The Honda Gold Wing
standard of big touring bikes, the Honda Gold Wing has been named Bike of
the Year by Cycle World 17 times. It has an 1832cc liquid-cooled
horizontal 6 cylinder with opposed pistons which some call the only design
for touring. The ride is smooth and vibration-free. It has a Programmed
Fuel Injection system with a computer-controlled ignition. A single
overhead cam valve train has two valves per cylinder.
The Gold Wing’s transmission is 5-speed including Reverse and Overdrive,
which makes for a more efficient ride. Comfort and safety amenities
include CB, CD, intercom between rider and passenger, XM radio, GPS moving
maps, cold-weather comfort, even a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System and
Anti-lock Braking system. The Gold Wing was the first motorcycle to
feature an airbag. A Final Drive shaft system is efficient and easy to
Gold Wing front suspension has a 45mm cartridge fork with an Anti-dive
system and 5.5 inches of travel. On the larger rear wheel, Honda’s
computer-controlled Pro-Arm single-side swingarm features a Pro-Link
single shock with a spring-preload adjustment and 4.1 inches of travel.
Dual disc brakes in front and rear with a CBS system on both to facilitate
braking both wheels at the same time.
Riders will find a low seat height (29.1 inches) and a weight between 895
to 928 pounds, depending on the options added. The fuel capacity is a
large 6.6 gallons and 36 miles per gallon. A new Gold Wing comes with a
three-year, transferable, unlimited mileage warranty; an extended Honda
Protection Plan is available as well.
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