Motorcycles Getting Technical With The 2018 Honda Gold Wing

23:11  05 april  2018
23:11  05 april  2018 Source:   Motorcyclist

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The 2018 wing has significantly less cargo space and carries one gallon less gas. Challenges. Thinning down the bike to draw in new customers while not alienating the Gold Wing ’s core rider meant Honda had to get creative.

The 2018 wing has considerably much less cargo area and carries one gallon much less fuel. Challenges. Thinning down the bike to attract in new clients whereas not alienating the Gold Wing ’s core rider meant Honda needed to get inventive.

A lighter, slimmer, faster tourer© Motorcyclist Staff A lighter, slimmer, faster tourer

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.

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You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Getting Technical With The 2018 Honda Gold Shedding that weight demanded some concessions. The 2018 wing has significantly less cargo space and carries one gallon less gas. Challenges.

Honda unveiled the 2018 GL 1800 Goldwing on the opening day of the 45th Tokyo Motor Show(Credit: Honda ). Get a taste of Honda 's new uber-tourer in the following video.

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.

Timeline

The last seismic change to the Gold Wing came in 2001. In 2012 the shape and appearance of the Wing’s bodywork was updated—then development started on the new generation. “The development period cannot be answered from a confidential point of view,” said Yutaka Nakanishi, large project lead for the Gold Wing. “However, it took lots of time to develop compared with other models.”

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The Honda Gold Wing and I are both headed into our 43rd year. Unlike me, the Gold Wing keeps getting lighter, sportier and more efficient. The 2018 version of the venerable six-cylinder sheds 80 pounds, picks up a claimed 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and sports a nifty

As we arrived at the track, we got our first glimpse of the new 2018 Honda Gold Wing (the bagger model) and Gold Wing Tour (with top trunk). But I was eager to dive deeper into the technical changes by experiencing the bike firsthand.

Design

Honda is trying to move away from a “La-Z-Boy on wheels” image. Slimming things up with an emphasis on the smooth line from the bottom of the tank to the back of the saddlebags makes for a flowing and cohesive design.

Fork in the Road

Honda claims its dual wishbone front suspension provides more efficient damping than telescoping forks while offering a lighter-feeling ride. Because of the more vertical movement of the front wheel during compression, the suspension requires less room to operate, enabling engineers to move the rider 36mm (1.4 inches) farther forward on the bike.

Packaging

New models are 80 pounds lighter than the bike they replace. Shedding that weight demanded some concessions. The 2018 wing has significantly less cargo space and carries one gallon less gas.

Challenges

Thinning down the bike to draw in new customers while not alienating the Gold Wing’s core rider meant Honda had to get creative. “To summarize, it was balance,” Nakanishi said. “Lightweight, compact, Gold Wing’s unique comfort, and quality, to show the pleasure of owning and riding a Gold Wing.”

Tech

Apple CarPlay-equipped infotainment and navigation are displayed on a 7-inch screen. Lean-angle-sensitive ride modes and linked ABS, optional dual-clutch transmission, cruise control, electronic suspension adjustments, and Hill Start Assist make the ride less strenuous and safer. Luxury features—heated seats, keyless ignition, and a quality speaker system—help maintain the Wing’s fancy feel.

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