2022 Chieftain Elite

 

 

Designed for discerning riders who demand the best of the best, the 2022 Chieftain Elite combines a sophisticated design with custom-inspired details straight from the factory. With only 20 available in Europe from the 150 being produced, the Chieftain Elite is highly exclusive.

 

Features:

  • Heavy Metal Smoke Paint
  • Polished Bronze Engine Finishes
  • Polished Bronze Badging
  • 10-Spoke Machined Wheels
  • Full Powerband Audio
  • Adaptive LED Headlight
  • LED Saddlebag Lights
  • Select Floorboards
  • Flare Windscreen
  • Back-lit Switch Cubes
  • ‘Elite’ Saddlebag Decal

Price:

  • Heavy Metal Smoke with Polished Bronze Accents – £29,651

 

Custom-Inspired Style

It’s all in the details, as the Chieftain Elite’s eye-catching Heavy Metal Smoke paint is complemented by premium bronze finishes, including the tank’s Indian Motorcycle headdress, saddlebag latches, centre console, primary cover and airbox. Oil-rubbed bronze finishes across the engine’s push rod tubes, horn cover, and cam cover take the Chieftain Elite’s style to an entirely new level straight from the factory.

The Chieftain Elite’s streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags with sharp lines and hard edges contribute to the bike’s aggressive demeanour. In addition, LED saddlebag lights, a two-up comfort seat, low suspension, precision machined wheels, and premium blacked-out finishes complete the Chieftain Elite’s head-turning style.

 

Unmatched, Air-Cooled Performance

Packing the most powerful Indian Motorcycle air-cooled engine, the Thunderstroke 116, the Chieftain Elite delivers class-leading performance with 171 Nm of torque. Rear cylinder deactivation improves rider comfort when riding through slower traffic, while three selectable ride modes, including Tour, Standard and Sport, allow riders to adjust the bike’s throttle response to match their riding style.

 

Premium Amenities & Ride-Enhancing Technology

As standard equipment, the 2022 Chieftain Elite packs premium amenities, including an Adaptive Pathfinder LED headlight, an adjustable and tinted flare windscreen, spacious aluminium select floorboards, rear saddlebag LED lights, backlit switch cubes, and an integrated 400-watt PowerBand audio system. Like the Indian Challenger Elite, the Chieftain Elite features the seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND with Apple CarPlay® and GPS with navigation*. Standard features include, ABS, keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring, as well as weatherproof and remote-locking saddlebags with more than 68 litres of storage.

Riders looking to personalise their Indian Challenger Elite or Chieftain Elite can do so with a variety of style, comfort and touring accessory upgrades. Indian Challenger Elite riders can add even more custom style to the rear with Pathfinder LED Saddlebag Lights, while Chieftain Elite riders can add even more lighting up-front with Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights. Elite riders can also take their comfort to the next level with the ClimaCommand Heated and Cooled two-up seat that features individual controls for rider and passenger. Riders of either model can enjoy longer rides with the versatile Spirit Lake Luggage Collection, colour-matched Hard Lower Fairings, a colour-matched Trunk and up to 800 watts of PowerBand audio.

2022 Challenger Elite

 

With only 200 available worldwide and just 25 coming to Europe, 2022 marks the debut for the Indian Challenger Elite. Its muscle car-inspired styling turns heads, while class-leading performance provides unmatched passing power. Premium amenities and advanced ride-enhancing technology combine for a comfortable ride – whether cruising city streets or touring backroads.

 

Features:

  • Electronically Adjustable Rear Suspension
  • Adaptive LED Headlight
  • LED Driving Lights
  • Full Powerband Audio
  • Heated Grips
  • Select Floorboards
  • Flare Windscreen
  • Red-stitched Seat
  • Elite Colour-matched Badging
  • Low-rise Handlebars

Price:

  • Stealth Grey with Black Metallic & Indy Red Accents – £33,651

 

Muscle Car-Inspired Styling

The Challenger Elite’s Stealth Grey and Black Metallic paint with Indy Red accents screams American muscle. A red stitched seat and colour-matched Elite badging complete the bike’s performance-inspired design.

 

Class-Leading Performance

At the heart of the Indian Challenger Elite is the liquid-cooled, 1768 cc (108 ci) PowerPlus engine. With best-in-class 122 horsepower and 178 Nm of torque, the Indian Challenger Elite delivers incredible V-twin performance with unmatched passing power.

With three ride modes, riders can customise the bike’s throttle mapping by selecting from Rain, Standard or Sport mode – resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct performance personalities. Each ride mode has been engineered with its own distinct traction control setting to align with each mode’s specific throttle mapping.

 

Premium Amenities & Ride-Enhancing Technology

With loads of premium amenities and advanced ride-enhancing technology, riders will have no problems traversing hundreds of miles a day. Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox® allows riders to conveniently dial in their bike to account for extra cargo or two-up riding, while intuitive Smart Lean Technology keeps riders confidently grounded. Back lit switch cubes improve the rider’s ability to see the bike’s controls at night, while an adaptive LED Headlight, along with LED driving lights, deliver superior illumination, as the adaptive headlight adjusts light spread based on the bike’s lean angle. An adjustable flare windscreen, select floorboards, and heated grips contribute to a comfortable ride experience.

In addition, an upgraded and fully integrated 400-watt PowerBand audio system, including saddlebag speakers, produce crystal-clear sound quality at any speed. The bike’s industry-leading seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND offers Apple CarPlay® and GPS with turn-by-turn navigation*. Standard features aboard the Indian Challenger Elite include, ABS, keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring, as well as weatherproof and remote-locking saddlebags with more than 68 litres of storage.

 

2022 Indian Pursuit Dark Horse

The next generation of American touring performance, with an aggressive blacked-out finish to match.

 

  • Black Smoke £27,895 + OTR
  • Silver Quartz Smoke £28,195 + OTR
  • Quartz Grey ICON £28,995 + OTR

 

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Accessories:

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AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

The next generation of American touring performance, with an aggressive blacked-out finish to match.

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

You’ll crush miles with unimaginable low-end torque right off the line and exhilarating top-end passing power from the liquid-cooled V-twin PowerPlus engine.

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

With a chassis-mounted fairing, with optional electronically adjustable Fox® rear suspension, inverted front forks, and a cast-aluminium frame, you have the ultimate control.

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Cruise control, built in audio, keyless ignition and even more ride enhancing tech are combined with a 7-inch touchscreen.

PREMIUM AUDIO

PREMIUM AUDIO

High-output speakers in the fairing and trunk deliver 200-watts of crystal-clear audio. It also sports a dynamic equaliser that automatically adjusts for road, wind and engine noise.

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

More than 133 Litres of weatherproof, remote-locking storage can handle all the gear you’ve got. Or take off the quick-release trunk to drop weight and give yourself a whole new profile.

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

The frame-mounted fairing provides exceptional wind protection on its own. For even more, adjust the vents in the lowers or simply push a button to send up the windshield. Both Rider and passenger get a heated seat with premium style. Adjust to your preference with controls on the seat, or from your infotainment screen.

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload lets you optimise suspension setting based on exactly who you’re riding with and what you’re hauling. Plus, Smart Lean technology uses a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit to tune traction control, ABS, and torque for even more control.

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

Along with aggressive running lights and an LED headlight, you also get premium driving lights integrated in the lowers.

 

2 years warranty + 3 years extended limited warranty (engine, transmission, electronics).
Please contact your authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer for applicable terms and conditions.

Check your Owner’s Manual for Indian Motorcycle Warranty Policy and extended limited warranty. Applicable for following models : Indian Springfield, Indian Springfield Dark Horse, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Limited, Roadmaster, Roadmaster Dark Horse, Roadmaster Limited, Indian Challenger Dark Horse, Indian Challenger Limited, Pursuit Dark Horse Premium Package, Pursuit Limited Premium Package.

2022 Indian Pursuit Limited

The Next Generation of American V-Twin Touring Performance is Here

2022 Indian Pursuit Touts Class-Leading Power, All-Day Comfort & Seamless Ride-Enhancing Technology

  • Black Metallic £27,695 + OTR
  • Alumina Jade (w/ graphics) £29,095 + OTR

 

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Accessories:

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AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

AMERICAN V-TWIN TOURING REIMAGINED

This chromed-out powerhouse redefines American touring performance. It’s ready for any route you can dream up.

