Gold Wing Bagger - DCT
- Black Metallic
Okay, so we can't really call it a bagger, but it's what everybody knows it as. A stripped back Gold Wing, without the top box, electronic suspension, heated seat, electronic screen and airbag of the top of the line Tour. Also about £8,500 less; but to focus on that is rather missing the point - and now the casual Bagger is even more casual with a DCT gearbox available as an option too.
Here, in GL1800B, is just a brilliant, light (for its capacity) way to travel in luxury with a bit of laid back style. Comfortable, individual and totally desirable.
The front suspension is now a double-wishbone design, and moves upwards through it's travel - rather than rearwards. This, along with other changes, transmits around 30% less bump force through the bars.
Overall, it's a much leaner. lighter, more agile and thoroughly modern super-tourer. Back at the very top of the Honda pile.
With every new Goldwing since inception, the new iteration has got bigger. This new design is a reversal of this trend: lighter, smaller and more agile than what's gone before.
We're loving it so far.
Styling and Equipment
Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath
- Comfort, heat management and air management vastly improved
- Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)
- Ample luggage capacity for touring
- 7-inch TFT display provides navigation and audio information
- Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to use their device
- Full LED lighting and auto-cancelling indicators
- Smart key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage
- Total weight saving of 48kg compared to the previous model
- Brand new aluminium beam frame moves the engine and rider forward
- Double wishbone front suspension and redesigned Pro-Arm
- Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS)
The Honda Gold Wing, since its introduction as a naked 1000cc machine in 1975 has always been the ultimate in two-wheeled travel. And it’s a motorcycle that’s been very much on its own journey, growing in physical size and displacement over the decades, all the while creating an enduring and unrivalled reputation for luxury, quality and comfort.
Now, in response to the evolutions of demographics and the motorcycle market, the development team in charge of the bike’s future have decided on a radical departure from what would be a traditional update trajectory.
So for 2018 the GL1800 Gold Wing takes a new direction and is brand new from the wheels-up. It still has an evocative, flat six-cylinder engine that delivers an avalanche of torque and power, and it still remains Honda’s flagship premium tourer, loaded with features that allow two people to ride in style. Yet it’s smaller, much lighter and much more agile – very much a true ‘rider’s motorcycle’.
And as a result the new Gold Wing’s appeal is broader, reaching out to a younger generation of motorcyclists that may have overlooked – or simply not been aware of – the previous design. As happy on an urban commute as it is the open road, the Gold Wing is now a bike for all reasons, rather than just one.
Mr Yutaka Nakanishi, Large Project Leader (LPL) 18YM GL1800 Gold Wing
“We wanted our new Gold Wing to maintain its luxury but to be a much more ‘rounded’ motorcycle. A machine as useful to its owner around the city as it is out on tour. And more exciting to ride than ever. So we started from a blank piece of paper and made the Gold Wing smaller and lighter, and added all the technological hardware and software the modern rider could wish for. Now, just as in 1975, it remains a flagship model for Honda – and we are very proud to start this new chapter for such an important name.”
2. Model Overview
Sharing a common engine and chassis platform, the new ‘Wing will be available as the base model GL1800 Gold Wing, and as a ‘Tour’ edition with top box, which will also offer a version equipped with DCT and air bag. Depending on the variant, up to 48kg has been saved compared to the previous model.
The engine and chassis have been designed together, to move the riding position forward and create a much more compact motorcycle. The aluminium beam frame is constructed around the link front fork, which allows the engine to come further forward - as the front wheel moves up and down in a more vertical plane - while providing high-quality suspension control and front-end stability thanks to its stiffness and reduced friction. Suspension damping can also be adjusted electrically.
Optimised for size, the new flat six-cylinder engine has lost none of its power, torque and addictive delivery. Throttle By Wire has been added, with 4 rider modes; TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) maintains rear wheel traction while the suspension damping and Combined Brake System (CBS) alter depending on mode selected. Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Idling Stop add ease of use and improve fuel efficiency.
Above all, a totally new sense of freedom can be found on the 2018 Gold Wing, with a step change in sheer riding enjoyment. The performance improvement is matched by even greater levels of relaxation: the stylish, aerodynamically-efficient fairing channels air around the rider and the electric screen adjusts for preference; the seats provide all-day comfort. New features like the smart key system, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity bring even more convenience.
And much thought went into the Gold Wing’s paint finish.
3. Key Features
3.1 Styling & Equipment
• Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath
• Comfort, heat management and air management vastly improved
• Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)
• Ample luggage capacity for touring
• 7-inch TFT display provides navigation and audio information
• Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to use their device
• Full LED lighting and auto-cancelling indicators
• Smart key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage
The previous Gold Wing featured an expansive design and attitude. The new Gold Wing is a completely different proposition and replaces the relaxed lines of the outgoing model with a more honed, athletic ethos. Key words the Honda team used during development were ‘Refined Shape, Taut Styling’.
It presents a unique silhouette and counterpoints comfort with the dynamic abilities of chassis and engine, adding the traditional Gold Wing premium level of fit, finish and materials. The new ‘face’ is daringly forward-slanting; combined with the compact fairing proportions, it presents an energetic frontal signature.
The key line of the body, stretching front to back, highlights the differing upper and lower bodywork functions while clearly showcasing the reduced overall size of the machine. A central element is the fairing, with its sharp and solid flat surfaces, and its nuanced aerodynamic detailing. It adds a tension that hints at the performance on offer.
Also on display is the motorcycle itself – the double wishbone front suspension, flat six-cylinder engine, exhausts – in all their functional beauty. Drawn together the design elements create cutting edge style, underpinned by incredible levels of engineering and electronics
It may be smaller and tauter in design, with a strong focus on the new aesthetics, but the development team responsible also had comfort, heat management and, most importantly, air management high on their agenda.
