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2014 Honda Gold Wing GL1800AL Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS Review
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Gold Wing has set the standard in luxury touring since 1975, offering unparalleled levels of comfort for rider and passenger alike…
Try as they might, other manufacturers seem unable to dislodge the Gold Wing from its vaulted position at the top of the luxury touring market. Since the first iteration with its 1000 cc flat-four engine, to the latest incarnation with its 1800 cc flat-six, the Gold Wing has offered what seems to be the perfect blend of luxury, performance, safety and durability. The flat-six engine is mounted low in the all-aluminum chassis, resulting in an exceptionally low centre of gravity, making the Gold Wing feel much lighter and easier to ride than its size and weight might suggest. That rigid aluminum chassis also contributes to handling, which has allowed more than one Gold Wing rider to surprise sport-touring challengers on twisty roads. Of course the Gold Wing features all the high-tech gadgetry that you’d expect in a luxury tourer, electronic cruise control, reverse gear, navi, a powerful and multi-faceted audio system, heated seats and the list goes on. But what really sets the Gold Wing apart from rivals is its unmatched level of comfort and luxury, refined over years and years of listening to some of the most loyal customers in motorcycling. Honda is particularly proud of the attention paid to refining the passenger experience. Never an afterthought, passenger accommodations and amenities have been an integral part of design since the very beginning. So go ahead, take off on that road trip with your favourite travelling companion, glide down the highway sitting in the lap of luxury, confident that you’re riding the most thoroughly developed touring machine ever to hit the highway.
There’s big news when it comes to the new 2014 Honda Gold Wing: we’ve taken the world’s best touring motorcycle and made it even better. The new bodywork is the first thing you’ll notice, complementing the best engine and chassis package the touring world has ever seen. Look a little further and you’ll discover great new improvements to the audio system, the available navigation system and the Gold Wing’s comfort, too. There’s new functionality as well, like integrated iPod® connectivity and the ability to upload trips to the Navi system from your home computer.
If you thought the Gold Wing was the world’s ultimate touring motorcycle, you were right. And if you think the new Gold Wing is even better, you’re right again.
Options & Pricing
The Honda Gold Wing has always offered power, performance, handling and touring comfort. That’s why it’s always led the touring-bike class.
Each package is designed to optimize your riding experience with such exclusive features as XM® Radio with NavTraffic/NavWeather and our new Trip Planner software. Our upgraded premium audio package gives you Surround Sound. Cold-weather comfort features like heated grips, a heated seat and passenger backrest, foot-level warm-air ducts and better lower-leg wind protection make a great ride even better. Combined Anti-Lock Brakes (C-ABS) help you stop with more confidence, and Honda’s revolutionary airbag system is the first of its kind on a production motorcycle.
Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS
Base MSRP $28,100*
Features & Options
•Adds: Combined Anti-Lock Brakes
2014 Honda Gold Wing GL1800AL Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Now you can plan trip routes on your home computer and upload them into your Gold Wing’s available Navi system, share your trips with friends or download routes from others (TripPlanner.Honda.com). You’ll also notice Navi improvements like lane guidance and junction view, along with a new GPS receiver that captures satellite signals faster.
Forget What You Thought You Knew.
Think a Gold Wing is only suitable for leisurely rides or perfectly straight interstates? Hardly.
Check out what happens when someone who never thought they’d be a “Gold Wing guy” gets turned 180° once they ride it.
More Is Better.
With revised bodywork providing increased lower body wind protection, new seat material and iPod® connectivity, you’ll be able to enjoy your adventure even more. Add XM®’s lineup of programming and the available XM® NavTraffic and NavWeather features, and you can stay on course and ahead of bad weather. XM Radio, NavTraffic and NavWeather are available on the 2012 Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM, 2012 Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS and 2012 Gold Wing Airbag models only. XM Radio requires a subscription, sold separately after the first 90 days.
Four Performance Packages.
We offer the Gold Wing in four distinct performance package options, with exclusive features like Premium Surround Audio; XM® Radio with navigation, traffic and weather; Trip Planner; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS); heated grips and seat and even one with the industry’s first airbag.
Your Ride Starts Here.
