2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT Guide

2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT

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2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT: SET YOURSELF FREE.

Introducing the 2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT…

So, where do you want to go?
Wherever you’re drawn to the GL1800 Gold Wing is a beautifully finished, premium ticket to ride, designed to make short-trip touring easier, and more enjoyable, than ever. Powered by a magnificent 1,833cc, six-cylinder engine, you have the choice of manual six-speed gearbox or seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), all housed in a sophisticated, nimble-handling chassis that includes double-wishbone front suspension, Pro-Arm rear suspension and electronic damping. Newly upgraded audio and speakers guarantee a perfect soundtrack to each ride. And that’s what the Gold Wing is about. The pure perfection of the ride.

A PURE EXPERIENCE
Want more from your motorcycling? Find it, right here.
The Gold Wing is pure experience. Sure, carry all that you need, but this motorcycle is built for riding. Its engine – a six-cylinder mechanical masterpiece – responds, instantly to each command. Agile handling floats through corners. But this is Gold Wing. You expect more. And you’ve got it. The expansive, 7-inch full-colour TFT display provides infotainment information as well as riding mode management, suspension adjustment and navigation And, to keep in touch with your world as the world glides by, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity mean you can engage various Apple™ or Android™ smartphone functions through Bluetooth®.

CONTROL OF POWER
Sure, the Gold Wing loves the highway. But it comes alive in corners.
This is a motorcycle built to handle curves, joyfully. Its die-cast, aluminium twin-beam frame uses double wishbone front suspension, to reduce sliding friction from bump deflections and steering input. Steering input is also separated from suspension action and the result is light, nimble handling from walking speeds up. For a perfectly controlled, compliant ride, damping force adjusts electronically according to riding mode selection; rear spring preload also adjusts electronically. It’s an intuitive system – separate from the 4 riding modes, there are 4 settings relative to load, from soft to hard. Altogether, this is a chassis created to harness the kinetic energy of an incredible, one-of-a kind powerplant. So you can use all of it to impressive effect.

The 2021 Gold Wing expands on the goal of long-distance touring luxury with updates aimed at greater comfort and convenience. The Tour model’s top trunk is 11 liters larger, for a total of 61 liters storage capacity, and the passenger seat’s backrest features a more relaxed angle, thicker foam and a taller profile. The seat has a suede-like cover with an enhanced appearance, and the Gold Wing has colored seat piping for added color contrast. A number of audio improvements were incorporated, including upgraded, 45 watt speakers with richer audio; optimized automatic volume-adjustment level and a standard XM radio antenna. Android Auto™ integration joins Apple CarPlay® integration, and the rear turn signals are now all red for a clean, stylish look.

New people and places. Unforgettable moments. And a whole world to explore.

The Gold Wing Tour is a Honda flagship motorcycle for a reason, offering supreme levels of performance and luxury through the city, or out on the open road. Taking the incredible Gold Wing as a base, it adds carrying capacity, with the rear top box now expanded to a full 61L. A more relaxed angle for the pillion back support – and luxurious new material for both front and rear seats – ensure a cocoon of riding comfort. The audio system and speakers are newly upgraded and generate vivid sound quality. Dual LED fog lights guarantee piercing visibility. And, uniquely, you can specify an airbag with your Gold Wing Tour.

Engineered to become the “King of Motorcycles,” Honda’s original Gold Wing quickly adapted to life on the open road, its earliest successors helping to shape the modern touring category through a combination of unparalleled power, comfort and ride quality. In the subsequent generations, the machine evolved because of the way motorcyclists used it, and for 2021, that trend continues with updates geared toward extended experiences and increased comfort. Key to the enhanced experience is increased luggage capacity and improved passenger comfort for Gold Wing Tour models, along with platform-wide updates like a new seat, audio equipment and body trim.

 

THE IMPROVED 2021 GOLD WING LINEUP

The Honda Gold Wing has always been a spectacular touring bike, ever since the first GL1000 back in 1975. And over the years, our engineers have always stayed true to that vision, but they’ve strived to make the bike better and better. Our 2021 model is a perfect example of that. Refinements abound, but the best parts remain the same. You’ll still have your choice of both manual-transmission models and Gold Wings featuring our exclusive automatic DCT transmission, but this year the trunk is bigger for more road-trip storage, the speakers have a higher 55-watt rating, and the passenger seat on our Tour models is improved. We also freshened up some styling touches, like solid red tail lights and paint choices—check out the grey with orange accent stripe on our no-trunk models! Plus, all Gold Wings are now Android Auto compatible, as well as offering Apple CarPlay™. All in all, a truly great motorcycle gets even better—so your dream ride has everything you’ll need to make memories that last a lifetime.

