda's desire to make people's lives more convenient, joyful and fun through advances in engineering and technology has lead to the new evolution of the GL1800. The original luxury touring motorcycle has evolved in anticipation of a new generation of customers, boasting sharper exterior surface design along with the latest audio and navigation systems.
The core appeal of the Gold Wing remains its unique ability to make long-distance travel a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience. Comfort, engine performance and a stable, responsive chassis all play their part. Now, under the styling concept of "majestic aggression", the vitality and excitement of the bike's handling and performance are reflected in looks that are at once elegant, imposing and dynamic. At the same time the bike's ability to effortlessly cover ground day-in, day-out has been enhanced by greater luggage capacity. In the words of Development Project Leader, Yutaka Nakanishi, "For a leader of the GL1800 development, there is no greater happiness than the rider spending time with the new GL1800, a best friend allowing them to discover new worlds together with the passenger".
More dynamic exterior styling NEW
As befits the Gold Wing's status as an aerodynamically refined touring powerhouse, the new model has revised exterior styling. Bold, integrated lines better link the front and rear of the machine, communicating its elegance and performance with sharp, dynamic forms. The re-shaped rear light further adds to the distinctive new look.
Improved wind protection NEW
Months of both wind tunnel tests and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) research have helped create a new front fairing with increased wind and weather protection.
Enhanced chassis stability & improved ride quality NEW
Changes to the shape of the rear bodywork include air vents that help to reduce the area of negative pressure that forrms at the back of the bike, improving stability at speed. At the same time, adjustments to the suspension front and rear give a superb ride quality without sacrificing control.
Increased luggage capacity NEW
Larger panniers mean the Gold Wing's total luggage capacity is now over 150 litres.
Surround sound audio system with iPod® connectivity NEW
The adoption of a new 6-speaker 80W SRS surround-sound system offers superb sound presence and quality. Riders can now play MP3, WMA and AAC music files on the move by connecting an iPod®, iPhone® or USB stick. The result is easy access to any track you wish to hear.
Navigation system (installed on model with airbag) NEW
The new, fully-integrated system with brighter screen includes a next-generation receiver for greater reception sensitivity for more reliable navigation.
Unique 1832cc flat-six engine
Smooth, strong power is guaranteed, while the HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic converter keeps harmful exhaust gas emissions to levels approximately half of the limits needed for EURO-3 compliance.
Responsive handling in any situation
A lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminium frame and single-sided Pro-Arm swingarm delivers stability and neutral, responsive handling. The low centre of gravity ensures good low-speed balance and stability.
Advanced safety features
Fitted with both Honda's Combined Braking System (CBS) and an Antilock Braking System (ABS), the Gold Wing offers confidence-inspiring braking in all situations and conditions, even fully loaded. The optional airbag system - a first on a production motorcycle - ensures unrivalled levels of passive safety.
SRS CS Auto 6-speaker 80W surround-sound system
Offering superb sound presence and quality, this system brings the latest advances in stereo technology to the Gold Wing. The engine room of the new system is a powerful 80-watts-per-channel amplifier capable of delivering clear, crisp sound, even at motorway speeds. The amp powers a full complement of six speakers, with two rear speakers, two front speakers and two tweeters. The result is a rich and full surround sound experience through either the speaker system or the optional headsets. In addition the RDS radio allows easy access to radio stations via the integrated handlebar controls.
The new audio system is fully compatible with iPod®, iPhone® and USB memory sticks, meaning riders can now play MP3, WMA and AAC music files on the go. The system is fully integrated with the motorcycle, giving full device control through the handlebars and displaying music file information on the bike's main display. Controls on the central panel take care of switching between music sources (for example radio or USB), switching displays and selecting music while at a standstill. The USB port for connecting digital music devices is in the large lockable top box, which also features an interior storage case to hold the device on the move.
Next generation Honda navigation system (installed only on models with airbag)
Effective navigation can make an enormous difference to swift travel, and the Gold Wing's updated navigation system offers faster and more accurate functionality. The new, brighter colour screen boasts a range of new functions including lane assist and junction view, while optional voice-prompting further reduces the chance of taking a wrong turn. The system also offers points of interest information, including petrol stations, Honda dealers, hotels and restaurants. Eaaaasy to use controls ensure all of these featureess can be accessed easily and safely. Reception sensitivity has alsooo bbeeen improved, allowing the system to operate effectively even in areas with a poor signal, such as on roads beneath large structures or on mountain roads.
Central storage compartment (on models without airbag)
On models not fitted with an airbag the handily placed front pocket has been increased in size from 1.2 litres to 2.8 litres. It is ideal for storing sunglasses, wallets and mobile phones while on the move.
Heated seats and handlebars; foot-warming system
With the warmth to take the sting out of even the longest winter rides, the five-position heated grips and independently adjustable heated seats make touring a year-round possibility. The foot-warming system channels engine-heated air over the rider's feet and is controlled by a fairing-mounted lever.
The slow-speed, electric Reverse system is engaged with the simple push of the thumb control on the right handlebar.
Lightweight electronic cruise-control system utilizes a 16-bit ECU-based, motor-actuated throttle mechanism.
A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windscreen-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 100mm of travel. Manually-operated adjustable and closeable windscreen vent routes fresh air to the rider's face or chest.
Over 150 litres of luggage capacity
Between the fairing pockets, top box and new, larger panniers, the 2012 Gold Wing boasts over 150 litres of luggage capacity. The specially-designed luggage features a remote-control key lock, permitting pop-open rear trunk operation; remote lock/unlock for the trunk and panniers; and a horn-actuated bike locator. If remote locking is attempted while a lid is open, the turn signals flash to alert the rider.
TheGold Wing will be launched in three new colours. These include a striking blue metallic, an ultra-modern pearlescent white and a beautifully understated black with contrasting new silver and gunmetal styling elements.
- Glint Wave Blue Metallic NEW
- Pearl Fadeless White NEW
- Graphite Black NEW
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