Motorcycle Consumer News was supposed to print and "inside story" on the new GoldWing coming out of Japan in this months issue. Has anybody seen the full article yet?
Well I brought the MCN newspaper yesterday for the awaited inside knowledge on the new Goldwing as promised only to find there was no mention of it. Confused I decided to send an email to the magazine for some type of explanation with no real hope that I would recieve a reply. Well I was wrong and there was a very nice and appologetic email awaiting me tonight. Below I have a brief resume of it, but I must admit I do get a bit worried by the attached warning about publishing the contents of the email to others as it is for my consumption only with dire warnings if I transgress. For this reason I have not attached a copy just some of the information, am I being over cautious
The gist of the email is,
Really sorry about that. We got the pictures of the BMW S1000RR late and
felt we had to kick out our Honda story.
But it¹s in next week * promise!
Here's the gist of the story:
The new Goldwing is at least two years off * there¹s no rush as the current
model not only still sells well but also matches the competition in the
giant tourer category. What the new Wing will get is a long list of rider
aids including airbags, ABS, a version of the Human-Friendly Transmission
(HFT) or a motorcycle-specific twin-clutch gearbox, a new near-2000cc flat
six engine, variable cylinder management, built in sat navSthe list will be
Although not decided formally.
As mentioned it was a very nice email.
As you can see it gives no real information other than it is at least a couple of years away. The rest seems to be on the lines what everyone else has been saying.
So I will continue to enjoy this Goldwing which flew through it's annual MOT test today with flying colours.
Whilst at the dealers I asked their opinion on a new Wing and they agreed it's at least a couple of years away. Otherwise it was agreed it would be all singing and dancing to eclipse the competition with a larger engine (one opinion was much much larger) with a switchable automatic gearchange which could be also controlled by fingertip with buttons.
So it's a matter of watch this space in a couple of years for the information, but meanwhile I will read next weeks MCN just to see what more they have to say just as a matter of interest.
Keep the rubber on the road,
Ummm...., I'm taking the DOHC 4 valve head with a grain of salt, but that would give the engine a much higher potential for power.Australian MotorCyle News is reporting the new Wing will jump from 1800cc to 2000cc, and retain its horizontally-opposed six cylinder format but will have both twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, similar to the EVO6 concept (pictured with 2009 Gold Wing) it showed at the Tokyo MotorShow 2007.