2013 Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing

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The 2013 Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing is a modern cruiser designed for long distance riding. At the heart of the Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing sits a 1,832 cc, six-cylinder, Liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six engine with PGM-FI electronic fuel injection. The engine is mated on a five-speed transmission including overdrive, plus electric reverse.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by Honda’s Dual-Combined Braking System that features a second master cylinder and a three-stage proportional control valve (PCV) to couple the three-piston calipers of the dual front and single rear brake discs. Needless to say, that you also get a modern Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) which enhances your safety even when you need to deal with slippery surfaces.

The Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing is offered with a starting price of $28,499 and comes with a 3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty.

Hit the jump for more information on the Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing.

Overview

Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing

When it comes to combining the best in performance, comfort, convenience and safety, there simply isn’t anything like the legendary Honda Gold Wing. For more than 35 years, the Gold Wing has set the standard for what a long-distance touring bike should be, and the 2013 model proudly continues this legacy. In addition to its powerful and super-smooth 1,832 cc six-cylinder engine and remarkably composed handling, the Gold Wing features luxurious accommodations for both rider and passenger, including the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities such as a user-friendly navigation system with the capability to share favourite ride routes with friends and other riders. There’s also a built-in MP3/iPod® interface and a SRS CS Auto™ technology surround-sound system for a premium listening experience. With its progressive styling, ample luggage capacity, superior protection from wind and weather, heated seats, ABS brakes, and plenty more, the Gold Wing’s reputation as the most celebrated two-up machine in motorcycle history remains unchallenged.

Engine and Drivetrain

Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
  • Powerful fuel-injected 1,832 cc six-cylinder engine produces smooth, effortless power 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 manoeuvrability.
  • 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 1,000 km service.
  • Silent-type camshaft chains with automatic adjusters provide reliable, maintenance-free operation.
  • Two 40 mm-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 tips in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for optimum efficiency and power.
  • Electronic control unit (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-controlled closed-loop emission control system utilizes two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture, while two exhaust catalytic converters 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 flow 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, powerful sound.
  • Powerful 1,300-watt alternator uses a fluid-damper (viscous coupling) system to minimize alternator noise.
  • Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes overdrive fifth.

Chassis and Suspension

Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
  • Beautiful multi-box-section aluminum dual-spar frame and Pro-Arm single-sided cast aluminum swingarm set new class standards for handling.
  • The innovative aluminum frame is specifically engineered for optimum rigidity with tuned flex. This combination of rigidity and flexibility produces excellent handling, superb riding comfort and wonderful road feel.
  • Inherently smooth flat-six-cylinder 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.
  • The Gold Wing rigid Pro-Arm single-sided cast aluminum swingarm provides simplified servicing of the rear wheel and tire, while assuring optimum handling.
  • Dual full-floating 296 mm front discs with Dual-Combined Braking System three-piston calipers and a single ventilated 316 mm rear disc with one Dual-Combined Braking System three-piston caliper provide excellent braking power.
  • Honda’s Dual-Combined Braking System features a second master cylinder and a three-stage proportional control valve (PCV) to couple the three-piston calipers of the dual front and single rear brake discs. Using the front brake lever activates the outer two pistons of the front right-side caliper and the centre piston of the front left-side caliper and, acting through the secondary master cylinder and an inline proportioning valve, the outer two pistons of the rear caliper. The rear brake pedal operates the centre piston of the rear brake caliper, the centre piston of the front right-side brake caliper and the outer two pistons of the front left-side caliper. A delay valve sensitive to the rider’s pedal pressure smoothes front brake engagement.
  • Anti-lock Braking System (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 45 mm front fork houses a cartridge damper in the right leg with 122 mm (4.8 inches) of travel for a smooth yet superb ride in all road conditions.
  • Anti-dive system minimizes front fork dive when braking. The system utilizes brake fluid pressure generated in the secondary Dual-Combined Braking System 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 anti-dive and Dual-Combined Braking System produces enhanced stability when manoeuvring at both low speeds and highway speeds.
  • Pro-Link-mounted rear shock provides 105 mm (4.1 inches) of plush travel for relaxed touring or sport riding.
  • 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 assures 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.

