2007 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing
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As the unrivalled world standard in motorcycle touring for over three decades, the
Gold Wing has grown to become an institution of luxurious two-wheeled touring
pleasure, incorporating the very latest developments in comfort and safety to provide its
owners with the ultimate motorcycle touring experience. Now, for 2007, the Gold Wing
takes another major leap forward in riding ease and safety enhancement with the
introduction of two innovative new systems: A fully integrated GPS satellite navigation
system that effectively points the way on unfamiliar roads that a touring rider is bound
to encounter, and a remarkable new airbag system that instantly inflates to greatly
reduce the severity of injury in the case of a head-on collision.
Constructed on a lightweight and rigid aluminium twin-spar frame designed to
ensure a light and easy balance of handling, the Gold Wing's remarkable power is
generated by a strong, responsive and always reliable 1800cc fuel-injected flat-six
engine that drives its rear wheel via a quiet, maintenance-free shaft drive system.
Braking confidence in ensured by Honda's peerless Dual Combined Antilock Brake
System, which works to ensure smooth, unruffled braking control over all the varying
road surfaces the Gold Wing might encounter. The Gold Wing also offers an extensive
list of high-tech features such as its motor-assisted rear suspension adjustment, pushbutton
electric reverse, cruise control, RDS radio entertainment system and more
combine to make long-distance trips an experience in luxury beyond the scope of
anything else on two wheels.
First and foremost in all the features that make seeing the world on a motorcycle
one of the most enjoyable activities there is, the Gold Wing consistently stays ahead
with its remarkably integrated concept of providing the utmost in luxury, performance
and safety. When distant horizons call, only the Gold Wing can provide the answer that
leads to total riding fulfilment.
As always, the Gold Wing's distinctive aerodynamic bodywork is designed to be
functional as well as beautiful, offering a low coefficient of drag that reduces turbulence
at highway speeds and providing exceptional protection against the wind and elements.
Essentially unchanged for 2007, the Gold Wing's integrated styling features copious
carrying capacity, a comfortably low rider seat height, spacious passenger seating
accommodations, including back and arm rests, and a wind tunnel-tested flow-through
ventilation system that draws engine heat away from the rider for greatly enhanced
Unchanged for 2007, the Gold Wing's colour variations include a solid black that
exudes a worldly cosmopolitan charm, a rich metallic silver that highlights the Gold
Wing's inherent technological excellence, and a deep metallic red that glistens with
deep reflections of its pride of ownership.
Billet Silver Metallic
Cabernet Red Metallic
The Gold Wing continues to be powered by the same 1,832cm3 liquid-cooled
horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine it has featured since 2001. This remarkably
smooth, quiet and powerful engine produces effortless power and breathtaking hillclimbing
torque. Its advanced PGM-FI programmed fuel injection system features two
40mm-diameter throttle bodies feeding air to six specially-designed Keihin highpressure
fuel injectors for optimum operating efficiency and exceptional power, as well
as low fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions. Carried low in the Gold Wing's
lightweight and rigid aluminium twin-spar frame, this unique engine also contributes to
the Gold Wing's inherently smooth and stable handling and control.
Specially engineered for light weight and optimum rigidity, the Gold Wing's
massive multi-box-section twin-spar aluminium frame encloses the engine as a central
stressed member for an optimal balance of rigidity and flexibility that realises excellent
handling, luxurious riding comfort and a superb road feel that belies its size and weight.
Its massive 45mm cartridge-type hydraulic front fork and single-sided, cast aluminium
Pro Arm swingarm with Pro-Link damper combine to provide swift and sure handling
and a superbly comfortable ride over all road conditions. The rear suspension also
features computer-controlled adjustable pre-load which be easily set by the rider with
push-button controls and features a two-position memory.
