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.
We suppose Honda was too busy creating the all-new VFR1200 to take a thorough look over the Gold Wing, so they simply rely on this model’s unique features and, why not, fame to still sell it in the year that follows. So until the Japanese company launches their promised new generation, the Gold Wing fan will have to settle with the same 1832cc, liquid-cooled, six-cylinder Boxer engine with single cams and two valves per cylinder. As much as we’d expect more from Honda , we also have to admit that ever since this engine powers this two-wheeled limousine, it never disappointed. It features Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system and develops 118 hp at 5500 rpm and 167 Nm at 4000 rpm. Also, the Gold Wing engine is coupled to the same five-speed gearbox with overdrive and electric reverse and power is still sent to the rear wheel through a shaft final drive.
Apart from the new model year’s remote adjustable preload on the rear suspension for even greater long-distance comfort, the chassis remains pretty much the same. The symbol of motorcycle touring is now even safer because it get C-ABS and airbags.
With a very comfortable seat positioned just 29.1 inches from the ground and an infinite number of goodies such as a CD-player, integrated navigation system and multi-function display, just to name a few, the 2010 Honda Gold Wing is synonymous to open road cruising in complete luxury and relaxation. The bike weighs 895 - 928 pounds wet depending on the selected options. But have things always been this way with the Gold Wing?
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While Honda doesn’t improve their tourer much, BMW’s K1200LT is an overall more potent competitor with an ambition to reposition the crown of the world’s king of touring on its own head. In order to achieve that, it relies on an 1172cc, liquid-cooled, inline-four engine with two camshafts and four-valves per cylinder. Also fuel injected this Beemer’s engine puts down 116hp at 8,000 rpm and 120 Nm at 5,250 rpm, which allows the German manufacturer to list a 125 mph top speed. ABS comes as standard equipment and every single aspect of this bike is comparable to the corresponsive one on the Gold Wing: suspension travel, comfort, weight (853 lbs wet) and even the constant mesh 5-speed gearbox has overdrive plus additional reversing aid. The BMW K1200LT also manages to prove one hell of an alternative thanks to its $21,700 suggested retail price.
From where we’re sitting, the current Honda Gold Wing look seems stuck in the 1990s and the only thing Honda could come up with is a new color range. In fact, if we look at the Pearl Yellow, we can’t even say that about it, but the Metallic Red, Metallic Black and Metallic Titanium actually do a damn good job in fooling the untrained eye.
The base MSRP for what is now called the 2010 Honda Gold Wing GL18BM Airbag starts at $22,899 and it can reach $27,999 depending on the options.
All in all, Honda has once again managed to offer a fairly improved Gold Wing motorcycle, although not quite the expected thing. We would have to wait until next year and see if the Japanese company keeps their promise and will launch an entirely new model that will reveal the new look of touring motorcycles and even bring an electric engine next to the current one if we don’t ask too much.
Engine and Transmission
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
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with 3-D mapping
Transmission: Five-speed including Overdrive, plus electric Reverse
Final drive: Shaft
Chassis and Dimensions
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 CBS three-piston calipers; optional ABS
Rear: Single ventilated 316mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper; optional ABS
Tires Front: 130/70R-18
Wheelbase: 66.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 29.15o
Trail: 109mm (4.3 inches)
Seat Height: 29.1 inches
Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gallons
Curb Weight: 895 - 928 pounds, depending on option packages selected
New for 2010
New colors include Metallic Red, Metallic Black, with Metallic Titanium and Pearl Yellow returning.
Feature & Benefits
Four To Choose From.
We offer the Gold Wing in four distinct performance package options, with exclusive features like Premium Audio, XM® Radio with Navigation, traffic and weather, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, ABS, heated grips and seat, and even one with the industry’s first airbag.
Two hot new color schemes and the sweet Pearl Yellow on the 2010 Gold Wing make sure you’ll be noticed on your long-distance trip or weekend jaunt to the twisties.
XM®* Marks the Spot.
Stay on course and stay out of the weather, thanks to the available XM®-equipped Gold Wing’s traffic and weather features available in addition to XM’s incredible line-up of music, news, sports, and entertainment programming.
Real-Time XM NavTraffic
Because the open road should be just that—open.Want to know the remedy for rush-hour headaches and congested roads? Real-Time XM NavTraffic, the nation’s leading satellite-delivered traffic information service—and one of the coolest new features on the 2009 Gold Wing.
Charting a congestion-free course couldn’t be easier with integrated traffic information.
XM NavTraffic combines constantly refreshing information on traffic conditions, collisions, incidents, roadwork and essentially anything that would slow your progress. The system then has the ability to reroute a rider around trouble spots as they appear on the Gold Wing’s Nav screen.
It’s hands-down the most accurate and reliable way to get the latest information on whether that open road you seek is actually open.
With this much on-road entertainment, why stay home? Over 170 channels of commercial-free content just a push-button away.
Classic rock to classical concertos. Hip-hop to hot jazz. Politics to public radio to premier sports. World music to world news and everything in between. That’s XM Radio, which now includes the optional Best of SIRIUS, serving up more than 170 crystal-clear digital channels and the most entertainment no matter where you are. If it’s on the air, it’s on XM.
In fact, XM Radio offers so much content you may find yourself taking the long way home. On purpose. Check it out today—and find out what true listening pleasure is all about.
Features at a GlanceReal-time Traffic Real-time Weather XM Radio Previous Next
Why go through traffic when you can go around it? XM NavTraffic will help you find the road that truly is open.
Detailed and easy-to-read graphical weather overlays on your bike’s Nav screen ensure you always know what you’re riding into—before you get there.
Choose from over 170 channels featuring music, sports, news, talk, comedy, kids’ shows and more. Your on-board listening pleasure has never been better—or more diverse.
It’s always better to know what you’re riding into before you get there.
Foul weather ahead? Hail the size of golf balls? With XM NavWeather™ service, another of the 2009 Gold Wing’s latest features, you’d not only already know about these conditions—you’d have been prompted on how to divert your route as well.
Thanks to XM NavWeather’s Threat Matrix™ technology, the Gold Wing’s Nav system can track nationwide weather information for more than 20 different weather conditions. This data is then scaled and customized to a rider’s specific location and route using color weather icons and/or warning signals displayed on the Nav screen.
XM Radio, NavTraffic and NavWeather are available on the 2010 Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM, 2010 Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS, and 2010 Gold Wing Airbag models only. XM Radio requires a subscription, sold separately after the first 90 days.