Pictures of Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing, set to be unveiled next month, have been leaked on the internet. If all were to go according to Honda’s plan, the new Gold Wing was set for a global debut just ahead to the Tokyo Motor Show. So much for that plan. And since they have leaked on the internet anyway, here’s what we could decipher on what to expect and not to expect with Honda motorcycles legendary flagship cruiser.
First off, the flat-six engine 1800 cc engine seems to have been retained, but that’s about as much as has been retained. The new girder front suspension system replaces the old telescopic forks. Now, this should make the massive Goldwing, which is nothing short of a recliner with a 1800cc motor, easier around corners. The motor will get the DCT treatment in terms of transmission, although if one was to consider the Africa Twins DCT be any kind of benchmark we are sure that the Honda Goldwing DCT will be bang on. Interestingly some patent applications would have us believe that Honda has given the GoldWing a reverse gear. If that sounds strange to you, you’ve probably never needed to 407 kg (wet weight) Honda Goldwing out of a tight spot in traffic. That considered it may well be Honda’s USP trump card for the new Goldwing. It is likely to be fully-automatic however according to the images, we see that Honda might offer a semi-automatic shifter kit with it like on the Africa Twin. Honda has even gone about addressing the Gold Wing's lack of an electrically-adjustable visor.
What seems to be the centrepiece to 2018 Honda Goldwing identity is the new console, or dashboard (?), there’s a large central display that suggests and tank mounted control unit that would not feel out of place on the centre console of a luxury sedan. Although the presence of the centrally mounted controls would suggest the absence of a touchscreen. We also suspect that the Goldwing will get electronically adjustable, semi-active suspension. If that sounds, a bit aggressive, there is a good reason for it, Honda’s Goldwing has traditionally been the most sci-fi motorcycle on earth. Think of it as half a ton of wonderful Honda R&D.
Interestingly, Honda does have the GoldWing on sale in India currently and it’s been doing fair numbers, ie for a Rs32 lakh motorcycle. This also means that Honda will probably be bringing the bike to India later next year, although the big question is will we get to see it at the 2018 Auto Expo. Well, we sure hope so! Until we do know, enjoy the pictures.
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