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The 2012 Honda Goldwing: Leader Of The Touring Pack

“GL1100 Interstate model,  the first ever mass produced Japanese motorcycle to roll off the production line fully fitted as a proper touring motorcycle..”

Previously we discussed what is a motorcycle. We then broke them into 7 basic categories which included Touring, Cruiser, Sport, Standard, Dual Sport, Off-Road and Scooters. Today we will focus on the Touring class of motorcycles and the 2012 Honda Goldwing in particular since for decades the Goldwing set the standard for all other touring motorcycles to follow.

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In 1980 Honda released their GL1100 Interstate model, the first ever mass produced Japanese motorcycle to roll off the production line fully fitted as a proper touring motorcycle. Even back then the Goldwing was fitted with accessories both standard and after-market that no other brand could compete with. In the decades that followed their commitment to innovation has made it renowned as the ultimate touring motorcycle, a title that the Goldwing has held more or less unchallenged ever since. Every major motorcycle manufacturer has  full dress touring bikes to choose from not to mention Harley-Davidson and their near limitless number of available ‘baggers’ but the Gold Wing has been setting the standard since day one.

“Like all motorcycles touring bikes do more than fill a highly specialized niche.”

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Touring motorcycles often mean different things to different people. Since their inception people have used them for a variety of purposes. While many riders enjoy taking long distance cross country trips on their touring bikes others never leave the city, preferring to use the the immense storage capacity of the touring motorcycles to make trips to the store or just to carry all of their riding gear.

The large amounts of storage really sets the touring class of motorcycles apart from the rest. Combined with the full front fairings and windshields, hard bags and large displacement motors they truly are the Cadillac of the 2 wheel world. Smooth and powerful, todays selection of touring bikes are so well balanced they can be deceptively nimble and easy to ride despite their size and weight. In addition to the highly advanced level of engineering modern touring bikes have almost all of the comforts of home. Integrated stereo systems, GPS navigation, cruise control, accent lighting and even heated grips and seats. Many riders even incorporate helmet to helmet communication systems so the riders and passengers can talk to each other as they cruise down the highway.

Like all motorcycles touring bikes do more than fill a highly specialized niche. With versatility and power supplemented by endless options and accessories they really have a lot more functionality than just long distance traveling. With all the choices these days you can trust the Honda Gold Wing to lead the pack in innovation,  design, and function.


In the coming weeks I will discuss the other categories of motorcycles, giving a brief history, more detailed description and popular examples of each.


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Fast Look: 2012 Goldwing – The Pinnacle of Touring Motorcycles

"If you thought the Gold Wing was the world’s ultimate touring motorcycle, you were right."

2012 Gold Wing Touring Motorcycle

For the last 36 years, one motorcycle has stood at the highest peak of the touring world: Honda’s Gold Wing®. It was revolutionary when first introduced, changing how riders looked at touring bikes forever, and over the years it’s always led for others to follow. It’s better than ever in 2012, with a fresh new style and some major upgrades.

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Gold Wing
Manufactured by: Honda
Model: GoldWing
5 of 5 stars based on 17 reviews
23,890.00 New MSRP

"And if you think the 2012 Gold Wing is even better, you’re right again."

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Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS Specs


Engine Type 1832 cc Liquid Cooled horizontally opposed six cylinder
Bore & Stroke 74 mm x 71 mm
Induction Programmed Fuel Injection
Ignition Computer controlled digital with three dimensional mapping
Compression Ratio 9.8 to 1
Valve Train SOHC – two valves / cylinder


Transmission Five speed including Overdrive plus electric Reverse
Drive Shaft


Front Suspension 45 mm cartridge fork with anti dive, 4.8 inches of travel
Rear Suspension Pro Arm single side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 inches of travel
Front Brake Dual full floating 296 mm discs with CBS three piston calipers – ABS Braking
Rear Brake Single ventilated 316 mm disc with CBS three piston caliper – ABS Braking System
Front Tire 130 / 70R – 18
Rear Tire 180 / 60R -16


Rake 29.15 degrees
Trail 109 mm / 4.3 inches
Wheelbase 66.5 inches
Seat Height 29.1 inches
Curb Weight 904-933 lbs, depending on option packages selected (Includes standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 6.6 gal
Miles Per Gallon 35 MPG : Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.


Model Id GL1800
Emissions Meets current CARB (California Air Resources Board) and EPA standards.
Available Colors Pearl White, Black, Candy Red, Ultra Blue Metallic


Three Years Transferable, unlimited mileage limited warranty – extended coverage available with Honda Protection Plan.


