After gaining huge popularity
with its introduction in Africa Twin, Honda brings the DCT convenience in the
Gold Wing. The third generation DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission) is the first
with seven speeds. This new DCT offers a special low-speed “walking” mode in
addition to reverse. It’s a huge help when maneuvering into or out of parking
spaces with a passenger on the back.
The new Gold Wing’s die-cast aluminium twin
beam frame is stiffer and lighter by 2kg. A first for Honda globally is the
Gold Wing’s new double wishbone front suspension which reduces friction in
comparison to traditional telescopic setup. The tourer is now easier to
manoeuvre and feels noticeably nimbler. Rear spring gets 4 settings of preload
relative to load which can be checked on the swanky new 7 inch TFT screen.
The new Honda Gold Wing is powered by a
completely reworked 1,833cc engine, still as a horizontally-opposed flat six,
but now with four valves per cylinder instead of two. The engine delivers peak power
of 125bhp @ 5,500rpm, with peak torque at 170Nm @ 4,500rpm.
The newly introduced Throttle
By Wire (TBW) adds 4 rider modes to prevent loss of grip in the rear wheel (Tour,
Sport, Econ and Rain). The rider modes manage HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control),
suspension damping for heightened rider control. It comes with a brake force
Idling Stop and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) for an ultra-quiet start-up.
The Gold Wing is equipped with ABS and Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS) as
standard to optimally distribute braking force to the front and rear wheels.
The inclusion of a new Hill Start Assist adds ease of use.
Key Features of the 2018 Honda Gold Wing
• New Cruise control via Throttle By Wire
• New Electric windscreen
adjustable for angle and height
• New Apple CarPlay
Integration allows iPhone users to connect their smartphones with the Gold Wing
• New 7-inch TFT colour
• New Full LED lighting and
• New Smart key control adds
convenience for ignition and luggage