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.by Sagar, on
"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.
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. Even after existing for nearly 40 years, the Goldwing still is one of the most upmarket motorcycles in terms of design and functionality.
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.
With the launch of the ’What Lies Beyond’ campaign, the brand new 2018 Honda Goldwing has surfaced the internet, and it sure looks promising. Thanks to these leaked images, we know for sure that Honda has gone big for this 2018 makeover and is said come and shake the whole segment down to its roots.
This 2018 model will make all that past feel old and outdated. Replacing the stubby old face with a gym-trained muscular stanced front end, the Goldwing gets LED headlamp units and chiseled body panels that make it look like a bulked up sportsbike. And with the amount of technology it is packing, the competition should better be running far away and never return.
|2018 Honda Goldwing F6B|
The most obvious observation is the intelligent suspension system that Honda wants to introduce in a mass production model of this magnitude. Featuring a semi-active unit, the Gold Wing is said to have a pair of wishbone attached to a cast aluminum girder and a central spring strut. This also means that the 2018 model will be bolted onto a different chassis.
Apart from these, there are a few impressive technology the scribes believe that has gone into the new model. First, it will be Honda’s exclusive automatic six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) that debuted on the Africa Twin. Also, a seven-cog transmission system is on the cards along with a dedicated reverse gear!
Matching the exterior dimensions, the engine of the Honda Goldwing is equally king-size too. The 2018 model will run on the same liquid cooled, 12-valve, 1,832cc inline-six configuration but will be tuned much differently since the motorcycle will have to comply with Euro V norms when launched.
Rest assured, it will be bestowed with all the bells and whistles that have adorned the baggers these days including traction control, engine modes, cornering ABS, adjustable suspension, hands-free panniers, and integrated infotainment systems.
Speculatively, the 2018 Gold Wing is said to be unveiled at a private launch event on 24th October, and if it is going to carry all the firepower we think it will, the competition better start coming up with a contingency plan real soon, or else they will definitely be mushed by the Gold Wing.