The Honda Goldwing has been with us for over four decades, with the current fifth-generation model pushing 15 years now as well. It goes without saying that a brand new replacement is somewhat overdue, and rumours of a sixth generation Goldwing has surfaced online.
A reliable source reports that the mighty H-brand will likely introduce an all-new Honda Goldwing sometime in 2017.
Reports further suggest that Honda is aiming to have the new bike positioned and a technological leader and standard bearer in the heavyweight touring segment as how the current model was when it was launched back in 2001. Although the fifth-generation Goldwing was a technological tour-de-force, much of its ‘high tech’ features now look dated against current contemporaries.
There’s plenty that we can expect to see in the upcoming sixth generation Goldwing. Highlights include a a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), an electronically adjustable semi-active suspension system, as well as the possible addition of a sophisticated infotainment system with the high chance of including a large TFT display screen too.
Honda previously patented a DCT transmission design made specifically for the Goldwing, and the move of having its core models equipped with the feature will give it a significant advantage. One clear example of this can be seen in the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin.
The semi-active suspension system, on the other hand, will likely see Honda implementing a radical front suspension design that it patented not too long ago as well. At least two different designs were reportedly filed, the most recent of which featured a radical leading link design that promises better anti-dive performance and the ability to better cope with the Goldwing’s enormous mass.
Furthermore, some of the Goldwing’s best traits from its current iteration will likely be retained. These include features like the airbag system, as well as the multiple riding modes, which should come as a standard features nonetheless.
Last but least, Honda could also be exploring and developing a hybrid petrol-electric powertrain for the next Goldwing too. Having openly expressed its desire to implement an electric motor system in its bikes prior to this, such a system will allow the opportunity to use a smaller-capacity engine to conform with strict Euro 4 emission laws.