Excellent braking control is provided by Honda's advanced Dual Combined
Antilock Brake System, which combines dual full-floating 296mm front discs with a
single 316mm ventilated rear disc for excellent stopping power and smoothly
The Gold Wing has won world-wide acclaim for offering a superlative range of
comfort and convenience features to make the riding as smooth and enjoyable as
possible. Constantly updated and improved, the Gold Wing is always a touring work in
progress, as new features are developed to help make its riding experience even more
delightful and ultimately fulfilling. For 2007, the Gold Wing introduces two
revolutionary new developments in motorcycle riding enjoyment and safety: A new,
fully integrated GPS navigation system, and the first airbag system ever used on a
New Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System
Nothing cramps the fun and enjoyment of motorcycle touring more than
becoming hopelessly lost. Until now a collection of maps has always been a necessity,
but stopping to consult them and try to determine one's current location sometimes is
not as easy as it sound. Honda's new Gold Wing comes to the rescue with the first fully
integrated navigation system made specially for motorcycles.
Similar in look to the systems found in some of the latest cars, the Gold Wing's
highly sophisticated yet easy-to-use navigation system uses GPS satellites and an
extensive map database to show current location and help guide riders to their desired
destinations with both visual and voice guidance. The map database covers the entire
European continent and British Isles, including accurately mapped metropolitan and
rural areas, and offers six easily selectable languages of voice guidance.
The system's memory is pre-programmed with the locations of many businesses,
hotels, restaurants, petrol stands, Honda dealerships and more, and riders can quickly
and easily enter the addresses of new Favourite Places. In addition, a home address can
be entered to simplify the return trip from any destination.
Installed in a central, easy-to-view location between the ignition key and the
speedometer, the recessed navi system screen features a small hood to shade the unit for
enhanced visibility. Menu controls are located on the right side of the screen, and are
interlocked to only permit operation while at a complete stop. Controls that can be
operated while riding are all conveniently located on the left-side handlebar control unit.
These include the volume lever and a multi-function lever to zoom map scale, activate
voice guidance and view a scrollable list of all directional changes over the course of
the entire route. Of course, all navi system controls are fully weather resistant.
Compared to most automotive navigation systems, the Gold Wing's system takes
advantage of the most up-to-date hardware. Specifically, a compact 2-gigabyte
computer flash card replaces the slower-responding DVD data logs found in most
systems. Since communities grow and businesses change ownership and location with
regularity, the Gold Wing's navi system can be updated regularly with new map and
point-of-interest data provided by Garmin.
The navi system's viewing screen also doubles as the menu screen for the Gold
Wing's audio system, and the two functions can be easily switched between, although
the audio screen will automatically revert to the navigational screen after a preset
Because the GPS antenna is situated beneath the windshield, metallic accessories
should not be mounted near the windshield, as they can seriously degrade or even
completely prevent reception of satellite GPS information.
Simplified Control Interface
During operation, the GL navigation system offers seven types of screen displays:
Maps: The default is Half Map. Also available: Wide Map and Full Map.
Menus: The five-choice Main Menu and its sub-menus.
Keyboard: Used to enter names and numbers to search for locations.
Lists: Compiled from the system database based on the information entered; lists
act as a gateway to the Point Review screens.
Point Review Screens: Provides a map for a given location, a menu for selecting
the location as a route destination, a stop along the way (also called a via) or as a
favourite, as well as route information.
Route Calculation Screen: Used to input preferences and trigger route
Edit Route Screen: Displays the destination and vias along the way with edit
The Main Menu includes five priority functions:
Setup/Info: Used to change or restore default settings and display system
Find: Used to find a location.
Route: Used to create a new route or edit an existing route.
Favourite Places: Used to ease routing to locations previously saved as a
Go Home: Used to save or route to a home location.
Each of these main functions offers a variety of sub-functions that provide a full
range of navigation options and features.
Colour Display Screen
Because the navi screen is displayed in full colour, various hues give readily
recognisable indicators for different purposes, and some default colours can be changed
according to user preference. For example, the route chosen is outlined in blue, a
chequered flag pinpoints the route destination and a green circle indicates a town. The
default map background is khaki coloured, but yellow, grey or orange can be selected as
alternate daytime colours; at night, black is used as the background. For optimal clarity,
highways are shown in black during daylight hours, but switch to blue-green against a black background for improved legibility during night-time operation, while major
motorways are shown in red.
