Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India (HMSI) has launched the newest iteration of its flagship cruiser the Gold Wing at a price of Rs 26.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The price is on par with the outgoing motorcycle and Indian riders can have the bike only with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. There is no manual option. However, the transmission will provide a creep mode like ‘walking mode’ and a reverse gear to make manoeuvring the behemoth a tad bit easier.
Powering the motorcycle is a liquid-cooled flat six motor displacing 1.8 litres. Power figures stand at 127bhp at 5,500rpm and torque at 170Nm at 4,500rpm. The engine is different from the previous version, using 4-valves per cylinder instead of two, like in the previous motor.
Honda claims that the frame of the bike is stiffer than before with about 2kg of weight being shaved off from it. This is thanks to the new twin-beam frame being made using die-cast aluminium.
Suspension duties are done by a uncommon (for a two-wheeler) double-wishbone suspension at the front. The rear springs are conventional and can be adjusted using four preloaded settings.
Features include a 7.0-inch TFT screen with Apple CarPlay (the first bike to come with the feature), ABS and Dual-Combined Braking System (D-CBS), all of which are standard as expected in a bike costing upwards of Rs 2.5 million.
The cruiser will come with 4 riding modes namely Tour, Sport, Econ and Rain. There is Hill Start Assist and cruise control as well.
Two versions of the Gold Wing will be available to order, the standard version and the Gold Wing Tour.
If you wish to order the bike, do not expect to do so in a dealer located in your neighbourhood, because the bike can only be ordered at Honda’s dedicated big bike Wing-World outlets. Only two of them are present in India at present, one each at Delhi and Mumbai.