In its first new-model announcement since the New Year, Honda today confirmed that the Gold Wing family gets a number of upgrades for 2021, designed to deliver improved comfort and convenience for long-distance touring. Among the improvements is a capacity increase for the Tour version’s trunk, which now easily accepts two full-face helmets.

Honda also announced a host of upgrades to its smallest dual-sport models, which are newly named the CRF300L and CRF300L Rally, thanks to a 15 percent increase in engine displacement. The popular standard model has been further updated with a cut in weight and increased suspension travel, upping its off-road capability without sacrificing performance in the city. In addition, the Rally model gets increased range thanks to a larger fuel tank that makes it even better prepared for extended adventures.

“Honda listens to its customers, a fact that is highlighted in our latest new-model announcement,” said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing for American Honda. “In the case of the Gold Wing and our smallest street-legal CRF models, the 2021 iterations reflect improvements that were highly requested by people who ride them every day, and the motorcycles are better as a result. We look forward to customers getting the chance to experience the updates themselves.”

 

 

 

2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Premium Features

  • 61-liter travel trunk
  • Reverse
  • Electronic preload suspension

Standard Features

  • 1833cc six-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Twin-spar aluminum frame
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Four ride modes

 

  • Colors
    • Gold Wing Tour Air Bag DCT: Candy Ardent Red
    • Gold Wing Tour DCT, Gold Wing Tour: Candy Ardent Red; Metallic Black
    • Gold Wing DCT, Gold Wing: Deep Pearl Gray

 

NEW FOR 2021

Since an all-new platform in 2018, the Gold Wing has enjoyed focused upgrades, with navigation software updates followed closely by styling- and comfort-minded features including reshaped passenger grab handles, blacked-out components, updated suspension settings, a saddlebag-mounted USB charger and standard fog lights for all Tour models. The 2021 Gold Wing further expands on the goal, with updates aimed at even greater comfort and convenience.

  • Top trunk on Gold Wing Tour versions is 48 mm wider, 46 mm taller and 34 mm longer. With an added 11 liters of storage (61 liters vs. 50), the trunk can fit added luggage or two XXL helmets, even when those helmets are outfitted with headsets.
  • Passenger backrest angle reduced from 17º to 24.5º for a more relaxed riding position that reduces pressure on the passenger’s hips
  • Passenger backrest is 30 mm taller, and thickness of the backrest foam is increased 5 mm, for increased comfort on long rides
  • Resurfaced seat on Gold Wing Tour and Gold Wing features premium suede-like cover with enhanced feel and appearance
  • Gold Wing seat includes colored piping for added color contrasts
  • Android Auto™ capability joins Apple CarPlay™ integration, enabling customers with Android 5.0 or later smartphones and the Android Auto app to seamlessly enjoy application services such as music, phone calls and messaging
  • Upgraded, 45 watt speakers replace 25 watt speakers for richer midrange audio (Gold Wing Tour includes two speakers at the front fairing and two at the trunk, while Gold Wing features two speakers at the front)
  • Automatic volume-adjustment level optimized for improved experience in a wider range of riding conditions
  • Navigation software updated to include speed-limit information and four map color options
  • XM radio antenna standard, reducing installation steps for available subscription services
  • Rear turn signals in all red for a clean, stylish look
  • Gold Wing Tour available in Metallic Black or Candy Ardent Red color options, while the Gold Wing will be offered in a new Deep Pearl Gray

DESIGN

The Gold Wing’s design emphasizes the bike’s performance-minded origins, its sharp lines and exposed engine hinting at the machine’s lithe handling. Through careful design, aerodynamic efficiency and heat management are also considered, the bike slipping through the air with impressive efficiency while offering ergonomics that are a staple to long days on the open road.

  • High aerodynamic efficiency complements an impressive power-to-weight ratio to maximize fuel mileage
  • Compact, high-performance side-mount radiator allows space for narrow front cowl
  • Air-guiding ducts flow optimal amounts of air into the rider area, allowing a true motorcycling experience
  • Electric windscreen, in varying heights depending on version, gives rider control over airflow through stepless adjustment for height and angle
  • LED headlight incorporates distinctive “wing line”
  • LED turn signals with auto-canceling function are integrated into mirrors at the front, and into the all-red taillights at the rear
  • Two-piece seat is shaped to allow rider to easily move around in the saddle during spirited riding, and to let passenger tour in comfort

ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN

A liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine has a low center of gravity, minimal vibration and quiet running. Available with a 6-speed manual transmission or with Honda’s highly advanced, 7-speed automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the engine offers impressive performance and the magic-carpet-ride experience for which the Honda Gold Wing is known.

