The new three-model Honda Gold Wing Tour lineup is here for 2021, with some functional and marketing changes. Let’s get going with the fast facts.
Honda added 11 liters of capacity to the new Gold Wing Tours’ top trunks. When Honda reduced the Gold Wing Tour’s luggage capacity for the last update, many long-distance travelers were inconsolable. Honda has given in to the complaints and upped the top trunk’s capacity by 11 liters, giving the Gold Wing Tour a 61-liter cargo capacity.
If you like to crank up the tunes, Honda hears you. The 2021 Tours get new speakers with 45 watts of power driving them. Additionally, the automatic volume-adjustment level feature is improved.
The SiriusXM antenna is now standard.
Android Auto comes to the Gold Wing Tour. The Alphabet-owned app that works with Google joins Apple CarPlay on the big tourer.
The rear turn signals are now red.
“Automatic” expands the name of the DCT-equipped models. Not everyone understands that DCT stands for Dual Clutch Transmission and what it means. However, the word “automatic” is universally understood. Not all DCT Hondas are getting Automatic added, but Honda is going that route with the Gold Wing.
The 2021 three-motorcycle Tour lineup of Gold Wings hits the showroom floors in February. We have the prices in the spec sheet.
2021 Honda Gold Wing Tour (and Automatic DCT and Air Bag Automatic DCT) SpecsENGINE
Type: Horizontally opposed 6-cylinder
Bore x stroke: 73 x 73mm
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
Valvetrain: SOHC Unicam; 4 vpc
Transmission: 6-speed, plus electric reverse (DCTs: Fully and semi-automatic 7-speed, plus reverse and walking mode)
Clutch: Manual (DCTs: Fully automatic)
Final drive: Shaft
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable double-wishbone w/ Showa shock; 4.3 inches
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
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