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2018 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour

2018 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour
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  • Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Flat 6
  • Displacement:
    1833 cc
  • Price:
    23500
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The Flagship Tourer Is Once Again A Worthy Contender

Honda is well into its fourth decade of Gold Wing production now, and needless to say, it’s now a much different world than the one for which its most recent vintages were designed. A younger buyer is clearly in the factory’s sights with this updated version of its venerable GL line. Reduced bulk and updated looks are just the bait; the hook lies in the renewed focus on performance. Sure, the ’Wing has always cornered less like a dresser and more like something from one of the sportier categories, but the Red Riders managed to improve further on that point by shedding nearly 100 pounds off the overall weight with the same low center-of-gravity. The all-new engine comes in the typical flat-six configuration and 1,833 cc displacement with 124.6 ponies just waiting to be called upon. What else has Honda done to try to make the ’Wing something other than “my grandfather’s bike” to the younger buyers? Read on and find out.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Gold Wing and Honda Gold Wing Tour.

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This is how Honda trainee engineers are put to the test

This is how Honda trainee engineers are put to the test

They have to make 10 mini-motorcycles based out of the underpinnings of just one

A group of freshly joined trainee has found themselves in a position to prove themselves. They have a task to create 10 replicas of iconic motorcycles that made Honda the brand it is today.

That’s not all. They have to create all the replicas using a Delta minibike as the base bike. ‘Make the small ones and we’ll know if you can make the big ones’.

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2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

Ten of the 2018’s hottest bikes coming to change the way we ride

Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.

Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.

Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:

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Automatic transmission is on the prowl

Automatic transmission is on the prowl

And it is going to replace the manuals soon

Automatic vs. Manual has been a hot debate for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create similar situations in the two-wheeler segment as well. Or would it?

Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested into bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. It has been a pioneer in developing new forms of gear and clutch designs and is vying to change the dimensions of free riding, starting with the scooters all the way to the mighty Gold-Wing.

Every other major player has their own versions of the same having different acronyms but ultimately does the same job. It seems the manual transmission is well on its slide into obsolescence within the automotive world. And the ones responsible are these folks:

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2018 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour

2018 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour

The Flagship Tourer Is Once Again A Worthy Contender

Honda is well into its fourth decade of Gold Wing production now, and needless to say, it’s now a much different world than the one for which its most recent vintages were designed. A younger buyer is clearly in the factory’s sights with this updated version of its venerable GL line. Reduced bulk and updated looks are just the bait; the hook lies in the renewed focus on performance. Sure, the ’Wing has always cornered less like a dresser and more like something from one of the sportier categories, but the Red Riders managed to improve further on that point by shedding nearly 100 pounds off the overall weight with the same low center-of-gravity. The all-new engine comes in the typical flat-six configuration and 1,833 cc displacement with 124.6 ponies just waiting to be called upon. What else has Honda done to try to make the ’Wing something other than “my grandfather’s bike” to the younger buyers? Read on and find out.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Gold Wing and Honda Gold Wing Tour.

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Images: 2018 Honda Gold Wing - in the details

Images: 2018 Honda Gold Wing - in the details

High resolution images for your eyes and your wall

Yesterday, Honda launched what we believe it to be the finest touring machine to have ever come from the east, the 2018 Honda Gold Wing.

Packed with all kinds of gizmos and wizardry, the 2018 model is here to slay the competition left, right, and centre and leave them bruised for a long time to come. The 124 hp "couch on wheels" gets many segment firsts including Apple Car Play, a 7-speed DCT transmission with reverse and crawler gears, all round LED-treatment and more.

The most significant change on the 2018 Gold Wing is the intelligent suspension system featuring a semi-active unit that has a pair of wishbone attached to a cast aluminum girder and a central spring strut. This makes the ride 30% smoother and 40% nimbler than before.

All for a starting MSRP of just $23,500. Here are high-resolution images of the ultimate continent shrinker:

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Say hello to the ultimate Japanese luxury tourer, the 2018 Honda Gold Wing.

Say hello to the ultimate Japanese luxury tourer, the 2018 Honda Gold Wing.

Its lighter, faster and dripping with every acronym-souped technology you can think of.

"43 years and millions of miles later, we can’t stop wondering what lies beyond".

This is Honda’s bet to give us a revolutionary new touring machine that promises to heighten our experiences to whole new levels of satisfaction. Presenting the all-new 2018 Honda Gold Wing.

The “couch on wheels” is not an “old man’s bike” anymore. What it is, is a scintillating new machine that brings in Honda’s long legacy of precise engineering and craftsmanship into one single amalgamate that will, without any hesitation, entice modern and old folks alike.