  • 1,833cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine provides an enjoyable riding experience in a wide range of riding situations
  • SCM440H material for the crankshaft is strong, allowing a compact design
  • Unicam® valve train offers weight savings and maximum fuel efficiency while also contributing to the engine’s compact dimensions
  • Four-valve head offers ideal combustion efficiency and fuel efficiency
  • Aluminum cylinder sleeves for low engine weight
  • Short engine configuration enables engine and seating area to be positioned forward in the chassis, affecting weight bias to promote sporty handling
  • Single, 50 mm throttle body for low weight
  • Low intake-manifold volume for direct flow of air to combustion chamber, enhancing throttle response
  • Sporty exhaust sound achieved through optimized pipe diameter on two of the six cylinders, and the absence of fiberglass in the muffler
  • Standout fuel economy enables fuel tank to be made small for optimal vehicle packaging and low weight
  • DCT features Walking Mode for creeping forward and backward (.75 mph in reverse direction, 1.1 mph in forward direction)
  • DCT models save weight through absence of reverse idle shaft, which is needed in conventional transmission
  • Minimal shift shock and noise on DCT models through use of fork-shaft dampers, master-arm damper, and DCT clutch-center damper
  • Assist and slipper clutch on manual-transmission models have light lever effort and low shift shock on downshifts
  • Cam damper on manual-transmission model minimizes shift noise and shift shock
  • Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) saves weight and minimizes noise at start-up

TECHNOLOGIES

The Gold Wing’s cutting-edge electronics package is managed by a throttle-by-wire system that opens the door to multiple riding modes and electronic rider aids. Each of these systems is a tool for comfortably employing and taking advantage of the Gold Wing’s improved performance.

  • Throttle-by-wire system provides basis for advanced electronics package
  • Four riding modes—Tour, Sport, Econ and Rain—help tailor the riding experience for specific riding conditions
  • On Tour versions, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system manages rear-wheel slip
  • Hill Start Assist makes it easier to start from a stop on an ascent
  • Optimized cruise-control function for relaxed cruising
  • Smart Key for keyless starts and bag access
  • Vehicle Viewfinder system simplifies locating motorcycle, for instance in larger parking lots
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System provides real-time status of tire pressure, also indicating when tire pressure drops below a certain level
  • Apple CarPlay compatibility enables the rider to access Apple Music and Maps, make phone calls and send dictated messages using Siri
  • Android Auto integration enables customers with Android 5.0 or later smartphones and the Android Auto app to seamlessly enjoy application services such as music, phone calls and messaging.
  • 7-inch full-color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display offers clear viewing of audio and navigation systems, as well as settings for individual rider-aid systems

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION

The Gold Wing platform’s chassis is designed to strike a balance between stability and maneuverability, an objective that’s met in part through a carefully engineered aluminum frame and unique double-wishbone front-suspension configuration, which work in unison with the bike’s Pro-Link® rear-suspension system to provide unparalleled comfort on the highway, while also helping riders tackle tighter sections of road with confidence.

  • Robotically welded aluminum twin-spar frame
  • Optimized plate thicknesses in frame spars achieve ideal rigidity and flex characteristics
  • Single-sided swingarm with attachment on one side. This solution changes stress on swingarm pivot plate, giving engineers more freedom in their approach to frame rigidity, ultimately enhancing vehicle maneuverability
  • Lightweight design for frame and swingarm
  • Short seat rail positions rider and passenger forward, enabling optimal mass centralization
  • Twin 320 mm front-brake rotors, single 316 mm rear rotor, for excellent stopping power
  • Radially mounted six-piston dual front-brake calipers and single three-piston rear-brake caliper
  • Electronically controlled combined braking system with ABS uses single modulator for low weight
  • Tires specifically designed for Gold Wing, in sizes 200/55-R16 (rear) and 130/70-18 (front)
  • Double-wishbone front-suspension system minimizes friction and enhances agility, reducing total shock transferred to the handlebars by 30 percent compared to the previous Gold Wing platform; the inertial mass of the components operated by the handlebars is reduced by 40 percent, for reduced steering effort
  • Bearings for all shaft bushings on front-suspension system minimize friction for both stroke and steering
  • Double-wishbone front-suspension system leads to compact vehicle package, as stroke trajectory allows a forward engine location
  • Pro-Link rear-suspension system delivers a comfortable ride
  • Convenient, electrically controlled suspension-damping adjustment uses stepping motor acting on a needle to control oil flow rate

ADDITIONAL STANDOUT FEATURES

  • 30 liter storage capacity each for left and right saddlebags
  • 60 liter storage capacity for rear luggage case on Gold Wing Tour versions (optional on Gold Wing versions), enabling storage of two XXL helmets
  • Dampers on saddlebag and rear luggage-case lids, for smooth operation
  • Airbag model’s collision-judgment system arranged close to the center of gravity for optimal mass centralization
  • Four, 45-watt speakers on Gold Wing Tour (two on Gold Wing versions) offer enjoyable listening experience on the road

ACCESSORIES

More than 50 Honda Accessories are offered for Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour, enabling rider customization or to meet rider-specific needs.