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

A BIG ENGINE WITH BIG TORQUE

You’ll crush miles with unimaginable low-end torque right off the line and exhilarating top-end passing power from the liquid-cooled V-twin PowerPlus engine.

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

ROCK-SOLID STABILITY

With a chassis-mounted fairing, with optional electronically adjustable Fox® rear suspension, inverted front forks, and a cast-aluminium frame, you have the ultimate control.

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Cruise control, built in audio, keyless ignition and even more ride enhancing tech are combined with a 7-inch touchscreen.

PREMIUM AUDIO

PREMIUM AUDIO

High-output speakers in the fairing and trunk deliver 200-watts of crystal-clear audio. It also sports a dynamic equaliser that automatically adjusts for road, wind and engine noise.

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

LONG-HAUL STORAGE

More than 133 Litres of weatherproof, remote-locking storage can handle all the gear you’ve got. Or take off the quick-release trunk to drop weight and give yourself a whole new profile.

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

The frame-mounted fairing provides exceptional wind protection on its own. For even more, adjust the vents in the lowers or simply push a button to send up the windshield. Both Rider and passenger get a heated seat with premium style. Adjust to your preference with controls on the seat, or from your infotainment screen.

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

UNSURPASSED HANDLING

Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload lets you optimise suspension setting based on exactly who you’re riding with and what you’re hauling. Plus, Smart Lean technology uses a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit to tune traction control, ABS, and torque for even more control.

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

BRIGHTER, BOLDER LIGHTING

Along with aggressive running lights and an LED headlight, you also get premium driving lights integrated in the lowers.

 

 

2 years warranty + 3 years extended limited warranty (engine, transmission, electronics).
Please contact your authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer for applicable terms and conditions.

Check your Owner’s Manual for Indian Motorcycle Warranty Policy and extended limited warranty. Applicable for following models : Indian Springfield, Indian Springfield Dark Horse, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Limited, Roadmaster, Roadmaster Dark Horse, Roadmaster Limited, Indian Challenger Dark Horse, Indian Challenger Limited, Pursuit Dark Horse Premium Package, Pursuit Limited Premium Package.

2022 Gold Wing Tour / DCT

Model updates: Honda’s luxurious Gold Wing Tour – a flagship completely reborn in 18YM – with radical weight reduction, double wishbone front suspension, brand-new, flat six-cylinder engine, glides into 22YM unchanged but wearing two stunning new paint options. The comprehensive spec. sheet includes 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT, 7-inch TFT screen, gyrocompass navigation, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, electric screen, Smart Key operation, 4 riding modes, HSTC and Hill Start Assist – underlining its status as a flagbearer for new technology.

 

DCT/Airbag Tour Colours:

  • Glint Wave Blue Metallic **NEW** (DCT)
  • Pearl Glare White **NEW** (DCT)
  • Gunmetal Black Metallic (Manual & DCT)

OTR Price:

  • £32,449 TOUR DCT & AIRBAG
  • £29,349 TOUR

KEY FEATURES

  • Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath.
  • Ample luggage capacity for weekend touring; top box features 61L storage
  • Suede/synthetic leather seats, relaxed pillion back rest angle
  • Electric windscreen adjustable for angle and height
  • Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)
  • 7-inch TFT display provides riding, navigation and audio information
  • Full LED lighting, LED fog lights and auto-cancelling indicators
  • Smart Key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • Riding modes also manage HSTC, suspension damping and brake force
  • Idling Stop and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) on DCT version
  •  Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • 6-speed manual gearbox with assist/slipper clutch and electric reverse
  • Third-generation 7-speed DCT

 

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Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

The Honda Gold Wing, since its introduction as a naked 1000cc machine in 1975 has always represented the ultimate in two-wheeled travel. And it’s a motorcycle that’s been very much on its own journey, growing in physical size and displacement over the decades, all the while creating an enduring and unrivalled reputation for luxury, quality and comfort.

For 18YM, in response to the evolution of demographics and the motorcycle market, it made a radical departure from what would have been a traditional update trajectory. The GL1800 Gold Wing* and Gold Wing ‘Tour’ took a new direction and, brand new from the wheels-up, became sleeker, lighter and more agile – very much a rider’s motorcycle – while adding a host of new features to cement the Gold Wing’s reputation as a technological flagship, including the option of 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).

And, as a result, the Gold Wing Tour’s appeal became instantly broader, reaching out to a younger generation of motorcyclists that may have overlooked – or simply not been aware of – the previous incarnation. In 20YM, standard-fit LED fog lights, larger pillion grab handles plus improvements to suspension and slow speed manoeuvrability further complemented the evocative, flat six-cylinder engine beating at the heart of Honda’s premium tourer.

For 21YM, the Gold Wing Tour gained carrying capacity, improved pillion comfort and an audio upgrade. For 22YM, two stunning new colour options further cement its standalone desirability

*See separate Gold Wing press kit.

 

  1. Model Overview

The Gold Wing Tour’s engine and chassis were designed in unison for the 18YM rebirth, to move the riding position forward and create a much more compact motorcycle. The aluminium beam frame is constructed around a double wishbone front fork, which allows the engine to sit forward in the machine – as the front wheel moves up and down in a more vertical plane – while providing high quality suspension control and front-end stability thanks to its stiffness and reduced friction. Suspension damping adjusts electrically.

Optimised for size, the 24V flat six-cylinder engine lost none of its power, avalanche of torque or addictive power delivery. The addition of Throttle By Wire (TBW) control brought with it 4 rider modes: TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN; the operation of the Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) alters depending on the mode selected. Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Idling Stop (on the DCT option) offer ease of use and improved fuel efficiency. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) maintains rear wheel traction.

The manual transmission is 6-speed, while DCT features 7-speeds, with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode. It also features a ‘creep’ forward and back function. The manual machine employs the same electric reverse system as featured on previous designs.

The Gold Wing Tour offers a total sense of freedom, with sheer riding enjoyment and performance matched by stylish design. An aerodynamically efficient fairing channels air around the rider, while the extended electric screen adjusts for preference; the seats, too provide all-day comfort and feature a suede/synthetic leather cover. The angle of the pillion back rest is also relaxed. High quality speakers show off vivid sound quality and features like Smart Key operation, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth™ add modern-day convenience and connectivity.

The 22YM GL1800 Gold Wing Tour (manual gearbox option) is available in a moody Gunmetal Black Metallic colourway, complete with blacked-out engine.

 

  1. Key Features

 

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath
  • Ample luggage capacity for weekend touring; top box features 61L storage
  • Suede/synthetic leather seats, relaxed pillion back rest angle
  • High audio quality
  • Electric windscreen adjustable for angle and height
  • Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)
  • 7-inch TFT display provides riding, navigation and audio information
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ allow smartphone use
  • Full LED lighting, LED fog lights and auto-cancelling indicators
  • Smart Key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage
  • Two USB Type-C sockets 

The Gold Wing Tour’s lines exude a honed, athletic ethos. The styling presents a unique silhouette and counterpoints comfort with the dynamic abilities of chassis and engine, with the traditional Gold Wing premium level of fit, finish and materials. Its ‘face’ is daringly forward-slanting; combined with the compact fairing proportions, it presents an energetic frontal signature.

The key line of the body, stretching front to back, highlights the differing upper and lower bodywork functions. A central element is the fairing, with its sharp and solid flat surfaces, and its nuanced aerodynamic detailing. It adds a tension that hints at the performance potential on offer.

Also on display is the motorcycle itself – the double wishbone front suspension, flat six-cylinder engine, exhausts – in all their functional beauty. Drawn together, the design elements create cutting edge style, underpinned by incredible levels of engineering and electronics

Comfort, heat management and, most importantly, air management are also high on the Gold Wing Tour’s agenda. The fairing channels airflow around the rider and pillion, effectively providing a pleasant cooling breeze.

