Japanese two wheeler manufacturer Honda has unveiled the 2018 Goldwing. The new Goldwing, also known as the Honda GL1800, sheds up to 48 kgs when compared to the previous generation model. The 2018 Goldwing will be available in three variants including the standard Goldwing, Goldwing Tour and the Goldwing Tour with DCT and airbag.
2018 Honda Goldwing Expected Prices
The 2018 Honda Goldwing is expected to arrive with a premium over the outgoing model that retails in India at INR 29.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
2018 Honda Goldwing Expected Launch Date
The new Honda Goldwing is likely to make it to Indian shores sometime in 2018.
2018 Honda Goldwing Design And Styling
The new face of the 2018 Honda Goldwing is forward-slanting and is combined with the compact fairing proportions. The key line of the body, stretching front to back, highlights the differing upper and lower bodywork functions while showcasing the reduced overall size of the machine. A central element is the fairing, with its sharp and solid flat surfaces. The previous model’s large fairing was designed to provide a pocket of still air behind it but the new approach is to channel airflow around the rider and pillion, providing a cooling breeze. The reduced aerodynamic drag has also helped improve fuel efficiency.
Gone too is the large windscreen, and in its place a smaller electric screen, operated from the left handlebar. It provides wind protection. Screen angle and height adjustment is step-less. Available as options are a larger screen, a fully-adjustable deflector for the arms and upper body and fixed deflectors for the lower legs and feet. From a seating perspective rider and pillion are separated, the rider can enjoy riding the bike while the pillion can sit back and enjoy the ride.
The new Gold Wing’s die-cast aluminium twin beam frame is designed to package the engine in a tighter space, 40 mm further forward. Its structural thickness has been optimized in each area to deliver a smooth and stable ride, from walking speed upwards, whether on tight city streets or out on the open road. The frame and swing-arm together are 2 kgs lighter than the previous model.
2018 Honda Goldwing Features and Details
The new Honda Goldwing now comes equipped with all LED lighting. The lower portion of the headlights use 5 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.
Honda has added a few new features such as Cruise Control with Throttle By Wire that features four rider modes including Tour, Sport, Econ and Rain. The company also offers Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) which maintains rear wheel traction while the suspension damping while the Combined Brake System (CBS) alter depending on mode selected. The model now comes equipped with Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Idling Stop.
Also, through Throttle By Wire (TBW), the system is claimed to have 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. For the DCT variant (in AT mode) after completing the deceleration with the cruise control system in operation – and resuming the previous speed – the Gold Wing returns to the preset with an appropriate shifting schedule.
Coming to the cockpit, the different low-contrast colours with dark tones are applied to the dials while a ring with a metal texture surrounds each dial and the graduations glow in LED. The seven inch color TFT LCD screen with a Gyrocompass provides infotainment-related information while also 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. Also on offer is Apple CarPlay, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Brightness adjusts automatically 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.
The new Gold Wing emblem on the centre console and smart key 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. 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.
2018 Honda Goldwing Engine and Performance
Honda has re-tuned the 1,833cc engine for the 2018 Goldwing. Still as a horizontally opposed flat six engine, but now with four valves per cylinder rather than two, more compact in size and weighs 6.2 kgs lighter over is predecessor. Peak power of 125 bhp arrives at 5,500rpm while the peak torque of 170 Nm is delivered at 4,500rpm.
The addition of Throttle By Wire (TBW) has brought with it four rider modes to alter the engine’s character and power delivery, linked to Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), suspension damping and the Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS).
The Dual Clutch Transmission in the 2018 Goldwing is the third all-new generation of the system and the first to have 7-speeds, specifically designed for long-distance cruising. The new Gold Wing’s DCT features a 1.1 mph forward Walking Mode with reverse of 10.7 mph, operated from a +/- switch on the left handlebar.
2018 Honda Goldwing Technical Specifications
|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)|
|CO2 emissions||Gold Wing and Gold Wing ‘Tour’ MT version:|
Gold Wing ‘Tour’ with DCT and air bag: 131 g/km
|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|
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