Honda Motorcycles Australia has confirmed that its lightly updated GL1800 Gold Wing flagship tourer will hit local showrooms this year, with a higher-spec Tour variant to add key long-distance upgrades.
The standard Honda Gold Wing largely carries over from its predecessor, using the same 1833cc flat six-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but gains audio and speaker upgrades and new colour schemes.
For 2021, the Honda Gold Wing can now be optioned in a Pearl Deep Mud Grey colour scheme, while the new Tour variant can be finished in either Gunmetal Black Metallic or Candy Ardent Red.
Distinguishing the Gold Wing Tour is a larger top box that measures 61 litres as well as a unique leather seat cover and “more relaxed” pillion back rest.
The Tour also benefits from heated seats and fog lights, and a 100mm taller windscreen that stretches the bike’s overall height to 1555mm.
As before, the Gold Wing boasts a number of high-end comfort features, including cruise control, heated grips, four rider modes and smartphone mirroring.
The Honda Gold Wing also carries over an integrated starter generator, low-speed reverse gear, hill-star assist, smart key and LED lighting system.
With no mechanical updates, the Honda Gold Wing 2021 maintains outputs of 93kW and 170Nm, and is now exclusively equipped with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Pricing has yet to be locked in, however, the current 2020 model is available from $41,217 for the base Gold Wing, up to $49,075 for the range-topping Gold Wing Tour Premium.
Confirmation that the updated Honda Gold Wing will arrive in Australian showrooms is significant as the brand’s local wing has passed on a number of other models.
Interestingly, the company is importing the all-new CMX1100 cruiser sometime this year.
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