An extended electric screen operated from the left handlebar provides excellent wind protection yet, at the same time, a sense of space and freedom when required. Screen angle and height adjustment is step-less. Available as options are a larger screen, a fully-adjustable deflector for the arms and upper body and fixed deflectors for the lower legs and feet.

From a seating perspective, rider and pillion are separated. The rider can enjoy a total focus on riding the bike. The rider’s seat shape is comfortable and supportive while allowing movement and easy ground reach. Both rider and pillion benefit from a luxurious new suede/synthetic leather seat cover; the angle of the pillion back rest is set at a relaxed 23°.

All lighting is LED and the Gold Wing Tour is equipped with dual LED fog lights. The lower portion of the headlights use 5 polished optical lenses on both sides to create a Jewel-Eye low beam light signature. Using high beam (in the upper portion) creates a stereoscopic impression. The front indicators are housed in the mirrors and the indicators also auto-cancel; the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.

When riding, the speed that’s been set with the cruise control switch (located on the right handlebar) is shown in the bottom left area of the speedometer. Through TBW the system achieves a smooth transition to the specified speed and an ultra-smooth operation, especially when going uphill. In the case of the manual transmission models, squeezing the clutch or brake, or twisting the throttle cancels cruise control.

For the DCT variant (in AT mode) after completing the deceleration with the cruise control system in operation ­– and resuming the previous speed – the Gold Wing returns to the pre-set with an appropriate shifting schedule.

Luxurious instrumentation creates a unique cockpit. Different low-contrast colours with dark tones are applied to the dials, of which the peripheral areas form cone-shaped slopes to create a feeling of depth. A ring with a metal texture surrounds each dial, and the graduations glow in LED, giving concrete depth and a calm, cool image.

The 7-inch full-colour TFT liquid crystal display screen provides all the information for the audio and navigation systems, as well as managing riding modes and suspension adjustment. Information is displayed in differentiated segments in a very functional order, so the rider can get all the relevant data with the minimum of eye movement.

Brightness adjusts automatically (with the maximum luminous intensity of the screen being 1000 cd) and the rider can also choose from 8 brightness levels. Tyre pressure is displayed as a numerical figure in the bottom left area of the instruments.

Pride of place – on the centre console and Smart Key – is the Gold Wing emblem. Its crisp 3D, two-tone chrome design merges the strength and dignity of a lion’s head with the majestic wings of an eagle ready to pounce with open talons. It activates all the motorcycle’s systems and also incorporates the emergency key. The ignition and handlebar lock can be turned on or off while just carrying the Smart Key.

Total carrying capacity is 121L. Exclusively- designed inner bags are available as an option. Luggage operation is simple. With the Smart Key present, a push button opens all of the boxes. It’s also possible to temporarily unlock via remote control; the unlock button on the Smart Key enables the passenger instant pannier access. Hydraulic dampers smooth the opening and closing. Pushing and holding the call button results in the indicators flashing.

The Gold Wing Tour is compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, so the rider can utilise the personalised information and content inside their smartphone, such as telephone numbers and music playlists. Bluetooth connectivity has been adopted and there are two USB Type-C sockets to plug in to.

Lightweight speakers achieve superb sound quality with vivid presence. A passenger audio control switch is available to ensure an even more pleasant riding experience; the switches are located on the upper part of the right pannier and adjusting the volume, switching the source and fast forwarding is possible.

The navigation system is displayed on the 7-inch, full-colour TFT liquid crystal display screen in the central area of the instruments and includes a gyrocompass – which means guidance is continued even inside a tunnel. Cancellation of any waypoint or ‘go home’ instruction operation while riding is also possible. Maps are updated and also offer the possibility of entering up to 99 different waypoints for detailed journey planning.

The capacity of the fuel tank is 21 litres with fuel economy of 5.5litres/100km.

 

3.2 Chassis

  • Die-cast, aluminium twin-beam frame
  • Double wishbone front suspension and Pro-Arm rear 
  • Front and rear damping level adjusts to suit riding mode selected
  • Rear spring preload electrically adjustable
  • ABS and Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS)

The Gold Wing Tour’s die-cast, aluminium twin-beam frame is designed to package the engine in a tight space; its structural thickness is optimised in each area to deliver a smooth and stable ride, from walking speed upwards, whether on tight city streets or out on the open road.

Aside from moving the front wheel forward under full suspension compression, another benefit of the double wishbone front suspension is the reduction in sliding friction (from bump deflection and steering input) that a standard telescopic fork creates, as the stanchions travel up and down in the fork leg. Bearings are used in all shaft bush areas for steering and suspension stroke, further reducing friction.

The steering input – via the dual fork holders – is also separated from the suspension provided by the single shock absorber, and the Gold Wing Tour’s yaw moment make it nimble and easier to steer. In addition, patented steering cross tie-rods connect the handlebars to the front axle and the handlebar pivot, delivering an entirely natural feel to the rider.

Rake and trail are set at 30.5°/109mm, with wheelbase of 1695mm. The Gold Wing Tour weighs 385kg wet; the DCT version 390kg.

The Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) optimally distributes braking forces to the front and rear wheels. The use of a single, light circulation type ABS modulator – integrated with the brake ECU – keeps weight down within the braking system. It also operates in linkage with the current riding mode of choice, automatically adjusting the braking characteristics to the riding situation. Dual 320mm front discs are gripped by 6-piston calipers, the rear 316mm disc by a 3-piston caliper.

The Gold Wing Tour also benefits from a Pro-Arm swingarm, which attaches to the frame on its left side. The right side serves as a maintenance access. This allows much greater freedom of design and makes the machine easier to manage; it also contributes to stability. Pro-Link provides progressive suspension action and comfort while spherical joints are used throughout, cancelling out torsion.

Damping level adjusts electrically relative to riding mode. Stepper motors housed within the front and rear shock absorbers move needles to control oil flow, tailoring damping force for the riding situation. Rear spring preload is also electrically adjusted. Separate from the 4 riding modes, there are 4 settings of preload relative to load from soft to hard: single rider; rider with luggage; rider with pillion, and rider with pillion fully loaded with luggage. The setting is displayed on the TFT screen and adjusted via switch.

 

3.3 Engine

  • Horizontally-opposed,flat six-cylinder SOHC 24-valve engine 
  • Throttle By Wire (TBW) with 4 rider modes to tailor power output
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • Riding modes also manage HSTC, suspension damping and brake force
  • Idling Stop and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) on DCT version
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA) 
  • 6-speed manual gearbox with assist/slipper clutch and electric reverse

To realise the handling potential of the chassis – and maintain the addictive power delivery and feel that’s so much part of this icon’s appeal – the Gold Wing Tour’s 1,833cc engine was completely redrawn. Still as a horizontally-opposed flat six, but with four valves per cylinder rather than two, much more compact in size and 6.2kg lighter.

Peak power of 93kW arrives @ 5,500rpm, with peak torque of 170Nm delivered @ 4,500rpm. The bore size of 73mm matches the stroke of 73mm; the left and right cylinders are offset 4mm and the cylinder sleeves are aluminium. Compression ratio is set at 10.5:1.

The Unicam cylinder heads – the inlet valves are operated by finger-follower rocker arm, the exhaust valves by roller rocker arms – also employ a co-axial rocker-arm shaft for both inlet and exhaust.

The combustion chambers are a 4-valve ‘pentroof’ design with the inlet ports designed to promote ‘tumble’ flows inside the cylinders thus improving efficiency. The piston skirts wear a molybdenum coating to reduce friction. Throttle By Wire (TBW) engine management adds 4 rider modes to alter character and power delivery, linked to suspension damping and the Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS):

TOUR mode is the base setting for comfort and power. It gives a direct 100% opening ratio between throttle grip and throttle body butterfly, with ‘default’ damping and front/rear brake force distribution.

SPORT serves up the highest throttle to butterfly ratio and delivers strong acceleration, with firmer damping and rear brake lever pressure.

ECON mode offers maximum fuel economy and easy cruising, with lower throttle to butterfly ratio and default damping and brake force.

RAIN turns the dial down to suit wet and slippery conditions, with lowest throttle to butterfly ratio, default braking force distribution and soft suspension damping.

Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) also seamlessly monitors and maintains rear wheel traction, in all riding conditions, for an extra layer of riding confidence. Its level of input, too adjusts via TBW relative to riding mode selection.

There are two air intake ducts sited front left and right rear. This structure generates swirling as the air is drawn in – the result is more effective use of the air filter’s entire surface area and reduction in resistance. The internal shaping of both ducts is optimised to align with the intake pulses of the engine’s low-rpm range, improving response and torque from smaller throttle openings. A single throttle body speeds up airflow and improves response.

To complement the engine’s deep bass signature the exhausts emit a powerful throb, without excessive noise. The cross-sectional areas of the exhaust pipes for two out of the six cylinders are reduced 20%, bringing the sound volume and depth.

The ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) combines the generator and starter motor into one component, with the generator effectively becoming the starter motor when supplied with reverse power. Its 2.4 kg lighter than a standard system. Helical gears are employed for the ISG driving gears, reducing mechanical noise.

Key characteristics of Idling Stop (on the DCT option) are the ultra-quiet start-up of the engine thanks to the use of ISG, and the smooth starting feeling achieved through a combination of DCT and TBW control. When stopping at a traffic light with Idling Stop on, the engine automatically stops after 3 seconds and, when restarting, the rider only needs to turn the throttle, which immediately starts the engine.

The system is controlled so that hydraulic oil pressure is applied in advance to the DCT line that activates the clutch when the engine starts, so the time lag from when the rider opens the throttle to movement is reduced. To curb any abruptness the TBW makes the throttle butterfly open gradually following the throttle opening – thus the smooth acceleration befitting of a Gold Wing Tour. Idling Stop can be turned ON or OFF from the right handlebar switch.

Hill starts on a conventional motorcycle often involve simultaneously releasing the brakes, opening the throttle and engaging the clutch according to the grade of the slope. To ease this effort, the Gold Wing Tour has Hill Start Assist (HSA) on both Manual and DCT versions.

After stopping on a slope, further squeezing the brake lever quickly results in the ABS modulator generating hydraulic pressure for the rear brake caliper. When setting off – even when the brake lever is released – the hydraulic pressure temporarily retains braking force (for about 3 seconds) so starting on the uphill slope with the throttle is possible. When in operation, the HSA indicator is switched on to inform the rider.

The 6-speed manual gearbox is also fitted with a ‘cam damper’ between the clutch and transmission, separating each inertial mass, reducing noise and improving shift quality/durability. A cam assist and slipper clutch (with fewer discs and reduced hydraulic friction in the release mechanism) replace the traditional hydraulic assist clutch. This reduces clutch load at the lever by 20% and also smooths downshifts; the slipper mechanism also contributes to the high-quality downshift feel. An electric reverse is a familiar feature from the previous design.

 

3.4. Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

  • Third-generation 7-speed DCT 
  • Smoother, quieter with faster upshifts and downshifts
  • Walking mode allows machine to ‘creep’ forward or back
  • The 4 riding modes also manage DCT for optimised response
  • Optimised low speed manoeuvrability

 First introduced in 2009, Honda’s DCT technology is now in its 12th year of production, and over 200,000 units of DCT-equipped Honda two-wheelers have been sold in Europe. It delivers consistent, seamless gear changes up or down and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd, 5th & 7th the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. Extra benefits include durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and increased ability to focus on riding lines, braking and acceleration points.

The DCT system offers two distinct riding approaches – the Automatic settings, with pre-programmed shift patterns which constantly read vehicle speed, gear selected and engine rpm to decide when a shift should occur, and the Manual Transmission setting for gear changes using the paddle-shift style triggers on the left handlebar.

Employing the third generation – and the first to have 7-speeds – the Gold Wing’s DCT is specifically designed for long-distance cruising; it’s also extremely smooth and fast shifting.

It is also optimised for low speed manoeuvrability, with close ratios reducing shift-shock. In the higher speed range, they are set wider apart to reduce engine rpm. In both speed ranges comfort is improved as shifting up or down is of the highest quality.

Shift noise and shock were addressed throughout the development of the third generation, with noise damper rubbers on both ends of the fork guide and the master arm greatly reducing any impact sound during gear changes.

A spring damper is installed between the clutch and the main shaft in order to absorb the torque in the rotational direction, thus reducing the noise and shock of the contact between the clutch and main shaft when shifting gears.

The Gold Wing’s DCT features a 1.8km/h forward Walking Mode with reverse of 1.2km/h, operated instantly from a +/- switch on the left handlebar.

The main shaft has a double tube structure, with the outer main shaft (connected with the even-number gears) linked to the inner shaft with a chain, by way of the gears on the counter shaft. This structure gives the outer main shaft the role of the reverse idle shaft, which has resulted in a lightweight reverse mechanism with a compact structure – with no need for any reverse idle shaft.

When activating Walking Mode the two clutches of DCT are utilised to enable moving backward with clutch #1 and moving forward with clutch #2. In this way, moving forward or backward at walking speed is now possible with only clutch control, without any need for gear shifting. Furthermore, the throttle-by-wire system controls speed by minutely controlling the clutch capacity, while maintaining a certain engine speed, assuring controllability with a sense of security in wide-ranging situations.

The 4 riding modes are interleaved with DCT. All share the same engine character, delivery and suspension settings as the MT model but add extra DCT-specific parameters:

TOUR uses the default setting for smooth clutch engagement and gearshifts in AT mode, with a low-to-high rpm range for gear shifts.

SPORT deploys a more direct clutch engagement, with gear shifts programmed in a mid-to-high rev range.

ECON has a soft clutch engagement, with low-to-mid rpm gear hold and default shifting feel.

RAIN also operates a soft clutch, low-to-high rpm gear hold range and slower shifting in AT mode.

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications

 

 ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24 valve SOHC flat-6
Displacement 1,833cc
Valves per cylinder 4
Bore x Stroke 73mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 93kW/5,500rpm
Max. Torque 170Nm/4,500rpm
Oil Capacity 4.4 litres (MT) / 5.6 litres (DCT)
CO2 emissions 127g/km
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 50mm
Air cleaner Viscous, cartridge type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.1 litres
Fuel Consumption 5.5 litres/100km
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Integrated Starter Generator system
Battery Capacity 12V/20AH
ACG Power Generation Capacity 12V/120A
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type (MT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with coil springs, assist slipper cam

(DCT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with oil pressure

Transmission Type 6 speed MT (including overdrive. Plus electric reverse)

7-speed forward and reverse DCT

Primary Reduction 1.795 (79/44)
Gear Ratios (DCT) 1st: 2.167    2nd: 1.696    3rd: 1.304                   4th: 1.038    5th: 0.821     6th: 0.667     7th: 0.522 Rev: 1.190

(MT) 1st: 2.200      2nd: 1.417    3rd: 1.036                         4th: 0.821     5th: 0.667 6th: 0.522

Final Reduction Engine side 0.972

Rear Wheel side 2.615

Final Drive Enclosed shaft
FRAME
Type Aluminum die-cast, twin tube
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) L: 2,615mm

W: DCT 905mm / MT 925mm

H: 1,430mm

Wheelbase 1,695mm
Caster Angle 30.5°
Trail 109mm
Turning radius 3.4m
Seat Height 745mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight MT: 385kg

DCT with Air Bag: 390kg

SUSPENSION
Type Front Double Wishbone
Type Rear Pro Link
WHEELS
Type Front 130/70R 18
Type Rear 200/55R 16
Rim Size Front 18 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 16 x MT6.0
BRAKES
System Type Electronically-controlled combined ABS system
Type Front 320mm x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 6-piston calliper, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 316mm x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 Gold Wing DCT

Model updates: The Gold Wing – Honda’s seminal touring flagship – was completely reborn in 18YM with a radical weight reduction, double wishbone front suspension and brand-new, flat six-cylinder engine. Its status as a flagbearer for new technology is well-founded, with cutting edge features including 7-inch TFT screen, gyrocompass navigation, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, electric screen, Smart Key operation, 4 riding modes and Hill Start Assist. For 2022 it will be available only in 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT form and in one, new, contemporary paint option; Mat Jeans Blue Metallic.

