Geek Out On Honda’s 2-wheeled Luxury Chariot, The Gold Wing, In Images
The recently unveiled 2021 iteration gets practicality and feature updates
Honda has unveiled the 2021 version of its flagship touring motorcycle, the Gold Wing, in Europe. Being a luxo-barge on two wheels, Honda has prioritised things really relevant to this motorcycle: comfort and features. Check out what’s new and what’s not in these detailed images:
For 2021, Honda has added a new colour scheme, Pearl Deep Mud Grey, which comes with orange accents on the front fender, engine cover, headlight cowl, fuel tank, and rear section of the bodywork.
One of the most noteworthy updates is to the top box (lockable) that has been increased to 61 litres. That’s enough to swallow two large-sized full-face helmets. So stowing your gear on your bike is as convenient and as safe as it can get.
It also features new lightweight speakers for better audio quality, along with a dedicated music control button for the pillion.
The angle of the pillion backrest is slightly more relaxed now while the seats are wrapped with premium suede/synthetic leather.
In addition to the top box, both the standard and the Tour variants of the Gold Wing feature hard-case side panniers with a combined volume of 60 litres. They can be locked remotely and are actuated by hydraulic dampers for smoother action.
To top it off, you also get a small storage compartment up front, with not one but two integrated USB type-C sockets to keep your electronic devices charged.
The command centre is smartphone compatible via Bluetooth and even gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. It also gets a 7-inch colour TFT display with a full-fledged navigation system to plan your journeys better.
This behemoth is powered by a 1,833cc flat-six liquid-cooled motor, churning out 126.4PS at 5500rpm and a generous 170Nm at 4500rpm. It is linked to an automatic 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine is reined in by four rider modes, hill start assist, and idling stop system.
This 367kg motorcycle is built on a die-cast aluminium twin tube frame linked to a sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension which makes it nimble. Up front, it employs dual 320mm discs with radial calipers and standard ABS.
The engine transmits power via a shaft drive to the rear wheel, which, in turn, is mounted on a single-sided swingarm. The preload in the linked monoshock is manually adjustable. For added convenience, the bike also gets a reverse gear to pull out of tight spots.
Overall, the 2021 Honda Gold Wing is one of the most feature-laden, value-for-money motorcycles in its segment, capable of munching continents for breakfast.
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