Africa Twin Adventure / Gold Wing
New GL1800 Gold Wing is lighter, slimmer and more powerful but it’s no less luxurious
Announced at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda’s new Gold Wing has gone on a diet, been stuffed full of new gizmos and had a power boost to boot.
The new Wing is much smaller than the old one, with a big reduction in fairing size improving efficiency so much that the four-litre smaller tank has the same range. The luggage has also shrunk but there’s still 110 litres and the top box still holds two lids.
The engine is new too, and it’s paired to a new ride-by-wire throttle, with all the associated throttle maps and traction control you’d expect. The suspension is now electronically adjustable (see box), the connectivity has had a boost to include Apple Carplay and it’s even got a 7-speed DCT gearbox.