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.
The Honda Gold Wing was designed with fresh styling cues that combine the bike’s premium touring visage with a sporty profile. The redesigned fairing adds extra wind protection in the event of high-speed joyriding. Large saddlebags have also been added to the Gold Wing, with approximately 7 liters of additional storage space, increasing the bike’s total storage capacity to an impressive 150 liters. Meanwhile, the seats and Urethane cover material are the sure signs of comfort. Other pertinent design features of the Gold Wing include five-position heated grips for cold-weather riding, five-position heated seat/backrest combinations with individual rider and passenger controls for optimum comfort, and a foot-warming system that releases engine-heated air over the rider’s feet. There’s also a specially designed luggage that comes with a remote-control key lock, an instrument panel that displays all the pertinent information, including a speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level, plus adjustable backlighting and high-luminescence white pointers. 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 clock.
As far as features are concerned, the Honda Gold Wing doesn’t have a shortage of goodies to wrap yourselves in, including an updated instrumentation styling that exudes a high-quality touch. The Gold Wing also carries an elaborate and high-tech audio system that provides direct MP3 and iPod connectivity and the SRS CS Auto technology surround-sound system brings the audio experience to a whole new level, an important feature that allows riders to enjoy the thrills of joyriding while listening to their favorite tunes.
The Gold Wing is powered by a fuel-injected 1,832cc six-cylinder engine with a parallel two-valve cylinder-head design and a pair of 40mm-diameter throttle bodies deliver air to six specially designed Keihin 50-psi high-pressure programmed fuel injectors. The fuel that makes the bike run is delivered through four nozzle holes found in each injector and produces a highly combustible atomized fuel mixture for premium efficiency and power. Likewise, the bike’s ECU comes with two digital 3-D fuel-injection maps for each cylinder, creating just the right type of fuel mixture and spark advance settings that provide unmatched ride-ability. Then there are the two side-mounted radiators that further enhance the bike’s cooling efficiency while the stainless-steel 6-into-2 exhaust system provides the ear-piercing sound traveling down the highway.
Brakes and Suspension
The body of the Gold Wing is made up of a Twin-Spar aluminum frame with a unique Pro Arm rear suspension. This is combined with dual full-floating 296mm front discs with a Combined Braking System (CBS), three-piston calipers, and a single ventilated 316mm rear disc with one CBS three-piston caliper, providing outstanding braking power to the lightweight cast-aluminum 18" front and 16" rear wheels. The Gold Wing also comes equipped with ABS, featuring an electric-motor-driven modulator to provide the kind of rapid and precise braking-pressure adjustments that result in smooth ABS operation. The system incorporates an integrated ECU, self-diagnostics with an interactive ECU test function, and automatic protection against system failure. Meanwhile, the Pro-Link Rear Suspension adds a new shock set-up with revised suspension settings for enhanced ride compliance while the computer-controlled adjustable hydraulic rear suspension preload can be easily set by the rider with push-button controls.
For a bike of this stature and detail, the price of owning a Honda Gold Wing will set you back a lump sum of $23,199.