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Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing



The first of the Gold Wing was at the Cologne Show in October 1974. It was a 999 Cubic centimeter motorcycle. It got attention because of some edge technology for the time. includes:


The first model GL1000 came out in and was in production until 1979. The was listed as a touring bike, but it as a bare bike. A large developed offering fairings and the most popular being the series by Vetter Fairing . With only minor for different markets this remained virtually unchanged for production run.

In 1978 were many changes faux tank shape, on the top of the faux tank, seat, . Carburetor . exhaust system, wheels, deletion of kickstart,

During the final run of the GL1000 Honda finally released own saddlebags and trunk (although did not produce a fairing).


released in 1979, the GL1100 was until 1983. For the most this was the same bike as the but with some improvements. The was the same, but it was bored to a larger cc cylinder, and electronic ignition the older point system.

The suspension was changed to an air adjustable (a first for a production motorcycle). parts were interchangeable the 1000 and 1100 models.

The bike was now called the GL1100 In 1980 Honda also the Interstate version of the Goldwing. was the second production bike the 1979 BMW R100RT) to come with touring accessories a trunk, saddlebags, and a fairing.

In production of the Gold Wing was from Japan to Ohio, This move brought of the motorcycle to its largest market and Honda to market the machine as made in America.

In 1982, the was introduced. This was an Interstate with more options. Radio and two-tone paint was on the Aspencade (these were on the Interstate) while floorboards, and CB Radio were options on models.

In 1983, Honda a few substantial changes for the final of the GL1100. This includes an LCD anti-dive forks and a change to the to improve fuel economy. The of the trunk was also increased, and the and footpegs for the passenger were to provide more comfort.


In 1984, the GL1200 was and was an immediate hit. This the engine was totally new, and the had grown to 1182 cc. The frame was and stiffened for a smoother ride.

In the and Aspencade models the fairing was into the main body, the appearance that they added on. Now the Touring models appeared to have been that way.

1984 was the last year of the Standard Over the preceding years, of the Standard had declined in favor of the and Aspencade models. This lead to the decline of after-market like Vetter.

In 1985, the was introduced. This was a limited GL1200 Aspencade, with more technology. Standard on the LTD was Fuel injection . auto rear suspension, driver-passenger system, cruise control, a stereo with Dolby reduction, rear seat speakers, an improved seat, a elaborate paint scheme and an color (two tone additional marker lights and lights, a more sophisticated panel, and a sophisticated Trip . It also had an increased alternator allowing even more to be added to the bike.

In 1986 the LTD was replaced with the This model had an even 500 watt alternator, as well as all LTD features, and was also available in an exclusive color to the SE-i, a and beige two tone.

In 1987 the was dropped, but some of the features moved to the Aspencade model the intercoms, cruise control, and the stereo. A simplified version of the computer was caried over as Fuel injection was not continued.

Honda Gold Wing (1999)

1988 brought the changes ever to the Gold The GL1500 completely outclassed all to such a degree that (Cavalcade), and Yamaha Motor (Venture XII) abandoned the segment. Kawasaki Heavy was the only competition that with the Voyager, until it too was in 2004.

The biggest difference was the Flat-4 engine was replaced a 1520 cc Flat-6 engine, it was still carbureted, Honda did solid state digital This both increased and reduced noise. Honda enclosed the entire motorcycle in giving it a seamless appearance.

One innovation was the addition of a reverse Because of the size and weight, it was that some people have problems backing it up.

Between 1988 and 1990, one model was available. From Honda introduced the SE, which was a cosmetic improvement including like two-tone paint, a spoiler and some others and options where added to model. In later years features were added to the SE criticism that the price brought little more window dressing.

Other included were the Interstate this was a very basic with no rear adjustable rests, a very basic no intercom and other changes to the bike a basic large The Aspencade (19912000) which was the same as the SE however it did not have the CB, the upper spoiler and no 2 tone work and other minor Most of the lacking features of the were able to be added by Honda after market (Hondaline).


Gold at a rally

In 2001, the first new in 13 years was revealed. The security was so that nothing about it was until it was first displayed to the

The new engine was increased to 1832 cc, and injection . At the same time, the of the bike actually decreased that of the GL1500. This was by making the frame out of high aluminium. This was an Extrusion and was composed of only 31 individual (almost half the number of the frame).

Another major was an optional Anti-lock braking braking system. This was a advantage because of the increased of the new engine.

In September 2005, announced the world’s first motorcycle Airbag system for availability in late spring of in the US. [1]

The 2006 model year options for an in-dash Global System navigation display audio information provided the speakers and headset cables, and a comfort package including heaters controlled from the heated handlebar grips, and vents (able to be opened and by a lever on the left side located in front of the driver’s pegs. A reduction in the frame was also accomplished beginning the 2006 model year.

Limited Edition Valkyrie

In 1997, Honda brought an incarnation of the Standard Gold Renamed the Honda Valkyrie in the US and F6C in the of the world, it featured a higher engine, based on the GL1500 in a style frame. A version a windshield and saddlebags was also as the Valkyrie Tourer.

A much more touring version was introduced in 1999 as the Interstate with a full saddlebags and trunk. These were dropped due to slow leaving the standard Valkyrie, was discontinued after the 2003 year.

The Valkyrie engine is on the Gold Wing engine, but has lifters instead of hydraulic six carburetors instead of the Gold two carburetors, more aggressive free flowing exhaust and ignition timing to increase

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