‘The Neowing concept is more production-ready than first appears’
production-ready than it first appears. We already know that the engine and hybrid systems are under development for production, as are the transmission and the final drive. The chassis even appears to share at least elements of the two-piece design shown in some of the Gold Wing patents, and the leaning front suspension is a well-designed and plausible double-wishbone set-up.
There’s already a thriving aftermarket scene converting Gold Wings into three-wheelers, albeit in the more traditional trike configuration with two wheels at the back and no leaning capability. It caters to the growing group of riders, many of them ageing, who want the comfort and ability of a Gold Wing-like motorcycle, but aren’t comfortable with manhandling a 421kg motorcycle at low speeds. With the firm’s existing Gold Wing costing £23,499, the Neowing is unlikely to arrive at under £25k. Honda’s beancounters clearly believe in the potential profit of this new direction, not just with Neowing, but from a threewheeler platform perspective.