Goldwing GL1800 Updates For 2012 Model Year...

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2012 Honda Goldwing

Honda's flagship luxury tourer continues its evolution with several significant updates for 2012. Dynamic new styling presents an even more sleek look and improves stability, whilst front and rear suspension are revised to further enhance ride quality and stability. Luggage capacity is increased and audio and navigation systems are upgraded.



2012 Honda Goldwing GL1800

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More dynamic exterior styling NEW

As befits the Gold Wing’s status as an aerodynamically refined touring powerhouse, the new model has revised exterior styling. Bold, integrated lines better link the front and rear of the machine, communicating its elegance and performance with sharp, dynamic forms. The re-shaped rear light further adds to the distinctive new look.

Improved wind protection NEW

Months of both wind tunnel tests and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) research has helped create a new front fairing with increased wind and weather protection.

Enhanced chassis stability and improved ride quality NEW

Changes to the shape of the rear bodywork include air vents that help to reduce the area of negative pressure that forms at the back of the bike, improving stability at speed. At the same time, adjustments to the suspension front and rear give a superb ride quality without sacrificing control.

Increased luggage capacity NEW

Larger panniers mean the Gold Wing’s total luggage capacity is now over 150 litres.

Surround sound audio system with iPod ® connectivity NEW

The adoption of a new 6-speaker 80W SRS surround-sound system offers superb sound presence and quality. Riders can now play MP3, WMA and AAC music files on the move by connecting an iPod ® , iPhone ® or USB stick. The result is easy access to any track you wish to hear.

Navigation system (installed only on models with airbag) NEW

The new, fully-integrated system with brighter screen includes a next-generation receiver for greater reception sensitivity for more reliable navigation.

Unique 1832cc flat-six engine

Smooth, strong power is guaranteed, while the HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic converter keeps harmful exhaust gas emissions to levels approximately half of the limits needed for EURO-3 compliance.

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Sharp surfaces and a sophisticated layered fairing

Honda designers have relished the challenge of updating the GL1800 Gold Wing’s styling.

The new fairing gives improved aerodynamic characteristics by changing the shape of the bottom bridge. Changes to the front axle shaft also improve the sense of stability at slow speeds. The front fairing features a strong diagonal styling element that accentuates the strong lines of the twin-spar frame, running down the sides of the bike from the revised headlights to the new pannier cases. The result is a more dynamic-looking machine with sharp surfaces and sleek forms that look ahead to a new generation of riders.

Revised front styling

A new headlight trim together with a sleek gunmetal finish to the interior of the Gold Wing’s headlights help create a more impressive front face that leaves other road users in no doubt as to the machine’s presence and prestige. At the same time a new front fairing shape has been developed to better protect the rider and passenger. CFD analysis helped sculpt the new fairing, which is particularly effective in reducing buffeting around the lower legs for both rider and passenger , building on the Gold Wing’s ability to make long distance two-up travel rewarding and enjoyable.

Revised rear bodywork

The new, larger pannier cases bring the overall luggage capacity to over 150 litres, while also playing a key part in the revised rear bodywork. They are complemented by sleek new integrated rear indicators, which echo the sophisticated elegance of a luxury car. The rear of the machine has also been re-designed to actively contribute to aerodynamic stability. A vehicle moving at speed naturally creates an area of negative pressure behind it. By better managing the movement of air over and through the rear of the bike, this negative pressure has been reduced, increasing stability.

New Rear Styling

Improved comfort

The seat is one of the most important features of a touring motorcycle and the Gold Wing’s has always excelled when it comes to day-long comfort. The shape of the seat has been revised so that it almost wraps around the passenger, creating the sensation of complete comfort and security. A new urethane seat material has also been adopted to increase comfort, while the new weatherproof cover is perforated for a sportier look.