  • Meets current EPA and CARB standards
  • California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment

 

 

2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

PERFORMANCE

ENGINE

The Gold Wing’s horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine is famously smooth and powerful. The latest version is an 1833cc design that’s over 13 pounds lighter than the previous generation (more than 8 pounds for the DCT versions).

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

ALUMINUM CYLINDER SLEEVES

High-strength aluminum cylinder sleeves help reduce weight, increase cooling efficiency, and reduce engine length. The 73mm cylinder bore and short, high-strength crankshaft also help make the engine more compact.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

UNICAM CYLINDER HEAD DESIGN

The Gold Wing’s engine uses four-valve, Unicam® cylinder head design. That improves engine performance and power, and also contributes to the engine’s weight reduction from its previous generation. The four-valve per cylinder design is also a big part of the Gold Wing’s superior fuel efficiency.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

7-SPEED AUTOMATIC DCT TRANSMISSION

The Gold Wing is available with a revolutionary 7-Speed Automatic DCT. The shifts in this version are faster and smoother than ever, and the overdrive seventh gear is perfect for highway cruising.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING DCT, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Want a manual transmission? The latest Gold Wings offer the best conventional gearbox in Gold Wing history. Case in point: an overdrive sixth gear so highway cruising is smoother than ever.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING, GOLD WING TOUR

SLIPPER CLUTCH

We’ve given our manual-transmission Gold Wings a slipper clutch, just like our premium sportbikes. It only makes sense—the 1833cc engine delivers tons of power, and the stellar chassis lets you ride this Gold Wing like a sportbike. Twisty roads? Bring ’em on!

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING, GOLD WING TOUR

DOUBLE-WALL EXHAUST PIPES

You may think this is just for cosmetics, but on a hot day single-wall exhaust pipes can throw off a lot of heat. The Gold Wing’s twin-wall design keeps things cooler. Plus, this is the best sounding Gold Wing we’ve ever built!

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

FUEL EFFICIENCY

Because the 2021 Gold Wing is light, you’d expect it to be fuel efficient. But its weight is just the start. Combined with the bike’s engine, intake system, and four-valve design, estimated fuel economy is up 22 percent from the previous generation.* Want to really squeeze the last mile out of every drop? Try the “Econ” ride mode setting.

*Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will 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.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

WALKING MODE

All Gold Wings with DCT transmissions feature “Walking Mode,” which lets you creep forward under power at a walking pace. Think how easy it will be to get in and out of tight parking spots with a fully loaded bike.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING DCT, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

CRUISE CONTROL

Of course the 2021 Gold Wing still features cruise control—it was one of the first touring bikes to offer the feature. And with our advanced throttle-by-wire system, it’s better than ever.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

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HANDLING

DOUBLE WISHBONE FRONT SUSPENSION

One look and your eyes will immediately go to the Gold Wing’s radical, Honda-engineered double-wishbone front suspension. The innovative design changes the path the wheel travels through the suspension stroke, and that lets us move both the engine and the rider/passenger closer to the front wheel. You get more room, and stellar handling.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

FRAME

This latest generation all-aluminum frame is significantly lighter and more compact than previous editions. State-of-the-art die-casting lets us fine-tune chassis rigidity, giving you both a smooth ride and precise handling.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

SWING ARM/REAR SUSPENSION

Using our proprietary single-sided Pro Arm® design, the aluminum swingarm houses the Gold Wing’s shaft drive. The swingarm links to the frame using a patented pivot structure that both increases stiffness and reduces weight. You get responsive handling and a smoother ride.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

ANTI-LOCK BRAKES

Have to make a hard stop, fully loaded and two up? All our 2021 Gold Wings are equipped with combined anti-lock brakes for excellent stopping power under a wide variety of road and traction conditions.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

RIDE MODES

Gold Wing engines offer a wide range of user-friendly power, and you can even choose between four ride modes (Tour, Sport, Rain, and Econ). Each mode varies power output depending on the mode selected. On the Gold Wing Tour models, it also changes suspension damping, and the shift points on the DCT models.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