Experience the new innovations and features of the 2014 Gold Wing for yourself with a demo ride at participating dealers.
2014 Honda Gold Wing GL1800AL Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Powerful fuel-injected 1,832 cc six-cylinder engine produces smooth, effortless power while surpassing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards..
Low, forward engine placement and solid engine-mounting produce excellent road handling characteristics and impressive low-speed manoeuvrability..
Nickalloy crankshaft bearing caps provide quiet operation throughout the engine’s operating temperature range..
Parallel two-valve cylinder-head design utilizes direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation and requires no 1,000 km service..
Silent-type camshaft chains with automatic adjusters provide reliable, maintenance-free operation..
Two 40 mm-diameter throttle bodies deliver air to six specially designed Keihin 50-psi high-pressure programmed fuel injectors (PGM-FI). Fuel is delivered through four nozzle tips in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for optimum efficiency and power..
Electronic control unit (ECU) provides two digital 3-D fuel injection maps for each cylinder and one digital 3-D ignition map for each cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for superb rideability. Unique knock-control sensors monitor ignition advance to improve performance throughout the entire rpm range..
ECU-controlled closed-loop emission control system utilizes two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture, while two exhaust catalytic converters further reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides..
Rotary Air Control Valve (RACV) maintains precise idle control under widely varying engine loads and operating temperatures..
Compact water pump is mounted behind the engine and is driven directly by the crankshaft, contributing to quicker engine warm-up..
Engine cooling system features a series-flow coolant flow pattern that offers cold-start rideability and provides rapid engine warm-up..
Two side-mounted radiators enhance cooling efficiency and use low-air-pressure areas created by side cowls to draw cooling air through the radiators and beyond the rider at highway speeds..
Sturdy eight-plate clutch with maintenance-free hydraulic-assist..
Efficient stainless steel six-into-two exhaust system produces a pleasing, powerful sound..
Powerful 1,300-watt alternator uses a fluid-damper (viscous coupling) system to minimize alternator noise..
Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes overdrive fifth..
Beautiful multi-box-section aluminum dual-spar frame and Pro-Arm single-sided cast aluminum swingarm set new class standards for handling..
The innovative aluminum frame is specifically engineered for optimum rigidity with tuned flex. This combination of rigidity and flexibility produces excellent handling, superb riding comfort and wonderful road feel..
Inherently smooth flat-six-cylinder engine also serves as a tuned stressed frame member. The solid engine-mounting system utilizes specially designed hangers and carefully matched mounting bolts to provide both excellent road feel and minimal engine vibration..
The Gold Wing rigid Pro-Arm single-sided cast aluminum swingarm provides simplified servicing of the rear wheel and tire, while assuring optimum handling..
Dual full-floating 296 mm front discs with Dual-Combined Braking System three-piston calipers and a single ventilated 316 mm rear disc with one Dual-Combined Braking System three-piston caliper provide excellent braking power..
Honda’s Dual-Combined Braking System features a second master cylinder and a three-stage proportional control valve (PCV) to couple the three-piston calipers of the dual front and single rear brake discs. Using the front brake lever activates the outer two pistons of the front right-side caliper and the centre piston of the front left-side caliper and, acting through the secondary master cylinder and an inline proportioning valve, the outer two pistons of the rear caliper. The rear brake pedal operates the centre piston of the rear brake caliper, the centre piston of the front right-side brake caliper and the outer two pistons of the front left-side caliper. A delay valve sensitive to the rider’s pedal pressure smoothes front brake engagement..
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) features an electric-motor-driven modulator that provides rapid and precise braking-pressure adjustments, resulting in smooth ABS operation. The system incorporates an integrated ECU, self-diagnostics with an interactive ECU test function, and automatic protection against system failure..
Massive 45 mm front fork houses a cartridge damper in the right leg with 122 mm (4.8 in.) of travel for a smooth yet superb ride in all road conditions..
Anti-dive system minimizes front fork dive when braking. The system utilizes brake fluid pressure generated in the secondary Dual-Combined Braking System master cylinder mounted on the left fork leg and is activated by input from either the front brake lever or the rear brake pedal. This application of anti-dive and Dual-Combined Braking System produces enhanced stability when manoeuvring at both low speeds and highway speeds..
