2012 Honda Gold Wing breaks cover

2012 Honda Gold Wing
2012 Honda Gold Wing

Honda has announced the new 2012 Gold Wing, which I guess is the premier, non-Harley touring bike.

There was some talk that Honda would be coming up with a big redesign of their flagship bike, but…not this year. The changes are essentially these:

  • Less curvy, more angular styling
  • Increased wind protection, which I didn’t actually think was possible.
  • New saddlebags with 7 liters more space
  • Redesigned dashboard
  • tweaks to the suspension.

Other than that, it’s pretty much unchanged.

The base model pricing comes in at $23,199, which is 1 shiny dollar cheaper than the Wing’s new competition, the BMW K1600GTL.

Honda, of course, has an entirely different take on the amazing amazingness that is the 2012 Gold Wing, and if you want to read that, Honda’s press release is below the fold.

Gold Wing: The Gold Standard For Two-Wheeled Journeys

Long acknowledged as the pinnacle of two-up motorcycling, the 2012 Gold Wing® continues its remarkable legacy. Its travel-oriented creds include the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities, starting with an updated and innovative GPS navigation system with user-friendly programmability for sharing favorite ride routes with friends and other riders, which can be accessed online via computer. 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 wind and 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 new, 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, crisp 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.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

2 thoughts on “2012 Honda Gold Wing breaks cover”

  1. This is a big disappointment. Whats new about this bike that really matters? Looks like I will be riding my 2002 for awhile longer. I might give the new BMW a look. Does anyone think that there might be bigger changes coming for 2013?

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