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2008 Honda Gold Wing

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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.

Test drive


Comparing H-D Ultra Classic, BMW LT and Honda Goldwing, the ’wing is the correct choice for any real rider. I can’t believe the way this thing handles! To be more precise, it handles like a dream with power to spare. It is truly the last bike you need. I loved the way the bike did everything I needed and more.

The bike is smooth, quiet and sails along effortlessly. Although a bit of a monster at slow speeds, once underway the bike seems to move with the grace of a race horse at full gallop. With the comfort package, the heated grips and seats make the wing seem more like a luxury sedan than a motorcycle. The seat is much comfortable than any other cruiser. You ride for 5 hours and you still keep up.

This has been the best bike I have ever ridden. I was surprised with the speed & quickness of this Gold Wing. Balanced so well that sometimes feet not needed on stops or hands on bars unless you want them, and even non-stop to 181 miles in 3.25 hrs in stop & go traffic jams. I could have never done this on any other machine.

The audio system is user friendly and the sound quality surprised me. Despite the fact that I’ve been told before about the insignificant part of the navigation system( „Columbus was able to use a map, so we will too :P” ), I found the navi system very functional and useful. And I liked that.

However, I have two complaints to write down: the first one is the position of the foot pegs. You’ll need to get yourself some hi-way pegs and that should remedy it. The second complaint is about the high pitched whine while the bike is at idle and at lower speeds. You don’t hear it above 25-30 mph. It is not nerve racking, but I do find it somewhat irritating.

Conclusion


Overall, I loved riding this bike. It is much more than I expected. It never ceased to amaze me. Good power, great handling for a beast, and great fuel mileage. If you’re a Goldwing owner and you are considering a change, don’t, this bike is what a real touring bike should be. BUT, if you wanted to show off and bought yourself a Harley and you still consider yourself a real rider, buy a Goldwing. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER!!


Features

Honda Gold Wing

New for 2008

New Metallic Red, Pearl White, Titanium and Black join Dark Red Metallic color.

Unique Features


Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System

  • Fully integrated navigation system with color screen.
  • Complete United States and Canada mapping with points of interest installed.
  • Points-of-interest information includes Honda dealers, fuel stations, restaurants, lodging, attractions, transportation, government and emergency information and saved rider’s input with home function.
  • Voice prompting through headsets or speakers.
  • On-screen text guidance and pop-up menus.
  • Easy-to-use handlebar- and fairing-mounted controls.
  • Navigation available on select models.


Cold-Weather Comfort Package

  • Five-position heated grips for cold-weather riding.
  • Five-position heated seat/backrest combination with individual rider and passenger controls for optimum comfort.
  • Foot-warming system channels engine-heated air over the rider’s feet and is controlled by a fairing-mounted lever.
  • Cold-Weather Comfort Package available on select models.


State-of-the-Art Premium Audio System

  • 80-watt-per-channel power amplifier provides clear, crisp sound at all highway speeds.
  • Six-element speaker system includes two rear speakers and a pair of front tweeters for a rich, full sound quality.
  • Tuner features auto bass control combined with auto volume control.
  • Standard on all Gold Wing® models.


Airbag

  • Industry-first fully integrated rider airbag on a motorcycle.
  • The airbag module contains the airbag and inflator and is positioned in front of the rider.
  • The airbag Electronic Control Unit (ECU), positioned to the right of the module, analyzes signals from the crash sensors to determine whether or not to inflate the airbag.
  • Four crash sensors attached two per side on the front fork detect changes in acceleration caused by frontal impacts.
  • From the moment an impact is recognized as a collision, only 0.015 seconds elapses until the airbag inflation is activated.
  • Airbag available only on full-featured version.

A complete line of bolt-on accessories and appearance items.

