Honda Releases New Gold Wing Model for 2012

Early release heralds start of exciting new model year, says Honda

American Honda Motor Company announced today the first of its motorcycle releases for the 2012 model year, the Gold Wing. The 2012 model kicks off the beginning of a new season for Honda.

"The 2012 Gold Wing serves as the newest extension of an incredibly popular model that has built up a large and loyal fan base over the years,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. The Gold Wing expands its reputation as the premier touring motorcycle in the world. We're equally excited about the additional new releases to follow later this year."

The first opportunities to view this new Honda model (as well as a new FourTraxForman 4X4 ATV machine) will be at the International Motorcycle Show in Greenville, South Carolina, February 25-27 and Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 5-12. More information for Honda's model line can be found on, or see your local Honda powersports dealer. The official Honda press release follows.

Gold Wing: The Gold Standard in Touring

Long acknowledged as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, the 2012 Gold Wing continues its remarkable legacy. Its travel-oriented features include the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities, starting with an innovative GPS navigation system with user-friendly programmability for sharing favorite ride routes with friends and other riders, which can be accessed online. The Gold Wing also now incorporates a built-in MP3/iPod® interface for a new SRS CS Auto™ technology surround-sound system for a premium listening experience. In addition to its renowned power-laden yet refined drivetrain and delightfully sporty handling, the 2012 Gold Wing also brings upgraded styling, increased luggage capacity, greater protection from the weather, revised suspension settings for enhanced ride compliance, and unparalleled comfort for both rider and passenger. In addition, packages for Navi, ABS and airbag do much to further the Gold Wing’s reputation as the most celebrated touring machine in motorcycle history. Price: $23,199 to $28,499 TBD. Availability: May 2011.


New for 2012

- Fresh styling cues produce a more integrated appearance along with a sporting edge, adding to the premium touring visage.

- Redesigned fairing adds extra wind protection, especially to the lower body and leg areas.

- Larger saddlebags add approximately 7 liters of additional storage space, upping total capacity to well over 150 liters (including the trunk and fairing pockets).

- Handy central storage pocket added to models without airbag.

- Revised suspension settings front and rear yield added compliance for a better ride and more comfort.

- Urethane seat material and cover material give added comfort.

- Re-shaped taillight adds a distinctive appearance and aids visibility.

- Wheels are now clear-coated for easier cleaning and a great, long-lasting look.

- Updated instrumentation styling lends a high-performance touch.

Next-Generation Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System™:
- New, fully integrated navigation system with brighter color screen.
- Next-generation receiver gives quicker satellite connection.
- 3-D terrain view, lane assist with junction view and more.
- Complete United States and Canada mapping with points of interest installed.
- Points-of-interest information includes Honda dealers, fuel stations, restaurants, lodging, attractions, transportation, government and emergency information and saved rider's input with home function.
- Voice prompting through headsets or speakers.
- On-screen text guidance and pop-up menus.
- Easy-to-use handlebar and fairing-mounted controls.
- Navigation available on select Gold Wing models.

Next-Generation Premium Audio System:
- New enhanced system offers direct MP3/i-Pod connectivity plus full device control through handlebar controls.
- SRS CS Auto™ technology surround-sound system brings the latest in sound system technology to the Gold Wing.
- 80-watt-per-channel power amplifier provides clear sound at all highway speeds.
- Six-element speaker system includes 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.
- Standard on all Gold Wing models.

Unique Features

XM Radio:
- XM Radio offers 170 channels from coast to coast, including commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy and entertainment programming.

XM NavTraffic:
- XM NavTraffic is the nation's leading real-time traffic information service, combining up-to-the-minute information on accidents with the ability to re-route riders around trouble spots as displayed on the navigation system screen.

XM NavWeather:
- The XM NavWeather service uses sophisticated Threat Matrix™ technology to track nationwide weather information for more than 20 different weather conditions, then scales and customizes this detail to the rider's specific location and route. XM NavWeather can alert riders to severe conditions before they ride into them. The service works with the Navigation System to display information via color weather icons or warning signals on the navigation screen, and can give the rider the option to easily re-route around a storm's path. The service also provides multi-day forecasts based on weather monitoring stations across the United States.
- XM available on Navi package model only.

Cold-Weather Comfort Package:
- Five-position heated grips for cold-weather riding.
- 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.
- Standard on all Gold Wing models.

- Industry-first fully integrated rider airbag on a motorcycle.
- The airbag module contains airbag and inflator positioned in front of the rider.
- The ECU positioned to the right of the module detects changes in acceleration based on information it receives from the two crash sensors (one positioned on each fork leg), to determine whether or not to inflate the airbag in certain frontal impacts.
- Airbag available only on full-featured version.

- The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) monitors pressure in both tires while riding. When a significantly underinflated tire pressure is detected, a warning light will display below the tachometer.

- Slow-speed, electric Reverse system is engaged with the simple push of the thumb control on the right handlebar.

- Lightweight electronic cruise-control system utilizes a 16-bit ECU-based, motor-actuated throttle mechanism.

- A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windscreen-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 4.0 inches of travel. Operated manually, the mechanism eliminates the weight and complexity of electric motors.

- Adjustable and closeable windscreen vent routes fresh air to the rider’s face or chest.

