1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

The mid 1970s was a period of experimentation in excess for Honda. They introduced a monster 1000cc 6-cylinder CBX and the Gold Wing – a one liter, flat four-cylinder with water cooling, belt-driven overhead camshafts, shaft drive, triple disc brakes, and all sorts of luxuries. Bike magazine questioned, “Motorcycle or sci-fi fantasy?” and opined “Quite simply the most advanced motorcycle ever made”. It was designed to take on the BMW and Harley-Davidson at their own game -as the advertising put it, the Gold Wing was ‘the epitome of what touring is all about’ and it certainly proved to be successful. As one of the fastest motorcycles of the day, and with a plethora of traveling accessories, camping trailers included, it was eminently capable of absorbing the vast open miles of the Western US.

The motorbike offered

The first-year 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing on offer here was purchased a few years ago by an enthusiast from long-term dry California storage. A sympathetic restoration ensued. The original Candy Antares Red paint was deemed exceptionally good, so needed nothing but a polish. The brightwork was refinished and clear-coated and the rest of the cycle parts detailed. Mechanically, the ignition system was replaced along with the fuel pump.  The voltage regulator was exchanged for a modern reg/rec unit and all hoses, both fuel and water, were replaced.  The front springs and rear shock were replaced with Progressive Suspension parts and the brakes front and back were rebuilt with new hoses. The result is a bike that starts easily, idles smoothly and rides as it should.

With 17,000 miles on the odometer, which is believed to be somewhat accurate, the increasingly collectible first-year ‘Wing is a must for any Honda fan.