The DCT version of Honda’s ultimate touring machine doesn’t get many upgrades for 2020, but Honda has given the Gold Wing DCT enough interesting tweaks and improvements to give it the edge over last year’s model.
The engine is the same tried and tested 1833cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder unit that has powered the GL1800 range since 2018, but thanks to the use of new aluminum cylinder sleeves and an improved cylinder head design, the DCT model now enjoys a weight saving over 8 pounds.
Power is delivered via Honda’s unique automatic DCT transmission system. This system boasts a revolutionary 7-speed gearbox that provides seamless and smooth gear shifting, complete with both an overdrive seventh gear for highway cruising, and a handy “walking mode” for tricky slow speed maneuvers.
Other additions to the 2020 Honda Gold Wing DCT include improved front and rear suspension for better pillion comfort, upgrades to the navigation software, a more ergonomic center storage pocket button, and the addition of a USB charging port in the integrated saddlebags—a feature that used to be exclusive only to the Gold Wing Airbag model.
The 2020 Honda Gold Wing Automatic DCT is only available in Matte Black Metallic, with anodized accents for the ultimate in subtle styling and minimalist aesthetics.
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2020 Honda Gold Wing Automatic DCT Features
The Gold Wing’s horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine is famously smooth and powerful. The latest version is an 1833cc design that’s over 13 pounds lighter than the previous generation (more than 8 pounds for the DCT versions).
Aluminum Cylinder Sleeves
High-strength aluminum cylinder sleeves help reduce weight, increase cooling efficiency, and reduce engine length. The 73mm cylinder bore and short, high-strength crankshaft also help make the engine more compact.
Unicam Cylinder Head Design
The Gold Wing’s engine uses four-valve, Unicam® cylinder head design. That improves engine performance and power, and also contributes to the engine’s weight reduction from its previous generation. The four-valve per cylinder design is also a big part of the Gold Wing’s superior fuel efficiency.
7-Speed Automatic DCT Transmission
The Gold Wing is available with a revolutionary 7-Speed Automatic DCT. The shifts in this version are faster and smoother than ever, and the overdrive seventh gear is perfect for highway cruising.
We’ve given our manual-transmission Gold Wings a slipper clutch, just like our premium sportbikes. It only makes sense—the 1833cc engine delivers tons of power, and the new chassis lets you ride this Gold Wing like a sportbike. Twisty roads? Bring ’em on!
Double-Wall Exhaust Pipes
You may think this is just for cosmetics, but on a hot day single-wall exhaust pipes can throw off a lot of heat. The Gold Wing’s twin-wall design keeps things cooler. Plus, this is the best sounding Gold Wing we’ve ever built!
Because the 2020 Gold Wing is light, you’d expect it to be fuel efficient. But its weight is just the start. Combined with the bike’s engine, intake system, and four-valve design, estimated fuel economy is up 22 percent from the previous generation.* Want to really squeeze the last mile out of every drop? Try the “Econ” ride mode setting.
*Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
All Gold Wings with DCT transmissions feature “Walking Mode,” which lets you creep forward under power at a walking pace. Think how easy it will be to get in and out of tight parking spots with a fully loaded bike.
Of course the 2020 Gold Wing still features cruise control—it was one of the first touring bikes to offer the feature. And now, with our stellar throttle-by-wire system, it’s better than ever.