 

Colours:

  • MAT BLUE JEANS METALLIC (DCT)

OTR Price:

  • £25,249

KEY FEATURES

  • Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath.
  • 7-inch TFT display provides riding, navigation and audio information.
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ allow smartphone use.
  • Smart Key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage.
  • Two USB Type-C sockets.
  • Horizontally-opposed, flat six-cylinder SOHC 24-valve engine.
  • Throttle By Wire (TBW) with 4 rider modes to tailor power output.
  • Idling Stop and Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) on DCT version.
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA).
  • 6-speed manual gearbox with assist/slipper clutch and electric reverse; 7 speed DCT gearbox.
  • Third-generation 7-speed DCT.
  • Walking mode allows machine to ‘creep’ forward or back.
  • The 4 riding modes also manage DCT for optimised response

 

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Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Model overview
  3. Key features
  4. Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

The Honda Gold Wing, since its introduction as a naked 1000cc machine in 1975, has always represented the ultimate in two-wheeled travel. And it’s a motorcycle that’s been very much on its own journey, growing in physical size and displacement over the decades, all the while creating an enduring and unrivalled reputation for luxury, quality and comfort.

For 18YM, in response to the evolution of demographics and the motorcycle market, it made a radical departure from what would have been a traditional update trajectory. The GL1800 Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour* took a new direction and, brand new from the wheels-up, became sleeker, lighter and more agile – very much a rider’s motorcycle – while adding a host of new features to cement its reputation as a technological flagship.

And, as a result, the Gold Wing’s appeal became instantly broader, reaching out to a younger generation of motorcyclists that may have overlooked – or simply not been aware of – the previous incarnation. For 20YM, improvements to suspension and slow speed manoeuvrability further complemented the evocative, flat six-cylinder engine beating at the heart of Honda’s premium tourer.

In 21YM, the Gold Wing gained an audio upgrade. For 22YM, it will be available in Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form only and in one new, and very contemporary, colour option.

*See separate Gold Wing Tour press kit.

 

  1. Model Overview

The Gold Wing’s engine and chassis were designed in unison for the 18YM rebirth, to move the riding position forward and create a much more compact motorcycle. The aluminium beam frame is constructed around a double wishbone front fork, which allows the engine to sit forward in the machine – as the front wheel moves up and down in a more vertical plane – while providing high quality suspension control and front-end stability thanks to its stiffness and reduced friction.

Optimised for size, the 24V flat six-cylinder engine lost none of its power, avalanche of torque or addictive power delivery. The addition of Throttle By Wire (TBW) control brought with it 4 rider modes: TOUR, SPORT, ECON and RAIN; the operation of the Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) alters depending on the mode selected. Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Idling

Stop offer ease of use and improved fuel efficiency.

The DCT features 7-speeds, with clutch feel, shift speed and rpm range of up/downshifts tailored specifically to each riding mode. It also features a ‘creep’ forward and back function.

The Gold Wing offers a total sense of freedom, with sheer riding enjoyment and performance matched by stylish design. An aerodynamically efficient fairing channels air around the rider, while the electric screen adjusts for preference; the luxurious seats offer all-day comfort. The lightweight audio system and speakers show off incredible sound quality. And features like Smart Key operation, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth™ provide modern-day convenience and connectivity.

 

  1. Key Features

 

3.1 Styling & Equipment

  • Taut lines with a contemporary edge show off the motorcycle underneath
  • Electric windscreen adjustable for angle and height
  • Cruise control operates smoothly via Throttle By Wire (TBW)
  • Ample luggage capacity for weekend touring
  • 7-inch TFT display provides riding, navigation and audio information
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ allow smartphone use
  • Full LED lighting and auto-cancelling indicators
  • Smart Key control adds convenience for ignition and luggage
  • Two USB Type-C sockets 

The Gold Wing’s lines exude a honed, athletic ethos. The styling presents a unique silhouette and counterpoints comfort with the dynamic abilities of chassis and engine, with the traditional Gold Wing premium level of fit, finish and materials. Its ‘face’ is daringly forward-slanting; combined with the compact fairing proportions, it presents an energetic frontal signature.

The key line of the body, stretching front to back, highlights the differing upper and lower bodywork functions. A central element is the fairing, with its sharp and solid flat surfaces, and nuanced aerodynamic detailing. It adds a tension that hints at the performance potential on offer.

Also on display is the motorcycle itself – the double wishbone front suspension, flat six-cylinder engine, exhausts – in all their functional beauty. Drawn together, the design elements create cutting edge style, underpinned by incredible levels of engineering and electronics

Comfort, heat management and, most importantly, air management are also high on the Gold Wing’s agenda. The fairing channels airflow around the rider and pillion, effectively providing a pleasant cooling breeze.

A small electric screen operated from the left handlebar provides excellent wind protection yet, at the same time, a sense of space and freedom when required. Screen angle and height adjustment is step-less. Available as options are a larger screen, a fully-adjustable deflector for the arms and upper body, and fixed deflectors for the lower legs and feet.

From a seating perspective, rider and pillion are separated. The rider can enjoy a total focus on riding the bike. The rider’s seat shape is comfortable and supportive while allowing movement and easy ground reach.

All lighting is LED. The lower portion of the headlights use 5 polished optical lenses on both sides to create a Jewel-Eye low beam light signature. Using high beam (in the upper portion) creates a stereoscopic impression. The front indicators are housed in the mirrors and the indicators also auto-cancel; the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.

When riding, the speed that’s been set with the cruise control switch (located on the right handlebar) is shown in the bottom left area of the speedometer. Through TBW the system achieves a smooth transition to the specified speed and an ultra-smooth operation, especially when going uphill. And, after completing a deceleration with the cruise control system in operation, the Gold Wing returns to the pre-set speed with an appropriate shifting schedule.

Luxurious instrumentation creates a unique cockpit. Different low-contrast colours with dark tones are applied to the dials, of which the peripheral areas form cone-shaped slopes to create a feeling of depth. A ring with a metal texture surrounds each dial, and the graduations glow in LED, giving concrete depth and a calm, cool image.

The 7-inch full-colour TFT liquid crystal display screen provides all the information for the audio and navigation systems, as well as the riding modes and suspension adjustment. Information is displayed in differentiated segments in a very functional order, so the rider can get all the relevant data with the minimum of eye movement.

Brightness adjusts automatically (with the maximum luminous intensity of the screen being 1000 cd) and the rider can also choose from 8 brightness levels. Tyre pressure is displayed as a numerical figure in the bottom left area of the instruments.

Pride of place on the centre console and Smart Key is the Gold Wing emblem. Its crisp 3D, two-tone chrome design merges the strength and dignity of a lion’s head with the majestic wings of an eagle ready to pounce with open talons. The Smart Key activates all the motorcycle’s systems and also incorporates the emergency key. The ignition and handlebar lock can be turned on or off while carrying the Smart Key.

Most Gold Wing owners ride short, 2-3 day tours, so the total volume of 60L between both panniers is ample. Exclusively-designed inner bags are available as an option. With the Smart Key present, a simple push of a button opens the panniers. It’s also possible to temporarily unlock via remote control; the unlock button on the Smart Key enables the passenger instant access. Hydraulic dampers smooth the opening and closing. Pushing and holding the call button results in the indicators flashing.

The Gold Wing is compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, so the rider can utilise the personalised information and content inside their smartphone, such as telephone numbers and music playlists. Bluetooth™ connectivity has been adopted and there are two USB Type-C sockets to plug in to.

High quality, lightweight speakers achieve superb sound quality with vivid presence. A passenger audio control switch is available to ensure an even more pleasant riding experience; the switches are located on the upper part of the right pannier and adjusting the volume, switching the source and fast forwarding is possible.

The navigation system is displayed on the 7-inch, full-colour TFT liquid crystal display screen in the central area of the instruments and includes a gyrocompass – which means guidance is continued even inside a tunnel. Cancellation of any waypoint or ‘go home’ instruction operation while riding is also possible. Maps are updated and also offer the possibility of entering up to 99 different waypoints for detailed journey planning.

The capacity of the fuel tank is 21 litres with fuel economy of 5.5 litres/100km.

