The Honda Gold Wing has always stood alone. Launched as the GL1000 in 1975 its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine was not only physically different, it felt very different with a silky output perfect for long days in the saddle. A six-cylinder, 1500cc overhaul in 1987 saw the Gold Wing once again state its intent and purpose to benchmark the ultimate touring machine.
Providing breathtaking acceleration when you want it as well as the power to carry a full load for long distances, the Pan European is one of the most popular tourers on the road. It’s powered by an impressive fuel injected V4 engine that’s known for smooth, powerful acceleration and long-running reliability. Low centralised mass makes the machine stable and easy to handle at any speed. It’s surprisingly nimble for its size, making it ideal for cross-city as well as cross-continental journeys.
Based on the GL1800 Gold Wing chassis and engine, the F6C injects a massive dose of adrenaline and attitude into Honda’s custom cruiser range. It's a whole 70kg lighter than the GL1800 and its 1,832cc fuel-injected six-cylinder powerplant delivers a flood of torque from nowhere with a satisfying, spine-tingling snarl thanks to twin slash-cut exhaust mufflers.
Many riders appreciate the combination of cruising style and 'real world' practicality that a custom touring machine can offer. In response to a growing trend – mature motorcyclists wanting more ability, power, performance and a higher specification than a 'traditional' air-cooled V-twin bagger-style cruiser, Honda has combined the best attributes of both touring and cruiser motorcycles and come up with a unique proposition: the new CTX1300.