LIGHT IS RIGHT

Shaving weight on a motorcycle returns all sorts of benefits, from handling to acceleration to just being easier to maneuver around. We didn’t just shave ounces or grams with the latest Gold Wing. We lopped off almost 90 pounds compared to the previous generation. The lighter weight absolutely redefines this motorcycle. You thought it was fun to ride on twisty roads before? Wait until you experience this one.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

LOW CENTER OF GRAVITY

It’s not just how much a motorcycle weighs; it’s how it distributes that weight. Thanks to their horizontally opposed engines, Gold Wings have always offered a low center of gravity. The 2021 Gold Wing offers the lowest center of gravity of any bike in the class. That’s a huge benefit in handling, and it makes the bike feel lighter and easier to maneuver.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

RADIAL FRONT BRAKE CALIPERS

The brake calipers on the Gold Wing are mounted similar to that of our World Champion RC213V MotoGP racebike. Why? The stiffer mounting reduces caliper flex and improves brake power and feel.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

ELECTRONIC SUSPENSION PRELOAD

The Gold Wing Tour’s suspension features four electronically adjustable modes for varying loads. You can select (1) Rider, (2) Rider with loaded bags, (3) Rider and passenger, and (4) Rider and passenger with loaded bags.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING TOUR, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

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ENGINEERING

THROTTLE BY WIRE

The 2021 Gold Wing’s throttle-by-wire system enables features like the bike’s four ride modes and our exclusive Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), available on our Gold Wing Tour models.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

HILL START ASSIST

Both the Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour models feature Hill Start Assist (HSA). This feature momentarily holds your motorcycle’s position on inclines after you’ve released the brakes and before you apply the throttle, eliminating any roll-back drama. It’s a great convenience when starting from a stop on a hill.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

SMART KEY

Your new Gold Wing features an electronic smart key. When the key is in close proximity (say, in your jacket pocket), you can just hop on, press a button, and ride off. An “answer back” feature lets you find your bike in the dark or in crowded rally parking.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

INTEGRATED STARTER GENERATOR (ISG)

Most cars and motorcycles have separate starters and alternators. Not your new Gold Wing. We’ve combined the starter and alternator into one assembly that’s light and compact. It’s part of the Gold Wing’s overall weight-savings program, and you’ll hear the difference the first time you press the start button.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

REVERSE

Gold Wing DCT models offer an exclusive low-speed reverse that uses engine power, while the Gold Wing Tour with manual transmission offers a unique electric reverse. Both systems make it easy to maneuver your bike out of a parking space, especially if you need to roll back up hill.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING DCT, GOLD WING TOUR, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

Honda SELECTABLE TORQUE CONTROL (HSTC)

On our Gold Wing Tour models, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) constantly monitors your bike’s rear-wheel speed, and adjusts torque instantly. It’s a great feature when riding in the rain, on sandy, gritty roads, over wet leaves, or anywhere else where surface conditions can compromise traction.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING TOUR, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

LED LIGHTING

All 2021 Gold Wing models feature a complete LED lighting package. The headlights, the taillights, and every bit of instrumentation is LED. LEDs not only last longer, but they’re also lighter and run cooler.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

NANO-TECH PAINT

Even the Gold Wing’s paint is high tech, using BASF’s nano technology. The darks look darker, and the lights look brighter. The paint itself has a luxurious wet look. The Gold Wing is available in a luxurious Deep Pearl Gray with a standard or DCT transmission. The Gold Wing Tour and Tour DCT come in two colors (Candy Ardent Red and Metallic Black). The Gold Wing Tour Airbag DCT model is available in Candy Ardent Red.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

AIRBAG

The Gold Wing pioneered the concept of a motorcycle airbag, and the 2021 Gold Wing continues to lead the way. Available on our Tour Airbag DCT model, it goes that extra mile towards increased rider safety. You also get an exclusive Candy Ardent Red paint scheme.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

TURN SIGNALS

You’ll notice that the Gold Wing’s front turn signals are integrated into the rearview mirrors, and use three LEDs each. The rear LED turn signals are built into the tail- and brake-light assembly for a clean, integrated look. Best of all, they’re self-cancelling.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

OPTIONAL LIGHTS

Lighten up! Accessory LED lighting for your Gold Wing includes optional fog lamps, an additional brake light that integrates into the upper portion of the Gold Wing Tour’s trunk, and lights for inside the trunk and saddlebags that automatically illuminate when the luggage is opened.

