When the press release of a new model begins by boasting its "sophisticated electronic amenities," you know the changes won’t be revolutionary. But, hey, there are a few other new features, too.
Topping the list of revised items on the 2012 Gold Wing is a new programmable GPS with an improved rider interface, and features a trip planner and online user-sharing capability via a computer. The new GPS also has a brighter screen and a faster satellite connection.
Also new is built-in MP3/iPod connectivity and an 80-watt per channel sound system that incorporates SRS CS Auto technology that promises to provide that home theatre, multi-speaker surround sound experience on the road — for riders that crave that sort of thing.
The bike also gets new bodywork that boasts improved wind protection, especially for the lower body and legs.
Saddlebags have increased in capacity, bumping total storage volume by seven litres to more than 150 litres total including the fairing pockets. Non-airbag models get a cockpit-mounted storage compartment.
Rider and passenger comfort is improved with revised suspension settings, and a more butt-friendly perch that now uses a waterproof urethane seat cover.
Two models will be available and the bike is expected in showrooms this spring.
Canadian pricing has yet to be announced but you can see the new Gold Wing at the Montreal Motorcycle Show this coming weekend.