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MO recently logged some serious saddle time on the all-new Honda Gold Wing GL 1800.

Already legendary for luxury, designers spiced things up with race-bred brakes, suspension and aluminum frame technology. The goal, so say Honda officials, is to please stalwart Gold Wingers while also attracting younger riders.

So is the new 'Wing a winner? Let us know what you think. Honda always has battled with Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki for supremacy in the sport bike market.

In the sport touring world, Honda's VFR Interceptor and ST1100 (known in Europe as the Pan European) primarily compete with BMW for top honors. Honda's line of Shadows, meanwhile, appeal to what little cruiser market isn't gobbled up by Harley-Davidson.

If there is, however, one market segment where Honda enjoys absolute sovereignty, it has to be luxury touring.

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