 

3.2 Chassis

  • Die-cast, aluminium twin-beam frame
  • Double wishbone front suspension and Pro-Arm rear 
  • ABS and Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS)

The Gold Wing’s die-cast, aluminium twin-beam frame is designed to package the engine in a tight space; its structural thickness is optimised in each area to deliver a smooth and stable ride, from walking speed upwards, whether on tight city streets or out on the open road.

Aside from moving the front wheel forward under full suspension compression, another benefit of the double wishbone front suspension is the reduction in sliding friction (from bump deflection and steering input) that a standard telescopic fork creates, as the stanchions travel up and down in the fork leg. Bearings are used in all shaft bush areas for steering and suspension stroke, further reducing friction.

The steering input – via the dual fork holders – is also separated from the suspension provided by the single shock absorber, and the Gold Wing’s yaw moment make it nimble and easier to steer. In addition, patented steering cross tie-rods connect the handlebars to the front axle and the handlebar pivot, delivering an entirely natural feel to the rider.

Rake and trail are set at 30.5°/109mm, with wheelbase of 1695mm. The Gold Wing weighs 367kg wet.

The Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS) optimally distributes braking forces to the front and rear wheels. The use of a single, light circulation type ABS modulator – integrated with the brake ECU – keeps weight down within the braking system. It also operates in linkage with the current riding mode of choice, automatically adjusting the braking characteristics to the riding situation. Dual 320mm front discs are gripped by 6-piston calipers, the rear 316mm disc by a 3-piston caliper.

The Gold Wing also benefits from a Pro-Arm swingarm, which attaches to the frame on its left side. The right side serves as a maintenance access. This allows much greater freedom of design and makes the machine easier to manage; it also contributes to stability. Pro-Link provides progressive suspension action and comfort while spherical joints are used throughout, cancelling out torsion. The rear preload is manually adjustable.

 

3.3 Engine

  • Horizontally-opposed,flat six-cylinder SOHC 24-valve engine
  • Throttle By Wire (TBW) with 4 rider modes to tailor power output
  • Riding modes also manage suspension damping and brake force
  • Idling Stop, Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) 

To realise the handling potential of the chassis – and maintain the addictive power delivery and feel that’s so much part of this icon’s appeal – the Gold Wing’s 1,833cc, horizontally-opposed flat six-cylinder engine uses four valves per cylinder.

Peak power of 93kW arrives @ 5,500rpm, with peak torque of 170Nm delivered @ 4,500rpm. The bore size of 73mm matches the stroke of 73mm; the left and right cylinders are offset 4mm and the cylinder sleeves are aluminium. Compression ratio is set at 10.5:1.

The Unicam cylinder heads – the inlet valves are operated by finger-follower rocker arm, the exhaust valves by roller rocker arms – also employ a co-axial rocker-arm shaft for both inlet and exhaust.

The combustion chambers are a 4-valve ‘pentroof’ design with the inlet ports designed to promote ‘tumble’ flows inside the cylinders thus improving efficiency. The piston skirts wear a molybdenum coating to reduce friction. Throttle By Wire (TBW) engine management adds 4 rider modes to alter character and power delivery, linked to suspension damping and the Dual Combined Brake System (D-CBS):

TOUR mode is the base setting for comfort and power. It gives a direct 100% opening ratio between throttle grip and throttle body butterfly, with ‘default’ damping and front/rear brake force distribution.

SPORT serves up the highest throttle to butterfly ratio and delivers strong acceleration, with firmer damping and rear brake lever pressure.

ECON mode offers maximum fuel economy and easy cruising, with lower throttle to butterfly ratio and default damping and brake force.

RAIN turns the dial down to suit wet and slippery conditions, with lowest throttle to butterfly ratio, default braking force distribution and soft suspension damping.

There are two air intake ducts sited front left and right rear. This structure generates swirling as the air is drawn in – the result is more effective use of the air filter’s entire surface area and reduction in resistance. The internal shaping of both ducts is optimised to align with the intake pulses of the engine’s low-rpm range, improving response and torque from smaller throttle openings. A single throttle body speeds up airflow and improves response.

To complement the engine’s deep bass signature the exhausts emit a powerful throb, without excessive noise. The cross-sectional areas of the exhaust pipes for two out of the six cylinders are reduced 20%, bringing the sound volume and depth.

The ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) combines the generator and starter motor into one component, with the generator effectively becoming the starter motor when supplied with reverse power. It’s 2.4 kg lighter than a standard system. Helical gears are employed for the ISG driving gears, reducing mechanical noise.

Key characteristics of Idling Stop are the ultra-quiet start-up of the engine thanks to the use of ISG, and the smooth starting feeling achieved through a combination of DCT and TBW control. When stopping at a traffic light with Idling Stop on, the engine automatically stops after 3 seconds and, when restarting, the rider only needs to turn the throttle, which immediately starts the engine.

The system is controlled so that hydraulic oil pressure is applied in advance to the DCT line that activates the clutch when the engine starts, so the time lag from when the rider opens the throttle to movement is reduced. To curb any abruptness the TBW makes the throttle butterfly open gradually following the throttle opening – thus the smooth acceleration befitting of a Gold Wing. Idling Stop can be turned ON or OFF from the right handlebar switch.

Hill starts on a conventional motorcycle involve simultaneously releasing the brakes, opening the throttle and engaging the clutch according to the grade of the slope. To ease this effort, the Gold Wing has Hill Start Assist (HSA). After stopping on a slope, further squeezing the brake lever quickly results in the ABS modulator generating hydraulic pressure for the rear brake caliper. When setting off – even when the brake lever is released – the hydraulic pressure temporarily retains braking force (for about 3 seconds) so starting on the uphill slope with the throttle is possible. When in operation, the HSA indicator is switched on to inform the rider.

 

3.4 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

  • Third-generation 7-speed DCT as standard equipment 
  • Smooth and quiet, with ultra-fast shifting
  • Walking mode allows machine to ‘creep’ forward or back
  • The 4 riding modes also manage DCT for optimised response

First introduced in 2009, Honda’s DCT technology is now in its 12th year of production, and over 200,000 units of DCT-equipped Honda two-wheelers have been sold in Europe. It delivers consistent, seamless gear changes up or down and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd, 5th & 7th the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. Extra benefits include durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and increased ability to focus on riding lines, braking and acceleration points.

The DCT system offers two distinct riding approaches – the Automatic settings, with pre-programmed shift patterns which constantly read vehicle speed, gear selected and engine rpm to decide when a shift should occur, and the Manual Transmission setting for gear changes using the paddle-shift style triggers on the left handlebar.

Employing the third generation – and the first to have 7-speeds – the Gold Wing’s DCT is specifically designed for long-distance cruising; it’s also extremely smooth and fast shifting.

It is also optimised for low speed manoeuvrability, with close ratios reducing shift-shock. In the higher speed range, they are set wider apart to reduce engine rpm. In both speed ranges comfort is improved as shifting up or down is of the highest quality.

Shift noise and shock were addressed throughout the development of the third generation, with noise damper rubbers on both ends of the fork guide and the master arm greatly reducing any impact sound during gear changes.

A spring damper is installed between the clutch and the main shaft in order to absorb the torque in the rotational direction, thus reducing the noise and shock of the contact between the clutch and main shaft when shifting gears.

The Gold Wing’s DCT features a 1.8km/h forward Walking Mode with reverse of 1.2km/h, operated instantly from a +/- switch on the left handlebar.

The main shaft has a double tube structure, with the outer main shaft (connected with the even-number gears) linked to the inner shaft with a chain, by way of the gears on the counter shaft. This structure gives the outer main shaft the role of the reverse idle shaft, which has resulted in a lightweight reverse mechanism with a compact structure – with no need for any reverse idle shaft.

When activating Walking Mode the two clutches of DCT are utilised to enable moving backward with clutch #1 and moving forward with clutch #2. In this way, moving forward or backward at walking speed is now possible with only clutch control, without any need for gear shifting. Furthermore, the throttle-by-wire system controls speed by minutely controlling the clutch capacity, while maintaining a certain engine speed, assuring controllability with a sense of security in wide-ranging situations.

 

The 4 riding modes are interleaved with DCT and feature DCT-specific parameters.