The previous bike’s large fairing was designed to provide a pocket of still air behind it; the new approach is to channel airflow around the rider and pillion, effectively providing a pleasant cooling breeze. The reduced aerodynamic drag has also helped improve fuel efficiency.
From a seating perspective rider and pillion are separated, much like the old model – the rider can enjoy riding the bike, while the pillion can sit back and enjoy the ride. The rider’s seat shape is comfortable and supportive while allowing movement – to enjoy the Gold Wing’s new dynamic – and easy ground reach.
All lighting is LED. The lower portion of the headlights use 5 polished optical lenses on both sides to create a Jewel-Eye low beam light signature. Using high beam (in the upper portion) creates a stereoscopic impression. The front indicators are housed in the mirrors and the indicators also auto-cancel; the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.
The new Gold Wing’s cruise control too has evolved; the speed that’s been set with the cruise control switch (located on the right handlebar) is now shown in the bottom left area of the speedometer.
Also, through TBW the system has achieved a smoother transition to the specified speed and a much smoother operation, especially when going uphill. In the case of the manual transmission models squeezing the clutch or brake, or twisting the throttle cancels cruise control.
Before designing the luggage Honda took out research to see just how owners were using their Gold Wings. And that intelligence led to the decision to reduce the total luggage volume as most were ridden for shorter, 2-3 day tours, with no need to carry larger amounts.
Capacity of the fuel tank is 4 litres less at 21 litres. But as the new Gold Wing is so much lighter and more aerodynamic, improved fuel economy of 50.4 mpg means tank range is similar to the previous design.
Luxurious instrumentation creates a unique cockpit. Different low-contrast colours with dark tones are applied to the dials, of which the peripheral areas form cone-shaped slopes to create a feeling of depth. A ring with a metal texture surrounds each dial, and the graduations glow in LED, giving concrete depth and a calm, cool image.
The 7-inch full-color TFT liquid crystal display screen provides infotainment-related information (for the audio and navigation systems) as well as managing the HSTC and suspension adjustment. Information is displayed in differentiated segments in a very functional order, so the rider can get all the relevant data with the minimum of eye movement.
Brightness adjusts automatically (with the maximum luminous intensity of the screen being 1000 cd) and the rider can also choose from 8 brightness levels. Tyre pressure is displayed as a numerical figure in the bottom left area of the instruments.
Pride of place – on the centre console and smart key – is the new Gold Wing emblem. Its crisp 3D, two-tone chrome design merges the strength and dignity of a lion’s head with the majestic wings of an eagle ready to pounce with open talons. It activates all the motorcycle’s systems and also incorporates the emergency key. The ignition and handlebar lock can be turned on or off while just carrying the smart key.
Operation of the luggage is simplified. With the smart key present a push button opens the panniers and top box. It is also possible to temporarily unlock the luggage via remote control; the unlock button on the smart key enables the passenger to instantly access the saddlebags and the rear luggage box. Hydraulic dampers smooth the opening and closing. Pushing and holding the call button results in the indicators flashing.
The Gold Wing is now compatible with Apple CarPlay, so the rider can utilise the personalised information and content inside their iPhone, such as telephone numbers and music playlists. Bluetooth connectivity has been adopted and a USB cable can also be plugged in.
Just as the new Gold Wing is lighter and more compact, its high-output audio amplifier system too has evolved. Lightweight speakers are sited to work with the new riding position and achieve a sound quality with vivid presence. A passenger audio control switch is available to ensure an even more pleasant riding experience; the switches are located on the upper part of the right pannier and adjusting the volume, switching the source and fast forwarding is possible.
The navigation system is displayed on the 7-inch full-color TFT liquid crystal display screen in the central area of the instruments and now includes a gyrocompass, which means guidance is continued even inside a tunnel. Cancellation of any waypoint or ‘go home’ instruction operation while riding is now possible.
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24 valve SOHC flat-6|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Bore x Stroke||73mm x 73mm|
|Max. Power Output||124.7bhp/5500rpm|
|Oil Capacity||4.4 litres (MT) / 5.6 litres (DCT)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Air cleaner||Viscous, cartridge type paper filter|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||21.1 litres|
|Starter||Integrated Starter Generator system|
|ACG Power Generation Capacity||12V/120A|
|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|
|Type||Aluminum die-cast, twin tube|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||Gold Wing
Gold Wing ‘Tour’
W: DCT 905mm / MT 925mm
|Kerb Weight||Gold Wing: 365kg
Gold Wing ‘Tour’: MT 379kg / DCT 383kg
|Type Front||Double Wishbone|
|Type Rear||Pro Link|
|Type Front||130/70R 18|
|Type Rear||200/55R 16|
|Rim Size Front||18 x MT3.5|
|Rim Size Rear||16 x MT6.0|
|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|
|Model||GL1800B GOLD WING – DCT|
|Amount of Credit||£17,701.75|
|36 Payments of||£209.00|
|Final Payment inc Option Fee||£12,918.80|
|Total Amount Payable||£26,740.05|
|Option to Purchase Fee||£10.00|
|Annual Contracted Mileage||4,000|
|Excess Mileage Charge||£0.12|
|Interest Rate pa||5.77%|
|Model||OTR||Deposit||Test Ride||Amount of Credit||36 Payments of||Final Payment||Final Payment inc Option Fee||Total Amount Payable||APR||Option to Purchase Fee||Annual Contracted Mileage||Excess Mileage Charge||Interest Rate pa|
|GL1800B GOLD WING – DCT||£23,999.00||£5,797.25||£500.00||£17,701.75||£209.00||£12,908.80||£12,918.80||£26,740.05||5.9%||£10.00||4,000||£0.12||5.77%|
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