The leg­endary tour­ing ma­chine has shed weight and pro­file while gain­ing more power and giz­mos and it is fi­nally here

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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.

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