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Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing

Honda GL1800 Gold

Recasting an American icon in a direction

The new Wing began as a pencil sketch. After of more detailed design Aoki’s team settled on mechanical design

The new Wing as a concept pencil sketch. hundreds of more detailed sket

It’s 1993. in a room full of Honda deciding who gets to head the Gold Wing project. see. the single most model in the Honda lineup, a copies in circulation since its unveiling, the two-wheeled Honda No pressure there. So who gets the

Masanori Aoki, large-project for the NSR250R at just 33 years old youngest LPL ever. Check his The CBR250RR was his, plus the and the CBR600F3. It’s perfect.

a sportbike guy.

A sportbike What sort of corporate is that? Maybe the same that took Honda Company from a one-man to a household word in any language you can It all makes sense, really.

The Wing, as it transitioned through 1100, 1200 and, 1500cc iterations, had become heavier and a lot more ponderous—and a lot fun for anyone with a trace of DNA. Gold Wings for the chronologically challenged, and since new flagship couldn’t become the of Sansabelt slacks yet to come, luxury was out. Performance was in, and would be the man to redefine it—just as as he figured this whole thing out.

First I had to learn English, says. I lived in the United from 1993 to 1996. that time I had to learn how were enjoying the Gold I went to many rallies—Wing Honda’s Homecoming and Hoot, and Sturgis.

Basically, I went Aoki’s everywhere included ZIP lucid tourists fear to like the 2200 miles Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, where he learned many It’s a long way between gas out there, he says.

Our original for the new Gold Wing was 234 miles on one but we ultimately got more than

In focus-group research beginning in Honda heard America’s motorcyclists order the same in different ways: more Just as American luxury had morphed from 1980s yachts to 2000 cruise such as Cadillac’s 141-mph STS, Aoki-San knew his new GL had to be yet maintain the tradition of first-class

We set out to keep 80 percent of the [current] Wing’s touring capability, says. That’s a vital My job is to add more fun factor, to build a Wing with the kind of and handling people normally with motorcycles.

Even the sound is important, he It’s another reason you a motorcycle instead of driving a The GL1500 engine has an electric feel to it. Good power and very linear, but it signs off too in the rev range.

I wanted more more excitement. He wasn’t around to get it, either.

Creating clay models before a life-size version added a step to the design process. design didn’t make the cut.

Creating one-eighth-scale models before a final version added a radical ste

to Japan on February 1, 1996, and one of the largest development teams in history went to work on would be the 2001 Gold In February of 1997, the first of top-level engineering forums basic chassis and ergonomic As it turns out, fundamental configuration was determined in 1975.

The Wing is the flat cylinder Aoki insists. After the signature, horizontally opposed in four-, six- and eight-cylinder the six won going away. Juggling dynamics such as exhaust noise, weight, fuel horsepower, torque and driveability finding the magic engine difficult.

Testing on American roads, team started with a mutation of the existing 1520cc After dissecting everything the current 1500 to a two-liter input from American on American roads finally set the six’s displacement at 1832cc. And the new engine would be a stressed member (no rubber mounts to vibration), attaining Gold smoothness meant moving the flat six’s theoretically primary and secondary balance

For starters, that meant the balance factor of any engine bit spins to cut high-load harmonic

Given the new bike’s more mission and Honda’s familiarity nonferrous skeletal systems, greeters at Wal-Mart predicted an Gold Wing months Meanwhile, Aoki and company set numbers such as wheelbase and geometry in January of 1998.

Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing

the dynamics involved in sporting on 792 pounds of motorcycle (plus two people, personal effects and full-scale stuffed Alf on the trunk) and the advantages of aluminum make more sense here on a CBR600F4. Just ask Aoki-San.

The new Gold Wing’s higher performance levels demand of key structures such as the frame and he says. Those demands and space made the internal shapes very complex. complexity delivered a claimed 119 more lateral rigidity and 77 more torsional stiffness the GL1500’s steel-pipe chassis, and 25 pounds less.

Credit the Pro-Arm swingarm for much of and for making rear tire radically easier when the comes. What’s more, each part of the aluminum can handle several roles, are just 31 components in the dual-spar frame—compared with 130 pieces of in a GL1500 skeleton.

From an system that works in with Honda’s Linked System (and available brakes) to an electrically adjustable preload system and a new drive damper, there are 36 newly technologies inside this

Although every contour of the new was calculated to communicate the strength the bike still had to look a Gold Wing. According to Honda’s Gary Christopher, feedback helped outline a with less bodywork to up the new hardware. People wanted a athletic Gold Wing, it to look the part.

If the bike was says Christopher, it should lighter. Honda designers on sides of the Pacific generated than 100 prospective design and in October of 1997 they had a Adding an unprecedented extra to the design process, both Research America and Honda RD rendered a 1/8-scale clay from that final

In February of 1998, an internal challenge commissioned one life-size incorporating the best facets of designs.

Meshing those new ideas with adaptations of ones, Aoki constantly for relationships connecting seemingly systems. By moving the rider the pocket of neutral air behind the he says, we were able to a smaller faring with 10 less aerodynamic drag. the rider forward also an additional two inches of seating for Gold Wing passengers. the rider forward meant the engine ahead too, helps handling.

Finding for the rider’s feet and legs clipping the bottom-rear corner each cylinder bank, but that required a new parallel train that puts miles between adjustments. years of orchestrating thousands of discordant details into one piece may have taken its on Aoki-San.

If it did, you won’t see any when he laughs like the kid who discovered you can launch flaming Pop-Tarts across the kitchen by them in the toaster (don’t try at home!), or when he does an a version of The Monkees’, Daydream After burning seven of midnight oil on this thing, the line is simple. I just people like the bike, he —T.C.

Wing Tech

A peek the plastic of Honda’s new GL

Despite 20 more displacement and 23 percent horsepower, the GL1800’s six (right) is 2.5 lighter than its ancestors. the water pump aft of the engine warm-up time, and nickel/alloy bearings cut noise.

Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing


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