Honda announces 2012 Gold Wing and FourTrax Foreman


American Honda Motor Co. announced today the first release of machines for the 2012 model year: the Gold Wing and FourTrax Foreman. Both will be available in May.

“This pair of 2012 new-model releases really illustrates the great diversity we have in styles of machinery for Honda customers,” Honda’s Bill Savino says in a press release. “Both the Gold Wing and Foreman serve as the newest extensions of incredibly popular models that have built up large and loyal fan bases in their respective fields over the years.”

The first opportunities to view the models will be at the International Motorcycle Show in Greenville, S.C., Feb. 25-27 and Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 5-12.

The 2012 Gold Wing has the latest generation of sophisticated electronic amenities, starting with an updated GPS navigation system with user-friendly programmability for sharing favorite ride routes with friends and other riders, which can be accessed online via computer. The Gold Wing also now incorporates a built-in MP3/iPod interface for a new SRS CS Auto technology surround-sound system.

The Gold Wing features upgraded styling, increased luggage capacity, greater protection from wind and weather, and revised suspension settings. Navi, ABS and airbag packages are available. Retail pricing ranges from $23,199 to $28,499.

For 2012, the Foreman line of 4x4 ATVs has new looks and a brand-new liquid-cooled 475cc single-cylinder OHV four-stroke engine. The introduction of a new fuel injection system with 36 mm throttle body provides instant throttle response, consistent performance at high altitude, and hassle-free cold-weather starting.

The FourTrax Foreman’s rolling chassis has been re-engineered as well, featuring an all-new and lighter rear suspension system incorporating a single, high-quality shock for increased comfort, precision, and work capabilities, plus a shorter wheelbase for agile handling and a tighter turning radius.

Customers choose manual shifting or Honda’s Electric Shift Program (ESP) that delivers push-button convenience for shifting; plus they have the option of Electric Power Steering (EPS). Honda has yet to determine retail pricing.

Honda has produced the following videos for the new Gold Wing:

Posted by Arlo Redwine

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