This & That: 2018 Honda Gold Wing Tour Airbag Automatic DCT
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43 years after the first GL model hit the road Honda has backed up the legendary touring bike by introducing a completely refreshed model that not only sports a ton of new features, but is one of the most technologically advanced and luxurious motorcycles on the market. Redesigned from the ground up for 2018, this Goldwing model hits the road more than 80 pounds lighter with an innovative double wishbone front suspension, automatic 7-speed DCT transmission, and a more powerful and fuel efficient 1833cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. Having already established itself as one of the ultimate long distance touring motorcycle, things get even better for the iconic Wing in 2018 with features like throttle-by-wire with four ride modes ; Tour, Sport, Econ and Rain. There is also Honda's Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) for improved rear wheel traction, Hill Start Assist (HSA), and a forward and reverse walking mode for precarious situations. The electronic accoutrements continue with an electrically adjustable windscreen a smart key system, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity, and airbag deployment for impact protection.
Smart key activates the motorcycle's systems, can lock or unlock the ignition and handlebar lock, and opens the panniers and top box all by remote.
The centerpiece of the cockpit is the 7-inch, full-color, TFT LCD which provides infotainment (Apple CarPlay) navigation, and manages displays HSTC and suspension adjustments as well as tire pressure.
The double-wishbone front-suspension system reduces friction and enhances agility as well as changes the path the wheel travels through the suspension stroke for improved handling.
The new Gold Wing's DCT features a 1.1mph forward Walking Mode with reverse of 10.7mph, operated instantly from a +/- switch on the left handlebar.
You Should Get That:Top Notch Touring Gear
Shoei GT-Air Swayer Full Face Helmet - $670.99
Dual Layer EPS liner provides enhanced impact absorption while allowing unrestricted cooling airflow through channels for great ventilation. One touch deployable QSV-1 sun shield blocks 99% of the sun's damaging UV rays. Reduced wind noise without blocking the road's "informative sounds.
Alpinestars Vence Drystar Textile Jacket - $349.95
Multi material main shell construction with PU coating for durability, abrasion and tear resistance and protection from the elements. Waterproof/breathable Drystar liner. Removable/replaceable C.E.-certified shoulder and elbow protection.
Alpinestars Primer Drystar Leather/Textile Gloves - $99.95
Durable poly fabric main shell with leather reinforcements and advanced polymer hard knuckle protector. Waterproof Drystar performance sealed triple layer construction. Insulating membrane for colder climates.
Alpinestars Radon Drystar Boots - $199.95
Durable and advanced touring boot with class leading protection inside and out. Drystar membrane provides 100% waterproofing. Ergonomic toe box construction for improved compatibility with bike's controls and for superior comfort.
Battery chemistry selection with proper charge algorithm for lead-acid, flooded or sealed maintenance free (AGM and gel cell), and Lithium batteries. Automatically switches to float/maintenance voltage after fully charging the battery.
Made from a water resistant lightweight UV treated Tri-Max polyester. Soft windshield liner helps protect against scratching and hazing. Silver heat resistant lower panels help protect from hot exhaust pipes.