As even casual use quickly reveals, the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System
is remarkably intuitive in operation, and those unfamiliar with such devices should
encounter few obstacles when first using this unit. At the same time, its feature-rich
design allows for extremely sophisticated route planning, and its mapping and location
listings will surely prove to be a boon while exploring the many sights to be seen across
the length and breadth of Europe.
New Honda Motorcycle Airbag System
For 2007, Honda introduces to Europe the first motorcycle ever equipped with its
revolutionary airbag system, which has been specially developed and extensively tested
with the goal of helping to lessen the severity of injuries caused by frontal collisions.
Over the years since development began, Honda gathered and analyzed a wide array of
data on the behaviour of motorcycles during collisions, conducting extensive crash tests
at its indoor omni-directional Real World Crash Test Facility, applying advanced
computer simulation technology, and leading the way with the introduction of
motorcycle rider test dummies. Honda also took full advantage of the experience of its
automobile operations in the development of airbags, and applied this expertise in the
development of the Motorcycle Airbag System.
The Motorcycle Airbag System is comprised of the airbag module, which includes
the airbag and the inflator; crash sensors, which monitor acceleration changes; and an
ECU, which performs calculations to instantly determine when a collision is occurring.
When a severe frontal collision occurs, the four crash sensors mounted on the front fork
measure the change in acceleration caused by the impact and convey this data to the
airbag ECU, which determines that a collision is occurring and whether or not it is
necessary to inflate the airbag. If the calculations performed by the ECU indicate that
airbag deployment is necessary, the ECU sends an electronic signal to the airbag
inflator, which instantaneously responds by inflating the airbag. Inflating rapidly after
the impact, the airbag can absorb some of the forward energy of the rider, reducing the
velocity at which the rider may be thrown from the motorcycle and helping lessen the
severity of injuries caused by the rider colliding with another vehicle or with the road.
Motorcycle Airbag System: Principal Components
The airbag module, which contains the airbag and inflator, is positioned in front
of the rider.
The airbag ECU, positioned to the right of the module, analyses signals from the
crash sensors to determine when to inflate the airbag.
Four crash sensors attached on both sides of the front fork detect changes in
acceleration caused by frontal impacts.
Functions of the Principal Components:
The airbag module contains the airbag and airbag inflator.
The airbag inflator receives an electronic signal transmitted by the airbag ECU
instructing it to release nitrogen gas to inflate the airbag.
The airbag starts to inflate, exerting pressure on the cover of the airbag module,
forcing it open.
The size and shape of the airbag, the manner in which it is secured to the
motorcycle with tethers, and the function of the deflation vents all help to
maximise the effectiveness with which the system absorbs the kinetic energy of
the rider, helping control the velocity at which the rider may tend to be thrown
forward from the motorcycle, and thus lessening the severity of any potential
injuries resulting from impact with another vehicle or with the road.
An interval of only 0.060 seconds elapses from the instant an impact is interpreted
as a collision to the moment of airbag inflation.
The airbag ECU continuously monitors the data received from the crash sensors,
and by comparing this data to standard vehicle behaviour, determines whether or
not it is necessary to deploy the airbag. The data from each sensor is evaluated
independently, and if it is determined to deviate from programmed standards of
safe vehicle behavior by a certain predetermined degree, an electronic signal is
sent to the airbag inflator, which causes the airbag to inflate.
The crash sensors which monitor acceleration changes are attached to the front
fork legs to optimize the quickness and accuracy of their detection of frontal
impacts. No alteration of the structure of the motorcycle is needed. To optimize
the accuracy of collision detection, a set of 4 sensors are arranged-two on each
side of the front fork.
Introduced last year as a deluxe option, the 2007 Gold Wing now offers its cold
weather Comfort Package as standard equipment. Designed to greatly expand the Gold
Wing's range of riding enjoyment, the system incorporates temperature control features
that better keep riders warm on cold days and nights. This package offers the following
Adjustable electric handlebar grip heaters that keep hands warm as needed.
An independently adjustable seat and backrest heater system for rider and
A foot ventilation and heater system which directs warm air through a system of
ports directly to the pedal area.