Engine/Drivetrain


Powerful, fuel-injected 1832cc six-cylinder engine produces smooth, effortless power—118 bhp and 125 lb./ft. of torque—while surpassing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2008 emissions standards.
Low, forward engine placement and solid engine-mounting produce excellent road handling characteristics and impressive low-speed maneuverability.
High-pressure-formed, sintered-iron Nickalloy crankshaft bearing caps provide quiet operation throughout the engine’s operating-temperature range.
Parallel two-valve cylinder-head design utilizes direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation and requires no 600-mile service; the first valve clearance inspection is at 32,000 miles.
Silent-type camshaft chains with automatic adjusters provide reliable, maintenance-free operation.
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) (see Technology Section)
Two 40mm-diameter throttle bodies deliver air to six specially designed Keihin 50-psi high-pressure programmed fuel injectors (PGM-FI). Fuel is delivered through four nozzle holes in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for optimum efficiency and power.
The ECU provides two digital 3-D fuel-injection maps for each cylinder and one digital 3-D ignition map for each cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for superb rideability. Unique knock-control sensors monitor ignition advance to improve performance throughout the entire rpm range.
ECU closed-loop emissions system utilizes two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture, while two exhaust catalyzers further reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.
Rotary Air Control Valve (RACV) maintains precise idle control under widely varying engine loads and operating temperatures.
Compact water pump is mounted behind the engine and is driven directly by the crankshaft, contributing to quicker engine warm-up.
Engine cooling system features a series-flow coolant pattern that offers cold-start rideability and provides rapid engine warm-up.
Two side-mounted radiators enhance cooling efficiency and use low-air-pressure areas created by side cowls to draw cooling air through the radiators and beyond the rider at highway speeds.
Sturdy eight-plate clutch with maintenance-free hydraulic-assist.
Efficient stainless-steel six-into-two exhaust system produces a pleasing, aggressive sound.
Powerful 1300-watt alternator uses a fluid damper system to minimize alternator noise.
Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes Overdrive Fifth.

Honda Gold Wing

Chassis/Suspension


Twin-Spar Aluminum Frame (see Technology Section)
Inherently smooth flat-six-cylinder Gold Wing engine also serves as a tuned stressed frame member. The solid engine-mounting system utilizes specially designed hangers and carefully matched mounting bolts to provide both excellent road feel and minimal engine vibration.
Unique Pro-Arm® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section)
Dual full-floating 296mm front discs with Linked Braking System™ (LBS™) three-piston calipers and a single ventilated 316mm rear disc with one LBS three-piston caliper provide excellent braking power.
Linked Braking System (LBS) combined with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) (see Technology Section)
Model equipped with ABS features an electric-motor-driven modulator that provides rapid and precise braking-pressure adjustments, resulting in smooth ABS operation. The system incorporates an integrated ECU, self-diagnostics with an interactive ECU test function and automatic protection against system failure.
Massive 45mm front fork houses a cartridge damper in the right leg with 5.5 inches of travel for a smooth yet superb ride in all road conditions.
Antidive system minimizes front fork dive when braking. The system utilizes brake-fluid pressure generated in the secondary LBS master cylinder mounted on the left fork leg and is activated by input from either the front brake lever or the rear brake pedal. This application of antidive and LBS produces enhanced stability when maneuvering at both low speeds and highway speeds.
Pro-Link® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section)
Computer-controlled adjustable hydraulic rear suspension preload is easily set by the rider with push-button controls, and features a two-position memory.
Unique driveshaft-damping system utilizes a double-pipe structure with a rubber-bonded coating applied to the inner pipe to absorb road shock and engine torque. The long-life design simplifies rear-wheel maintenance.
Final gearcase assembly design in the Pro Arm eliminates wheel alignment splines and ensures accurate alignment of the rear wheel after servicing.
Cast-aluminum 18 x 3.5-inch front wheel and 16 x 5.0-inch rear wheel are lightweight and strong. Radial touring tires are specifically engineered for the Gold Wing, providing a combination of excellent traction, cornering grip and long tire life.

