Honda’s ultimate touring flagship model has just been upgraded into the 2021 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing. It took a while for Boon Siew Honda to bring the previous-gen into the Malaysian market (launched back in January 2020), but this updated model is just so much better.
There are a lot of things, but we’ll just summarise all of its updates in a few paragraphs. First and foremost, this new Gold Wing went to the gym and cut down some weight. A total of 14kg was reduced thanks to a new and compact engine, starter motor and generation, plus many more.
Its new 1,833cc flat-six SOHC 24-valve engine itself helped to cut 6.2kg from the overall kerb weight which now produces 124.7hp at 5,500rpm and 170Nm of torque at 4,500rpm (which is the same as the previous-gen model in terms of power output).
This is further enhanced with a throttle-by-wire system, selectable riding modes that control power output, suspension damping, and brake force, as well as a six-speed manual transmission. You can also opt for the seven-speed DCT transmission for a much better riding experience, especially with a bike of this nature and size.
Other updates include an upgraded audio system, seven-inch TFT screen, gyrocompass navigation, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, electric screen, Smart Key operation, four riding modes (Tour, Sport, ECON & Rain), and Hill Start Assist.
The rest of the specs for the 2021 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing has been retained from the previous-gen model, which includes:
- Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS)
- Double wishbone front suspension
- Dual 320mm front discs + 6-piston calipers
- Single 316mm rear disc + 3-piston caliper
- Pro-Arm swingarm
- Electric reverse system with ‘creep’ forward and back function
- Full LED lighting and auto-cancelling indicators
- Honda Smart Key
- Two USB Type-C sockets
- 21-litre fuel tank
- 60-litre panniers
- new Pearl Deep Mud Grey colour scheme + more
If this does come to Malaysia, you can be sure that it’s going to cost more than RM208,800, which is the current selling price for the Gold Wing model on offer here in the country.