Pro-Link-mounted rear shock provides 105 mm (4.1 in.) of plush travel for relaxed touring or sport riding..
Computer-controlled adjustable hydraulic rear suspension preload is easily set by the rider with push-button controls and features a two-position memory..
Unique driveshaft-damping system utilizes a double-pipe structure, with a rubber-bonded coating applied to the inner pipe to absorb road shock and engine torque. The long-life design simplifies rear wheel maintenance..
Final gearcase assembly design in the Pro-Arm eliminates wheel alignment splines and assures accurate alignment of the rear wheel after servicing..
Cast aluminum 18 x 3.5-inch front wheel and 16 x 5.0-inch rear wheel are lightweight and strong. Radial touring tires are specifically engineered for the Gold Wing, providing a combination of excellent traction, cornering grip and long tire life..
Five-position heated grips and five-position heated seat/backrest combination with individual rider and passenger controls for optimum comfort..
Foot-warming system channels engine-heated air over the rider’s feet and is controlled by a fairing-mounted lever..
The parallel two-valve cylinder head design, together with side-mounted radiators, allows optimum ergonomics, with excellent rider foot room and a large passenger cockpit..
Slow-speed electric reverse system is engaged with the simple push of the thumb controls on the right handlebar..
Lightweight electronic cruise control system utilizes a 16-bit ECU-controlled, motor-actuated throttle mechanism..
The Gold Wing aerodynamic bodywork is functional as well as beautiful, providing excellent rider wind protection while reducing the aerodynamic drag coefficient..
A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windshield-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 100 mm (4 inches) of travel. Operated manually, the mechanism eliminates the weight and complexity of electric motors..
Adjustable and closeable windshield vent routes fresh air to the rider’s face or chest..
Specially designed luggage features a remote-control key-lock, permitting pop-open rear trunk operation; a remote lock/unlock feature for the trunk and the saddlebags; and a horn-actuated bike locator. If remote locking is attempted while a lid is open, the emergency lights flash to alert the rider..
The spacious luggage gives the Gold Wing a total capacity of well over 150 litres, including the fairing pockets..
The saddlebag lids feature hydraulic dampers for smooth operation..
Soft-touch plastic elastomer provides a luxurious feel to the front console, front and rear-pocket covers, and the passenger armrests..
Ergonomically designed saddle with a low 740 mm ( 29.1 in.) seat height has a plush passenger seat with integral backrest and side support for all-day riding comfort..
Instrument cluster includes white-on-black analog displays for speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level, plus features adjustable backlighting and high-luminescence red pointers. Indicator/warning lights are provided for reverse, neutral, overdrive, oil pressure, fuel injection, high beam, sidestand, cruise on, cruise set and low fuel. A high-resolution LCD, housed in a separate module, is visible in all lighting conditions and displays the odometer, A/B tripmeter, ambient temperature, audio modes, CB, rear-suspension setting, trunk/saddlebag-open indicators and a clock..
Next-Generation Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System includes: a bright colour screen; quick satellite connection; 3-D terrain view, lane assist with junction view and more; complete Canada and U.S. mapping with points of interest installed; points-of-interest information includes fuel stations, restaurants, lodging, attractions, transportation, government and emergency information and saved rider’s input with home function; step-by-step verbal directions through headsets or speakers; on-screen text guidance and pop-up menus; easy-to-use handlebar and fairing-mounted controls; user-friendly programmability that allows you to plan trip routes on your home computer and upload them into your Gold Wing’s navi system or share them with friends..
Next-Generation premium audio system includes: direct MP3/i-Pod® connectivity plus full device control through handlebar controls; SRS CS Auto™ technology surround-sound system; 80-watt-per-channel power amplifier provides clear, crisp sound at all highway speeds; six-element speaker system with two rear speakers, a pair of front speakers and two tweeters for a rich, full surround sound quality; tuner features auto bass control combined with auto volume control..
Motorized headlight aiming system is operated by a dial switch and provides 2.5 degrees of adjustment from level..
Large 25-litre fuel tank houses the PGM-FI fuel pump and provides excellent long-distance cruising range..