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COMFORT AND CARGO

NEW LARGER TRUNK

Here’s some big news for 2021—or should we say bigger news? That’s because we’ve made the Gold Wing’s trunk bigger. It now holds 61 liters, up 11 liters from last year’s models. That means in most cases you can get two XXL full-face helmets in there. Combined, the trunk and saddlebags give you 121 liters of storage, plenty to hold what you need for a weekend’s travels. Accessories include an integrated brake light, an auto-on interior light, and a luggage rack.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING TOUR, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

ELECTRIC WINDSCREEN

You’ll notice a couple of things about the Gold Wing’s windscreen. First, it’s electrically controlled, moving both up and down over an 4.9-inch range for the Gold Wing Tour (4.1 inches for the Gold Wing) as well as changing its angle as it raises and lowers. Plus, it automatically remembers the last setting. Because you sit closer to the windscreen, it has a narrower, lower, more sporting profile, yet still offers excellent protection.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

FAIRING

Back in the 1980s, the Gold Wing was the first bike to introduce full-coverage fairings as original equipment, and this latest one is one of our best. It offers excellent wind and weather protection, yet is trimmer and more aerodynamic than in previous generation models. It also flows more air through refined ducting, helping keep you cooler on hot summer days.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

RIDER/PASSENGER LOCATION

The shorter engine and innovative front suspension let us move the rider farther forward, enhancing the bike’s handling and making you feel more connected to the motorcycle’s steering axis.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

INTEGRATED PASSENGER GRAB HANDLE

Once a passenger has ridden on a Gold Wing, there’s no going back. Functional design touches like the integrated passenger grab handle help make your copilot’s riding experience an absolute pleasure, especially on longer rides.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING TOUR, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE (HMI)

Ever have to scroll through some abstract menu to access a feature on your electronic device? You’ll find plenty of simple, dedicated switches and controls on your Gold Wing’s handlebars, ergonomically placed, which give you simple, intuitive control inputs that zero out frustration. There is also a centralized control knob in the console similar to modern autos.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

RIDER/PASSENGER SEATING

Here’s another refinement for 2021, on our Gold Wing Tour models. The seats feature a new, suede-like cover. The rider on every Gold Wing model can enjoy an optional backrest, and on our Gold Wing models without a trunk, there’s also an optional backrest for the passenger.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

NEW PASSENGER BACKREST

We changed up the angle of the passenger backrest on our Tour models (from 17 degrees to 24.5 degrees), increased its height, and added more cushion. It’s always been a great seat, but now it’s like your favorite easy chair at home!

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING TOUR, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

LUGGAGE

All 2021 Gold Wings feature integrated saddlebags, designed to hold enough for most weekend trips. The bags open electronically with the push of a button, and lock and unlock remotely with the smart key. They’re hydraulically damped for smooth operation, too.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

FUNCTIONAL STYLING

Sometimes less is more, at least when it comes to motorcycles. We’ve noted that the Gold Wing is lighter, more responsive, more athletic than in previous generations. That goes for its styling as well. While the bodywork still offers excellent weather protection, it’s crisper now, exposing a little more of the engine and chassis. It’s definitely not your grandfather’s touring bike.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

OVER 50 ACCESSORIES

Gold Wing riders are incredibly engaged when it comes to accessorizing their motorcycles. And we have you covered. We have over 50 accessories available that look right, fit right, and are built to Honda’s high standards. Time to make that new bike yours and yours alone!

HEATED GRIPS

Part of riding a bike is enjoying the elements. But nobody likes being cold. That’s why every 2021 Gold Wing comes equipped with electric grips as standard equipment.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

HEATED SEATS

Now we’re talking about riding in the lap of luxury (no pun intended). In addition to heated grips, every Gold Wing Tour model also comes with heated seats for both you and your passenger.

STANDARD ON: GOLD WING TOUR, GOLD WING TOUR DCT, GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG DCT

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ELECTRONICS

HomeLink®

Available as an optional feature, HomeLink® lets you integrate your new Gold Wing with devices in your home. A typical example: you can open your home’s garage door without any dedicated controller—just touch a switch on your bike’s center console. No more fumbling, and no hassle.

