How do you turn a bike that’s already considered the world’s best touring motorcycle into something even better? You can go to Honda and ask them what they were able to do with the 2012 Gold Wing.
The Japanese motorcycle brand has something special for the 2012 Gold Wing, starting with new bodywork that further complements what is the best engine and chassis package the touring world has in the market today. They were also able to put in a new audio system, an updated navigation system, and all-new functionality. Really, are there even any more questions as to what touring bike can match wits with the Gold Wing?
We hardly think that you can find a touring bike that offers such a comprehensive package, so with the 2012 Gold Wing, there’s really no reason to look for anything more. It has long been acknowledged as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, and the 2012 model more than lives up to the high standards of its predecessors.
Find out more about the 2012 Honda Gold Wing after the jump.
Regarded across the board as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, the 2012 Honda Gold Wing is straight-up one of the premier tourers on the market today. The Gold Wing offers the perfect mix of power, performance, handling, and touring comfort with travel-oriented credentials that make it one of the most beloved companions in long-distance joy rides.
The Gold Wing is a renowned bike with a refined drivetrain, delightfully sporty handling and unparalleled comfort for both rider and passenger. The Gold Wing also brings upgraded styling, increased luggage capacity, greater protection from wind and weather, and revised suspension settings for enhanced ride compliance.
On top it being the classic tourer that we’ve all come to love, the Honda Gold Wing also includes plenty of the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities, starting with an innovative user-friendly navigation system with the capability to share favorite ride routes with friends and other riders. The Gold Wing also incorporates a new built-in MP3/iPod interface and an SRS CS Auto technology surround-sound system for a premium listening experience.
Find out more about the Honda Gold Wing after the jump.
Check this out! A track riding instructor took his Honda Goldwing for a spin during a trackday in London, New Hampshire. The bike may not be exactly in its element and I’m sure the guy riding doesn’t feel as confident as on a CBR1000RR model, but as hard as it may be to believe, he actually manages to scrap a knee and live to tell the tale…or post in on youtube.
That’s kind of like driving a stretch limo around a race track only that much more spectacular!
You can spend a lot of money on a custom bike designed and built to suit your taste and still feel like the thing isn’t even yours? Maybe it is because you haven’t put your blood, sweat and tears into it. Take this case for instance. This 1976 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 powered by a gold four-cylinder engine was found on eBay and after being bought and given a magic touch, it has turned into a veritable café racer.
A simple look at it is enough to suspect this bike required some serious modifications, but we’ll have to say that a black and gold paint job, new tail section and fairing as well as new exhaust pipes do the trick in this case. The rest is just what makes the bike feel like belonging to a rider – all the time and energy put into it.
So, was it all worth it? Well, the thing is now Bike of the Month, March 2010 over at Naked Goldwings, so you decide.
The 2010 Honda Gold Wing comes more like a disappointment rather than the interesting new entry that the public had been expecting simply because the world’s ultimate touring motorcycle features no new technical innovation or design change that is characteristic to the class it proudly dominates and to it only. While remaining as reliable, comfortable and powerful as the previous generation model, the 2010 model year is a bit safer and the new color schemes still manage to make the bike stand out despite its old-fashioned look.
Honda spoils future owners of the 2009 Gold Wing with the addition of XM Radio featuring traffic and weather reporting capabilities, plus an automatic tire pressure monitoring system proving once again that finding new solutions for the customers needs is THE way to stay strong in this business.
Take this example! Jon Brough is a Police Sergeant whose life took a radical turn after he was shot in the face by a murder suspect who he had followed in 2006. After two years of medical attention both from medics and his wife Wendy, the ex Sergeant is about to accomplish its dream of getting back on the saddle after he had won a safety kit.
The kit involves a driver (in this case Jon’s wife, Wendy) which is supposed to ride along the sightless person and constantly give him indications of speed, direction, etc.
But how did the 50-years-old win this awesome kit? A member of the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Brough was entered by members of the group in a competition for a kit for a Lehman Trike, a three-wheeled vehicle with a passenger seat. Motorcycle enthusiast and comedian Jay Leno will present the kit in a ceremony in California (so that is why we can’t yet show pictures of it, not that we have them).
But as the whole point is to ride an actual bike, the Blue Knights are raising funds for buying a 2008 Honda Gold wing and adapting the kit on it. You can also contribute by making checks payable to Blue Knights Illinois Chapter 14 and send them to BK IL 14, P.O. Box 24353, Belleville, Ill. 62223, with “Jon Brough Bike Fund” on the memo line.
It is amazing how nowadays technology and innovation can practically beat someone’s faith. A few years ago, we’ve seen a similar story only that the blind person drove a sport car up to its top speed along its father driving another car while constantly giving him indications. From that we’ve learned that such things can only be done in a straight line, especially when it comes to a motorcycle.
In Japan, when it comes to towing cars, things tend to look extremely innovative. Ok, but this is the motorcycles section, you’ll say and I couldn’t agree more. That is why I would like to share with you the towing Honda Goldwing, a specially adapted piece of machinery which will hook you up with an illegal parking ticket if you’re traveling to Japan and take the bad habits with you. Who knows, maybe it would even be present around the globe.
Now it its 33rd year of production, the legendary Gold Wing remains the gold standard of luxury touring, thanks to satellite navigation, a premium audio system, a cold-weather comfort package, an industry-first fully integrated airbag and unrivaled performance.
Luxury touring. The powerful 1832cc flat-six Gold Wing has always defined this class. And new for 2006, the Gold Wing Premium Audio, Comfort Package, Navi & ABS model features anti-lock brakes, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigationâ„¢ and other exclusive features. It’s in a class of its own.