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Engine :

Unique flat-six engine configuration

The horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine is as much a part of the Gold Wing legend as the name or the sales success. Unique in motorcycling, the 1832 cm 3 engine is the perfect long-distance ally. Its layout minimises engine vibration and helps create a low centre of gravity, reducing rider fatigue at speed and making the bike easy to handle at a walking pace. At the same time the large displacement gives exceptional power and torque, especially in the midrange. PGM-FI fuel injection ensures a crisp throttle response and low exhaust gas emissions. Together, the fuel injection system’s fine air/fuel ratio control, the three-way catalytic converter and the air injection system which encourages the oxidisation of unburned gases ensure that the Gold Wing easily meets EURO-3 emissions standards. For longer maintenance intervals, automatic adjustment for the silent cam chain has been retained.

Five-speed gearbox with overdrive, electric reverse and shaft final drive

The engine’s power is transmitted to the rear wheel through a five-speed gearbox which spins the opposite way to the engine’s crankshaft. This cancels out the side-to-side torque reaction effect generated by longitudinally mounted engines. The fifth gear is an overdrive, offering very low cruising revs on a long haul for optimised comfort and reduced fuel consumption. The electric reverse gear makes the Gold Wing manoeuvrable in even the tightest locations. Meanwhile, the shaft final drive means no messy chain lubrication or adjustment - just effortless riding.

Chassis :

Updated suspension

Both the 45mm cartridge front telescopic forks and Pro-Link single-side swingarm rear suspension have been revised to include new low-friction bushes, with the front forks also benefitting from low-friction dust seals. Equipped with a two-position memory function, the computer-controlled, electric hydraulic-type adjustable rear suspension allows for quick adjustments to preload depending on whether or not a passenger is on the bike.

Aluminium twin-spar frame

The skeleton of the GL1800 is a bespoke twin-spar aluminium beam frame which holds the engine as a stressed member, improving its already outstanding levels of rigidity, while the design’s low weight and optimised weight distribution make the Gold Wing a joy to ride at any speed. The result is a supple, comfortable ride, especially for the passenger, while the rider benefits from all the feel and feedback required to enjoy swift, secure cornering.

Dual Combined ABS braking systems

The Gold Wing is fitted with both Honda’s Dual Combined Braking System (DCBS) and an Antilock Braking System (ABS). DCBS links the front and rear braking systems to deliver the perfect balance of front and rear braking effort, whether the rider uses the front brake lever or the rear foot brake. The result is high levels of deceleration in all situations. The ABS system monitors the Gold Wing’s powerful front and rear brakes – a pair of 296mm discs and three-piston calipers at the front, and a ventilated 316mm disc and three-piston caliper at the rear. Braking effort is momentarily reduced should the system detect that a wheel is about to lock up. The result is strong, safe and secure deceleration , even in emergency situations.


Offered as standard in the UK, the Gold Wing is also equipped with the fully-integrated airbag, which represented an industry-first when introduced in 2006. The airbag module contain ing the airbag and inflator is positioned in front of the rider. The ECU to the right of the module detects changes in acceleration based on information it receives from the two crash sensors (one positioned on each of the front fork legs), to determine whether or not to inflate the airbag in certain frontal impacts.

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Engine Type  Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve SOHC flat-6
Engine Displacement  1,832cm3
Bore & Stroke  74 x 71mm
Compression Ratio  9.8 : 1
Carburation  PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with automatic choke
Max. Power Output  87kW/5500rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque  167Nm/4000rpm (95/1/EC)
Ignition  Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Starter  Electric
Fuel Consumption 15.24km/l / 43mpg (WMTC mode*)
Gearbox  5-speed
Final Drive  Enclosed Shaft
Dimensions and Weight
Length x Width x Height  2,630mm x 945mm x 1,455mm
Wheelbase  1,690mm
Seat Height  740mm
Ground Clearance  125mm
Fuel Capacity  25 Litres
Kerb Weight  421kg (F:189kg; R: 232kg)
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Wheels Front  Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Wheels Rear  Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front  130/70 R18 (63H)
Tyres Rear  180/60 R16 (74H)
Suspension Front  45mm telescopic fork with anti-dive, 140mm stroke
Suspension Rear  Pro-Link Pro-Arm with electronically-controlled spring preload adjustment, 105mm axle travel
Brakes Front  296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calipers, ABS, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear  316 x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston caliper, CBS, ABS and sintered metal pads


All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

* Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.


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