The Tire Pressure Management System (TPMS) automatically reads the inflation pressure of the front and rear tires and alerts you if it detects under-inflation..
Headlight system features two 55-watt H7 low-beam and two 55-watt H7 high-beam bulbs with computer-designed multi-reflectors. In high-beam operation, all four bulbs produce a distinctive front lighting signature..
Engine and saddlebag guards help protect the bodywork in case of a tip-over..
Silver powder-coated finish helps ensure the aluminum frame will remain beautiful for years to come..
Maintenance-free features include: automatic choke, RACV automatic idle, programmed fuel injection, automatic cam-chain adjusters, sealed battery, electronic cruise control and computer-controlled hydraulic rear spring preload adjustment..
Handsome two-piece aluminum handlebars are lightweight and strong..
Adjustable brake and clutch levers..
Self-cancelling turn signals..
Fully illuminated handlebar and radio switches..
Extensive tool kit..
Dual electric spiral horns trumpet a distinctive note..
20-amp YTX maintenance-free battery..
Dual helmet locks..
Fold-down antenna for easy storage..
Padded passenger handrails..
Convenient ignition switch/fork lock for added security..
3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus..
Our sturdy, ratcheting windscreen adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 4″ of travel.
Satellite-Linked Navigation System
Our exclusive Honda design and technology gives you the best available fully integrated GPS-based Navi system on two wheels, featuring a brighter color LCD screen and step-by-step verbal directions via Gold Wing’s sound system. And new for 2014: a new lane guidance feature, junction view, 3-D terrain view and a new GPS receiver that captures satellite signals faster. Plus, with TripPlanner.Honda.com, you can plan trip routes on your home computer and upload them into your Gold Wing’s Navi system.
XM® Satellite Radio/Weather/Traffic
Want to listen to the radio you want, no matter where you ride? With our XM®-equipped models you get a free 90-day trial subscription included with your new XM-equipped Gold Wing. This was the first integrated implementation of satellite radio on a motorcycle, and it still offers the most features, including traffic (XM® NavTraffic) and weather (XM® NavWeather) in addition to regular XM® programs. (Separate subscription required after 90-day trial.)
The airbag-equipped Gold Wing boasts the industry’s first and only production motorcycle airbag system. The motorcycle’s fork incorporates two sensors to detect a frontal impact. Someday all motorcycles may offer this feature, but right now only a Gold Wing gives you this choice.
Non-airbag models also get a center-mounted lockable glovebox for added convenience, boosting the cockpit area storage capacity to 2.8 liters.
The Gold Wing Features heated grips, a heated rider’s seat and a heated passenger seat/backrest, all with individual rider and passenger controls. There’s even a foot-warming system for cold mornings!
Seat Cover And Urethane Seat Material
The best seat in the house just got better. Both the rider and passenger will feel the difference that our new urethane seat material makes. The waterproof cover also features a new sportier, custom-perforated look too. A day in the saddle never felt so good!
Audio System With Surround Sound
Featuring a surround-sound system that’s tuned exclusively for the Gold Wing. When using the speakers (SRS CS Auto*), the audio image is enhanced along with deep low tones, producing a powerful surround sound. When using the headsets (SRS Headphone**), you’ll hear a three-dimensional sound field brimming with realistic sound. (SRS CS Auto* and SRS Headphone** are trademarks of SRS Labs, Inc.)†
Enhanced Storage Capacity
When we redesigned the new Gold Wing’s bodywork, we took the opportunity to increase the storage capacity in the saddlebags by seven liters, upping total capacity to over 150 liters including trunk and fairing pockets.
Shaft Final Drive
Pro-Arm Rear Swingarm
The Gold Wing’s MotoGP-inspired single-sided cast-aluminum swingarm is super rigid and lightweight, with reduced unsprung weight, delivering sharper, sportier handling. Its unique Pro-Arm design mates up with Honda’s patented Pro-Link rear suspension, featuring electronically adjustable hydraulic preload settings for various riding and load conditions.
Improved Wind And Weather Protection
The 2014 Gold Wing’s layered-surface bodywork does more than just look great. We took the opportunity to fine-tune the rider and passenger environment. There’s appreciably more wind and weather protection around your lower legs, so you’ll experience less buffeting and warmer legs on those cool days.
