2012-08-09 12:37:11+0000
  • Make:
  • Honda
  • Model:
  • Goldwing GL 1000
  • Year:
  • 1978

A Japanese made bike, the Honda GL1000 Goldwing was in production from 1975 to 1979, The Honda GL1000 Goldwing has a flat four cylinder, liquid cooled 999cc engine and a top speed of 111 mph (178.6 km/h).

The GL1000 (the first Goldwing) was introduced to the world at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1974. While the first production version of the now famous Goldwing was deemed to be a success, its place in the world of motorcycling was not entirely accepted at first. Part of the reason for this was, the GL1000 didn't fit into any particular motorcycle class, even though it was officially tagged as a tourer. Although, riders found it to be reliable, comfortable and a smooth ride, many thought it to be stodgy looking; riders would later learn to love its appearance.

The model remained virtually unchanged from the 1975 to 1977. In 1978 many changes were introduced, including changes to the seat, tank shape, instruments, carburetors, exhaust system , camshafts, wheels, and the removal of the kick-start. During the final run of the GL1000 in 1979, Honda added a saddlebag and trunk.

The GL1000 attracted many new first time riders, mainly because of the strong US dollar against the Yen. At the time, GL1000 was priced at $2,899, compared to the more recent Goldwing with prices in the high teens. By the end of the GL1000's run in 1979, a total of 97,000 were sold in the US alone. The GL1000 brought the Goldwing name to the forefront of the motorcycle world. It was ultimately a success, and remains so to this day.

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