Touring Features


The parallel two-valve cylinder-head design, together with side-mounted radiators, allows optimum ergonomics, with excellent rider foot room and a large passenger cockpit.
Slow-speed, electric Reverse system is engaged with the simple push of the thumb controls on the right handlebar.
Lightweight electronic cruise-control system utilizes a 16-bit ECU-controlled, motor-actuated throttle mechanism.
The Gold Wing’s aerodynamic bodywork is functional as well as beautiful, providing excellent rider wind protection while reducing the aerodynamic drag coefficient.
A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windscreen-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 4.0 inches of travel. Operated manually, the mechanism eliminates the weight and complexity of electric motors.
Adjustable and closeable windscreen vent routes fresh air to the rider’s face or chest.
The Gold Wing trunk provides 60 liters of storage capacity with an additional 5 liters of storage available if the optional CD changer is not installed. Two full-face helmets fit easily in the trunk. The saddlebags provide 40-plus liters of storage each, resulting in a total of 147 liters of storage space.
The saddlebag lids feature hydraulic dampers for smooth operation.
Specially designed luggage features a remote-control key lock, permitting pop-open rear trunk operation; remote lock/unlock for the trunk and saddlebags; and horn-actuated bike locator. If remote locking is attempted while a lid is open, the emergency lights flash to alert the rider.
Pockets are located in the fairing and rear trunk for convenient, easy-access storage.
Soft-touch plastic elastomer provides a luxurious feel to the front console, front- and rear-pocket covers and the passenger armrests.
Ergonomically designed saddle with a low 29.1-inch seat height has a plush passenger seat with integral backrest and side support for all-day riding comfort.
Instrument cluster includes white-on-black analog displays for speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level, plus features adjustable backlighting and high-luminescence red pointers. Indicator/warning lights are provided for Reverse, Neutral, Overdrive, oil pressure, fuel injection, high beam, sidestand, cruise on, cruise set and low fuel. A high-resolution LCD housed in a separate module is visible in all lighting conditions and displays the odometer, A/B tripmeter, ambient temperature, audio modes, CB, rear-suspension setting, trunk/saddlebag-open indicators and a clock.
Motorized headlight-aiming system is operated by a dial switch and provides 2.5 degrees of adjustment from level.
Large 6.6-gallon fuel tank houses the PGM-FI fuel pump and provides excellent long-distance cruising range.

Additional Features


Headlight system features two 55-watt H7 low-beam and two 55-watt H7 high-beam bulbs with computer-designed multireflectors. In high-beam operation, all four bulbs produce a distinctive front lighting signature.
Engine and saddlebag guards help protect the Gold Wing’s bodywork in case of a tip-over.
Silver powdercoated finish helps ensure the Gold Wing’s aluminum frame will remain beautiful for years to come.
Maintenance-free features include automatic choke, RACV automatic idle, programmed fuel injection, automatic cam-chain adjusters, sealed battery, electronic cruise control and computer-controlled hydraulic rear spring preload adjustment.
Handsome two-piece aluminum handlebars are lightweight and strong.
Adjustable brake and clutch levers.
Clear lenses on rear turn signals and running lights complement the Gold Wing’s aggressive styling.
Self-canceling turn signals.
Fully illuminated handlebar and radio switches.
Handlebar switches and controls use internationally approved graphic symbols.
Dual electric spiral horns trumpet a distinctive note.
20-amp YTX maintenance-free battery.
Dual helmet locks.
Fold-down antenna for easy storage.
Padded passenger handrails.
Easy-to-use centerstand.
Convenient ignition switch/fork lock for added security.
Transferable three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Assembled in Marysville, Ohio.
Honda Genuine Accessories
Audio Accessories: Six-Disc CD Changer, CB Radio Kit, CB Antenna, Audio Headsets (for open-face and full-face helmets), Passenger Audio Controller.
Air Management Accessories: Tall Windscreen, Windscreen Side Air Deflectors, Fairing Side Air Deflectors.
Functional Touring Accessories: Chrome Heated Grips with Thermostat, Foglight Kit (two types: Halogen or LED), 12v Accessory Socket Kit, Passenger Armrest, Coin Holder, Saddlebag Cooler, Rear Spoiler (color matched) with LED Brakelight.
Touring Convenience Accessories: Removable Saddlebag/Trunk Liner Set (available in standard and deluxe types), Trunk Net, Saddlebag/Trunk Mat Set, Seat Weather Cover, Cycle Cover, Front Nose Mask, Trunk Vanity Mirror with Light, Trunk Inner Light, Inner Trunk Pouch, Trunk Lid Organizer, Saddlebag Lid Organizer, Fairing Pouch, Owner’s Manual Folio.
Chrome Appearance accessories: Front Lower Cowl, Front Fender Ornament, Front Fender Extension, Front Disc Cover, Passenger Floorboard Covers, Passenger Floorboard Lower Covers, Side Fairing Accent, Windshield Garnish, Trunk Rack, Front Fender Rail, Saddlebag Scuff Pads, Saddlebag Molding Kit, Trunk Molding Kit, Sidestand, Exhaust Tips (two styles), License-Plate Frame, Swingarm Pivot Covers, Handlebar Ends, Trunk Handle, Rear Spoiler Accent.


