It has just been over a month since Honda took the wraps off the 2018 Goldwing at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now the company has officially commenced bookings of the motorcycle in India. Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India (HMSI) has priced the 2018 Goldwing at Rs 26.85 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). This new third generation model packs a lot of technology including a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), an all-new chassis and more.
In terms of design, the 2018 Goldwing looks leaner than before. It has the split LED type headlamps up front above which sits the electrically adjustable windscreen. Chrome bits all around add to the visual appeal of the motorcycle. Seating position for the rider as well as the pillion looks amply comfortable. At the back, the 2018 Goldwing gets panniers and a top box, all of which combined have luggage space worth 110 litres.
The new Goldwing comes heavily loaded with features including a new 7-inch colour TFT screen for the instrumentation. This new system comes with Apple CarPlay making the 2018 Goldwing the first motorcycle to flaunt the feature. Additionally, the Goldwing also comes with a smart key, auto canceling indicators and more.
At the heart of this third-gen Goldwing is a 1,833cc six-cylinder motor that produces 125bhp and 170Nm. It is safe to expect improved performance from the new Goldwing as it has shed 48kg over its predecessor. The weight now stands at 365kg. Internationally, the Goldwing has been paired with a 7-speed DCT or a 6-speed manual. But, here in India, just like the Africa Twin, Honda will only launch the DCT version in India to start with. This automatic transmission variant of the Goldwing also gets what Honda calls ‘walking mode’ and a much-needed reverse gear. The 2018 Goldwing also gets a new Throttle by wire system thanks to which it gets four riding modes – Tour, Sport, Econ, and Rain.
Customers can book the new 2018 Goldwing at Honda Wing World Dealerships in Mumbai and Delhi. They can put their money on one of two variants – Goldwing and Goldwing Tour. Deliveries of the new Goldwing are expected to commence in early 2018. When launched, the Honda Goldwing will have to hold its own against the Indian Roadmaster and the Harley-Davidson CVO Limited.