2008 Honda Gold Wing® Audio Comfort Navi

Gold Wing® Audio / Comfort / Navi (GL18HPN)

Premium sound, cold-weather comfort features and Hondas patented, flash-card-based Satellite-Linked Navigation™ System… is there any place the Gold Wing® Premium Audio, Comfort Package and Navi model can’t take you, surrounded by luxury and performance? The answer to that, and to whether there’s a better motorcycle in the touring class, would be "no." A resounding "no."

Additional Features

  • Headlight system features two 55-watt H7 low-beam and two 55-watt H7 high-beam bulbs with computer-designed multi-reflectors. In high-beam operation, all four bulbs produce a distinctive front lighting signature.
  • Dual electric spiral horns trumpet a distinctive note.
  • Silver powder-coated finish helps ensure the Gold Wing's aluminum frame will remain beautiful for years to come.
  • Self-canceling turn signals.
  • Maintenance-free features include automatic choke, RACV automatic idle, programmed fuel injection, automatic cam-chain adjusters, sealed battery, electronic cruise control and computer-controlled hydraulic rear spring preload adjustment.
  • Adjustable brake and clutch levers.
  • Engine and saddlebag guards help protect the Gold Wing's bodywork in case of a tip-over.
  • Assembled in Marysville, Ohio.
  • Convenient ignition switch/fork lock for added security.
  • Dual helmet locks.
  • Fold-down antenna for easy storage.
  • Fully illuminated handlebar and radio switches.
  • 20-amp YTX maintenance-free battery.
  • Handsome two-piece aluminum handlebars are lightweight and strong.
  • Easy-to-use centerstand.
  • Padded passenger handrails.
  • Clear lenses on rear turn signals and running lights complement the Gold Wing's aggressive styling.
  • Handlebar switches and controls use internationally approved graphic symbols.


  • Pro-Link® rear suspension.
  • Computer-controlled adjustable hydraulic rear suspension preload is easily set by the rider with push-button controls, and features a two-position memory.
  • Unique driveshaft-damping system utilizes a double-pipe structure with a rubber-bonded coating applied to the inner pipe to absorb road shock and engine torque. The long-life design simplifies rear-wheel maintenance.
  • Dual full-floating 296 mm front discs with Linked Braking System™ (LBS™) three-piston calipers and a single ventilated 316 mm rear disc with one LBS three-piston caliper provide excellent braking power.
  • Unique Pro-Arm® rear suspension.
  • Massive 45 mm front fork houses a cartridge damper in the right leg with 5.5-inches of travel for a smooth yet superb ride in all road conditions.
  • Cast-aluminum 18 x 3.5-inch front wheel and 16 x 5.0-inch rear wheel are lightweight and strong. Radial touring tires are specifically engineered for the Gold Wing, providing a combination of excellent traction, cornering grip and long tire life.
  • Inherently smooth flat-six-cylinder Gold Wing engine also serves as a tuned stressed frame member. The solid engine-mounting system utilizes specially designed hangers and carefully matched mounting bolts to provide both excellent road feel and minimal engine vibration.
  • Linked Braking System (LBS) combined with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
  • Model equipped with ABS features an electric-motor-driven modulator that provides rapid and precise braking-pressure adjustments, resulting in smooth ABS operation. The system incorporates an integrated ECU, self-diagnostics with an interactive ECU test function and automatic protection against system failure.
  • Final gearcase assembly design in the Pro-Arm eliminates wheel alignment splines and ensures accurate alignment of the rear wheel after servicing.
  • Anti-dive system minimizes front fork dive when braking. The system utilizes brake-fluid pressure generated in the secondary LBS master cylinder mounted on the left fork leg and is activated by input from either the front brake lever or the rear brake pedal. This application of anti-dive and LBS produces enhanced stability when maneuvering at both low speeds and highway speeds.
  • Twin-spar aluminum frame.