Designed from the ground up, this model packs in all the bells and whistles you can fathom including the electronic suspension and the new 124 hp engine that performs like a well-built athlete compared to the previous generation Gold Wing, making all that past feel old and outdated.

Prepare to be blown away.

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Honda released an emotional video taking us back to 43 years of the Goldwing's journey.

Honda released an emotional video taking us back to 43 years of the Goldwing’s journey.

Coming 24th, the Japanese will unveil the next generation Goldwing.

"43 years and millions of miles later, we can’t stop wondering what lies beyond."

Is what Honda says about its newest adventure, the 2018 Honda Goldwing. But before we go to the next big thing, Honda wants to remember the past of the glorious Goldwing. What started as a vision to create the ’King of Kings’, has resulted in a legendary machine that journeyed straight into the hearts of countless thousands.

Tracing that very path all the way back from 1975, the Japanese Red has released the video that celebrates the Goldwing’s touring history with the world. With that, we also have a date stamp of the launch of the next generation Goldwing that will make touring an all-new phenomenon - 24th October 2017.

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Honda's new flagship tourer is no more a secret. The 2018 Goldwing.

Honda’s new flagship tourer is no more a secret. The 2018 Goldwing.

One of the most prominent motorcycle for the Western market has been resurrected.

Earlier this month, Honda has released a video as part of a five-part ad campaign that hints the launch of something that will take you to "What lies beyond". And we had speculated it to be the brand new 2018 Honda Goldwing. Looks like we didn’t fault there.

Expected to debut sometime in October, this behemoth from Japan has caught the internet frenzy wave and hasn’t been spared. Low-res media images of the 2018 model have been leaked and it’s nothing but exciting.

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Honda is finally resurrecting the Gold Wing for 2018.

Honda is finally resurrecting the Gold Wing for 2018.

And with the amount of technology it is packing, the competition should run far away and never return.

Unveiled for the first time in the world at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1974, the Honda Goldwing has, over the years, become more than just another motorcycle. It became an icon which is undoubtedly re-writing the rules and creating the benchmarks for touring motorcycles all these years.

From a 999 cc (61.0 cu in) flat-four engine at 1975 to the 1832cc flat-six that is currently running the show, the Gold Wing came amongst the ten best motorcycles for eighteen years. But soon all that pomp and show started to fade away slowly and the big Red Winger fell behind the shadows of the fierce competition from the West.

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2016 - 2017 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing F6B

2016 - 2017 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing F6B

Honda revealed its original GL 1000 “Gold Wing” in 1974 to compete directly with Harley-Davidson for a slice of the American tour-bike market, but it was a tourer in name only. More of a big cruiser by American standards, the fairingless, bagless Gold Wing found a toehold on U.S. shores, and Honda went to work perfecting its new platform.

The GL1100 Interstate, released in 1980, was really the first proper tour-bike version of the Gold Wing with a full fairing, windshield and baggage — features that catapulted the GL series to the top of the U.S. import-tour market. Honda carries that style all the way through to 2017 with its GL1800 Gold Wing, and the less-tourtastic, but definitely boulevard bruiser-esque, Gold Wing F6B and F6B Deluxe from 2016. The popularity of Gold Wings is undeniable, evidenced by its legions of loyal fans, so join me as I take a look at what Honda has in store for U.S. shores this year.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda Gold Wing, Gold Wing F6B and Gold Wing F6B Deluxe.

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2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie

2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie

The 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie is a modern cruiser that has all it needs to be considered one of the best models in its class.

Its sporty fenders, the unique fuel tank design, the fat exhaust pipes and the stylish fairing are all working together to form a very special visual effect. Perhaps it goes without saying that once on board, you’ll get a fairly relaxed riding position and great ergonomics.

The motorcycle is propelled by an 1832cc, liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder, SOHC engine with PGM-FI. The engine transfers its power to the rear wheel through a five speed transmission and is fueled by a 6.1 gallons fuel tank.

To enhance the motorcycle’s performances, the Valkyrie’s engine is mounted low into the aluminum twin-spar frame, thus keeping the center of gravity to as low as possible.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie.

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2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B

2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B

If you want a versatile motorcycle that feels comfortable around-town and during short occasional journeys then you certainly should take a closer look at the 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B.

The motorcycle comes with a pretty interesting style featuring a massive faring, a low windshield and a sleek fuselage.

Needles to say that you also get a comprehensive list of comfort features which include an advanced audio system with surround sound, heated grips, a passenger backrest, and self-cancelling turn signals.

As far as power is concerned, the Honda Gold Wing F6B is propelled by an 1832 cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with PGM-FI. The unit is paired with a five speed transmission which offers a fuel consumption of 34 MPG.

As far as prices are concerned, the Honda Gold Wing F6B can be yours for no less than $19,999.