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS)

Correct tire inflation is a necessity for safe, economical motorcycling. And it’s especially critical with a touring bike, because of the varying loads. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) automatically warns you of low tire pressure on all Gold Wing models. On Gold Wing Tour models, including a readout of the actual front and rear pressure in PSI is a premium touch.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

ADVANCED METERS

The Gold Wing’s cockpit meters are information central. In addition to the basics like vehicle and engine speed, loading configuration, ride mode, fuel level, engine temperature and dual tripmeters, you can also monitor outside air temperature, cruise control speed, heater levels and even selected apps linked through CarPlay® on an Apple® iPhone® or Android Auto on an android phone.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

Apple CarPlay™ Integration

A first for the motorcycle industry! Apple’s CarPlay™*1 seamlessly integrates your iPhone®*1 into your new Gold Wing. That means you can use your iPhone® to access Apple Maps®, Apple Music®, and other services easily. You’ll have access to weather, playlists and telephone numbers while aboard. Available Bluetooth®*2-enabled wireless headsets let you communicate more easily than ever. And best of all, with more apps available every day, Apple CarPlay™ keeps your bike’s technology and convenience on the cutting edge.
*1 Apple CarPlay and iPhone are the trademarks of Apple Inc.
*2 For using Apple CarPlay, connection to a commercially available Bluetooth headset is necessary. See owner’s manual for Bluetooth headset requirements.
STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

ANDROID AUTO INTEGRATION

Do you prefer an Android phone? We have you covered! Now the 2021 Gold Wing fully integrates with your phone, thanks to Android Auto. That means you can connect your android phone to your Gold wing to access Google Assistant, and to use navigation tools like Google Maps, Waze, and more. Plus, you’ll have access to weather, playlists, music-streaming services and telephone numbers. Available Bluetooth*-compatible headsets let you communicate easily too.

*For using Android Auto, connection to a commercially available Bluetooth headset is necessary. Please refer to your Bluetooth headset manufacturer for optimal audio settings for use with Android Auto.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

NAVI

Every Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour is equipped with a big, bright, seven-inch full-color TFT LCD screen to display routes and other navigation information. Plus, since it’s equipped with a gyrocompass, the system even functions inside a tunnel. Independent of the Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto feature, it works with or without your phone. Added bonus only by Honda: 10 years of free map updates!

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

VEHICLE SETTINGS

Your new Gold Wing is packed with smart rider aids. A glance at the dash keeps you informed of things like ride mode (Tour, Sport, Rain, Econ), rear suspension preload settings (solo, with passenger, loaded, unloaded on Tour models), tire pressure* and much more.

*Depending on chosen model.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

AUDIO

Your new Gold Wing’s audio system is an excellent example of state-of-the-art electronic technology. In addition to listening to music, with an available Bluetooth* headset you can make or answer phone calls without taking off your helmet. In addition to a standard USB connector, options include a separate passenger audio control switch, a high-output amplifier and speakers, Sirius XM® satellite radio, a CB radio, and more. Plus, there’s a second USB connector in the left saddlebag of all Gold Wing models.

*See owner’s manual for Bluetooth headset requirements.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

55-WATT SPEAKERS

Gold Wings have always offered excellent sound systems, but for 2021 they just got even better. The speakers now have a higher 55-watt rating, and we’ve optimized both the equalizer settings and automatic volume adjustment, so you’ll get a sound that’s a little richer and more pleasing to the ears.

STANDARD ON: ALL TRIMS

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $25,100 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $29,099  CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ 24,299 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Model Gold Wing Tour Gold Wing Tour DCT Gold Wing Tour Airbag DCT Gold Wing Gold Wing DCT
ENGINE
Type 1,833cc horizontally opposed, liquid-cooled, six-cylinder four-stroke
Valve Train Single overhead Unicam® w/ 4 valves per cylinder, finger-follower rocker arm on intake, roller-rocker arm on exhaust
Bore x Stroke 73mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Induction Single throttle w/ 50mm bore, Throttle By Wire (TBW)
Ignition Full transistorized ignition
Starter Electric w/ Integrated Starter Generator System (ISG)
Transmission 6-speed manual w/ Reverse 7-speed automatic DCT w/ Walking Mode F/R 6-speed manual 7-speed automatic DCT w/ Walking Mode F/R
Clutch Multiplate wet (2) multiplate wet Multiplate wet (2) multiplate wet
Final Drive Shaft
SUSPENSION
Front Double-wishbone system w/ Showa shock absorber, 4.3 in. travel
Rear Pro-Link® system w/ Showa shock absorber, 4.1 in. travel
BRAKES
Front (2) radially mounted 6-piston Nissin calipers w/ 320mm rotors, electronically controlled combined ABS
Rear (1) 3-piston Nissin caliper w/ 316mm rotor, electronically controlled combined ABS
TIRES
Front 130/70-18
Rear 200/55-R16
MEASUREMENTS
Rake (Caster Angle) 30.5º
Trail 109mm
Length 101.4 in. 97.4 in.
Width 36.4 in. 35.6 in. 36.4 in. 35.6 in.
Height 56.3 in. low windscreen; 61.2 in. high windscreen 52.8 in. low windscreen; 56.9 in. high windscreen
Seat Height 29.3 in.
Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 66.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 5.6 gal.
Color Candy Ardent Red; Metallic Black Candy Ardent Red Deep Pearl Gray
Curb Weight* 836 lbs. 838 lbs. 847 lbs. 787 lbs. 800 lbs.