SPECS

Honda Gold Wing

Model:  GL1800
Engine Type:  1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 74mm x 71mm
Compression Ratio:  9.8:1
Valve Train:  SOHC; two valves per cylinder
Induction:  PGM-FI
Ignition:  Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
Transmission:  Five-speed including Overdrive, plus electric Reverse
Final drive:  Shaft
Suspension

  • Front: 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 5.5 inches travel
  • Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 inches travel

Brakes

  • Front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers; optional ABS
  • Rear: Single ventilated 316mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper; optional ABS

Tires

  • Front: 130/70R-18
  • Rear: 180/60R-16

Wheelbase:  66.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle):  29.15o
Trail: 109mm (4.3 inches)
Seat Height:  29.1 inches
Fuel Capacity:  6.6 gallons
Colors:  Metallic Red, Pearl White, Titanium, Black, Dark Red Metallic
Exceeds 2008 CARB emissions standards.

Pricing

Premium AudioGL18P8Black$19,599.00
 GL18PM8 Titanium$19,899.00
 GL18PM8Pearl White$19,899.00
 GL18PM8Metallic Red$19,899.00
 GL18PM8Dark Red Metallic$19,899.00
Premium Audio,GL18HPN8Black$22,099.00
Comfort Package &GL18HPNM8Titanium$22,399.00
Navigation SystemGL18HPNM8Pearl White$22,399.00
 GL18HPNM8Metallic Red$22,399.00
 GL18HPNM8Dark Red Metallic$22,399.00
ABS, GL18HPNA8Black$23,099.00
Premium AudioGL18HPNAM8Titanium$23,399.00
Comfort Package &GL18HPNAM8Pearl White$23,399.00
Navigation SystemGL18HPNAM8Metallic Red$23,399.00
 GL18HPNAM8Dark Red Metallic$23,399.00
ABS, AIRBAG,GL18B8Black$24,349.00
Premium Audio,
GL18BM8
Titanium$24,649.00
Comfort Package &
GL18BM8
Pearl White$24,649.00
Navigation System
GL18BM8
Metallic Red$24,649.00
 
GL18BM8
Dark Red Metallic$24,649.00


5 comments:

I bought the 08 Airbag. I have a 02 custom VTX 1800 Retro also! I much like to travel with the Wing! Power , cornering, comfort, navi you cannot beat this bike with any other. There is no comparison to any other period!! I’ll be traveling in August to Ontario, Maine, NH, Vermont, NY, etc... from MN and I wouldn’t be riding the VTX since I have the Wing comfort!!

Hey Jukebox, I thought a wing was the best ride??? Can I try out your wife? smiley

I have had mine almost 5 weeks, got past 4000 miles yesterday. The high pitched noise is tough getting used to, always think I am revving up when I am not. Wish they would get the seat height down at least 1.5 inches for us normal height guys. I will never trade for anything else, only my wife gives a better ride.

I have a Pearl-Blue 2007 and I just love it. I have the premium package, the best Bike ever and Boy will it move on down the road.

I don’t like the high pitched wining noise. It’s annoying.

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