After hitting the Irish market in 2017, Honda’s X-ADV mixes tough SUV style and convenience with long travel suspension plus a strong performance from its 745cc twin-cylinder engine. For 2018 the X-ADV has been upgraded and now has an off-road G switch on the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and the engine gets 2-Level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
Ireland is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2018 Honda Goldwing
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 unrivaled 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.
The Goldwing is arriving into Irish motorcycle dealerships this spring – estimated April 2018. RRP: €36,000 including VAT.*
Visit your local Honda dealership for more information and to register your interest in the 2018 Honda Goldwing.
At the season opener in Australia, the Red Bull Honda Team finished in the points, with Leon Camier finishing 7th and 6th respectively. It was Jake Gagne’s first outing at Phillip Island, the Red Bull Honda rider finished 12th in Race 1 and 13th in Race 2.