Review : Honda Goldwing GL1800 (2001)

Review : Honda Goldwing GL1800 (2001)

The Honda GL1800 Goldwing is the kitchen sink, bells and whistles touring motorcycle. Looking for the best comfort for rider and pillion, max luggage space and a motorcycle that’ll make kids point and stare? You want a Honda GL1800 Goldwing. Evolved from the late 70s GL1000 into the current intergalactic-cruiser incarnation. Plus there’s a huge social scene of Honda GL1800 Goldwing owners too.

 

Specifications

General information
Model: Honda GL 1800 Gold Wing
Year: 2001
Category: Touring
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1832.00 ccm (111.79 cubic inches)
Engine type: Six cylinder boxer, four-stroke
Power: 119.00 HP (86.9 kW)) @ 5500 RPM
Torque: 167.00 Nm (17.0 kgf-m or 123.2 ft.lbs) @ 4000 RPM
Top speed: 185.0 km/h (115.0 mph)
Bore x stroke: 74.0 x 71.0 mm (2.9 x 2.8 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel system: Injection
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type,
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Front wheel travel: 140 mm (5.5 inches)
Rear wheel travel: 105 mm (4.1 inches)
Front tyre: 130/70-18
Rear tyre: 180/60-16
Front brakes: Dual disc
Front brakes diameter: 296 mm (11.7 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 316 mm (12.4 inches)
Physical measures and capacities
Dry weight: 363.0 kg (800.3 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.3278 HP/kg
Seat height: 740 mm (29.1 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Wheelbase: 1,692 mm (66.6 inches)
Fuel capacity: 25.00 litres (6.61 gallons)
Other specifications
Starter: Electric

 

Ride Quality & Brakes

A high-tech aluminium chassis and less weight than the appearance might suggest means contrary to what you’d expect, the Honda GL1800 Goldwing handles well. Yes a well ridden sportsbike will still crucify it but it’s still right nifty for a big girl. Brakes are linked and very effective. ABS on later Honda GL1800 Gold Wings is worth having.

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Engine

The Honda GL1800 Goldwing is unique in the current mass-production motorcycle market in having six cylinders. It’s an opposed flat six arrangement which is smooth and never short of power. The Honda GL1800 Goldwing may look like a barge but it’s got enough poke to shame plenty of sports cars and more mundane two-wheelers too. But be warned, fuel consumption can be quite high on the Honda GL1800 Goldwing

 

 

Build Quality & Reliability

Honda flagships with £17K price tags should be well put together. And the Honda GL1800 Goldwing is. The engine’s pretty unstressed but corrosion can build in hidden areas so if buying used be prepared to lie down and have a good poke about underneath. Loads are big so the Honda GL1800 Goldwing’s chassis bearings can wear.

 

Running Costs & Value

If you want a Honda GL1800 Goldwing, not much else will do. If the new price tag’s too high, there’s a used Honda GL1800 Goldwing for anyone with a couple of grand or more to spare. BMW’s K1200LT and R1200RT are cheaper but aren’t quite playing in the same ball park as the class-of-one Honda GL1800 Goldwing. Find a Honda GL1800 Goldwing for sale.

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Equipment

If you want it, a Honda GL1800 Goldwing has it. Plus more. 147-litre luggage capacity. Six way adjustable heated seats for pillion and rider on the latest ‘comfort’ version Honda GL1800 Goldwing, warm air vents for your feet… Official options on the Honda GL1800 Goldwing include six CD stereo. Lists of unofficial ones fill phone books. An airbag equipped Honda GL1800 Goldwing is on the way.

 

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“the kitchen sink, bells and whistles touring motorcycle”

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Honda Goldwing GL1800 (2001)

9.6

Ride Quality & Brakes

10.0/10

Engine

9.0/10

Build Quality & Reliability

10.0/10

Running Costs & Value

9.0/10

Equipment

10.0/10

 



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