This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the 2018+ Honda Gold Wing of all trims (GL, DCT, Tour etc.). The Gold Wing is also known as the GL1800. The 2018+ model is also known as the 6th gen informally.
The Honda Gold Wing is a series of touring motorcycles manufactured by Honda since 1975, though obviously a few things have changed since then. The previous generation 5th gen Gold Wing ran from 2001 to 2017 without fundamental changes.
The Honda Gold Wing remains a full-featured bagger or tourer (depending on your configuration) with a horizontally-opposed 1833 cc six-cylinder engine and a shaft drive. It comes with luggage, and a dizzying array of features and options.
The 2018+ 6th gen Gold Wing comes in a variety of trim levels, including GL, GL DCT, GL Tour, GL Tour DCT, and GL Tour DCT A/B. These all have the same basic maintenance schedule.
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What you need to service your 2018+ Honda Gold Wing (6th gen)
So, you’re going to service your own premium touring motorcycle are you? Well, you’re awesome!
While many owners (not all) of the latest Gold Wing will take their bike to the mechanic for the hard stuff like valve service, here are the basic consumables you need to keep your Gold Wing in great condition.
|Part||2018+ Honda Gold Wing 6th Gen spec|
|Engine Oil||The manual suggests Pro Honda GN4 or another API classification SG or higher SAE10W-30 JASO T 903 standard MA motorcycle oil.|
|Oil filter||Honda uses the same oil filter as many Honda motorcycles, part 15410-MFJ-D01. You can use it or a Hiflofiltro HF204RC, a high-quality replacement.|
|Spark plug||The standard spark plug is an NGK CR6HSB-9, gapped to 0.8-0.9 mm.|
|Coolant||Honda recommends Pro Honda coolant, a 50% premix solution.|
|Final gear oil (for shaft drive)||Honda requires Hypoid gear oil SAE 80, e.g. Pro Honda Shaft Drive Oil.|
|Clutch oil filter (DCT models)||Use part 15412-MGS-D21 to replace the clutch oil filter.|
|Brake and clutch fluid||You can use many types, but Honda DOT 4 is the one recommended.|
2018+ Honda Gold Wing 6th gen Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2018+ Gold Wing 6th gen. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
- I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary)
- C: Clean
- R: Replace
- [AF] Air filter: Service more frequently when riding in unusually wet or dusty areas.
- [CB] Crankcase breather: Service more frequently when riding in the rain or at full throttle.
- X: Intermediate. Per Honda: “We recommend service by your dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled.”
- XX: Technical. “In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.”
- There is no scheduled break-in maintenance (typically at the 600 mi/1000 km mark in many manuals).
Maintenance Level: This is the guidance in the manual for the difficulty level of servicing various Gold Wing items (if you do your own service).
|x 1000 mi||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|x 1000 km||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Notes|
|Air Cleaner||R||X, [AF]|
|Spark Plug (CR6HSB-9)||R|
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)||R||R||R||Replace every 1 year|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R|
|Clutch Oil Filter (DCT models) part 15412-MGS-D21||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||I||I||I||X|
|Radiator Coolant (Honda Coolant)||I||I||I||Replace every 3 years|
|Secondary Air Supply System||I||X|
|Evaporative Emission Control System||I||X|
|Final Drive Oil||Replace every 3 years|
|Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||I||I||Replace every 2 years|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Brake Lock Operation (DCT models)||I||I||I||I||I||I||X|
|Clutch System (GL1800/B)||I||I||I|
|Clutch Fluid (Non-DCT)||I||I||I||I||I||I||Replace every 2 years|
|Reverse Operation (Non-DCT)||I||I||I||X|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I||X|
|Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I||XX|
In the original manual they use trim levels to specify which maintenance items are needed for which versions.
You’ll see some terms for trim levels for the Honda Goldwing in the manual, here’s what they mean:
- GL1800B — Base model, 6-speed
- GL1800BD: Base DCT model (US only, according to the manual)
- GL800 — Tour 6 speed model
- GL1800D — Tour DCT model
- GL1800DA — Tour DCT air bag model
Basically B means base, D means DCT, A means Airbag.
The main difference is that
- Reverse: On the DCT model, the reverse power for the bike is provided by the engine. On the six-speed model, power comes from the starter motor.
- Clutch oil filter: This is for the DCT model only.
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 6th gen Honda Gold Wing
The 2018+ Honda Gold Wing 6th gen has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:
|Front||130/70R18M/C 63H||36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 bar)|
|Rear||200/55R16M/C 77H||41 psi (280 kPa, 2.80 bar)|
The stock 6th gen ships with Bridgestone G853/852 touring tyres or Dunlop D423 touring tyres.
About the 2018+ Honda Gold Wing Gl1800 6th gen
The Gold Wing is a Honda motorcycle that has completely dominated the touring bike world for decades. It’s a fantastic bike for sitting on and riding a very long distance… and maybe even falling asleep on (if you’re the passenger).
The new Gold Wing for 2018 replaces the F6B conceptually, not so much the original Wing. This is a rebranding exercise. The Gold Wing used to be massive, but the F6B was smaller — the new Wing is smaller in the same vein.
Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing range has the same 1832cc, liquid-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine with single cams and two valves per cylinder. As much as some owners may have wanted a big engine upgrade, this engine already gives the Gold Wing a limousine-like feel with power for days.
Honda’s flat six engine is state-of-the-art, with over 90 kW of power (118 hp) and a stomping 167 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The 2018 Honda Gold Wing brought with it some controversial changes, apparently (according to some analysts) trying to attract a younger generation of riders while still satisfying the older ones. The major changes include
- Overall lighter weight, more compact (but with less storage) — this was the most controversial point, with some Gold Wing loyalists saying storage was king
- A redesigned flat-6 engine
- New front suspension — “Double Wishbone”
- Heavily revised infotainment features (nobody complaining there…)
- Automatic seven-speed DCT (as an option)
The Gold Wing Tour is the up-market model, that includes traction control, electronic suspension adjustment, a heated seat, center stand, and an airbag option. You can get the base model Gold Wing with DCT but only as an option.
With a very comfortable seat positioned just 29.1 inches from the ground and an infinite number of goodies such as an infotainment system, integrated navigation system, and multi-function display, just to name a few, the Honda Gold Wing is synonymous to open road cruising in complete luxury and relaxation.
Manual for the 2018+ Honda Gold Wing
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2020 Honda Gold Wing.
Note that there is no scheduled “break-in” maintenance at the 600 mi / 1000 km mark.
You can download the manual from Honda’s website here.