- The Gold Wing trunk provides 60 liters of storage capacity. Two full-face helmets fit easily in the trunk. The saddlebags provide 43-plus liters of storage each, resulting in a total of 146 liters of storage space between trunk and saddlebags.

- Specially designed luggage features a remote-control key lock, permitting pop-open rear trunk operation; remote lock/unlock for the trunk and saddlebags; and horn-actuated bike locator. If remote locking is attempted while a lid is open, the turn signals flash to alert the rider.

- Instrument displays for speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level, plus 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, low tire pressure 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 clock.

- Motorized headlight-aiming system is operated by a rocker switch and provides 2.5 degrees of adjustment from level.

- Large 6.6-gallon fuel tank houses the PGM-FI fuel pump and provides excellent long-distance cruising range.

- 20-amp YTX maintenance-free battery.

- Transferable three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.


- Powerful, fuel-injected 1832cc six-cylinder engine produces smooth, effortless power.

- Parallel two-valve cylinder-head design utilizes direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation allows the first valve clearance inspection service to be at 32,000 miles.

- Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI).

- Two 40mm-diameter throttle bodies deliver air to six specially designed Keihin 50-psi high-pressure programmed fuel injectors. Fuel is delivered through four nozzle holes in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for optimum efficiency and power.

- The ECU provides two digital 3-D fuel-injection maps 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 closed-loop emissions system utilizes two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture, while two exhaust catalyzers further reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.

- 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.

- Efficient stainless-steel 6-into-2 exhaust system produces a pleasing, aggressive sound.

- Powerful 1300-watt alternator uses a fluid damper system to minimize alternator noise.

- Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes Overdrive Fifth.


- Twin-Spar Aluminum Frame.

- Unique Pro Arm® Rear Suspension.

- Dual full-floating 296mm front discs with Combined Braking System (CBS) three-piston calipers and a single ventilated 316mm rear disc with one CBS three-piston caliper provide excellent braking power.

- Combined Braking System (CBS) with optional Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

- Model equipped with 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 45mm front fork with revised settings for improved suspension compliance houses a cartridge damper in the right leg with 5.5 inches 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 CBS master cylinder mounted on the left fork leg and is activated by input from either the front-brake lever or the rear brake pedal.

- Pro-Link® Rear Suspension incorporates a new shock with revised suspension settings for enhanced ride compliance.

- Computer-controlled adjustable hydraulic rear suspension preload is easily set by the rider with push-button controls, and features a two-position memory.

- Cast-aluminum 18 x 3.5-inch front and 16 x 5.0-inch rear wheels are lightweight, strong and clear-coated to ease cleaning. Radial touring tires are specifically engineered for the Gold Wing.

Honda Genuine Accessories†
- Audio Accessories: 40-Channel CB Radio Kit, CB Antenna Kit, Deluxe Headsets (for open-face and full-face helmets), Push-to-Talk Switch, Replacement Headset Coil Cord, Replacement Headset Hardware Kit, Replacement Boom Mike Windsock

- Cargo Accessories: Saddlebag/Trunk Liner Set, Deluxe Saddlebag/Trunk Mat Set, Saddlebag Lid Organizer with GL Logo, Trunk Inner Light, Trunk Inner Light Harness, Chrome Trunk Rack, Inner Trunk Pouch, Fairing Pouch with GL Logo, Saddlebag Cooler with Honda Logo, Trunk Net, Coin Holder, Gold Wing Owner’s Manual Folio

- Convenience Accessories: Passenger Armrests, Tall Vented Windscreen, 12-Volt DC Accessory Socket Kit, Foglight Kit (LED), Replacement Bulb

- Protection Accessories: Cycle Cover with GL Logo, Half Cover

- Color Match Accessories: Rear Spoiler with Brake Light

-Chrome Appearance Accessories: Front Fender Ornament, GL Icon Fender Ornament, Front Fender Emblem, Front Fender Extension, Front Fender Rail, Front Disc Covers, Chrome Bar Ends, Gold Cylinder Head Cover Emblem Set, Silver Cylinder Head Cover Emblem Set, Passenger Floorboard Lower Covers, Swingarm Pivot Covers with GL Logo, Sidestand, Rear Spoiler Accent, Trunk Handle with GL Logo, License-Plate Frame with GL Logo, Exhaust Tips with GL Logo

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. Three-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.


Model: GL1800

Engine Type: 1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder

Bore and Stroke: 74mm x 71mm

Compression ratio: 9.8:1

Valve Train: SOHC; two valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with 3-D mapping

Transmission: Five-speed (with Overdrive); electric Reverse

Final Drive: Shaft

Front: 45mm cartridge fork w/ anti-dive system; 4.8 in. travel
Rear: Single-sided swingarm w/ Pro-Link single shock; spring preload adjustment; 4.1 inches travel

Front: Dual floating 296mm discs w/three-piston calipers; optional ABS
Rear: 316mm disc w/three-piston caliper; optional ABS

Front: 130/70R-18
Rear: 180/60R-16

Wheelbase: 66.5 inches

Rake: 29.15°

Trail: 4.3 inches

Seat Height: 29.1 inches

Fuel Capacity: 6.7 gallons

Colors: Pearl White, Candy Red, Ultra Blue Metallic, Black

Curb Weight*: 904 - 933 pounds, depending on option packages

*Includes all fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.

Meets current CARB and EPA standards.