The Honda Fireblade is the flagship cruiser motorcycle from the Japanese two-wheeler giant. Late last year, at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda unveiled the 6th generation Gold Wing. The latest Gold Wing is priced at Rs 26.85 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi) and in the video below by Youtuber One World One Ride shows what the experience is like of taking delivery of this six-cylinder beast.
The Honda Gold Wing like every other imported bike arrives in its own special transportation cage with a cover on top. The thing with the Gold Wing’s size is the fact that its box is quite massive, which results in a rather hilarious scene in the video, with the all the snacks and knickknacks being placed on top of the box as if it was a real table.
Thankfully, with the rubbish on top removed, the cloth and cover come off to reveal the Gold Wing caged inside waiting to come out and meet its new owner, a guy by the name of Happy. Thankfully with the cage removed, the Gold Wing and all its accessories are revealed including the key fob which allows for keyless ignition and riding.
Now with the Gold Wing finally out of its transport protection cage, Happy gives his friends a brief overview of his new pride and joy. He points out the various features of the new 2018 Gold Wing including the large 7-inch TFT display that allows riders to connect to the audio system’s four speakers through Apple Car Play, something which Happy is keen to point out isn’t found on its rivals. Another new feature is the electronically adjustable windscreen which the owner praises along with the integrated saddlebags.
The Honda Gold Wing has undergone a weight savings program for its eighth generation and has lost around 40 kilos compared to its predecessor. Happy informs his friends where all that weight savings have come from including the smaller fuel tank which now holds around 7 litres less than before, which thankfully has been balanced by the more frugal engine.
Speaking about the engine, the Gold Wing continues to be powered by a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine that displaces 1,833cc and pushes out 125 Bhp and 170 Nm of torque. Power in the case of the customer’s bike seen above is sent to the rear wheel via a dual clutch gearbox. The Gold Wing also gets reverse and forward walking gears.
The Gold Wing for India, which is the touring variant, gets an adjustable suspension with a double wishbone set-up up front with 109 mm travel, while the rear features a single-sided swingarm with a Pro-Link Showa shock that allows for 104 mm of travel. Braking duties are handled by dual 320 mm discs with 6-piston Nissin callipers up front.
The rear brake is a single 316 mm disc with 3-piston callipers from Nissin. The Honda Gold Wing sits on an 18-inch wheel up front shod with a 130/70 section tyre while the 16-inch alloy at the rear is wrapped in a massive 200/55 section tyre. The Honda Gold Wing also gets ABS, Hill Start Assist, 4 different riding modes, cruise control and throttle by wire among many other features.