Honda - The new GoldWing has landed!
To say the launch of the new Gold Wing is important to Honda would be something of an understatement to say the least! The Big H have stepped up to the plate on this one. They appear, at first glance, to have aced it!
The new ‘Wing is a thoroughly new machine with a whole load of new features. Cleverly, it isn’t any less of a Goldwing than the previous model. Speaking of which, the bike was first launched 43 short years ago and has grown in engine size and capability ever since.
The new bike is powered by a 1,833cc flat six that produces five more ponies than the last model. The new engine has such significant changes and is so fuel efficient that the tank is now smaller than the old bike. The range offered is better. Very clever indeed.
The bikes chassis has been comprehensively reworked. The front end is reminiscent of a ‘Cossack’ system with a double wishbone suspension system. This allows the front wheel to sit closer to the engine with positive knock on effects on the bikes mass centralisation and shorter chassis which allows it to handle better and feel lighter than it is.
Honda Goldwing - Exceptional
The standard equipment is nothing short of exceptional. The inbuilt satellite navigation system comes with ten years of upgrades. So no more satnav envy when you board a ferry and meet someone on a BMW! The ignition is keyless. While it works on proximity to the fob, the rider can ‘lock’ the bike even with the fob in range. If, say a journalist is riding it and they loose the fob, then the bike can be started with a code. The same goes for the luggage.
Even though it’s a motorcycle it comes with Apple Car play. In other words, the full suite of Appleness that we were so impressed with when we ‘borrowed’ Uncle Tonys Mustang earlier this year. All of this is displayed on a TFT screen with a traditional rev counter and speedo on each side and more buttons than a Cadburys delivery truck at the start of a busy day, all of which are beautifully backlit.
As with a number of new Honda's including the X Adv, the NC750 and the Africa Twin, the new bike comes with the option to have the seven speed DCT drive system. The DCT bike has walking pace forward and reverse while the standard gearbox has a reverse gear as before. There are no more excuses for poor parking! Best of all the bike now has an infinitely adjustable electric screen.
The new Goldwing is available from official Honda dealers nationwide. Call the team at M50 Honda on 01 438 1999 for more details.