Hit the jump for more information on the Honda Gold Wing F6B.

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2013 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Audio Comfort

2013 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Audio Comfort

The Honda Gold Wing Audio Comfort offers a comprehensive list of features designed to make your ride as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

Boosting an ergonomic design, and a strong 1832cc Liquid-Cooled, PGM-FI horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine the Gold Wing is ready to follow you in any adventure. As far as efficiency is concerned the Honda Gold Wing Audio Comfort scores a fuel consumption of 35 MPG.

To make its motorcycle even more appealing to the public, Honda has updated the audio and navigation systems, and added integrated iPod connectivity and the ability to upload trips to the navi system from your home computer.

You also get a set of new paint schemes for 2013 which include the Ultra Blue Metallic, Candy Red, Grey Metallic, and Light Silver Metallic.

The Honda Gold Wing Audio Comfort is offered with a starting price of $23,990 USD.

Hit the jump for more information on the Honda Gold Wing Audio Comfort.

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2013 Honda GL 1800AD Gold Wing Airbag

2013 Honda GL 1800AD Gold Wing Airbag

If you are searching for a comfortable and reliable tourer, then you should take a closer look at the Honda GL 1800AD Gold Wing Airbag. This capable motorcycle is packed with a long list of comfort and safety features that were especially designed to give you a relaxed ride.

As far as power is concerned, the Honda GL 1800AD Gold Wing Airbag is equipped with a liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six engine with a displacement of 1,832 cc. For better overall performances the engine features a modern PGM-FI electronic fuel injection system and is paired with a five speed transmission.

The engine is mounted on a multi-box-section aluminum dual-spar frame which links the front 45 mm fork with a Pro-Arm single-sided cast aluminum swingarm.

One of the most notable features offered by the motorcycle is its industry-first fully integrated rider airbag.

The Honda GL 1800AD Gold Wing Airbag is offered with a starting price of $29,999.

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

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2013 Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing

2013 Honda GL 1800AL Gold Wing

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.

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2012 Honda Gold Wing

2012 Honda Gold Wing

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.

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2012 Honda Gold Wing

2012 Honda Gold Wing

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.

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Honda Goldwing takes on the race track!

Honda Goldwing takes on the race track!

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!

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1976 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 turned into café racer

1976 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 turned into café racer

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.

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2010 Honda Gold Wing GL18BM Airbag

2010 Honda Gold Wing GL18BM Airbag

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.

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2009 Honda Gold Wing

2009 Honda Gold Wing

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.

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There are no limits when it comes to accomplishing a dream

There are no limits when it comes to accomplishing a dream

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.

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Car towing: Japan Style!

Car towing: Japan Style!

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.

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2008 Honda Gold Wing

2008 Honda Gold Wing

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.

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2006 Honda Gold Wing

2006 Honda Gold Wing

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.

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Another man give up his car for a two wheeler

Another man give up his car for a two wheeler

NEWPORT - "You’ve got the air hitting you, you’ve got the stereo cranking, and you just hit the country roads and go," says Larry Kiefer.
Sitting astride a luxurious, fat, 2006 Gold Wing Honda, Mr. Kiefer is describing part of the allure of motorcycling for legions of county residents who now are hitting the roads after a winter season that overstayed its welcome.
Indeed, motorcycle ownership is riding a 12-year growth curve, though Mr. Kiefer was way ahead of that curve.
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2007 Honda Gold Wing

2007 Honda Gold Wing

The 2007 Honda Gold Wing elevates luxury motorcycling to a higher plane with the advent of satellite navigation, 80-watt-per-channel premium audio, a cold-weather comfort package and an industry-first fully integrated rider airbag available on the full-featured version.

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2006 Honda Gold Wing Audio/Comfort/Navi

2006 Honda Gold Wing Audio/Comfort/Navi

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 features a fully integrated, flash-card based Honda Satellite-Linked Navigationâ„¢. Available only on the 2006 Gold Wing. It’s in a class of its own.

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2006 Honda Gold Wing Audio/comfort

2006 Honda Gold Wing Audio/comfort

Luxury touring. The powerful 1832cc flat-six Gold Wing has always defined this class. The Gold Wing Premium Audio & Cold-weather Comfort model features the heated grips, heated seats and adjustable warm-air vents. And the new Premium Audio package keeps your ears comfy, too. It’s in a class of its own.

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2006 Honda Gold Wing Premium Audio

2006 Honda Gold Wing Premium Audio

Luxury touring. The powerful 1832cc flat-six Gold Wing has always defined this class. And new for 2006, the Gold Wing Premium Audio model features six speaker elements and an 80-watts per channel external amplifier. You can even add an optional six-disc CD player. It’s in a class of its own.

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