The Honda Gold Wing is well-known with asphalt touring enthusiasts: Honda is rumored to reveal a new Gold Wing generation next year, and this makes us believe we’re going to get a glimpse of it even before the main motorcycle show of the year, the EICMA in Milan.
Younger motorcycling fans will probably be surprised when they find out that the Honda Gold Wing model is in the fifth decade of its life, having been launched in 1974. However, it’s been only five generations in the model’s history, and saying that the last one needs a solid update is an understatement. It’s been 15 years since the last update of the Honda Gold Wing, so an overhaul is long overdue even though, in this segment, changes tend to occur less often than in others.
Even so, the upcoming Honda Gold Wing might represent an awesome reward for those patient enough to wait for it, as we can assume that Honda will equip it with the newest and the best technologies and features currently available. One of the biggest questions when it comes to the new Honda Gold Wing is whether Honda will retain the iconic six-cylinder opposed flat power plant or will make a bold step and go for a new 4-cylinder boxer like the one previewed in the Honda Neowing concept.
Other rumors even see the Gold Wing delivered with hybrid power plant, but we just don’t see Honda taking such a bold step in the heavyweight tourer territory and adding electric motors to the flagship.
On the other hand, talking about what is rather very likely to see in the new Honda Gold Wing generation, we can almost vouch that DCT automatic transmission is on the list, as well as riding modes, TFT instrumentation, a better multimedia system and the semi-active suspensions that seem to become standard on all upper-tier motorcycles.