  • Sturdy eight-plate clutch with maintenance-free hydraulic-assist.
  • Parallel two-valve cylinder-head design utilizes direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation and requires no 600-mile service; the first valve clearance inspection is at 32,000 miles.
  • Engine cooling system features a series-flow coolant pattern that offers cold-start rideability and provides rapid engine warm-up.
  • Efficient stainless-steel six-into-two exhaust system produces a pleasing, aggressive sound.
  • High-pressure-formed, sintered-iron Nickalloy crankshaft bearing caps provide quiet operation throughout the engine's operating-temperature range.
  • Silent-type camshaft chains with automatic adjusters provide reliable, maintenance-free operation.
  • Powerful 1,300-watt alternator uses a fluid damper system to minimize alternator noise.
  • ECU closed-loop emissions system utilizes two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture, while two exhaust catalyzers further reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.
  • Two 40 mm-diameter throttle bodies deliver air to six specially designed Keihin 50-psi high-pressure programmed fuel injectors (PGM-FI). Fuel is delivered through four nozzle holes in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for optimum efficiency and power.
  • Precise-shifting five-speed transmission includes Overdrive Fifth.
  • The ECU provides two digital 3-D fuel-injection maps for each cylinder and one digital 3-D ignition map for each cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for superb rideability. Unique knock-control sensors monitor ignition advance to improve performance throughout the entire rpm range.
  • Two side-mounted radiators enhance cooling efficiency and use low-air-pressure areas created by side cowls to draw cooling air through the radiators and beyond the rider at highway speeds.
  • Rotary Air Control Valve (RACV) maintains precise idle control under widely varying engine loads and operating temperatures.
  • Low, forward engine placement and solid engine-mounting produce excellent road handling characteristics and impressive low-speed maneuverability.
  • Compact water pump is mounted behind the engine and is driven directly by the crankshaft, contributing to quicker engine warm-up.
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI).
  • Powerful, fuel-injected 1,832 cc six-cylinder engine produces smooth, effortless power--118 bhp and 125 ft. lbs. of torque--while surpassing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2008 emissions standards.

Honda Genuine Accessories

  • Air Management Accessories:•Tall windscreen•Windscreen side air deflectors•Fairing side air deflectors
  • Audio Accessories:•Six-disc CD changer•CB radio kit•CB antenna•Audio headsets (for open-face and full-face helmets)•Passenger audio controller
  • Touring Convenience Accessories:•Removable saddlebag/trunk liner set (available in standard and deluxe types)•Trunk net•Saddlebag/trunk mat set•Seat weather cover•Cycle cover•Front nose mask•Trunk vanity mirror with light•Trunk inner light•Inner trunk pouch•Trunk lid organizer•Saddlebag lid organizer•Fairing pouch•Owner's manual folio
  • Functional Touring Accessories:•Chrome heated grips with thermostat•Fog light kit (two types: Halogen or LED)•12V accessory socket kit•Passenger armrest•Coin holder•Saddlebag cooler•Rear spoiler (color matched) with LED brake light
  • Chrome Appearance Accessories:•Front lower cowl•Front fender ornament•Front fender extension•Front disc cover•Passenger floorboard covers•Passenger floorboard lower covers•Side fairing accent•Windshield garnish•Trunk rack•Front fender rail•Saddlebag scuff pads•Saddlebag molding kit•Trunk molding kit•Sidestand•Exhaust tips (two styles)•License-plate frame•Swingarm pivot covers•Handlebar ends•Trunk handle•Rear spoiler accent

New for 2008

  • New Metallic Red, Pearl White, Titanium and Black join Dark Red Metallic color.