1832cc Liquid-cooled, Fuel-injected Engine
The Gold Wing’s fuel-injected, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine is exceptionally smooth and incredibly powerful. This time-tested powerplant delivers plenty of useable power, using regular unleaded fuel. And to eliminate crankshaft-induced torque reaction at the chassis, the gearbox spins opposite the crank’s rotation—an elegant solution, and a typical Gold Wing engineering touch.
The Gold Wing’s design aims for a more integrated appearance, with a sporting edge and visual flow line linking the front to the rear, and a new, integrated taillight and saddlebag treatment. Other touches include redesigned front fascia and air intake, blacked-out headlight garnish and new instrument panel fonts and design.
Suspension settings are a part of the reason your Gold Wing offers handling that can put many a sportbike to shame. Gold Wings have always offered the best overall handling of any touring machine, but these settings really improve things when you decide to dial it up a notch.
Combined Anti-Lock Brakes (Combined ABS)
Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Checking tire pressure can be a hassle—except when you’re riding a Gold Wing with our Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). A pair of monitors keeps track of both front and rear tire pressures, and the dashboard readout is updated once per minute. They’ll send you an alert if either tire is significantly underinflated.
Our wheels are clear-coated from the factory for an improved appearance and easier cleaning.
The Motorcycle That Defines What A Touring Bike Should Be.
For more than 35 years, the Honda Gold Wing has stood alone at the forefront of the luxury touring class. One of the big reasons it stays there is because we’re constantly updating and innovating, without ever losing sight of the Gold Wing’s core greatness. The improvements and features we’re offering on our 2014 models are a perfect example of that: the new (sleek new bodywork, our new trip planner, an even nicer seat) combines with the proven (a famously smooth six-cylinder engine and a twin-spar chassis influenced by our years of Grand Prix racing) to give you the best Gold Wing ever.
Revolutionary. Extraordinary. Standard-setting. It’s what you’ve come to expect of the Gold Wing. And that’s especially true with our latest model.
2014 Honda Gold Wing GL1800AL Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $28,100 USD
1832cc Liquid-Cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Bore And Stroke
74mm x 71mm
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
SOHC; two valves per cylinder
Five-speed including Overdrive, plus electric Reverse
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system, 5.5 inches travel
Pro Arm® single-side swingarm with Pro-Link® single shock with computer-controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 inches travel
Dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers
Single ventilated 316mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper
109mm (4.3 inches)
904-933 pounds, depending on option packages selected (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Miles Per Gallon
35 MPG – Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.
Candy Red, Pearl Blue, Black
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
2014 Honda Gold Wing GL1800AL Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Canadian MSRP Price: $29,999 CDN
Liquid-cooled horizontally-opposed six cylinder
Bore & Stroke
74 mm x 71mm
Chain-driven SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Five-speed including overdrive fifth and electric reverse
45 mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 122 mm (4.8in.) travel
Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlledpreload adjustment and two memory presets; 105 mm (4.1 in.) travel
130/70R – 18 radial front; 180/60R – 16 radial rear
Front dual 296 mm discs with triple-piston calipers; rear 316 mm disc with triple-piston caliper. Dual-Combined Braking System with ABS
740 mm (29.1 in.)
1,690 mm (66.5 in.)
417 kg (919 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Candy Red, Pearl White, Black
3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus.
2014 Honda Gold Wing GL1800AL Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: £24,999 GBP
Bore & Stroke
74 x 71mm
Max. Power Output
9.5m/l (43.2 mpg) WMTC Mode
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve SOHC flat-6
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with automatic choke
Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
5-speed (including overdrive, plus electric reverse)
Dimensions and Weight
25litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Length x Width x Height
2,630 x 945 x 1,455mm
421 kg(F:189kg; R: 232 kg)
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
316 x 11mm ventilated disc with Combined 3-piston calliper, ABS and sintered metal pads
Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
45mm air-assist telescopic fork with anti-dive, 140mm stroke
296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers, ABS, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Pro-Link Pro-Arm with electronically-controlled spring preload adjustment, 105mm axle travel
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.