Additional Features

Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
  • Five-position heated grips and 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.
  • 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 aerodynamic bodywork is functional as well as beautiful, providing excellent rider wind protection while reducing the aerodynamic drag coefficient.
  • A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windshield-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 100 mm (4 inches) of travel. Operated manually, the mechanism eliminates the weight and complexity of electric motors.
  • Adjustable and closeable windshield vent routes fresh air to the rider’s face or chest.
  • Specially designed luggage features a remote-control key-lock, permitting pop-open rear trunk operation; a remote lock/unlock feature for the trunk and the saddlebags; and a horn-actuated bike locator. If remote locking is attempted while a lid is open, the emergency lights flash to alert the rider.
  • The spacious luggage gives the Gold Wing a total capacity of well over 150 litres, including the fairing pockets.
  • The saddlebag lids feature hydraulic dampers for smooth operation.
  • 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 740 mm ( 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.
  • Next-Generation Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System includes: a bright colour screen; quick satellite connection; 3-D terrain view, lane assist with junction view and more; complete Canada and U.S. mapping with points of interest installed; points-of-interest information includes fuel stations, restaurants, lodging, attractions, transportation, government and emergency information and saved rider’s input with home function; step-by-step verbal directions through headsets or speakers; on-screen text guidance and pop-up menus; easy-to-use handlebar and fairing-mounted controls; user-friendly programmability that allows you to plan trip routes on your home computer and upload them into your Gold Wing’s navi system or share them with friends.
  • Next-Generation premium audio system includes: direct MP3/i-Pod® connectivity plus full device control through handlebar controls; SRS CS Auto™ technology surround-sound system; 80-watt-per-channel power amplifier provides clear, crisp sound at all highway speeds; six-element speaker system with two rear speakers, a pair of front speakers and two tweeters for a rich, full surround sound quality; tuner features auto bass control combined with auto volume control.
  • Motorized headlight aiming system is operated by a dial switch and provides 2.5 degrees of adjustment from level.
  • Large 25-litre fuel tank houses the PGM-FI fuel pump and provides excellent long-distance cruising range.
  • The Tire Pressure Management System (TPMS) automatically reads the inflation pressure of the front and rear tires and alerts you if it detects under-inflation.
  • Headlight system features two 55-watt H7 low-beam and two 55-watt H7 high-beam bulbs with computer-designed multi-reflectors. In high-beam operation, all four bulbs produce a distinctive front lighting signature.
  • Engine and saddlebag guards help protect the bodywork in case of a tip-over.
  • Silver powder-coated finish helps ensure the 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.
  • Self-cancelling turn signals.
  • Fully illuminated handlebar and radio switches.
  • Extensive tool kit.
  • 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 centrestand.
  • Convenient ignition switch/fork lock for added security.
  • 3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus.

Specifications

Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
Engine TypeLiquid-cooled horizontally opposed six
Displacement1,832 cc
Bore & Stroke74 mm x 71 mm
Compression Ratio9.8:1
Valve TrainChain-driven SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel DeliveryPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
TransmissionFive-speed including overdrive, plus electric reverse
Final DriveShaft
Front Suspension45 mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 122 mm (4.8 in.) travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Arm single-sided swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlled preload adjustment and two memory presets; 105 mm (4.1 in.) travel
Tires130/70R - 18 radial front; 180/60R - 16 radial rear
BrakesFront dual 296 mm discs with triple-piston calipers; rear 316 mm disc with triple-piston caliper. Dual-Combined Braking System with ABS
Seat Height740 mm (29.1 in.)
Wheelbase1,690 mm (66.5 in.)
Curb Weight417 kg (919 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas - ready to ride
Fuel Capacity25 litres
ColourDigital Silver Metallic
Warranty3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus.
MSRP$28,499
Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing

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