Honda GL1800 Gold Wing — Motorcycles — Motorcycle Escape

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Transcontinental meditations on the land that zigs

There much to do between Oklahoma and New at 6:54 a.m. A tiny maintains forward progress, exactly 80 miles of Interstate 40 each hour. The pyrotechnics six fuel-injected cylinders are all but imperceptible at revs in top cog. The fairing a stiff, North Texas down to light gusts the elbows—and a digital cockpit is the only tangible evidence of the 40-degree air outside. Full of gas.

Emmylou Harris on the CD between Boulder and Birmingham, she Life is good.

Welcome to morning, day four of our nearly get-acquainted session with 2001 Gold Wing. The going in was simple: ride the GL’s Marysville, Ohio, (and location of the bike’s launch) to ours in Los Angeles. It is right in the middle of said that I-40 narcosis in.

Sort of a four-lane rapture of the The mind floats ahead, various exits on a freeway all its Is there really a Helium in Amarillo?

Does Elvis they transplanted the Cadillac Then, splat! An ill-fated free-associates us all the way back to Arkansas.

The cockpit is a half-inch narrower those of its ancestors, and is much on the eyes. The left-hand switch audio controls are an ergonomic A single button in the right-hand next to the cruise controls, the electric reverse gear.

dash vents, however, very little air.

The cockpit is a half-inch narrower those of its ancestors, and is much

It’s hard to tell him splattered on the windshield like but look closer and everything together. Although he cruised at up to seven mph mere seconds Bombus Terrestis—Mr. Bumblebee to ostensibly too fat to fly. Too bad nobody him.

We’re just nobody told Honda an 898-pound, two-wheeled luxury with cruise control, CD changer, reverse gear and 141 of luggage space can’t up a 200-mile slice of sportbike through the Ozarks. And at speeds would make Daisy wet her cutoffs.

Alas, we digress. was Day Three.

OK, so it’s pricey $18,499 with ABS), and its pop-up compartment in the trunk houses the optional six-disc CD five liters of cargo still, the CD player contributes more to cross-country bliss wool socks, Powerbars or else you might cram in Take a stroll around the and take in the architecture.

The 2001 Wing is outwardly than its immediate predecessor, a fluid, organic silhouette makes the straight-laced GL1500 like an extra from Gothic. From hand and switchgear to the Acuraesque dash everything you push, pull, or read is intuitive, displaying characteristically excellent attention to detail.

Loading a half-dozen the 25-watt Panasonic audio pumps anything from van Beethoven to Stevie Ray Vaughn enough accurate punch to some home systems and up the neighbors. Although sound deteriorates as you approach freeway the only vehicles with fidelity have four and a roof. To anyone climbing off a the GL1800 cockpit initially an F-18’s, but don’t panic.

controls are equally common-sensical, as are for the CB, cruise control, rear and headlight angle. Now get on the thing.

Honda’s published saddle for the 1800 remains at the GL1500’s inches, once you’re the new bike’s seat accommodates a range of riders. Miss gets a firm footing at a and Mr. Six-foot-four has abundant legroom on the

Still, the riding position is sit-up-and-beg; riders are right up the bar ends, not bad for shorter folks, but a cramped for those taller average.

If the GL1800 feels than the previous six, because it is. At 898 pounds complete a full 6.6-gallon fuel and eight pounds of optional ABS hardware, the 1800 is still 13 lighter than our 1999 Reduced frontal area to the improved aerodynamics and that feel.

However, most of the compactness comes from the rider two inches closer to the axis (which somewhat the close-cropped riding position). aspect of riding the motorcycle becomes more direct, exact, and for us at least, much fun than anything with a Wing badge has ever

Turn the key and a wiry version of the Gold Wing Eagle in the cockpit’s central LCD display in Honda calls the opening That little number from cute to annoying to off before we leave the lot. The boots up with the instant associated with Honda injection, settling into an rendition of the familiar GL idle.

Honda’s flat six has always receptive, but this one wants to go. Slipping into traffic, responsiveness—especially right off idle—triggers a of driveline lash in low gear; the fork amplifies any unsmooth antics during takeoffs and riding.