  • TOUR uses the default setting for smooth clutch engagement and gearshifts in AT mode, with a low-to-high rpm range for gear shifts.
  • SPORT deploys a more direct clutch engagement, with gear shifts programmed in a mid-to-high rev range.
  • ECON has a soft clutch engagement, with low-to-mid rpm gear hold and default shifting feel.
  • RAIN also operates a soft clutch, low-to-high rpm gear hold range and slower shifting in AT mode.

 

 

  1. Technical Specifications
 ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 24 valve SOHC flat-6
Displacement 1,833cc
Valves per cylinder 4
Bore x Stroke 73mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 93kW/5,500rpm
Max. Torque 170Nm/4,500rpm
Oil Capacity 5.6 litres (DCT)
CO2 emissions 127g/km
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 50mm
Air cleaner Viscous, cartridge type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.1 litres
Fuel Consumption 5.5 litres/100km
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Integrated Starter Generator system
Battery Capacity 12V/20AH
ACG Power Generation Capacity 12V/120A
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type (DCT) Hydraulic, wet, multiplate with oil pressure
Transmission Type 7-speed forward and reverse DCT
Primary Reduction 1.795 (79/44)
Gear Ratios (DCT) 1st: 2.167    2nd: 1.696    3rd: 1.304                   4th: 1.038    5th: 0.821     6th: 0.667     7th: 0.522 Rev: 1.190
Final Reduction Engine side 0.972

Rear Wheel side 2.615

Final Drive Enclosed shaft
FRAME
Type Aluminium die-cast, twin tube
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) L: 2,475mm

W: 925mm (DCT)

H: 1,340mm

Wheelbase 1,695mm
Caster Angle 30.5°
Trail 109mm
Turning radius 3.4m
Seat Height 745mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Kerb Weight DCT: 367kg

 

SUSPENSION
Type Front Double Wishbone
Type Rear Pro Link
WHEELS
Type Front 130/70R 18
Type Rear 200/55R 16
Rim Size Front 18 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 16 x MT6.0
BRAKES
System Type Electronically-controlled combined ABS system
Type Front 320mm x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 6-piston calliper, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Type Rear 316mm x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston calliper and sintered metal pads

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

2022 NT1100

Model updatesA new breed of Honda tourer makes its debut. Taking the heart of the CRF1100L Africa Twin as a starting point, the NT1100 builds on the platform to offer  comfortable, agile, enjoyable performance. A low seat height and sharp steering geometry combine with high specification suspension to create a sporting package. 5-way height and angle adjustable screen and upper/lower wind deflectors ensure high-speed aero efficiency and outstanding weather protection; cruise control is standard, as are slim panniers and heated grips.  Rider aids include 3 default riding modes, 2 USER custom options, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Wheelie Control. Radial-mount four-piston front calipers provide the braking power, 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 front and rear tyres the grip. A 6.5-inch TFT touch screen rounds out a premium specification and features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® connectivity.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • 1,084cc SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine
  • Power and torque output of 75kW/104Nm
  • Sleek styling offers excellent aerodynamic performance
  • 5-stage screen height and angle adjustment plus upper/lower wind deflectors
  • Equipped as standard with Panniers, Heated Grips and Cruise Control
  • 6.5-inch TFT touch screen includes Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB socket, centre stand and Accessory socket as standard
  • Showa 43mm inverted front forks and rear shock with hydraulic preload adjustment
  • Offered with a choice of Manual or DCT Transmission

 

 

Price:

  • £12,499 OTR
  • DCT £13,499 OTR

Colours:

  • Matte Iridium Grey Metallic
  • Pearl Glare White
  • Graphite Black

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Model overview
  • Key features
  • Accessories
  • Technical specifications

 

  1. Introduction

In a motorcycling landscape full of adventure-styled bikes, there is a gap. And that gap exists for riders that desire performance, handling, long range comfort, and technology but not necessarily the image or physical dimensions of ‘adventure’. In other words, what they want is a straightforward touring machine, but one with a rich specification list and a sporty edge to its performance – the sort of bike that deals with the weekday commute efficiently and usefully and is also ready for an extended tour, fully loaded.

The NT1100 is precisely that bike. A new breed of Honda tourer, it’s designed to draw those with a long memory of similar Honda machines of the past, but also attract a much younger rider. Employing the frame and characterful twin-cylinder engine of the CRF1100L Africa Twin as a base, engaging performance is assured. But it’s also packed with features that build and broaden any motorcycle’s appeal.

 

Koji Kiyono, Large Project Leader, NT1100:

“At Honda we have a long tradition of catering for owners who desire a ‘traditional’ touring bike. Our previous Pan European and Deauville models have enjoyed a very loyal following for many years. So, when it came time to design a new touring model, we wanted to produce something that would resonate – and appeal broadly – to these traditional touring bike customers. But we also wanted to stoke desire in riders of all ages and tastes who are looking for a genuinely new and versatile fun bike. That’s why we’ve created our new NT1100, offering thoroughly modern engine performance, a fun-to-handle chassis, a suite of modern technology and completely fresh, distinctive styling.

We sincerely hope that many new owners will try exploring to the maximum all of its many capabilities.”

 

 

  1. Model Overview

Comfortable, agile, enjoyable. The NT1100 in a nutshell. Sleek, subtle styling delivers efficient aerodynamic performance with a riding position tailored for touring. Screen height and angle are 5-way adjustable and upper and lower wind deflectors also work to protect the rider. A 6.5-inch TFT touch screen provides full colour, customisable displays and offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® connectivity. Cruise control, heated grips and sizable integrated panniers are standard equipment.

The NT1100’s steel semi-double cradle frame employs a relatively short wheelbase and sharp steering geometry while suspension is via 43mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front forks and single-tube rear shock. Rear spring preload adjusts hydraulically. Dual 310mm front discs are paired with 4-piston radial-mount calipers; tyres are sized 120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 rear.

It also features full-fat performance from the twin-cylinder engine, inherited from the Africa Twin, but with intake and exhaust tuned for super-smooth acceleration and a pleasing low-rpm sound. The performance does not come to the detriment of fuel economy: the engine’s efficiency allows a 400km range from the 20 litre fuel tank.

The electronic package includes 3-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Wheelie Control, full LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and Emergency Stop Signals. And finding a natural home in the NT11000, Honda’s six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is an option.

 

  1. Key Features

 3.1 Styling & Equipment 

  • Sleek styling offers excellent aerodynamic performance
  • 5-stage screen height and angle adjustment plus upper/lower wind deflectors
  • Panniers standard equipment, as are heated grips and cruise control
  • 5-inch TFT touch screen includes Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB socket, centre stand and ACC socket as standard

The NT1100 has been designed, from the outset, as a sporting, agile bike but one that’s also enjoyable to ride all day with efficient, protective aerodynamics and easy-going ergonomics centred around rider comfort.

Styling is subtly sophisticated with straightforward surfaces that emphasise key character lines. Dynamic elegance front to back are the defining features of the design language of the NT1100. And of course this motorcycle’s sleek form is also about function – aimed to elevate the quality of the riding experience.

Fitted as standard, upper and lower deflectors provide wind and weather protection around arms and lower body. The screen offers 5-stage adjustment for height and angle through a total 164mm between the high/low position. Set low, it sends air around the shoulders; set high it moves air over the rider’s helmet. Heated grips are standard equipment, as is cruise control.

The rider integrates into the machine neatly, enveloped by the protection offered by the fairing. A wide, thick seat material offers a luxurious expanse for two; seat height is set at 820mm. A large grabrail for the passenger extends from the rear rack.

The exhaust muffler, too is set low to maximise pannier volume. And it’s the standard-fit, detachable panniers that are one of the NT1100’s key features. Deliberately designed to be as slim as possible for around-town riding they are just 901mm across at their widest point. Pannier volume is at 33L left and 32L right.

Bright and easy to read, the 6.5-inch TFT touch screen offers 3 choices of screen display; GOLD shows all numeric and mode information. SILVER centres on the speedometer and rev-counter, BRONZE on the rev-counter. The background colour has a default setting plus the choice of black or white. Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto® and Bluetooth connectivity allows access to smartphone functions via the TFT display.

