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2015 Motorcycle Additions: New 40th Anniversary Gold Wing Highlights 2015 Honda Motorcycle Additions


TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2014) – Honda continues the new introductions to its 2015 motorcycle line with today’s announcement of several cruiser, touring and dual-sport models. The 2015 model year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gold Wing® and we are celebrating with a commemorative 40th Anniversary Edition. Other new introductions include the return of popular and iconic motorcycles from the 1300 Custom and Shadow lines, as well as the Fury and do-it-all XR650L.

“For 2015 we are proud to be celebrating 40 years of the Gold Wing. This model means so much to our company and our customers,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “When this model was introduced in 1975 it revolutionized what touring in America could be. It was our customers’ passion for adventure and traveling the open road that really defined the Gold Wing and how it is used today.”


The bike that started it all, the Honda Gold Wing maintains its legacy as the original touring motorcycle, with the commemorative 2015 GL1800 40th Anniversary Edition Gold Wing. And the 2015 Gold Wing F6B delivers nimble performance and now offers cruise control. All 2015 Gold Wing models feature unique 40th Anniversary emblems.


The 2015 Gold Wing is offered in a striking two-tone Candy Red and Black color marked with unique adornments as a special 40th anniversary edition. The world’s best touring motorcycle equips riders with a luxurious, powerful, balanced and fully featured machine ready for every journey. Its six-cylinder 1832cc powerplant is highly efficient and reliable, allowing riders and passengers to focus on the accommodations, like an audio system with iPod® connectivity, and the available navigation system. The Gold Wing is available
in four distinct performance package options, so customers can choose the features they want.

  • Colors: Two-tone Candy Red and Black (new), Light
  • Silver Metallic (new), Black
  • Price: Starting at $23,999
  • Availability: October 2014

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The Gold Wing F6B rewrote the rules for touring, injecting more performance and excitement into Honda’s GL line and creating a new breed of Gold Wing riders. For 2015, the F6B makes logging miles easier with the addition of cruise control and also adds more aggressive styling with the addition of a black exhaust. The F6B features the powerful namesake flat six engine yet is lighter, higher performing and has a more sporty appearance from its lower windscreen and svelte bodywork. Yet despite the trimmed-down appearance, the F6B offers the comfort and luxury of a Gold Wing.

  • Colors: Matte Silver (new), Blue Metallic (new)
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

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The Interstate™ remains Honda’s long-haul custom that pairs progressive, modern features with classic retro styling. The Honda Interstate delivers ample power and strong low- and mid-range torque from its 1312cc V-twin while its floorboards, saddlebags and pronounced windscreen provide the luxury, comfort and capability for endless-mile journeys.

  • Colors: Black (new) with black frame, silver wheels and chrome accents
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

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The head-turning Fury® remains Honda’s most distinctive and radical cruiser, delivering the look, style and ride that a custom chopper should without the stratospheric cost and maintenance headaches. The powerful 1312cc V-twin engine oozes torque, but the bike’s details reveal textbook Honda engineering, from the efficient programmed fuel injection to the quiet and cleanly integrated shaft final drive. For 2015, the Fury features new styling elements that include new frame, wheel and accent treatments.

  • Colors: Candy Red; Black with Gray frame, Bronze colored wheels (new)
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

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The detail oriented eye-catcher of the 1300 Custom line, the Honda Stateline® is long, low and ready for riders to comfortably throw attitude in urban jungles and open roads. The Stateline’s stance and classic lines create impact and it gets even better up close. The blacked-out cylinder fins on the 1312cc V-twin engine, swept bars, noticeably raked-out fork and wider, full fenders and tires create an undeniably cool cruiser aesthetic.

  • Colors: Blue Metallic (new) with black frame, silver wheels and chrome accents
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

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In the Shadow® line, the style of the Shadow Aero® is pure retro-cruiser, yet the 745cc V-twin engine provides modern performance that says otherwise. The Aero features a custom 2-into-2 exhaust system that creates a classic V-twin cruiser sound. For 2015, the Shadow Aero pairs all of that chrome with a new Candy Red color.

  • Colors: Candy Red (new)
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

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Honda’s darkest Shadow returns for 2015, offering cool, minimalist custom looks at an affordable price. The Phantom® boasts dark, stealthy styling highlights including blacked-out components (including motor, fuel tank, fork, rims, handlebar and other parts), bobbed front and rear fenders and a lowprofile instrumentation layout. Riders can count on a throaty rumble from the 745cc V-twin engine with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and also a new color for 2015.

  • Colors: Light Silver Metallic (new), Black
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: November 2014

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The time-tested XR650L remains Honda’s do-it-all dual sport model that is capable of just about anything. From desert to mountain trail rides where its 649cc engine and long-travel suspension shine to the urban environment where its versatility as a sensible commuter is demonstrated by great fuel efficiency and light weight, possibilities and destinations are pretty much endless.

  • Colors: Red
  • Price: TBD
  • Availability: December 2014

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  1. Danny says:

    Honda missed a good chance to improve the Goldwing at an important model year. The Goldwing is not in the 21st century as it relates to the instrument panel and function buttons (big square buttons which look like something that would come on a 1950 toy). Wake up Honda, you are being left behind.

  2. skybullet says:

    Joe, I converted my DR650 to street only use a few years ago with simple front and rear lowering, replacement of dual sport tires by full on street tires and a Corbin Seat. I have owned a bunch of bikes over the years and the DR650 will do it all pretty well. I rented a BMW F650 to do the Alps and the DR had it beat across the board. Find a used one cheap and ride it forever for really low operating costs. You can thank me later.

  3. Joe Lewis says:

    Yep wish they would update the 650’s. I came close to purchasing a Suzuki Dr650 a couple yrs ago. The DR400 DP has the same HP as the 650, but was too small to ride on the freeway or on long trips. I didn’t purchase either.
    No one builds a nice 650 DP bike. Seems BMW is closest to what I was looking for. Maybe Husqvarna does but go figure. DP bikes turned into adventure bikes I guess.
    Anyway we can only hope.

  4. ben says:

    Great, the 1993 XR650L (designed in the early 90’s using ancient 1980’s XR600 technology) is still on sale in 2015…at 2015 prices.To be offering such a flawed, outdated machine that is decades past its prime should be an embarrassment to Honda, but apparently it isn’t.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      Yes, I keep waiting for Kawasaki, Suzuki or Honda to truly update (redesign) there 650 dual-sports. I’ve been waiting a LOOOOOONG time.

    • todd says:

      I have a 94 XR650L. It runs and rides great everywhere, if a bit tall. I don’t see any reason to change something if it already does a good job at its intended purpose. Change for the sake of change is a waste, if you ask me.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        I have a soft spot for DR650s, about as archaic as your XR. Change for the sake of improvement is what I am after. And I am a bit insulted that they are selling 1980’s bikes at 2014 prices. I would welcome fuel injection, a 6-speed gear box and a freshening up of the styling – nothing fancy. I know that there are people who might mourn the loss of the carb, but I am not one of them. I’d prefer to keep the air-cooling on a bike like this, but I understand that will probably have to go away eventually.

        I’ve sampled the KTM 690 Enduro and loved it, but it had some pretty serious vibration at highway speed and was a bit tall for my stumps. I spend a lot of time at highway speeds, even with these kinds of bikes, so that is definitely a deterrent for me. So I hope the Japanese give a go at a modern thumper. It doesn’t have to be as performance-oriented as the KTM to get my attention.

      • ben says:

        The 1986 XL600R ran and rode great everywhere. why did they change that? ditto the XL500 XL350 heck, the 1972 XL250 ran and rode great. why change that? see where this is going?

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