2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 — New Motorcycle Review — Motorcycle Magazine

5 Июн 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 — New Motorcycle Review — Motorcycle Magazine отключены
Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing

2012 Honda Gold GL1800 – New Motorcycle Review

Throne – It’s Back… And Than Ever

As Editor mentioned in his column (pg. 8, 2011), Honda declined to us an invitation to its North American introduction of the new 2012 Gold but I’m not complaining.  What’s a few day’s on a machine that carries the for being the world’s best motorcycle? That just cut the mustard for RoadBike readers who use their bikes.

Instead, we hit up for a long-term loaner so we could up thousands of miles on it, perform maintenance, and install some accessories to boot. Since the previous version of the GL1800 in July 2008 issue online at RoadBikeMag.com), I was particularly to get my hands on the new 2012 to compare the

In case you’ve been in a bubble, Honda halted production for the 2011 model while closing its Marysville, facility. While selling off its of 2010 Gold Wings, the focused on preparing its new Kumamoto, factory with modern facilities. Along with the of the US plant closing, there was about the next generation Wing, which, until had remained largely unchanged its introduction in 2001, except for a few upgrades along the way.

of us, who were quite satisfied the 1800 platform — with its power, sporty handling, and comfort — were hoping for modern technology incorporated the 2012. A dual-clutch gearbox like the one on Honda’s own 2011 would be a good option for would-be Wingers. Or perhaps it come with traction tire pressure readout on the or an electronically adjustable windshield.

none of these dreams true, but Honda still to refine our beloved two-wheeled machine with some changes.

The powerful, liquid-cooled, flat-six 1832cc engine and remain unchanged for 2012, but complemented the solid platform some welcome suspension New bushings and modified internal still offer a comfortably ride for touring, but give the more stability in the corners for riding. Preload is still adjusted with a push of a on the right-side fairing, and two stored come in handy for those who with and without a passenger.

Styling improvements are the most noticeable. These include a two-tone front fairing more aggressively shaped vents, blacked-out look on the and redesigned rear taillight and area. The larger, 7-liter sidebags integrate a splash of and are tapered in the back.

The Honda liners don’t fill new area, which makes for a place to stow rain rags, and bungees.

Subtle to increase the rider’s comfort include a wider front which offers better leg wind protection. The lack of vents on the inside of the fairing missed and offers updated and room for control buttons. All Wings include heated and grips, controlled by dials in the dash and passenger seat. New cover material and extra for both rider and passenger a current look and increased

The low driver backrest is squishy and you to sit back a little more. riders who sat on it noticed improved over the old seat, but I noticed how hot my body was on longer rides. The big and fairing seemed to trap my heat in.

After installing cruise pegs, I was able to out from behind the fairing, cooled me off.

Offered in different option packages, we the $28,000 version, which Navi/XM/ABS to the base audio package. The cockpit remains unchanged, except for the addition of a warning light, which cautions you when tire is low, and a glare-reducing, curved GPS on equipped models. You still get reflection that interferes the visual at times, but it doesn’t the entire image.

I only had real problems the screen in full, midday I don’t think there’s a solution to screen glare, but the Wing’s is the best I’ve yet.

The handgrip controls changed either. And for the old guys who get a kick out of referring to themselves by CB nicknames, Honda still all the extra CB function controls, if you don’t add the CB unit. Frankly, I’d have that space on the bar for audio functions, but I suppose a lot of still listen to AM radio and plugging their JM headsets the standard equipment corded too.

But I could easily do all that, especially since my included XM radio and a fully iPod connector. Located in the you can plug in your MP3 player or to either an auxiliary port or use the USB with your iPod for full functionality. Once and securely stowed in the trunk, you can use the controls that are now on the left-side to scroll through your artists, albums, or songs.

You can use the left grip controls to to the next or previous song, and the volume. A new surround sound feature enhances the sound from the rear speakers, the rider a more complete experience. Even on the highway, I listening to the speakers to being into a wire.

The new Navi has two SD cards located in the trunk — one the mapping software, and the other you can to upload your route your computer. Note, the usb connector for an mp3 player.

Also in the are two SD cards for the Navi system. One the map and data software, while the is the route data card. I had problems with the system up or getting stuck in “computer mode” on more than a few

The folks from Honda that I remove the data SD start up the bike, and reinsert it prompted. This seemed to out the glitch. Luckily, it was a rare but still annoying, especially it happened mid-trip.

This is an of why I still carry maps me.

The second SD card can be removed to routes you create online at new web site, TripPlanner.Honda.com. Skimming the 184-page booklet covering the system doesn’t give you any about using the web site, and the itself is a bit lacking. On my computer, I an account on the Trip Planner and my starting and ending locations.

