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Honda’s iconic Gold Wing gets updated for the 2020 model year, including a few comfort and convenience refinements, and new colors for the bikes that will begin arriving at dealers this January.
Honda’s iconic Gold Wing gets updated for the 2020 model year, including a few comfort and convenience refinements, and new colors for the bikes that will begin arriving at dealers this January. (Honda/)

Completely new from the ground up in 2018, the Honda Gold Wing) lost many dozens of pounds of weight and became sportier in an attempt to reach an audience younger than the AARP set. The telescopic fork was replaced by a double-wishbone design, allowing the smooth and powerful 1,833cc flat-six motor and the pilot to be placed closer to the front wheel for greater rider communication. An optional dual-clutch automatic transmission made the rig easier for some riders to handle.

Getting Technical With The 2018 Honda Gold Wing

2020 Honda Gold Wing Changes

The changes for 2020 are far more subtle. Front and rear suspension settings have been updated in some regard, although details haven’t been elucidated. The USB charger in a saddlebag of previous airbag-equipped Wings is now standard on all models, joining the USB outlet in the dashboard for an additional charging option.

Additionally, the release button for the center storage pocket has been revised for "improved action," addressing an issue we had during our 2018 BMW K1600 Grand America vs Honda Gold Wing shootout. The navigation system receives software updates.

Refinement comes in the form of a reengineered button for the central storage compartment. That black rectangle below the windshield would be more recognizable as a 7-inch color TFT screen if someone had switched on the ignition.
Refinement comes in the form of a reengineered button for the central storage compartment. That black rectangle below the windshield would be more recognizable as a 7-inch color TFT screen if someone had switched on the ignition. (Honda/)

2020 Honda Gold Wing Price And Specifications

As previous, the Gold Wing lineup has a few variants. For 2020, the standard Wing in Matte Black Metallic retails for $23,800, while the DCT (dual-clutch transmission) version costs $1,200 extra. Both are available in the new black color with anodized surfaces.

Looks rather sporty, eh? This is the Matte Black Metallic colorway. The lack of a top box means this isn’t a Gold Wing Tour model, making it more of a bagger than a, er, tourer.
Looks rather sporty, eh? This is the Matte Black Metallic colorway. The lack of a top box means this isn’t a Gold Wing Tour model, making it more of a bagger than a, er, tourer. (Honda/)

Moving upmarket are the Tour models with the 50-liter top boxes, now with fog lights as standard equipment, as well as reshaped grab handles for the passenger said to "provide improved ergonomics for passengers of all body types."

Ah, there’s the top box that makes this Gold Wing a Tour model.
Ah, there’s the top box that makes this Gold Wing a Tour model. (Honda/)

2020 Honda Gold Wing Tour Price And Specifications

The Tours are available in two colors: Pearl Glare White ($27,500) and Candy Ardent Red/Black ($28,000). DCT versions of the Tours retail for a $1,000 premium. The white colorways feature a new blacked-out treatment of the frame, engine, and wheels.

Top o' the Wing line is the Tour DCT Airbag model, which comes in its own colorway, Darkness Black Metallic/Gray. Its MSRP is $32,300. (Kudos to Honda for not bothering with the $x999 gamesmanship!)

More information can be found at powersports.honda.com.

Another Gold Wing Tour, here showing the newly standard fog lights in front of each cylinder bank. The blacked-out treatment on the engine, frame, and wheels is new and comes only on this Pearl Glare White colorway.
Another Gold Wing Tour, here showing the newly standard fog lights in front of each cylinder bank. The blacked-out treatment on the engine, frame, and wheels is new and comes only on this Pearl Glare White colorway. (Honda/)There’s never too many power ports on a road trip!
There’s never too many power ports on a road trip! (Honda/)New grab handles on the Tour models better accommodate riders of various sizes.
New grab handles on the Tour models better accommodate riders of various sizes. (Honda/)

2020 Honda Gold Wing Specifications

PRICE $23,800–$32,300
ENGINE 1,833cc liquid-cooled flat-six; SOHC; 24-valve
BORE x STROKE 73.0mm x 73.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Electronic fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate clutch/DCT; hydraulic actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed; 7-speed DCT/shaft
FRAME Twin-spar aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION Double-wishbone with shock; 4.3-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Electronically controlled gas-charged shock; 4.1-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 320mm discs w/ radial-mount six-piston calipers
REAR BRAKE 316mm disc w/ three-piston caliper
WHEELS Cast aluminum; 18 x 3.5-in. front; 16 x 6.0-in. rear
TIRES TBD; 130/70-18 front, 200/55-16 rear
RAKE/TRAIL 30.5°/4.3 in.
WHEELBASE 66.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 29.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.5 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 787–842 lb.
Warranty: 3 years
AVAILABLE January 2020

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