2018 GL 1800 Gold Wing – IMPRESSIVE. Meet Honda’s New Flagship Model

2018 GL 1800 Gold Wing - IMPRESSIVE. Meet Honda’s new flagship model 1

Smaller, lighter and more agile. Plus: 7-speed DCT gearbox and a new double wishbone suspension

Smaller, much lighter and much more agile. Honda launched its new GL 1800 Gold Wing at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. The all-new Gold Wing features new technologies including a newly-developed horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine, 7-speed DCT and Honda’s original double wishbone suspension. The GOLDWING is planned to go on sale through Honda's new "Honda Dream" sales channel to be launched in April 2018.


Sharing a common engine and chassis platform, the new ‘Wing will be available as the base model GL1800 Gold Wing, and as a ‘Tour’ edition with top box, which will also offer a version equipped with DCT and air bag. Depending on the variant, up to 48kg has been saved compared to the previous model.


New Gold Wing Key Features


    •    Total weight saving of 48kg compared to the previous modeL
    •    Brand new aluminium beam frame moves the engine and rider forward
    •    Double wishbone front suspension and redesigned Pro-Arm
   •    Front and rear damping level adjusts to suit riding mode selected
   •    Rear spring preload electrically adjustable
   •    Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS)



    •    Performance figures: 93 KW (125 HP) @ 5.500 rpm and 170 NM of torque @ 4.500 rpm
    •    Extensively revised flat six-cylinder engine 6.2kg lighter, with 4 valves per cylinder
    •    Throttle By Wire (TBW) adds 4 rider modes to tailor power output: Tour, Sport, Econ, Rain
    •    The rider modes also manage HSTC, suspension damping and brake force
    •    Idling Stop and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) on DCT version
    •    Hill Start Assist (HSA)
    •    7 speed DCT or 6-speed manual gearbox with assist/slipper clutch


Styling & Equipment

    •    Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath
    •    Improved comfort, heat management and air management
    •    Electric windscreen adjustable for angle and height
    •    Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)
    •    Ample luggage capacity for touring, and top box still takes 2 full-face helmets
    •    7-inch TFT display provides navigation and audio information
    •    Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to use their device
    •    Full LED lighting and auto-cancelling indicators
    •    Smart key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage


Dual Clutch Transmission

    •    Third-generation DCT with 7-speeds
    •    Smoother, quieter with faster upshifts and downshifts
    •    Walking mode allows machine to ‘creep’ forward or back
    •    The 4 riding modes also manage DCT for optimised response


2018 GL 1800 Gold Wing Tech Specs

Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24 valve SOHC flat-6
Displacement 1,833cc
Valves per cylinder 4
Bore x Stroke 73mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 93kW/5500rpm
Max. Torque 170Nm/4500rpm
Oil Capacity 4.4 litres (MT) / 5.6 litres (DCT)
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 50mm
Air cleaner Viscous, cartridge type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.1 litres
Fuel Consumption 5.6 litres/100km
Starter Integrated Starter Generator system
Battery Capacity 12V/20AH
ACG Power Generation Capacity 12V/120A
Clutch Type (MT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with coil springs, assist slipper cam

(DCT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with oil pressure

Transmission Type 6 speed MT (including overdrive. Plus electric reverse)

7-speed forward and reverse DCT

Primary Reduction 1.795 (79/44)
Gear Ratios (DCT) 1st: 2.167 2nd: 1.696 3rd: 1.304 4th: 1.038 5th: 0.821 6th: 0.667 7th: 0.522 Rev: 1.190

(MT) 1st: 2.200 2nd: 1.417 3rd: 1.036 4th: 0.821 5th: 0.667 6th: 0.522

Final Reduction Engine side 0.972

Rear Wheel side 2.615

Final Drive Enclosed shaft
Type Aluminum die-cast, twin tube
Dimensions (L´W´H) Gold Wing

L: 2,475mm

W: 925mm

H: 1,340mm


Gold Wing ‘Tour’

L: 2,575mm

W: DCT 905mm / MT 925mm

H: 1,430mm

Wheelbase 1695mm
Caster Angle 30.5°
Trail 109mm
Turning radius 3.4m
Seat Height 745mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight Gold Wing: 365kg


Gold Wing ‘Tour’: MT 379kg / DCT 383kg

Type Front Double Wishbone
Type Rear Pro Link
Type Front 130/70R 18
Type Rear 200/55R 16
Rim Size Front 18 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 16 x MT6.0
System Type Electronically-controlled combined ABS system
Type Front 320mm x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 6-piston calliper, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 316mm x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads

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