New Direction

GL1800 Goldwing

The new Goldwing 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.

At a Glance:

The true rider motorcycle – now redesigned for 2018. Smaller, much lighter and much more agile.

Colours: Candy Argent Red and Pearl Glare White Candy Argent Red, Darkness Black and Darkness Black metallic

Price ABS: €32,500.00
Price DCT: €36,000.00

Features

Contemorary edge

The Goldwing 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.

Get comfy

Comfort, heat management and air management vastly improved from the previous model – the new design channels airflow around the rider and pillion, effectively providing a pleasant cooling breeze. A smaller electric screen, operated from the left handlebar provides excellent wind protection in conjunction with a sense of space and freedom when required.

LED

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.

Go cruising

The Gold Wing’s cruise control has evolved; the set speed is now shown in the bottom left area of the speedometer with a smoother transition to the specified speed and a much smoother operation, especially when going uphill.

Storage

The rear top box of the ‘Tour’ versions will hold 2 full-face helmets; combined with the panniers 110L storage capacity is available

Luxurious instrumentation

The 7-inch full-colour 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.

Smart key

The ignition and handlebar lock can be turned on or off while just carrying the smart key. A push button opens the panniers and top box and the unlock button on the smart key enables the passenger to instantly access the saddlebags and the rear luggage box.

Get smart

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.

Weight saving

Total weight saving of 48kg compared to the previous model, with die-cast aluminium twin beam frame designed to package the (now much more compact) engine in a tighter space.

Take your pick

The manual transmission is now 6-speed, while the new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) features 7-speeds, with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode. It also features a creep forward and back function. The manual machine employs the same reverse system as the previous design.

Working together

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.

Specifications

Engine
Bore × Stroke (mm) 74 x71
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with automatic choke with automatic choke
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Engine Displacement (cc) 1832
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve SOHC flat-6
Max. Power Output 87kW/5,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 167Nm/4,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Starter Electric
Wheels
Brakes Front 296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic discs with 3-piston calipers, Combined ABS, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear 316 x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston caliper, Combined ABS and sintered metal pads.
Suspension Front 45mm telescopic fork with anti-dive, 140mm stroke
Suspension Rear Pro-Link Pro-Arm with electronically-controlled spring preload adjustment, 105mm axle travel
Tyre Size Front 130/70 R18 (63H)
Tyre Size Rear 180/60 R16 (74H)
Wheels Front Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Wheels Rear Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Dimensions and Weights
Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V-20Ah
Caster Angle 29° 15’
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2630 x 945 x 1455
Frame type Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 25 litres
Fuel Consumption 43.1mpg (WMTC mode)
Ground Clearance (mm) 125
Kerb Weight (kg) 421
Seat Height (mm) 740
Trail (mm) 109
Wheelbase (mm) 1690
Transmission
Clutch Hydraulic, wet multiplate with coil springs
Final Drive Enclosed shaft
Gearbox 5-speed (including overdrive. Plus electric reverse)
Instruments and Electrics
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance