Africa Twin Ad­ven­ture / Gold Wing

New GL1800 Gold Wing is lighter, slim­mer and more pow­er­ful but it’s no less lux­u­ri­ous

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week In Mcn -

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.

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