There aren’t many motorcycles that are as legendary as Honda Goldwing. The iconic touring bike has been around since 1975 and it has always been the gold standard in the industry. Famous for its combination of comfort, performance and overall quality, this nameplate still has a cult status among motorcycle lovers. The current, sixth-generation has been around since 2018 and if we consider that all Goldwing generations have been characterized by very long production cycles, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Honda Goldwing will come without more important changes.
So, we may see some smaller-scale updates, like we saw in the past few years, but the overall layout will certainly remain the same. To remind you, the 2020 model receive Android Auto, while the 2021 model year came with increased cargo capacity. In any case, we expect that the 2023 Honda Goldwing will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Honda Goldwing Engine and Performance
Of course, this aspect of the motorcycle will continue in the same way. The 2023 Goldwing will continue with the legendary six-cylinder engine, which measures 1833 cc in displacement, and which is notably lighter than the engine that powered the previous generation. One of the reasons is the massive use of aluminum, including high-strength aluminum sleeves, which also have a highly positive impact on cooling efficiency.
Like many Honda engines, this one also features a unicam cylinder head design. With such a design, you may count on excellent power distribution and overall performance. Also, the engine features four valves per cylinder, which makes this engine super-efficient as well.
Another amazing thing about the Goldwing is that, even though it’s a cruiser, it comes with both manual and automatic transmission on the offer. Standard models come with a 6-speed manual, while versions with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are available too. In both cases, you may count on the overdrive last gear, which is fantastic for highway cruising. Also, the manual transmission features a slipper clutch, which allows you to ride this massive and powerful machine like a real sports bike.
Also, all models come standard with cruise control, while versions with DCT also feature “Walking Mode”. In this mode, you can creep forward at walking speed, which is great for traffic jams, tight parking spots etc.
Chassis and Comfort
Of course, the chassis and suspension setup has always been one of the most important aspects of the Goldwing. The 2023 Honda Goldwing will continue in the same way, featuring superior comfort and rive quality.
One of the reasons for such quality is the latest generation of an aluminum frame, which is light but also very rigid. It also features a pretty low center of gravity, which makes this bike highly maneuverable and easy to drive.
At the same time, the comfort is at an impressive level. At the front, you may count on a double-wishbone suspension. This design provides more room, as well as even better handling. The rear suspension setup includes an aluminum swingarm that links to the frame using a patented pivot structure that both increases stiffness and reduces weight.
This motorcycle is ready for any situation, as it comes with a variety of modes. There are four drive modes – Tour, Sport, Rain and Econ. These modes change power output, throttle response, suspension damping, shift points on automatic transmission etc. Furthermore, you may also count on four suspension modes – Rider, Rider with loaded bags, Rider and passenger, and Rider and passenger with loaded bags.
When it comes to brakes, you may count on dual hydraulic 320 mm discs at the front and a single hydraulic 316 mm disc at the rear end.
2023 Honda Goldwing Rider-Assist and Convenience Features
The 2023 Honda Goldwing will continue with a range of advanced features that make the ride even better. For example, one of the first things that come to mind is a throttle-by-wire system, while the Goldwing Tour trim also offers Honda Selectable Torque Control Feature. If you stop on a hill, you will be glad to know that all Goldwing models come standard with hill-start assist.
There is also a nice amount of smart features on the list of standard equipment, starting from the smart key. So, all you need is a key in your pocket. Press a start button and you can go. Also, there is an “answer back” feature, which helps you locate your bike. Another smart feature is the integrated starter/alternator. In most cases, these things come as separate units but Honda has found a way to save even more space and weight.
Another thing we like about this bike is LED lighting, which is part of the standard equipment. It includes not just headlights and taillights, but also complete instrumentation. Turn signals are integrated into rearview mirrors at the front and taillight at the rear end, and they also feature LED technology. Finally, there is a whole bunch of lighting upgrades, which includes fog lamps, additional brake lights, trunk lights etc.
Last but not least, you can get an Airbag to maximize safety. Honda pioneered motorcycle airbags, so nothing less is expected from the 2023 Goldwing.
Comfort and Tech Features
This aspect shouldn’t bring surprises either. So, you may count on features like heated seats, an electronically adjustable windscreen and a new, larger 61-liter trunk. Also, there are goodies like a new passenger backrest that’s higher and more comfortable. Heated grips are part of the standard equipment as well.
When it comes to tech features, one of the first things we should mention is HomeLink, which allows you to integrate with devices in your home, such as garage doors and similar things. Furthermore, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are part of the standard equipment too. Tire pressure monitoring is also standard in all models, as well as a pretty advanced instrument cluster that shows plenty of information. All this shows on a 7-inch screen, which also includes navigation with 10 years of free map updates.
The Goldwing has always been famous for its audio system and the 2023 model year will continue in the same way, with 55-watt speakers and a system that includes all kinds of connectivity features, such as USB ports, Bluetooth, Sirius XM satellite radio etc.
2023 Honda Goldwing Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Honda Goldwing will come by the end of the year. The current model starts at around 24.000 dollars and we don’t believe that a bigger increase could come in the near future. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Goldwing comes with a three-year unlimited-mileage warranty, while you can also opt for the HondaCare Protection Plan, which extends the warranty to 8 years.