2013 Honda Gold Wing Review

When Honda introduced the Gold Wing in 1975 it represented the top of the line for two-up long distance touring.  Since that first 1000 cc, four-cylinder Gold Wing hit the market, Honda has continued to up the ante in the full dresser category, introducing many of their newest innovations on the Gold Wing.  With U.S. sales of nearly 550,000 since 1975 the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer continues to tweak the Gold Wing in an effort to keep sales strong.

2013 Honda Gold Wing

Honda added a number of upgrades to the Gold Wing for 2012, and they’re all back along with three  additional color options.  Innovation, comfort, styling and reliability are the hallmarks of the Gold Wing and the 2013 models feature the best of what Honda has to offer.

Comfort and Convenience Features

If you’re going to spend hundreds of miles in the saddle you want a seat that’s designed for the long haul.  The Gold Wing seats, both driver and passenger, are padded with urethane material and covered with a waterproof material that sports a custom perforated look.  Wind and water protection are enhanced by the six-position adjustable windscreen and layered-surface bodywork that provides added protection to the rider’s lower legs.  For those colder days the 2013 Honda Gold Wing provides heated grips, heated rider’s seat and heated passenger’s seat and backrest with individual controls and a foot-warming system.

Honda offers the Gold Wing with four increasingly luxurious packages.  The base model, called Audio Comfort has the heating package just described and premium surround sound, cruise control and an electric reverse.  At the next level, the Audio Comfort Navi XM, Honda adds XM radio with a satellite-linked navigation system and XM NavTraffic and NavWeather.  The XM radio comes with a complimentary three month subscription.

One step up is the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS with combined anti-lock brakes.  And the top of the line 2013 Gold Wing has all of that and adds the only air bag available on a production motorcycle.

All models of the 2013 Gold Wing include iPod connectivity that allows the rider to connect any USB mass storage device to the bike’s audio system to listen to MP3, WMA6 or AAC audio files.  The connector is stowed in the lockable trunk.  The Gold Wing navigation system gives turn-by-turn verbal directions through the audio system.  Riders can plan, upload and share routes from their home computer and download them into the bike’s navigation system.

Whether you’re trekking across country or just across town to the supermarket the 2013 Gold Wing has increased storage to carry everything you’ll need and then some.  With the redesign of the Gold Wing’s bodywork overall storage is over 150 liters in the saddlebags, trunk and fairing pockets.

Honda also offers a number of audio accessories, including a 40-channel CB radio and antenna kit, deluxe headsets and push-to-talk switch.  Comfort accessories include a tall vented windscreen, passenger armrests and 12-volt accessory socket kit.

Styling Features

Styling on the Gold Wing gives the big tourer a fully integrated appearance including the integrated taillight and saddlebags.  The front fascia, air intake, blacked-out headlight garnish and updated design of the instrument panel were all added in 2012.  The wheels are clear-coated for easier cleaning and enhanced appearance.  New for 2013, Honda offers four paint options on the Gold Wing, the returning Ultra Blue Metallic along with the new Candy Red, Grey Metallic and Light Silver Metallic.

Riders can enhance the look of their Gold Wing with Honda accessories like the chrome trunk rack, rear spoiler with brake light, or front fender ornament.  More customization is available by adding fog lights, front fender extension or rail, front disc covers, chrome bar ends, silver cylinder head cover emblems, swingarm pivot covers, chrome sidestand, rear spoiler accent, trunk handle or exhaust tips.

Innovation Features

Honda may have introduced the Gold Wing in 1975 but the 2013 model is loaded with the latest engineering innovations.  To eliminate crankshaft-induced torque reaction at the chassis, Honda developed a gearbox that spins opposite to the crank’s rotation.

The Gold Wing swingarm was inspired by Honda’s MotoGP experience.  It’s a single-sided aluminum component that’s lightweight with reduced unsprung weight to help deliver more sportbike-like handling.

Honda’s tire-pressure monitoring system provides a dashboard readout of front and rear tire pressure that’s updated every 60 seconds and alerts the rider if either tire is under inflated.  Both front and rear suspension settings have been revised thanks to Honda’s continued testing and owner feedback.

The Gold Wing boasts the first and only airbag on a production motorcycle.  There are two sensors in the front fork that detect frontal impact and trigger the airbag.  Anti-lock brakes add further proof to Honda’s corporate dedication to safety.

2013 Honda Gold Wing with Airbag

2013 Honda Gold Wing Specs

Every 2013 Gold Wing is powered by an 1,832 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, 12 valve, horizontal six-cylinder engine with computer controlled digital ignition with three-dimensional mapping.  Compression ratio is 9.8:1.

The five-speed transmission includes overdrive and an electric reverse.  The Gold Wing has a shaft final drive.  Front suspension is provided by a 45 mm cartridge fork with an anti-dive system that has 4.8 inches of travel.  In back the Pro-Link single shock has computer controlled spring preload adjustments with two memory presets and 4.1 inches of travel.

Dual full-floating 296 mm discs with three-piston calipers provide braking up front and in the back there’s a single ventilated 316 mm disc with three-piston calipers.  On the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS and Gold Wing Airbag models there’s also an anti-lock brake system.

The rake on the Gold Wing is 29.15 degrees and trail is 4.3 inches.  Seat height is a comfortable 29.1 inches and the bike’s wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  Estimated mileage, combined highway/city, is 35 mpg.  The fuel tank holds 6.6 gallons to give the Gold Wing a range of around 230 miles.

Ready to ride the Gold Wing weighs in between 904 and 933 pounds, depending on the options packages.  Thank goodness for that electric reverse.  All Gold Wing models come with a transferable, limited three year factory warranty that includes unlimited mileage.  Honda also offers extended coverage through a Honda Protection Plan.

Base MSRP on the 2013 Honda Gold Wing depends on the option package.  The base Gold Wing Audio Comfort comes in at $23,990.  The Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM is priced at $26,880.  Base MSRP on the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS is $28,100.  And the top of the line Gold Wing Airbag starts at $29,550.

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