The legendary touring machine has shed weight and profile while gaining more power and gizmos and it is finally here
HONDA MOTORCYCLE AND SCOOTER India (HMSI) have launched the latest version of the iconic touring machine, GL1800 Goldwing, with a price tag of Rs 26.85 lakh (exshowroom). The latest Goldwing has gone under the knife for beautification and it looks superb with its angular design that is in keeping with the current trend. The fairing of the new Goldwing has been revised extensively. It’s smaller, with ducts now channelling the air to the back rather than passing it over the fairing. This makes the bike more aerodynamic and fuel-efficient. The tank, too, has been reduced from 25 litres of 21 litres but, thanks to all the changes, it still delivers the same range.
The windscreen has now become slimmer and is electronically controlled for greater convenience. The old bulbous headlamp unit has been replaced by a sleeker and sharper-looking unit that features LED lighting. Honda have also reduced the size of the top box and the panniers. However, you still have 110 litres of luggage space at your disposal.
The biggest change comes in the form of the new front suspension. The old telescopic front fork is replaced by a double wishbone suspension unit that uses a central monoshock unit with a pair of steering rods. Honda claim that this new system has improved the overall rideability of the Goldwing, making it smoother and nimbler. Suspension at both ends is now electronically adjustable and comes with four modes ― rider, rider and luggage, rider and pillion, and rider and pillion with luggage. Another big change comes in the form of a new aluminium twin-beam frame which reduces the weight by two kilos as compared to the old frame.
The new Goldwing also receives a brand-new engine that retains the same opposed flat-six configuration and 1,832 cc, but gets all-new internal components that are lighter and have resulted in the engine being 6.2 kg lighter. This engine also gets four valves per cylinder, which has raised the peak output to 126 PS and 169.5 Nm. For India, the engine will come with a seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Honda DCT (Dual
Clutch Transmission) is now in its thirdgeneration and comes with Drive, Sport and Manual modes. It also features a ‘Walk’ mode that, as the name suggests, lets the bike crawl on at one mph (1.6 km/h). It also comes with a reverse gear or mode that helps you reverse the bike using the engine’s power. That, however, is limited to 0.7 mph (1.1 km/h).
All these changes have made the bike much lighter than before ― the new Goldwing weighs just 383 kg. That’s a massive weight reduction of 30 kg as compared to its predecessor.
The new Goldwing also gets a new gizmo in the form of a large seven-inch full-colour TFT screen that acts exactly like a car’s infotainment system, though it’s not a touchscreen system. It features multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth and USB and comes with Apple CarPlay as well. It comes equipped with GPS navigation. The dashboard includes analogue speedometer and tachometer along with tiny digital displays for various bike-related information. The audio system is still present but now with greater sound clarity and passenger audio controls on top of the pannier. The Goldwing gets keyless ignition. Just use the fob that activates the bike. It can also be used to lock and unlock the pannier boxes.
The new Honda Goldwing is available in two variants, namely, Goldwing and Goldwing Tour. You can book your Goldwing now at HMSI’s Wing World outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. Deliveries will start only from early 2018 on a first-comefirst-served basis.