There are painfully few "players." There is a reason for this, and her name is Honda Gold Wing. The Japanese concern is clearly unevenly breathing for mototourism: in its “garage” there are as many as four highway “turiks”. But the Golden Wing is the flagship in every way. Its more than 30-year evolution (interspersed with genuine technical revolutions) has led competitors to bashfully take their Voyagers and Ventures to hell.
The current generation of Gold Wing GL1800A ($ 30, 500) debuted at the end of 2000. In the diagonal aluminum frame, the opposed “six” of liquid cooling with fuel injection was installed longitudinally. Drive to the rear wheel - reliable and does not require constant attention cardan. The front fork - with pneumatic pumping, the rear suspension - with remote adjustment. The braking system is a combined type with ABS. The motorcycle is equipped with reverse gear: the reverse is activated by a button and activates the electric motor of the starter.
"External equipment" for a luxury tourer is no less important than the internal filling. Luggage wardrobe trunks contain a lot of luggage (those same “four suitcases”), small pockets are built into the front shield. Adjustable, comfortable saddles allow both the driver and the passenger to fit freely. An interesting feature: passenger steps - with electric drive. But the height of the windshield will have to be adjusted manually. The motorcycle is equipped with a stereo system with RDS, cruise control. Starting this season, customers are also offered a special “Comfort Package” (Comfort Package): it includes adjustable heating of the handlebars and saddles, as well as a system for supplying warm air to the legs. Not at all overkill for our climate! And Honda is going to equip the Gold Wing airbag. For surcharge.