On the move: Honda GL 1000 Motorcycles

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Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing


Since 1974, luxury liner crossing Wing on the streets of this Like no other bike of the milestone, the minds of motorcyclists – until now.

Ironically, a Wing! The name evokes. memories of my early days in the motorcycle.

In motorcycling friends we blasphemed about Honda’s ship that crossed 20 ago as a six-cylinder GL 1500 our paths. luxury cruise liner a reverse and was the exact opposite of we meant by riding a motorcycle.

For us, a house on wheels with kitchen. Fully Dressed, equipped, fully silent and stuffy. The concept of property was a new meaning.

Today, a Honda GL from the year 1977 in the winter sun Southern France me, the ancestor of all Gold Wings. stretches the 1000s its four laterally from under the fuel tank, as if to say, look what I have to

Flashback. In autumn 1974, Honda’s Gold Wing at the in Cologne for the first time they had to offer, in fact, a With its layout with four-cylinder boxer engine, 999 cc, 82 hp, 80 Nm and 295 they trod new ground set and conceptually. For the first time had a Japanese series motorcycle drive instead of chain, a four-… water-cooling.

Other highlights included their triple-disc brakes, a placed under the seat and of a toothed belt driven camshaft two.

After the CB 450 and CB 750 Four Honda constructive new ground in 1969 and raised an new concept was launched.

And the motorcycle was divided whether this machine that would fit any of the then existing drawers so Some enthusiastically celebrated its progress; the other rejected it of its opulent appearance and their weight decisively.

I push it a flourish from the main and start your engine. A note from benebelnde fuel-air mixture fills the The subdued and sonorous babbling me of the boxer spontaneously to a VW Beetle.

Even the journalists fell in on the test machine, the silky running machine that in the idling little more than a car engine under the They attributed to the noise “water mantle” to. The unusually motor that just 79 dB (A) at the produced by noise suggested, the always has a lower speed.

So he was traveling faster than it the Highway Code. And that too comfortable. Honda did at that difficult to position its flagship with clear messages in the market.

The tester of the pre-series beat at high speed on and around the Hockenheimring.

The low-mounted and exhaust system have traces in fast angle in the asphalt. After all, the came to the realization that the GL “was not designed to use race-moderate following the general trend than travel machine reserves.” As a consumption of not more ten liters surprised.

Bigger, more comfortable standing in Las Enjoyable cruising motorcycling, as one say today was the Japanese manufacturers unknown to date. The Gold was seen on the other hand on away what it was designed: the chassis, convenient for two-up low-maintenance shaft drive, a engineered boxer engine, the schwerpunktguns TIG placed under the smooth running of the engine and all facts that spoke for

The motorcycle scene was in the mid-1970s was not for the convenient Gold Wing. the skeptical editor in the motorcycle 5 / “Is this the future of the colossal If desirable, he goes to school?” And in 23/1975 predicted the author: has taken a path that a new era of motorcycling good old style to belong to the past.” The GL 1000 it to put the image from the hard-core in question.

While I still about it get used, we slowly at curves together.

From the she shakes her strength, elemental, and accelerates with little of universals. Thanks to an ingenious balance eliminates the otherwise boxer tilting about the axis. Slightly curved sections invite to switching cruising. Moderate speeds are the of the Gold Wing – simply down times the speed of life, reduce stress. is racing.

Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing

Advertised once in a Honda ad the slogan “The incarnation of comfort on all roads.” Slowly, I my prejudices and understand.

Shortly Kawasaki introduced its 1972 Z 900 4, there were rumors Honda is developing a new super By a powerful three-cylinder up to a twelve-cylinder with 1.8 liters of displacement the imagination. In fact, Honda’s engineer Soichiro Irimajiri in 1972 in a short time a prototype, codenamed AOK.

He had a boxer engine with cc and 80 hp, which should speed up the projectile at over 200 km / hr. But the prototype got beyond the experimental stage.

The of Super Tourer Honda was not Originally, the Gold Wing for and its designed speed-limited sprawling Then came the oil crisis in Because the buying mood of after an unattainable predicament within limits, the marketing of Honda decided to wait autumn with the presentation and it at the same time in Europe.

So she stood in the autumn of 1974 at the and in 1975 in the showrooms of the dealers.

GL 1979 that the successor to with step seat, handlebars and antlers flatter head, they mutated the soft chopper. But they spoke to comfort-oriented touring especially on the other side of the Later models went on their concept.

The ancestor of all Wing models, the GL 1000, has not only opened a stand-alone series, which to this day developed and cultivated with six in addition, has a close-following. You must the old Gold Wing just for

Inwardly, I turn down path; rejoice in the gentle that blows around my The unfaired 1000 prepared on the asphalt Geschlangel a lot of driving What then screwed the of technological change in the height, is still an appropriate concept.

Meanwhile scares me even is not a true semi-detached house.

And the idea of an aged Honda GL whose driver after a journey from the end of the world no seems stuffy. Or? With a luck you might even quickly with exactly Gold Wing, a winner of a poll, the comfort of the first Super Tourer and explore the of the world.

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