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2012 Goldwing Audio Comfort at the Midlands International Auto Show: Dillon

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New for 2012
  • New Styling: The Gold Wing’s new design aims for a more integrated appearance, with a sporting edge and visual flow line linking the front to the rear, and a new, integrated taillight and saddlebag treatment. Other touches include redesigned front fascia and air intake, blacked-out headlight garnish, and new instrument panel fonts and design.
  • Improved Ride Quality: New suspension settings are a part of the reason your new Gold Wing offers handling that can put many a sportbike to shame. Gold Wings have always offered the best overall handling of any touring machine, but these new settings really improve things when you decide to dial it up a notch.
  • Clear-Coated Wheels: For 2012, our wheels are clear-coated from the factory for an improved appearance and easier cleaning.
  • Improved Wind and Weather Protection: The 2012 Gold Wing’s new layered-surface bodywork does more than just look great. We took the opportunity to fine-tune the rider and passenger environment. There’s appreciably more wind and weather protection around your lower legs, so you’ll experience less buffeting and warmer legs on those cool days.
  • Enhanced Storage Capacity: When we redesigned the new Gold Wing’s bodywork, we took the opportunity to increase the storage capacity in the saddlebags by seven liters, upping total capacity to over 150 liters including trunk and fairing pockets.
  • iPod® Connectivity: Now you can connect a compatible Apple® iPod® player or other USB mass storage devices, such as flash drives that contain MP3, WMA6 or AAC music files, and control them through the Gold Wing’s audio controls. The connector is located in the lockable trunk, where devices can be conveniently carried and discreetly stored.
  • Audio System with Surround Sound: Featuring a surround-sound system that’s tuned exclusively for the Gold Wing. When using the speakers (SRS CS Auto*), the audio image is enhanced along with deep low tones, producing a powerful surround sound. When using the headsets (SRS Headphone**), you’ll hear a three-dimensional sound field brimming with realistic sound. (SRS CS Auto* and SRS Headphone** are trademarks of SRS Labs, Inc.)
  • New Seat Cover and Urethane Seat Material: The best seat in the house just got better. Both the rider and passenger will feel the difference that our new urethane seat material makes. The waterproof cover also features a new, sportier, custom perforated look too. A day in the saddle never felt so good!
  • Lockable Glovebox: Non-airbag models also get a new center-mounted lockable glove box for added convenience, boosting the cockpit area storage capacity to 2.8 liters.
  • 1832cc Liquid-cooled, Fuel-injected Engine: The Gold Wing’s fuel-injected, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine is exceptionally smooth and incredibly powerful. This time-tested powerplant delivers plenty of useable power, using regular unleaded fuel. And to eliminate crankshaft-induced torque reaction at the chassis, the gearbox spins opposite the crank’s rotation—an elegant solution, and a typical Gold Wing engineering touch.
  • Pro-Arm Rear Swingarm: The Gold Wing’s MotoGP-inspired single-sided cast-aluminum swingarm is super-rigid and lightweight, with reduced unsprung weight, delivering sharper, sportier handling. Its unique Pro-Arm design mates up with Honda’s patented Pro-Link® rear suspension, featuring electronically adjustable hydraulic preload settings for various riding and load conditions.
  • Shaft Final Drive
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): Checking tire pressure can be a hassle—except when you’re riding a Gold Wing with our Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). A pair of monitors keep track of both front and rear tire pressures, and the dashboard readout is updated once per minute. They’ll send you an alert if either tire is significantly underinflated.
  • Heated Grips/Seat: Heated grips, a heated rider’s seat, and a heated passenger seat/backrest, all with individual rider and passenger controls. There’s even a foot-warming system for cold mornings!
  • Adjustable Windscreen: Our sturdy, ratcheting windscreen adjustment system provides six settings over nearly four inches of travel.
  • Engine Type: 1832 cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
  • Bore And Stroke: 74 mm x 71 mm
  • Induction: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
  • Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC; two valves per cylinder
Drive Train
  • Transmission: Five-speed including Overdrive, plus electric Reverse
  • Final Drive: Shaft
Chassis / Suspension / Brakes
  • Front Suspension: 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system, 5.5 in. travel
  • Rear Suspension: Pro Arm® single-side swingarm with Pro-Link® single shock with computer-controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 in. travel
  • Front Brake: Dual full-floating 296 mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers
  • Rear Brake: Single ventilated 316 mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper
  • Front Tire: 130/70R-18
  • Rear Tire: 180/60R-16
  • Rake: 29.15 degrees
  • Trail: 109 mm (4.3 in.)
  • Wheelbase: 66.5 in.
  • Seat Height: 29.1 in.
  • Curb Weight: 904-933 lb., depending on option packages selected (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gal.
  • Model Id: GL18HPM
  • Emissions: Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.
  • Available Colors: Candy Red, Pearl White, Ultra Blue Metallic, Black
Factory Warranty Information
  • Three Years: Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

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2012 Honda Goldwing Motorcycle – Now in-stock Omaha Honda Dillon Brothers

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2012 Gold Wings are here! Honda GL1800  2012 Gold Wing Audio Comfort (Honda) $23,199.00 2012 Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM (Honda) $25,899.00 2012 Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS (Honda) $27,099.00 2012 Gold Wing Airbag (Honda) $28,499.00