Shifting during speed work felt a notchy, too, though smoothed nicely once the added up. Once under you know you’re aboard a Wing; the gear-whine of the flat-six the seemingly unalterable straight-line the calmness behind the fairing.

there, the experience is all new: no disconnected, high-anxiety Steamboat urban choreography. The 1800 when and where it’s with a direct—dare we say sporty—feel. New bits are tuned to match.

the single rear shock set to the of 25 electrically adjustable spring-preload (via a push-button system includes a two-position memory), the is a bit taught relative to the GL1500’s feel. With an even 100 of torque on tap at a mere 2250 the big six yanks harder down low even Suzuki’s Hayabusa manages 99.0 foot-pounds at its rpm peak).

The two-wheel Torque GL finally peaks with an 109.9 foot-pounds at 4250 That sort of grunt it pull smoothly from 35 mph to an 135 in top gear. But enough of this. Interstate 71. This is the throttle.

it, and traffic shrinks into the mirrors at a heady clip.

the GL stripped of its 36 painted parts, easy to see how far forward the engine is side-mounted radiators help packaging, all of which helps the handle convincingly sportbikelike. the auxiliary cooling fans on below 15 mph, hot air blows under the headlight instead of the rider.

With the GL stripped of its 36 parts, it’s easy to see how far the engine

Armed with 85 at 5000 rpm, the GL1500 had acceleration—for a cruise ship. enough to cover the quarter-mile in seconds at 96.1 mph. 104.1 horses at 5500 the GL1800 is way faster. Jumping 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, the 1800 back a quarter-mile in 12.78 at 103.3 mph. That’s a half-heartbeat behind the 12.76-second/100.8-mph of Honda’s own Valkyrie Interstate.

But how some truly meaningful Our 2001 GL is quicker to 60 and through the than a Lamborghini Diablo VT. As sinks in, please observe a of silence to contemplate the emotional of having your $286,000 ego extension slain by a touring

Sure enough.

Following through the heart of Cincinnati, the triple-digit torque becomes the practical advantage. Merely the throttle at 70 mph dispatches the somnambulistic impudent A4 Audis and all manner of interstate chicanes at a rate the would need one, two downshifts to match. Against the the GL1800 squirts from mph in 5.9 seconds in its overdrive fifth vs.

7.1 seconds for the GL1500. Seconds into minutes, then Soon you’re nodding off to a Madonna video in Elizabethtown, and awakening to a battalion of Future of America forming up in the motel lot.

Day two is winding down as the rolls into the Shell in Union City, Tennessee, east of the Mississippi River and the state line. With miles on the first of its two LCD tripmeters, the swallows 5.2 gallons of unleaded. that 40-mpg performance and the light wakes up at 228; 36 past that and you’re a

Stiff headwinds and a restless hand dropped our average for the to 36 mpg; one mpg better than our GL1500 test rig, but a plenty-safe 230 miles between

Cutting west, the little toe of pointing south into is a desolate extremity. Sad little houses set in gray fields of cotton. Not even the radio can anything cheerful. Snapping the open hard to reel in happier scenery triggers a pinging in the engine room.

its two 3-D digital fuel-injection maps and a 3-D ignition map, 87-octane provokes indigestion. Best to the midgrade stuff. Chasing a sunset into the Ozarks, the day in Hardy, Arkansas, with a chilled liquid refreshment on the of the Spring River.

Day Three early on roads so perfect you deserve to know where are. OK, if you’re in the neighborhood, miss U.S. Route 62 Harrison and Yellville.

Just yourselves or we’ll hear it. Who needs the Alps when you this? No bumps, no holes, no of maladroit soccer moms in SUVs—just miles of arcing, diving pavement. The kind of that usually makes us the Gold Wing name in and pine for an F4. Know what?

No There’s no CD changer in an F4.

Turn up the David Lindley and on, baby. Acceleration is suitably for a motorcycle of this stature, but the tach needle crosses things happen fast. The that was there is here, and quicker than it ever have been on the 1500. the new bike’s brakes are more to the task.

A year ago, type of corner entrance would make one large, hole in a highland forest on the Plateau. Now? Working the antidive system, Honda’s new braking arrangement slows the bike/rider combination strongly and No drama.

No excess chassis No worries. Should you be unlucky to cross something slick on the the ABS simply takes care of it.

Why 20 percent of 2001 Gold production will be ABS-equipped is us. We wouldn’t own one without it.

