Gold Wing


Gold Wing / Overview

2012 Gold Wing: travel first class

Since its debut in 1975 as the GL1000, the Gold Wing has been acknowledged as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, a machine with the power, refinement and reliability to tour even the most far-flung destinations in complete comfort. The name “Gold Wing” has become synonymous with long-haul power and touring sophistication. Whilst undergoing continuous refinements, from stereo systems through warm-air ventilation to airbag technology, the Gold Wing has never lost sight of the fact that big-distance riders demand big-hearted performance.

Launched in 2001 after eight years of intensive research and development, the GL1800 added real dynamic ability and riding enjoyment to the Gold Wing’s repertoire. The bike’s box-section aluminium frame delivered stability and accurate steering at speed. It also worked with the unique flat-six engine to keep the centre of gravity low – a key factor in the bike’s surprising low-speed balance and agility, which made twisting mountain roads and even busy city streets a pleasure to negotiate.

But it is on the open road that the true luxury motorcycle has always been in its element. The Gold Wing’s unique fuel-injected flat-six engine delivers tireless performance together with incredible smoothness and minimal noise. Just as the engine enjoys a legendary reputation for reliability, so the rest of the machine is finished to the very highest standards, with outstanding build quality and paint finish. Meanwhile, the wind-deflecting fairing, huge carrying capacity and user-friendly features such as antilock brakes and the new, improved audio system are clear evidence of the effort and passion behind the latest evolution of this most advanced and full-featured touring motorcycle.

Gold Wing / Specification

Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve SOHC flat-6
Displacement 1,832cc
Bore x Stroke 74 x 71mm
Compression Ratio 9.8 : 1
Max. Power Output 87kW/5500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 167Nm/4000rpm (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 700rpm
Oil Capacity 4.6 litres
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with automatic choke
Throttle Bore 40mm
Air-cleaner Viscous, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 25 litres
Fuel Consumption 15.24km/l (43mpg)  (WMTC mode*)
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 2 degrees before top dead centre
Sparkplug Type BK type
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/20AH
ACG Power Generation Capacity 12V90A
Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Clutch operation Hydraulic
Transmission Type 5-speed (including overdrive, plus electric reverse)
Primary reduction 1.591 (78/49)
Gea Ratios 1    2.375 (38/16)
2    1.454 (32/22)
3    1.068 (31/29)
4    0.843 (27/32)
5    0.686 (24/35)
Final drive 2.750 (33/12)
Type Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,630mm x 945mm x 1,455mm
Wheelbase 1,690mm
Caster Angle 29° 15'
Trail 109mm
Head Turning Angle 3.3m
Seat Height 740mm
Ground Clearance 125mm
Kerb Weight 421kg (F:189kg; R: 232kg)
Maximum loaded weight 611kg
Type Front    45mm telescopic form with anti-dive, 140mm strok
Rear    Pro-Link Pro-Arm with electronically-controlled spring preload adjustment, 105mm axle travel
Type Front    Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Rear    Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front    18 x MT3.5
Rear   16 x MT5
Tyre Size Front    130/70 R18 (63H)
Rear    180/60 R16 (74H)
Type Front    296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calipers, ABS, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Rear    316 x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston caliper, CBS, ABS and sintered metal pads
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice. 
* Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

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