Long acknowledged as the gold standard in two-up motorcycling, upgrades to the 2012 Honda GL line further establish the Gold Wing legacy. In addition to the bike’s renowned powerful-yet-refined drivetrain and surprisingly manageable handling, the 2012 Gold Wing boasts updated styling, increased luggage capacity, greater rider protection, and revised suspension. Further, optional packages for navigation, ABS, and an airbag enhance the Gold Wing’s reputation as one of the finest touring machines on the road.
The first thing you notice on the 2012 Gold Wing is its sportier appearance. A redesigned snub-nose fairing, updated instrumentation, and reshaped taillight are only part of the new look. The wheels are now clear-coated, and larger saddlebags add nearly seven liters of additional storage space, upping the total capacity to well over 150 liters.
In the cockpit, the sophisticated yet user-friendly electronics make it clear that this ain’t your daddy’s Gold Wing. A built-in six-speaker surround-sound audio system with MP3/iPod interface includes optional XM satellite radio (including XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather). Further, you can access the next-generation Honda Navi GPS online, allowing you to share routes with other riders. It features a quicker satellite connection, 3-D terrain view, lane assist with junction view, US and Canada maps (with points of interest), voice prompting through headsets or speakers, and easy-to-use handlebar and fairing-mounted controls.
Other available touring amenities include tire pressure monitoring, cold-weather comfort package (with heated grips, heated seat/backrest, and a foot-warming system), cockpit headlight adjustment, and a 6.6-gallon fuel tank. MSRP $23,199.