News 2012 Honda Gold Wing: Specs & Tech

2012 Honda Gold Wing: Specs & Tech

2012 GL1800 Video

The Honda Gold Wing has become the flagship motorcycle for riders serious about touring, whether solo or two-up. The bike provides comfort and all all the amenities needed for long-distance motorcycle touring.

But for 2012, Honda wanted to create an even finer Gold Wing GL1800, with many upgrades to the technical aspects. But don’t think Honda only upgraded technical gadgets on the GL1800, such as the GPS navigation system – the motor and drivetrain have been also been majorly refined for 2012.

This YouTube video explains the highlights of these refinements to the 2012 Honda GoldWing’s fuel-injected 1832cc six-cylinder engine, with words from some of the engineers that helped create the GL1800 designed for grand touring.

2012 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 Specs:

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 including Overdrive, plus electric Reverse
Final drive: Shaft
Suspension Front: 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 4.8 inches travel
Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers; optional ABS
Rear: Single ventilated 316mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper; optional ABS
Tires Front: 130/70R-18

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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