 

 

 

2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

Engine & Drivetrain

Engine type

Liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder

Displacement

1,833 cc

Bore & stroke

73 mm x 73 mm

Compression ratio

10.5:1

Valve train

SOHC, Unicam, four valves per cylinder

Fuel delivery

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Transmission

Seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with forward and reverse walking speed mode function

Final drive

Shaft

Chassis & Suspension

Front suspension

Double A-arm including a Showa shock absorber with electronically controlled damping force preset with selected riding modes

Rear suspension

Pro Arm® Single-sided swingarm and Pro-Link® system including a Showa Shock absorber with electronically controlled spring preload adjustment and damping force preset with selected riding modes; 105 mm (4.1 in.) travel

Dimensions & Additional Information

Tires

Front: 130/70R – 18 radial
Rear: 200/55R – 16 radial rear

Brakes

Front: dual 320 mm discs with radially mounted six-piston Nissin calipers
Rear: single 316 mm disc with three-piston Nissin caliper
ABS: electronically controlled dual Combined Brake System (CBS) with ABS

Ground clearance

130 mm (5.1 in.)

Seat height

745 mm (29.3 in.)

Wheelbase

1,695 mm (66.7 in.)

Curb weight

365 kg (805 lb.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride

Fuel capacity

21 litres

Colour

Mat Ballistic Black Metallic (red accents)

Warranty

3 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus.

† Offers apply to eligible retail purchase agreements that meet the minimum amount applicable for Honda Financing of $3000, for a limited time, while supplies last. Valid on select new (not previously registered) Honda motorcycle models obtained from participating authorized Honda dealer in Canada between 01/01/2021 – 02/28/2021. ”Savings” values shown are deducted from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price before taxes and can be combined with finance offers. Limited time purchase financing offer provided through Honda Canada Finance Inc., on approved credit. Representative finance example based on a 2021 Gold Wing DCT with an amount to be financed of $30,247.00 (includes selling price of $29,099.00, $1,148.00 freight, PDI and levies, lien registration fee [up to $48.00 in certain regions] and lien registering fee $5.00, which are due at time of delivery), with $0 down payment or equivalent trade-in required, financed at 3.49% APR equals $107.48 weekly for 72 months. 312 weekly payments required. Cost of borrowing is $3,286.76 for a total obligation of $33,533.76. Taxes, license, insurance and registration fees [all of which may vary by region] are extra. Dealers may sell for less. Applicable fees may vary by region and dealer. Dealer order/trade may be necessary-but, may not be available in all cases. See a participating authorized Honda dealer for full details, eligible models and other offers. Offers are subject to change, extension or cancellation without notice. Models, colours, features and specifications may not be exactly as shown. Errors and omissions excepted.

 

 

 

2021 Honda Gold Wing DCT – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Engine

Bore × Stroke (mm) 73mm x 73mm
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Engine Displacement (cc) 1,833cc
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24 valve SOHC flat-6
Max. Power Output 93kW/5500rpm
Max. Torque 170Nm/4500rpm
Starter Integrated Starter Generator system
C02 Emissions (g/km) 127 g/km (DCT)
Oil Capacity (Litres) 5.6 l (DCT)
Wheels

Brakes Front 320mm x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 6-piston calliper, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear 316mm x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads
Suspension Front Double Wishbone
Suspension Rear Pro Link
Tyre Size Front 130/70R18 M/C
Tyre Size Rear 200/55R16 M/C
Wheels Front 18M/C x MT3.5
Wheels Rear 16M/C x MT6.0
Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V/20AH
Caster Angle 30.5°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,475mm x 905mm x 1,340mm (DCT)
Frame type Aluminum die-cast, twin tube
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 21.1 litres
Fuel Consumption 18.2 km/L
Ground Clearance (mm) 130mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 367kg (DCT)
Seat Height (mm) 745mm
Trail (mm) 109mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1695mm
Transmission

Clutch Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with oil pressure (DCT)
Final Drive Enclosed shaft
Gearbox 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with forward and reverse (DCT)
Transmission Type 7-speed
Instruments and Electrics

Headlights LED
12v Socket Optional
Instruments 7-inch TFT display
Tail Light LED
Connectivity Bluetooth Audio and Apple CarPlay / Android auto
USB Socket Yes
Self Cancelling Indicators Yes
Cruise Control Yes
Security Immobiliser

 

 

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