The premium specification is rounded out by full LED lights (with DRL), self-cancelling indicators and Emergency Stop Signals; practicality is further elevated by USB socket, centre stand and ACC socket as standard.

 

3.2 Chassis

  • CRF1100L steel semi-double cradle frame and bolt-on aluminium subframe
  • Sharp steering geometry and high spec suspension front and rear
  • Showa 43mm inverted front forks and rear shock with hydraulic preload adjustment
  • Dual 310mm front discs and 4-piston radial-mount calipers

 The NT1100’s underpinnings are well-proven and tough – the Africa Twin CRF1100L’s steel semi-double cradle frame and bolt-on aluminium subframe. To suit the all-round, sporting purpose of the NT1100, the off-road ready suspension of its sibling has been replaced by road-focused equipment matched to sharper steering geometry.

The 43mm Showa cartridge-type inverted front forks feature 150mm travel and are preload adjustable. Like the forks, the single-tube pressurised Showa rear shock offers 150mm axle travel; it uses a 14mm diameter rod. To make carrying a pillion and/or luggage easier spring preload adjusts hydraulically, and remotely.

The wheels are aluminium, fine die-cast with a sand core allowing a hollow hub centre for the front. An intersecting spoke design (with the spokes attaching to the rim diagonally) offers several benefits: it smooths road vibration in a straight line and offers high rigidity for cornering. Tyres are sized 120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 rear.

Wheelbase is set at 1535mm, with rake and trail of 26.5°/108mm and 175mm ground clearance Kerb weight for the NT1100 with manual transmission is 238kg, 248kg with DCT.

Dual 310mm front discs are squeezed by lightweight, 4-piston radial-mount calipers. The rear 256mm disc uses a 1-piston caliper. All braking is ABS-controlled.

 

3.3 Engine

  • 1,084cc SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine
  • Power and torque output of 75kW/104Nm
  • Intake and exhaust tuned to deliver smooth, powerful acceleration and pleasing low-rpm ‘throb’

The NT1100’s 1,084cc SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine is the well-proven units from the CRF1100L Africa Twin, with peak power of 75kW @ 7,250rpm and 104Nm @ 6,250rpm peak torque. Compression ratio is identical at 10.1:1. Another shared feature is the 270° phased crankshaft and uneven firing interval.

Throttle By Wire (TBW) provides engine management and PGM-FI feeds the throttle bodies. Where the engine tune differs to the Africa Twin – and immediately noticeable to the rider – are the optimisation of both air intake duct length and muffler internals to produce a pleasing, low-rpm ‘throb’ and smooth, powerful acceleration married to relaxed highway cruising – perfect for the wide-ranging duties the NT1100 is built for.

The crankcases are split vertically and the water pump is housed within the clutch casing with a thermostat integrated into the cylinder head. Manual and DCT versions of the engine share common crankcases with only minor external differences. Secondary vibrations are neutralised by the mutually reciprocating motion of the pistons, while primary inertial and coupling vibrations are cancelled by the use of biaxial balance shafts. The water and oil pumps are driven by the balancer shafts.

A crank pulsar – with relator teeth spaced at 10° intervals – manages misfire detection, important for OBD2/EURO5 compliance. In addition for EURO5 Linear Air Flow (LAF) sensors in the downpipes give accurate measurement of the air/fuel mixture ratio.

 

3.4 Engine Electronics

  • 3 default riding modes to choose from, plus two customisable USER modes
  • 3-level Honda Selectable Torque Control
  • 3-level Wheelie Control

TBW manages engine performance and character, plus Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Wheelie Control. There are 3 pre-set modes for the rider to choose covering a wide variety of riding conditions and 3 levels of management for Power and Engine Braking, with level 1 delivering the maximum of either parameter. For HSTC and Wheelie Control level 3 provides the highest intervention.

 

Mode selection is managed from the left-hand switchgear; an indicator in the instrument display activates when HSTC is working.

  • URBAN is standard and offers an all-round middle setting of engine power and engine braking.
  • RAIN reduces engine power and engine braking for extra reassurance on wet or slippery surfaces.
  • TOUR gives full engine power and standard engine braking, for strong acceleration while carrying a pillion and luggage.
  • USER 1 and 2 modes offer the ability to customise between the settings for the preferred combination. Once set, the USER setting is automatically stored so there’s no need to re-set each time the ignition is turned on.

 

3.5 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

  • DCT offers choice of Automatic (AT) or Manual Transmission (MT)
  • 3-levels of S mode for wide-ranging sporty AT shifting performance

Honda has sold over 200,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles across Europe since the system first appeared as an option on the VFR1200F in 2009. Testament to its acceptance in the market place, across Honda’s model range, 53% of customers chose the DCT option over the manual in 2020. The system delivers consistent, seamless gear changes and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears, the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.

The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is minimised, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. Extra benefits include durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and – crucially – the ability to concentrate more on riding lines, braking and acceleration points.

The DCT system offers two distinct riding approaches – Automatic Transmission (AT), with pre-programmed shift patterns which constantly read vehicle speed, gear selected and engine rpm to decide when a shift should occur, and Manual Transmission (MT), for gear changes using the paddle-shift style triggers on the left handlebar.

There are two settings within AT to choose from; D mode offers effortless riding and maximum fuel efficiency. S mode serves up 3 levels of sports-based shifting. Level 1 is the most modest, changing gears in the medium rpm range. Level 3 is the most aggressive and operates at high rpm with Level 2 is the intermediate point between the two. The preferred selection can also be saved.

 

 

  1. Accessories

There are a range of accessories tailor made ready for the NT1100, including quickshifter with autoblipper function, and aluminium cosmetic panels for the luggage. To make it easy for an owner to get their NT1100 the way they want it, 3 packs are also available (all items can also be purchased separately):

URBAN PACK

50L top box with inner bag, comfort back rest, 4.5L tank bag.

TOURING PACK

Rider/pillion comfort seats, comfort pillion footpegs and fog lights.

VOYAGE PACK

50L top box with inner bag, comfort back rest, 4.5L tank bag, rider/pillion comfort seats, comfort pillion footpegs and fog lights.

2022 HONDA NT1100

 

2022 HONDA NT1100

 

2022 HONDA NT1100

 

 

5 Technical Specifications

ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Displacement 1084cc
Bore x Stroke 92mm x 81.5mm
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Max. Power Output 75kW at 7,500rpm
Max. Torque 104Nm at 6,250rpm
Noise Level L-urban73.6dB, L-wot78.4dB – MT;
L-urban 73.6dB, L-wot 79.4dB – DCT
Oil Capacity 4.8 – MT
5.2 – DCT
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 20.4L
CO2 Emissions 116g/km
Fuel Consumption 5L/100km (20km/L)
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Battery Capacity 12V/11.2AH
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate clutch
Transmission Type MT: 6-speed Manual Transmission
DCT: 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission
Final Drive Chain
FRAME
Type Semi double cradle
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2240mm x 865mm x 1360mm (low screen position)
Wheelbase 1,535mm
Caster Angle 26.5°
Trail 108mm
Seat Height 820mm
Ground Clearance 175mm
Kerb Weight 238Kg – MT
248Kg – DCT
SUSPENSION
Type Front Showa 43mm SFF-BP type inverted telescopic fork with dial-style preload adjuster, 150mm stroke.
Type Rear Monoblock aluminium swing arm with Pro-Link with SHOWA gas-charged damper, hydraulic dial-style preload adjuster, 150mm axle travel.
WHEELS
Type Front Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front 120/70R17 M/C
Tyres Rear 180/55R17 M/C
BRAKES
ABS System Type 2-channel ABS
Type Front Radial mounted four-piston brake caliper, 310mm floating double disc
Type Rear Single piston caliper, 256mm single disc
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments 6.5inch TFT Touch Panel Multi information display & secondary LCD meter
Security System HISS
Headlight LED with DRL
Taillight LED
Connectivity Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
USB USB
12V Socket Yes
Auto Winker cancel Yes
Quickshifter Accessory
Cruise Control Yes
Additional Features 5 Riding Modes

 

** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.