A lighter, slim­mer, faster tourer

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Mor­gan Gales

HONDA’S FIRST GOLD WING, in 1975, was engi­neered as a large-dis­place­ment sport­bike. It wasn’t un­til years later that Honda de­ter­mined cus­tomers were us­ing the Gold Wing to rack up mas­sive miles. The re­al­iza­tion changed the bike’s de­sign di­rec­tion, ce­ment­ing its des­tiny as a leg­endary tour­ing ma­chine. Not only did “The Wing” be­come a sym­bol of tour­ing com­fort, but it also be­came one of the most for­ward-think­ing and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced mo­tor­cy­cles on the mar­ket.

Forty years and six gen­er­a­tions later, we see Honda rein­vent­ing the le­gend again. The goal was a faster, more ca­pa­ble mo­tor­cy­cle loaded with enough tech to last an­other decade.

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