All these well-considered features combine to offer greater riding comfort for
both rider and passenger when travelling at night or through colder climes, and can
even comfortably extend one's riding season into the colder months.
The new 2007 GL1800 Gold Wing also offers an extensive variety and range of
optionally available parts and accessories that enhance its style, riding enjoyment,
convenience and security. These well-considered items include:
Honda Optimate 3SP battery optimiser
Convenient wall-mounting bracket for Optimate 3SP
Pillion armrest extension set
Handy rear trunk handle
Trunk inner light
Trunk inner light with vanity mirror
Honda navigation kit
Inner trunk pouch
Pannier and trunk inner bag set
Pannier lid organiser
Trunk inner cargo net
Trunk lid organiser
Chrome exhaust tip (bullet type)
Chrome exhaust tip (turn-down type)
Chrome front mudguard rail
Chrome front mudguard ornament
Chrome front mudguard ornament
Chrome front undercowl
Chrome handlebar end set
Chrome pannier rail set
Chrome pillion floorboard cover set
Chrome pillion floorboard undercover set
Chrome screen garnish
Chrome side fairing accent set
Chrome side stand
Chrome swingarm pivot cover
Chrome trunk rail set
Cylinder-head cover emblem set
Front brake disc cover set
Trunk upper spoiler
Chrome pannier moulding set
Chrome trunk moulding set
Outdoor cycle cover
Pannier scuff pad set
Pannier and trunk carpet set
Headset (full-face helmet)
Headset (open-face helmet)
Pillion audio controller
Rear speaker set
AVERTO alarm kit
Specifications GL1800 Gold Wing ED-type
Engine - Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve SOHC flat-6
Displacement - 1,832cm³
Bore x Stroke - 74 x 71mm
Compression Ratio - 9.8 : 1
Max. Power Output - 87kW / 5,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque - 167Nm / 4,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed - 700min-1
Oil Capacity - 4.6 litres
Carburation - PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with automatic choke
Throttle Bore - 40mm
Aircleaner - Viscous, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 25 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)
Ignition System - Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic
Ignition Timing - 2° BTDC (idle) ~ 30° BTDC (3,500min-1)
Sparkplug Type - BKR6E011 (NGK); K20PR-U11 (ND)
Starter - Electric
Battery Capacity - 12V / 18AH
ACG Output - 1,000W
Headlights - 12V, 55W x 2 (low) / 55W x 2 (high)
Clutch - Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Clutch Operation - Hydraulic
Transmission - 5-speed (including overdrive, plus electric reverse)
Primary Reduction - 1.591 (78/49)
Gear Ratio - 1; 2.375 (38/16), 2; 1.454 (32/22), 3; 1.068 (31/29), 4; 0.843 (27/32), 5; 0.686 (24/35)
Final Reduction - 2.750 (33/12)
Final Drive - Enclosed shaft
Frame - Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Dimensions - (LxWxH) 2,635 x 945 x 1,455mm
Wheelbase - 1,690mm
Caster Angle - 29° 15'
Trail - 109mm
Turning Radius - 3.3m
Seat Height - 740mm
Ground Clearance - 125mm
Dry Weight - 369kg (*381kg)
Kerb Weight - 405kg (F: 185.1kg; R: 219.9kg), *417kg (F: 190.6kg; R: 226.4kg)
Max. Carrying Capacity - 200kg
Loaded Weight - 602kg (F: 227kg; R: 375kg)
Suspension - Front; 45mm air-assist telescopic fork with anti-dive,
140mm stroke, Rear; Pro-Link Pro-Arm with electronically controlled spring preload adjustment, 105mm axle travel
Wheels - Front; Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium, Rear; Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size - Front; 18 x MT3.5, Rear; 16 x MT5
Tyre Size - Front; 130/70 R18 (63H), Rear; 180/60 R16 (74H)
Tyre Pressure - Front; 250kPa, Rear; 280kPa
Brakes - Front; 296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston
callipers, ABS, floating rotors and sintered metal pads, Rear; 316 x 11mm ventilated disc with Combined 3-piston
calliper, ABS and sintered metal pads * ABS Version
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.