Touring Features

  • The saddlebag lids feature hydraulic dampers for smooth operation.
  • Instrument cluster includes white-on-black analog displays for speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel level, plus features adjustable backlighting and high-luminescence red pointers. Indicator/warning lights are provided for Reverse, Neutral, Overdrive, oil pressure, fuel injection, high beam, sidestand, cruise on, cruise set and low fuel. A high-resolution LCD housed in a separate module is visible in all lighting conditions and displays the odometer, A/B tripmeter, ambient temperature, audio modes, CB, rear-suspension setting, trunk/saddlebag-open indicators and a clock.
  • Specially designed luggage features a remote-control key lock, permitting pop-open rear trunk operation; remote lock/unlock for the trunk and saddlebags; and horn-actuated bike locator. If remote locking is attempted while a lid is open, the emergency lights flash to alert the rider.
  • Slow-speed, electric Reverse system is engaged with the simple push of the thumb controls on the right handlebar.
  • Soft-touch plastic elastomer provides a luxurious feel to the front console, front- and rear-pocket covers and the passenger armrests.
  • Pockets are located in the fairing and rear trunk for convenient, easy-access storage.
  • Adjustable and closeable windscreen vent routes fresh air to the rider's face or chest.
  • The Gold Wing trunk provides 60-liters of storage capacity with an additional 5-liters of storage available if the optional CD changer is not installed. Two full-face helmets fit easily in the trunk. The saddlebags provide 40-plus liters of storage each, resulting in a total of 147-liters of storage space.
  • Motorized headlight-aiming system is operated by a dial switch and provides 2.5 degrees of adjustment from level.
  • Ergonomically designed saddle with a low 29.1-inch seat height has a plush passenger seat with integral backrest and side support for all-day riding comfort.
  • The parallel two-valve cylinder-head design, together with side-mounted radiators, allows optimum ergonomics, with excellent rider foot room and a large passenger cockpit.
  • Large 6.6-gallon fuel tank houses the PGM-FI fuel pump and provides excellent long-distance cruising range.
  • A simple yet ingenious ratcheting windscreen-adjustment system provides six settings over nearly 4.0-inches of travel. Operated manually, the mechanism eliminates the weight and complexity of electric motors.
  • The Gold Wing's aerodynamic bodywork is functional as well as beautiful, providing excellent rider wind protection while reducing the aerodynamic drag coefficient.
  • Lightweight electronic cruise-control system utilizes a 16-bit ECU-controlled, motor-actuated throttle mechanism.

Unique Features

  • Cold-Weather Comfort Package:•Five-position heated grips for cold-weather riding. •Five-position heated seat/backrest combination with individual rider and passenger controls for optimum comfort. •Foot-warming system channels engine-heated air over the rider's feet and is controlled by a fairing-mounted lever. •Cold-Weather Comfort Package available on select models.
  • A complete line of bolt-on accessories and appearance items.
  • Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System™:•Fully integrated navigation system with color screen. •Complete United States and Canada mapping with points of interest installed. •Points-of-interest information includes Honda dealers, fuel stations, restaurants, lodging, attractions, transportation, government and emergency information and saved rider's input with home function. •Voice prompting through headsets or speakers. •On-screen text guidance and pop-up menus. •Easy-to-use handlebar-and fairing-mounted controls. •Navigation available on select models.
  • State-of-the-Art Premium Audio System:•80-watt-per-channel power amplifier provides clear, crisp sound at all highway speeds. •Six-element speaker system includes two rear speakers and a pair of front tweeters for a rich, full sound quality. •Tuner features auto bass control combined with auto volume control. •Standard on all Gold Wing® models.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2008
Model Gold Wing® Audio Comfort Navi
Model Code GL18HPNM8
Stock Number 712451
Color Titanium


Brakes Front: Dual full-floating 296 mm discs with LBS 3-piston calipers
Rear: Single ventilated 316 mm disc with LBS 3-piston caliper
Tires Front: 130/70R-18
Rear: 180/60R-16


Weight TBD
Wheelbase 66.5 in.
Seat Height 29.1 in.


Transmission 5-speed including overdrive plus electric reverse
Final Drive Shaft


Engine Liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder, SOHC, 2-valves per cylinder
Displacement 1,832 cc
Bore x Stroke 74 x 71 mm
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Carburetion Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with automatic choke
Ignition Computer-controlled digital with 3-dimensional mapping


Suspension Front: 45 mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 5.5 in. travel
Rear: Pro-arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlled spring-preload adjustment with 2 memory presets; 4.1 in. travel
Rake 29.15°
Trail 4.3 in. (109 mm)