Since its introduction as a 1000cc naked in 1975, has always represented the ultimate in traveling on two wheels.
For 2018, in response to demographic and motorcycle market developments, it radically departed from what would have been a traditional upgrade path. The GL1800 Gold Wing and Gold Wing ‘Tour’ They took a new direction and, by completely revamping from bottom to top, they became slimmer, lighter and more agile – a motorcycle much more focused on the rider.
And as a result, the appeal of the Gold Wing Tour is instantly broadened, reaching a younger generation of riders who may have overlooked or simply not been aware of previous versions. In 2020, standard LED fog lights, larger passenger handles, and improved suspension and low-speed handling further complemented the extraordinary horizontal six-cylinder engine that beats at the heart of Honda’s premium touring.
For 2021, the Gold Wing Tour gains cargo capacity, improved passenger comfort and an upgrade to its audio system, further cementing its appeal.
The aluminum double-girder frame is built to incorporate a front double wishbone, allowing the engine to be positioned further forward on the machine – as the front wheel moves up and down in a more vertical plane – and provides control of the suspension and high-quality front axle stability thanks to its rigidity and low friction. Damping is electronically adjusted.
Optimized in size, the horizontal six cylinder 24V engine loses none of its power, of its overwhelming pair nor of its addictive response. The addition of electronic throttle control Throttle By Wire (TBW) brought with it 4 driving modes: TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN; the behavior of Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) varies depending on the selected mode. He Hill Start Assist (HSA) and (on DCT option) Idling Stop idling offer ease of use and improve fuel economy. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) ensures rear-wheel traction.
The manual transmission is 6-speed, while in the DCT version it is 7-speed, with the touch of the clutch, the speed of the change and the range of rpm of raising and low gears specifically adapted to each driving mode. It also incorporates a slow forward and reverse function.
A fairing with efficient aerodynamics channels air away around the driver, while its windshield screen adjusts to suit preferences; the seats also provide long-shift comfort and, for 2021, feature a new suede / synthetic leather upholstery. The angle of the passenger backrest is also more comfortable. Updated speakers now offer higher sound quality. The Gold Wing Tour is compatible with Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™, so that the driver can use the personalized information and content on his smartphone, such as phone numbers and music lists. Bluetooth connectivity has been adopted and there are two USB Type C sockets.
The 7-inch TFT liquid crystal display and in full color, it provides information for the audio and navigation systems, as well as driving modes and suspension settings. The brightness is adjusted automatically and the driver can also choose between 8 levels of brightness. Tire pressure is displayed as a numerical data in the lower left area of the instruments.
The center console and Smart Key proudly feature the Gold Wing emblem. Its crisp two-tone 3D chrome design combines the strength and dignity of a lion’s head with the majestic wings of an eagle ready to leap with open claws.
By 2021, an additional 11 liters for the topbox increases the total capacity up to 121L. As an option, exclusive designer inner bags are available. The operation of the luggage space is simple. With the Smart Key present, the simple press of a button opens all cargo boxes.
The fuel tank capacity is 21 liters and consumption is 5.5 liters / 100km.
Launch angle and pitch are set at 30.5 ° / 109mm, with a 1695mm wheelbase. The Gold Wing Tour weighs 385kg in running order; the DCT 390kg version.
The maximum power of 93kW arrives @ 5,500rpm, with a maximum torque of 170Nm @ 4,500rpm. The diameter of 73mm is the same as the stroke, also 73mm; the left and right cylinders are offset 4mm and the sleeves are made of aluminum. The compression ratio is fixed at 10.5: 1.