Five 2018 Honda Gold Wing Specs You Need to Know

John Burns
by John Burns

Our man Evans came back breathless about the new 2018 Honda Gold Wing a couple days ago. With its new ride-by-wire engine, optional electronic suspension, and overhauled electronics and entertainment systems, the long-running, long-distance ’Wing has definitely entered the 21st century. These five specs, though, are the ones that jump off the page as the ones that we expect are going to transform what was a touring bike into a truly sporty touring bike.

1. 833 pounds

At 833 lbs full of gas, the 2018 Gold Wing Tour is claimed by Honda to be 90 pounds lighter than the 2017 model. That loss of weight will pay dividends in all areas of performance, and even more when you’re pushing it in and out of your garage – which won’t be necessary if you spring for the model with Walking Mode: It moves you along automatically at 1.1 mph forward or 0.75 mph in reverse.

2. Double-wishbone Front Suspension

The fact that the front wheel now travels vertically through its stroke instead of up and back allowed the engine and rider to be moved closer to the front contact patch, for better handling, improved bump absorption and and lighter steering.

3. 11.8% Less Aerodynamic Drag

The new fairing is narrower by almost 8 inches, and sculpted to allow superior airflow around the rider and passenger, who now sit closer to the electric-adjustable windshield. That reduction in drag, of course, results in better fuel economy. Honda claims the new ’Wing, with one gallon less fuel capacity, can travel as far on a tank as the previous bike .

4. 1833 cubic centimeters = 111.86 cubic inches

In its typical conservatism, Honda says its new flat Six makes 5 horsepower more than the old one, but the tuning changes lead us to think the impressive part will be its midrange torque and throttle response. At 73 x 73mm, the new engine is less oversquare, has a higher compression ratio (10.5:1 instead of 9.8:1), four valves-per-cylinder instead of two, and breathes through one 50mm throttle body instead of two. That sounds like a recipe for serious grunt which, along with the bike’s weight reduction, should give the new Gold Wing a decidedly different character.

5. 7-Speed DCT

Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission, and it’s the only OEM to offer a DCT, was pretty good when it first appeared, better the last time we sampled one – and they claim the new one in the Gold Wing is the best one ever. The new close-ratio 7-speed provides two more gears than the outgoing 5-speed manual, shifts instantly, doesn’t require you to have a left leg, and is yet one more reason why the performance of this Gold Wing sounds like it’s going to be a big step forward. The manual 6-speed is still available, too.

2018 Honda Gold Wing Specifications

Honda Gold Wing

Honda Gold Wing Tour

MSRP$23,500 – $23,800 (6-speed)
$24,700 – $25,000 (DCT)
$26,700 – $27,200 (6-speed)
$27,700 – $28,200 (DCT)
$31,500 (DCT & Airbag)
Engine Type

1,833cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder

Bore and Stroke

73mm x 73mm

Fuel System

EFI, 50mm throttle body

Compression Ratio


Valve Train

Single overhead Unicam® w/ 4 valves per cylinder, finger-follower rocker arm on intake, roller-rocker arm on exhaust

Transmission6-speed manual or
7-speed automatic DCT w/ Walking Mode F/R
6-speed manual w/ Reverse or
7-speed automatic DCT w/ Walking Mode F/R
Final Drive


Front Suspension

Double-wishbone front-suspension system w/ Showa shock absorber, 4.3 in. travel

Rear Suspension

Pro-Link® system w/ Showa shock absorber, 4.1 in. travel

Front Brake

Two radially mounted 6-piston Nissin calipers w/ 320mm rotors, electronically controlled combined ABS

Rear Brake

3-piston Nissin caliper w/ 316mm rotor, electronically controlled combined ABS

Front Tire


Rear Tire



30.5° / 4.3 in.


66.7 in

Seat Height

29.3 in.

Curb Weight787 lbs.
800 lbs. (DCT)
833 lbs. (6-speed & DCT)
842 lbs. (Air Bag DCT)
Fuel Capacity

5.5 gal.

Available ColorsCandy Ardent Red, Matte Majestic Silver, Pearl Stallion BrownCandy Ardent Red, Pearl White, Pearl Hawkseye Blue
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  • Bill Schomburg Bill Schomburg on Dec 21, 2017

    I own a 2012 Goldwing and will most likely be upgrading to the 2018. A couple of things on the 2012 that are sore points for me and are required for a "Touring" bike IMHO. I would be curious if they are still there on the 2018. Can you confirm?

    Audio - You can control front to back balance but not left to right.

    GPS - Can you select "exclude unpaved roads"
    Can you select "winding road" option
    Can you program specific routes offline and import without losing your
    selected roads (automatically reroute)?
    Can I search for gas stations / food while in motion in route?
    Trip Odometer - Will it count greater than 999 miles?

  • Drj361 Drj361 on Feb 18, 2021

    After 3 years with the 2018 GW, I wonder how these people commits' might have changed. A friend of mine had an 2010 GW and we would go the same distance on a tank of gas. So the smaller tanks never became a problem. I have 26000 miles on mine and have loved every minute.