Honda Motorcycles are currently working on new front suspension for the ultimate tourer, the Gold Wing. Normally fitted with regular ‘telescopic’ front forks, the new design isn’t revolutionary, but it is rather unusual; a leading-link type front suspension which should give better ride quality, thanks to being more rigid. While there have been other models fitted with a leading-link front fork, Honda have adapted the design specifically for the Gold Wing.
2017 Honda Goldwing release date
According to unconfirmed information, the new generation of the luxury Tourer the Honda Gold Wing will be released in late 2016.
Release date: late 2016
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2017 Honda Goldwing redesign
Leaked information suggests that Honda have already developed the front suspension and are now just redesigning the front fender to accommodate the changes.
Whilst looking similar to other leading-link suspension systems, the patent application shows that Honda have redesigned the system specifically for the new Gold Wing; the internals look much more complicated than a standard leading-link setup.
2017 Honda Goldwing price
The price of the new Gold Wing hasn’t been released, but with the added changes such as the new suspension system, it is likely to be more expensive than the current model.
2017 Honda Goldwing new fork suspension
Unlike a normal leading link there’s an element of rearward movement as the suspension compresses, mimicking the effect of conventional forks. Another linkage between the brake caliper and the vertical link will provide an element of anti-dive.
Apart from the extra strength of the system compared to a fork—an important consideration on a bike as heavy as the Gold Wing—the setup’s use of a single shock opens up more scope for electronic damping control or even variable ride height.
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2017 Honda Goldwing new suspension features
The majority of the suspension movement comes from the leading link, which is attached at the back to a vertical link that comes down from the bike’s headstock. On a conventional leading-link arrangement, this vertical member would be able to swivel to provide steering input but would otherwise be rigidly attached to the bike, allowing a spring and damper unit to be attached directly between it and the leading link.
Here’s where Honda’s design differs. Its vertical element, while attaching the leading link’s pivot point to the headstock, is able to move fore and aft. That movement is controlled by a suspension wishbone attached to a single shock, rather like a BMW Telelever layout.
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2017 Honda Goldwing engine
As for the motorcycle itself, the notes that accompany the patent say that the motorcycle will be fitted with a “multi-cylinder boxer engine type that is installed in the longitudinal direction”. In short, radical changes in engine design are not expected. The lead designer of the new “Goldwing” Tako is definitely Kenji (Kenji’s Tacos), the arm of which belong to the appearance of these bikes, CTX1300 and CTX700.
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