Well, the rumors were true. Honda has updated the Gold Wing for 2018 – and the makeover is an impressive one! While we’re pretty sure that some of the nuts and bolts used in the previous generation made the transition, the rest of the motorcycle is brand spanking new. Honda’s stated goal for the upgrade was to use the restyle and improved performance to attract more than just the Gold Wing faithful and put to rest the myth that Wings are just for old riders. Well, the styling is certainly more aggressive, and the bike looks decidedly more swoopy. Losing eight inches of front-facing width can do that for a motorcycle. There’s so much that’s changed on the Gold Wing that we thought we should make a cheat sheet for you to peruse.
10. Two Models
What used to be a single model has become a line – or family – with the announcement of the 2018 models. The traditional Wing with a trunk has become the Gold Wing Tour, while the trunkless F6B is now the standard Gold Wing. Aside from the trunk, there are some other differences. The standard is blacked out for a sportier look, and the Tour gets more chrome. Functionally, the Tour also has electronic suspension adjustment, where the standard makes do with manual adjustments.
9. Upgraded Electronics
All the Gold Wing’s electronics were updated. The switchgear is back-lit and has been rethought. The dash is a completely new layout with a 7-inch TFT display as its centerpiece. …read more