FIRST leaked shots of the 2018 Honda Gold Wing

Se­cret pho­tos from Ja­panese sources have the bike com­ing along with the hugely-im­proved duo-lever front end.

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These images, not from any of­fi­cial source, are re­port­edly the first pic­tures of the new-for-2018 Honda Gold Wing. No doubt this mo­tor­cy­cle is go­ing to be packed with fea­tures and more elec­tronic wiz­ardry than the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion – but the first thing that stands out most about the bike is the new front end.

It was Septem­ber 2015 when we first told you about the Duolever front sus­pen­sion unit com­ing to the Wing; at the time the idea seemed pretty log­i­cal be­cause the com­plex steer­ing sys­tem is widely re­garded as giv­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of ride and feed­back on the move.

Soon af­ter the idea was floated by Honda in­sid­ers, a cou­ple of patents filed by the Ja­panese fac­tory re­vealed that this plan for the bike was at least one of the ideas that had made it past the first stage and into pre-pro­duc­tion plan­ning for the iconic su­per-cruiser-tourer.

And if these images of the fin­ished bike, claimed to be a di­rect leak from within Honda, are ac­cu­rate then the Duolever sys­tem has been put on the flat-six cylin­der pow­ered, 1832cc tourer. Gone are the pre­vi­ous, con­ven­tional 45mm tele­scopic forks fit­ted with anti-dive and 140mm of travel in favour of the Duolever sys­tem. Other changes vis­i­ble be­tween the cur­rent model and next year’s ver­sion ex­tend to the fair­ing which is nar­rower than be­fore.

The bike’s head­lights are multi-LED items with the mir­rors now pulled in to be a flush part of the frontal out­line of the bike.

The wind­screen also looks con­sid­er­ably larger on the new bike than the one it re­places. The Bag­ger ver­sion of the Wing’s screen is around the same size as the one on the cur­rent mo­tor­cy­cle though.

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