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Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing

Half an Acura, twice the fun

by Kevin Wing American

Motorcycle.com recently logged serious saddle time on the Honda Gold Wing GL .

Already legendary for luxury, spiced things up with brakes, suspension and aluminum technology. The goal, so say Honda is to please stalwart Gold while also attracting riders.So is the new ‘Wing a winner? Let us what you think.

Honda has battled with Kawasaki, and Suzuki for supremacy in the sport market.

In the sport touring Honda’s VFR Interceptor and ST1100 in Europe as the Pan European) primarily with BMW for top honors. Honda’s of Shadows, meanwhile, appeal to little cruiser market gobbled up by Harley-Davidson.

If there is, however, one market where Honda enjoys sovereignty, it has to be luxury touring. in 1975, Honda’s Gold (with the help of Vetter) spawned the luxo-touring genre. then, Honda has heaped on the centimeters and slathered on the luxury.

And Wing riders ate it up. They clubs, organized rallies, countless highway miles and fanatical customer loyalty. it looks like a yellow MM, the new ‘Wing will not melt in hand or your mouth. The serious threat to the Wing, appeared spring of 1999 in the of the BMW K1200LT.

The big beemer offered all of the luxury, plus amenities heated grips, a CD-changer and an windshield.

More importantly, an advanced tires and brakes enabled the LT to serious … through the as well as the interstate.

More an advanced suspension, tires and enabled the LT to haul serious through the canyons as well as the As our recent shootout revealed, the and comfy Wing was no match for the in the twisties. Though it may seem BMW forced the issue at Honda, the is a revised GL has been in the works for some time.

Honda said about 10 years they recognized the success of Acura line of luxury They also noticed the of the land-yacht variety of Cadillacs and Seeing this shift performance in the luxury car market, it became apparent the GL 1500 of the Gold Wing was more to your father’s Oldsmobile a sleek and athletic Acura.

So around 1993, Honda put solid ideas to paper.

In Honda placed Executive Engineer Masanori Aoki at the of the project. Aoki, a performance enthusiast, led teams responsible for burners like the CBR-600 and the Aoki believes that most riders don’t to drag knee or travel at speeds, everyone can appreciate a engine and nimble handling.

A base is performance, Aoki Every motorcycle rider a sportbike feeling.

Aoki that the mission of his team was to handling and braking while power. Other goals simplifying maintenance, increasing gas and cruising range and also 2008 California emissions These are daunting goals in and of

Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing

But there was one caveat: preserve the of the Gold Wing.

How do you take a venerated motorcycle, redo it, and not it up? Gary Christopher, Honda manager of press and racing Well, Gold Wing unless you have something getting more of a good the 2001 GL 1800 Gold is anything but screwed up.

Honda the 2001 Gold Wing GL press introduction at its Honda of Motorcycles factory in Columbus, The week-long event included a technical briefing, a plant plus two days of riding the scenic, yet challenging back-roads of Ohio. Gold Wings, old and

Journalists on hand garnered saddle time on both the 1800 and the current 1500

While frequent bike-swapping and shenanigans made it difficult to real-life gas mileage or cruising the experience made it abundantly the 1800 is as good or better the 1500 in every imaginable In a nutshell, the 1800 accelerates stops surer and inspires confidence in the corners. Available ABS and a linked brake system improved safety.

Radial an anti-dive fork and electronically-adjustable shock provide predictable Luxury, meanwhile, is enhanced by the of a six-disc CD changer and heated Access to frequently-maintained parts is while a 600 mile service is no necessary.

A valve inspection necessarily adjustment) only is every 32,000 miles.

but not least, Honda just official word that the 1800cc, 118 hp, fuel injected six engine exceeds California’s 2008 C.A.R.B. emissions by almost 25 percent. But, is the of the Wing preserved? It’s to say about 95 percent remains intact.

And considering the 100 percent improvement else, giving up a scant bit of old vibe is a true bargain.

Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing


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