2012 Honda Goldwing Gets Minor Tweaks

02/21/2011 @ 2:27 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

There must be a new rule in the tourer market segment where “all new bikes” consist of minor revisions to existing machines, as Honda has apparently taken a page out of Harley-Davidson’s playbook, and done an exciting upgrade to the 2012 Honda Goldwing. While rumors were overly-hyped that an all-new Goldwing would be making an American appearance, it appears instead that the Honda engineers have gone on to further improve upon their design of the legendary touring motorcycle.

No longer built in America at Honda’s now defunct Marysville, Ohio plant, the Japanese produced 2012 Honda Goldwing comes with a slightly larger price tag, but boasts some improvements to justify the cost. Revamped bodywork, larger capacity luggage pieces, improved built-in GPS with iPod/MP3 player support, and revised suspension complete the changes for the new Goldwing. It’s hard to impress sport bike guys with a big bike like the Honda Goldwing, but if you’re interested in buying the gold standard (no pun intended) of motorcycle touring, things just got a bit more appealing we imagine.

Honda is asking for a $300 premium on its base price for the 2012 Goldwing, which with the upgrades to the base model is still a pretty good deal at $23,199. If you want to get real crazy with navigation, ABS, and airbag options, you can max out your Goldwing to a tune of $28,499, which is $400 more than the 2010 model year with similar specs.

Honda lists the changes to the 2012 Honda Goldwing as the following:

  • Fresh styling cues produce a more integrated appearance along with a sporting edge, adding to the premium touring visage.
  • Redesigned fairing adds extra wind protection, especially to the lower body and leg areas.
  • Larger saddlebags add approximately 7 liters of additional storage space, upping total capacity to well over 150 liters including the trunk and fairing pockets.
  • Handy central storage pocket added to models without airbag.
  • Revised suspension settings front and rear yield added compliance for a better ride and more comfort.
  • Urethane seat material and cover material give added comfort.
  • Re-shaped taillight adds a distinctive appearance and aids visibility.
  • Wheels are now clear-coated for easier cleaning and a great, long-lasting look.
  • Updated instrumentation styling lends a high-performance touch.

Source: Honda America

  • Andrey

    If there ever was a bike that looked like a lounge sofa seat on wheels this has to be it.!

  • Andrey

    And that luggage capacity is bigger than the fridge at home.

  • Steve

    Great bike but for gods sake, it looks like a bowling shoe.

  • BikePilot

    I’ve never ridden one, but am told (by a fellow sport bike guy) that they are surprisingly sporty and entertaining to ride.

  • Steve Guanche

    Honda did freshen the bike up but in my opinion it was not enough. In comparason, look what BMW did, say good bye to the LT and new from the ground up the GT and GTL. Folks from an outsider looking in, has Honda done any homework to find our why the BMW’s share of the market has grown far and above all the other Japanese OEM’s. Every e-magazine and print media well have a hay day when they do a comparason test between these two competitors. With the Middle East in crisis and gas prices starting to go up, the Honda can haul and tow but not with a great miles per gallon numbers to claim any efficientcy. BMW now has a power plant to compete, with a motorcyle that weighs 200lbs. less than the Wing. Both bikes are top of the line touring machines and when released the proof will be in the pudding. Happy Trails.

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  • Other Sean

    In 20 years when I’m getting into the demographic for this pipe and slippers davenport, I’m getting an old Ferarri or Porsche instead. Death to ugly old guy stuff!

  • wayne

    @BikePilot: A friend let me borrow his 2008 model for an evening trip and I was quite surprised at how agile a bike it is. There’s no doubt you’re riding 900lbs of bike that takes up a lot of real estate but because the CG is so low and it is so well balanced, it never FEELS like the luxo-barge it is. If I had a spare 10G+ and room in the garage, I would go for a low-mileage, used sample in a heart beat. The wife absolutely loved the passenger accommodations which really isn’t too surprising since her basis for comparison is my 2002 SV650S. If your local dealer does so, I would highly recommend you schedule a test ride.

  • This is the gold standard of long-haul touring bikes. BMW, Victory’s Vision, and more are all after a piece of this thing’s market. It really is a 2-wheeled Cadillac convertible, and feels like you’ve stepped onto a Prevost Tour bus after getting off most other motorcycles. Not real crazy about these trim styles, but they were certainly eye-popping in the bright yellow from a few years back.

    After the automatic transmissions Honda is running recently the NEXT GW will be very interesting, and I don’t imagine it’s far off.

    And oh yes, it’s ‘quick for a big man’: A motorcycle officer friend has one of these as his personal ride. One afternoon, he’s two up with the wife on a local interstate bypass. Kid on a 600 sporty pulls alongside, lets my friend know that he thinks he can smoke them: The wife pokes him in the ribs, so he wheelies the thing at 70, drops the wheel back down, drops two gears and he’s waiting for the kid at the bottom of the next exit. Brainless pulls up and wants to know ‘where’s the nitrous bottle?’

    Every time I think of a GW I always get the same mental picture: I always seem to see them out on the interstate, usually a two-up older couple, matching helmets, etc. . . . . and they always look really happy. Can’t ask for more than that, and if I had to ride a LONG way, there’s nothing better.