The new 'Wing's sportier mission statement required equally sporty chassis bits. A single-sided aluminum swingarm makes rear tire changes less painful than before. The pair of 296mm front brake rotors and 316mm rear rotor-each gripped by a three-piston caliper-are connected by Honda's Linked Braking System and an optional Anti-Lock Brake System. And since Gold Wing has always been synonymous with cutting-edge gadgetry, this one's no exception. How about a button on the key fob that locks or unlatches the trunk and saddlebags from across the parking lot? Or a new electronic reverse system that engages via two buttons on the right handlebar? Another switch aims the headlights. A little traveling music? The new Panasonic sound system (with available six-disc CD changer and 40-channel CB radio) sends 25 watts of power to two front speakers while a high-resolution LCD data panel displays relevant road data. And that's just the beginning. The price of such luxury is $17,499, or $18,499 with ABS. Colors? Choose black, blue, yellow or Illusion Red, which changes with ambient light but adds $500 to the bottom line. When? Honda says November 2000, but we will get ours a bit early. If we tell you all about it, will you try not to hate us?