Now, were we? Oh yeah—turn! Push on the bar to the new trajectory and your orders are

There’s a direct line of between pullback bars and patches. With shock bumped to 20, the bike develops a allergy to square-edged pavement Beyond that, the fork and manage the Wing’s ample beautifully at a sporty clip.

The new skeleton and single-sided swingarm none of the midcorner monkey that plagued the old bike’s bones. It just carves around the corner until the drag, carves deeper those big crash bars Carve deeper than and you’ll find out why they’re crash bars. Relatively Bridgestone radials (130/70R18 180/60R16 rear) help up the new GL’s handling equation

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Presumably to preserve some of trademark plushness, our carefully test bike (and at one other we checked) was delivered 32 psi up front and 36 psi in the rear instead of the combination prescribed by the label the trunk lid.

However, the lower pressures did more to straight-line plushness than behavior or tire life, we ’em up and had no rubber related on wet pavement or dry.

So maybe you go to the And maybe you wonder why it’s so Because it rains!—in this from clouds the color of coals in some great barbecue. Set to the lowest of its four positions, the new windscreen is just low for a six-foot-three incher to peer which helps immeasurably in the

A little rain sneaks the sides of the fairing; otherwise, protection is first-rate.

The 1800’s Starship Enterprise array throws a perfect of light from shoulder to of this meandering two-lane. lights do a miraculous job of illuminating of wet, curvy roadside you see on other bikes. A handy in the cockpit controls a motorized system that lets you or lower the beam to match any

No motorcycle on the planet lights up the after dark like new GL.

Fayetteville, Arkansas, arrives in time to avoid a thorough Which is more than we can say for the little waiter with our al carbon y un cerveza por favor. is a beautiful thing, but it enforces compromises. Say, for instance, you an entire day milling down against the tastiest roads in the take a long lunch and maybe 232 miles. That leave you roughly 1568 and four states from

Time to face the music and the That’s when you thank God and Aoki for traditional Gold virtues.

It’s Day Four and is for cruise control. Touring inspires such profundity, in turn inspires Oklahomans to nasty letters. Still, between Hydro and Elk City, nice to let that little chip lock the speedo on 80 mph and listen to the weatherband’s virtual Hawking foretell atmospheric yet to come. Thankfully the Wing other electronic diversions to the tourist.

Punch up the ambient air then have the radio up the dozen strongest AM and FM stations. the bass, treble and ambient to match the new U2 CD; discuss foreign with fascist truckers on the all good. The best compliment we can pay the is that we never thought it in nearly 2800 miles.

Not on the mind-numbing Day Five drone Amarillo to Flagstaff. Allied the revamped ergonomic package, more lower back and support, and better overall distribution. The new fairing strikes a balance between aerodynamic and wind protection.

Still, taller than six-foot-two feel a smattering of turbulence above the helmet. And more sneaks around the side of the relative to last year’s While we like the bike’s irredeemable fans of the old magic ride may deem it a bit too taut.

In a world, the new Wing would do 350 on a tank of gas. Its saddlebags always latch the first instead of requiring a determined to stop the insistent blinking of the display from mocking incompetence. The cruise control grab the requisite speed on and downhills more quickly. the dash display should a GPS readout. And the cockpit could be for larger folks.

But for that stuff we can wait for Maybe.

Just as the first was in 1988, the new 1800 is just far ahead of its time to bother less-progressive segments of motorcycling Sporting traditionalists will at a Honda motorcycle with as many part numbers as a Civic, and deem it the harbinger of a apocalypse.

Good Sam tourists in cloth and ashes will on about Honda abandoning the in pin-encrusted vests and Hi, My Name Is who made the Gold Wing it is in order to court the performance-addled set. We say that kind of encourages random drug

We also say the 2001 Gold does just what its have done for 25 years, and than anything else: and redefine the art of luxury motorcycle Before the GL1800, sporting enforced an uncomfortable minimalism on the traveler, while luxury displayed a distressing resemblance to ’70 Chrysler New Yorker. has changed all that.

The fact it has done it for a base price of less than a 2000 SE—leaves us with only one bit of If you’re not already in line to put a Gold Wing in your it may already be too late.


· Key-fob luggage latch a real treat

· Big, mirrors let you check your six

· taillights make sure seen

· You’ll peel with those high

· CD player’s location will dirt and moisture; gotta too

· How about adjustable ergos,

Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing
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