Road test: 2012 Honda Gold Wing — Everything Zoomer

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Road test: 2012 Gold Wing

Given and but a solitary minute, I’ll a motorcycle’s back tire to ashes all the while inhaling as of that putrid smoke as my can hold.

On a good day, on a I like, on a bike such as mind-boggling and fast S1000RR, exit corners spinning the tire, then wheelie all the way the next turn, all the while a stupid ear-to-ear grin. I tripling the speed limit, in the environment, of course, is actually I could go on.

For some reason, getting on the back seat of a is something I find terrifying. In I just don’t do it. Well, I say didn’t do, as Honda’s new 2012 Wing — a model owners describe as being “all the passenger” — demanded I overcome fear.

Guess what? I think I kinda enjoyed it.

Like Fat Boy or Kawasaki’s Ninjas, the Gold is one of those models that has become a brand unto It this case, the model’s to fame is that it virtually luxury touring. There are models in this category, really, none is its equal.

Electra Glide is very but it offers a completely different to touring. And, with its new BMW looks like it now stopped to compete directly with the The Gold Wing formula is unique.

For 2012, the decade-old evolves in a way that could be described as a refinement of the 2010. there is no 2011 model as took “a year off” to production to Japan from the States.

As it is often considered the ultimate machine and is supposedly now even pillion-rider friendly, the Gold gave me little choice — I had to let go of the and move back a seat to see for what the fuss was about.

I to say I now get it. Honda describes the Gold passenger seat as a throne, and really not a lot of exaggeration to the claim. than the back seat of an Glide or maybe a Victory you simply won’t find a comfortable back perch to sit on.

Both the front and back which are heated with controls, now offer cushier and are lined with a material akin to luxury car leather the vinyl-like (by comparison) 2010

The view from the elevated seat is enhanced since you above the rider’s helmet. And back rest not only as though it provides a car seat of support, it comforts by holding you in no matter how hard the throttle is Other characteristics, such as good wind management, audio quality from the new sound system (now with iPod integration), a absence of vibration from the turbine-like six-cylinder boxer and what is simply the most motorcycle suspension on Earth, add up to what really is an extraordinary experience.

Here’s why it’s so important. of the time, that passenger is spouse. And since touring a happy spouse means, as knows, that you’re too — and vice versa — this really matters if you intend to hit the road two up.

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Fortunately, the Gold is also quite pleasant for the Although undeniably improved, the version still generally much like the 2010. Air is somewhat improved around the leg while the navi system is with more functions. But really feels better is the action, which is now amazingly

New tires also do their to marginally improve handling, remains incredibly tight and for such a humongous motorcycle.

Finally, even though it looks familiar, the body is with styling that more focused. There’s chrome and the once-trendy clear-lens lights are gone.

What me most about the Gold however, isn’t the numerous improvements this new version should be available next at about the same price as the receives nor the fact I may have my phobia of back seats but what an engineering feat it is. so big with so much equipment shouldn’t feel this on its tires and as planted and inviting leaned over.

The improvements not be enough for the owner of a 2010 to run to a dealer, chequebook in hand, but with a better reason to will no doubt acquire touring at its finest — and guaranteed happiness for two passengers.

Photograph by: Kevin Wing, News

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