The plotted a route, using the way. Unfortunately, I was unable to options to avoid, like U-turns, ferries, toll etc. or choose another Later, I learned that I choose these options to my route on the bike’s Navi after uploading the file. But I to “trick” the online route to go the I wanted by adding stops in along the way.

I easily the route to the SD card, and uploaded it the Wing’s Navi system. The began once I started my On a time restraint, the computer calculated to the next stop, and not couldn’t I get an actual time or estimate to my final destination, but it trying to reroute me to the first

Maybe seasoned GPS users know this, but I learned the way. In any case, it would’ve helpful to be able to simply and drag the route right on the web which would’ve avoided my

But the Trip Planner is in its early and was conceived with the social craze in mind. Once you your trip, you can choose to it with anyone who may be searching for a in that particular area. it’s still pretty and I can see lots of room for improvement. For I find it much easier to my trip right in the Wing’s

The buttons for the Navi system are on the right fairing but can’t be while the bike’s in motion. functions, like zooming and displays, can be done on the go with grip controls. Incidentally, the storage compartment on the right has been deleted by Honda.

the audio controls have moved off the center console, we get a new compartment — what Honda a shelter case — on non-airbag It’s wider than the storage, but gets hot from the Honda recommends not storing in it that could get damaged by the The plastic lid is removable, but you can’t it completely unless you have the squared off, otherwise interfere with the lid.

The key is used in the lock on the right fairing to pop the lid open. So, if you’ve warming the bike up and forgot sunglasses (which is what I the shelter case for) have to turn the engine off to get Starting up again isn’t a big but there is quite a lag time for the to boot up the Navi system time you start up.

The Wing uses regular gas, and I a decent 36.6 mpg for all of my 5,500 keeping in mind I used the as my daily commuter for three If you do the math, the range is roughly miles between fillups, the low fuel light illuminating at 205 miles. I averaged about 38 mpg on highway jaunts, which me a nice 250-mile range on

I happily took possession of the Red Gold Wing with three miles on the odometer was delivered to our local dealership in May. Some 5,500 and three tours later, been riding the Wing all long. I’ve taken a few passengers, all of whom praised the level.

The passenger section is equipped floorboards, two storage pockets, well-placed grab rails, seat, and a plug and volume for the rider/passenger communication system. Add to the roomiest accommodations on any bike out today, and the Gold Wing is the choice for passengers who are seeking the motorcycle comfort.

Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing

My goal for test was to live with the as if I were the owner, though I’m aware that I don’t fit the normal demographic — although ought to change. After the Gold Wing is a motorcycle with comfort and convenience it’s easy and super-fun to into corners, offers a predictable ride, and comes Honda’s earned reputation for

Despite my initial shrug at the improvements made to the 2012 I received only positive from Wing Nuts I went with the bike. thinking that Honda the boat by not making more and technical changes, apparently, the Wingers feel listened to. on a package that’s so good to with is a difficult task, but did it with its 2012 Gold

By Tricia Szulewski, Photos by Szulewski and Mary O’Hare

published in RoadBike . Nov/Dec

Here’s a look at some bonus pictures that make it into the printed

Honda’s new web site plays on the media craze. You can plan trip and share it with the I found some obvious with it though.

The audio have been moved to the fairing. An iPod/mp3 connection is now in the and is integrated with the audi

The ride side fairing the keyed storage compartment. A new Navi screen on equipped works better at reducing

Non-airbag models get a new, storage compartment up front. The of the bike has been redesigned to a fresh look while more room in the bags.

The new of the bags offer a tapered and give you more room to your goodies. The driveway to the at Point Lookout is just And the Wing is pretty hot,

I took the Wing up to Point in Maine for my photo shoot. The and conference center overlooks Bay. Stay tuned for my Maine” tour.

Honda’s Gold Wing is given an streamlined look.

My daughter’s part of the Wing — her own storage heated seat controls, and J-M connection. Removing the left cover reveals the battery and No tools required.

Looks are You wouldn’t think a bike of size is so easy to flick the twisties, but it is. The Wing’s seating is standard and upright.

It feels you’re sitting in a chair. extremely comfortable for long

Modifications to the Gold Wing’s include better padding and The stock windshield is perfectly for me when it’s all the way down. I just over the brim.

The new system has two SD cards located in the — one with the mapping software, and the you can remove to upload your from your computer. also, the usb connector for an mp3 player. The lid can be opened either with the key fob or a tab under the trunk.


Other articles of the category "Honda":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.