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Shaft-drive boxer engines are primarily BMW territory. So when Honda launched the GoldWing GL1000 in 1975 BMW’s top brass, who were secretly working on a similar design at the time, almost blew a gasket!

The revolutionary new flat-four water-cooled engine was sewing machine smooth, delivering huge gobs of torque at will. The petrol tank, situated under the seat, helped keep the bike’s centre of gravity low. The riding position was roomy, providing day-long comfort for rider and pillion and the Honda’s overall finish was way above anything the factory had released before. The GL1000 received several cosmetic tweaks over its five-year production run, when the model was superceeded by the GL1100 in 1980.

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Honda Gold Wing SE 1500 Honda Gold Wing SE 1500
  • Engine - 1520cc, liquid cooled, SOHC, flat-six
  • Power - 100bhp @ 5200rpm
  • Top Speed - 121mph (193kph)
  • Dry Weight - 365kg (804 lb)
  • Standing Quarter Mile Time - 13.2sec
  • Launched - 1988

  • Final drive - shaft
  • Gearbox - 5 speed
  • Bore x Stroke - 71 x 64mm
  • Fuel Consumption - 40mpg
  • Honda GL1000 K2 Goldwing Honda GL1000 K2 Goldwing

    Honda GL1000 K2 Goldwing Road Test

    1975 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 Honda GL1000 Honda GL1000 road test
    1976 Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing LTD Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing LTD
    • Liquid cooled, four stroke, Opposed boxer four cylinders, SOHC. 2 valve per cylinder
    • 78bhp @ 7000rpm
    • 5 speed, shaft drive
    • 273kg
    1976 Honda GL1000 Goldwing Honda GL1000 Goldwing

     

    1977 Holda Goldwing GL1000 and Sidecar 1977 Holda Goldwing GL1000 and Sidecar
    1977 Honda GL1000KZ Honda GL1000KZ  
    1978 Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing 1978 Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing In 1978 the K2 got snazzier cosmetics and taper roller bearings in the steering head, but the engine was not to change the whole time it stayed at one-litre capacity until the KZ of '79 to '80. This got the black paint and gold pinstripe treatment plus the new Comstars in place of the spokes. The exhaust turned to chrome and the dummy tank changed configuration, with gauges set in a console at the front

    The engine changed at last, becoming 2bhp less powerful, at 78bhp, thanks to smaller carbs and softer valve timing. Torque moved down the range and suddenly the bike was a better, easier to use tourer.

    1980 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing 1980 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing  
    1980 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing Interstate 1980 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing Interstate Since Gold Wing Interstates are assembled at the factory, you don't have too much choice about what comes on one: either you want an Interstate or you don't. Here's what the Interstate includes, above and beyond the standard GL1100: a fairing with "lowers," a custom-painted "shelter," a rack and travel trunk, saddlebags, and engine and saddlebag guards. Optional but not included with the factory Interstate are an AM/FM radio and a gauge console. All of the Interstate body pieces are injection-molded plastic, painted to match. Two tones are available black, and a color Honda calls Candy Burgundy.
    1981 Honda GL1100 Honda GL1100  
    1982 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing Aspencade Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing Aspencade  
    1982 Honda GL1100C Honda GL1100C Goldwing.
    1983 Honda GL1100DC Goldwing 1983 Honda GL1100DC Goldwing  
    1984 Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing Aspencade Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing Aspencade
    • Liquid cooled, four stroke, Opposed boxer four cylinders, SOHC. 2 valve per cylinder
    • 94bhp @ 7250rpm
    • 41mpg
    • 151mph
    • 330kg
    1985 Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing Aspencade SE-i Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing Aspencade SE-i  
    1986 Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing Aspencade Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing Aspencade SE-i The Aspencade retains a healthy acceleration from low to high speeds, as well as an ability to cruise relatively economically in a tall top gear. With shaft drive and that big, lazy engine, maintenance is an infrequent chore. The Aspencade was developed with long distances as well as high speeds in mind. It will keep on running as long as its pampered and cossetted rider wants it to.

    It was designed for the US roads and is as American as a Japanese bike can be. Honda get round proposed or actual import restrictions by assembling the Aspencade in their US factory. Honda's new machine has spawned imitators from the Japanese rivals. But Honda did it first, and the bike is still the definitive heavyweight luxury tourer.

    1988 Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing
    • Liquid cooled, four stroke, Opposed boxer four cylinders, SOHC. 2 valve per cylinder
    • 100bhp @ 5200rpm
    • 5 speed
    • 360kg
    • 99mph
    • 31mpg
    1990 Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing  
    1991 Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing SE Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing SE The Honda GL1500 Gold Wing was the first Gold Wing with a liquid-cooled flat-six engine with a displacement of 1520 cc. This type was available from 1988 until and including 2000. During this period the model remained nearly unchanged. In the year 1990 a special edition, the GL1500 SE, was introduced at the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Honda Gold Wing. This type remained available in the years thereafter. Since 1991 three different variants were available : the Interstate, the Aspencade and the SE.
    1993 Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing Sport Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing Sport Until 1997 the three different models (Interstate, Aspencade and SE) remained available. In 1993 the electronic cruise control of the GL1500 Aspencade and the GL1500 SE was improved. By measuring the speed of the crankshaft a better accuracy was obtained which allowed an adjustment of the cruising speed in steps of 1 mph. In the anniversary year 1995 (20 years Honda Gold Wing) the three models were provided with a special anniversary badge. Furthermore some minor improvements were carried through. From 1997 on the less popular Interstate model was no longer available.
    1995 Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing  
    1998 Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing 1998 Honda GLX 1500 Gold Wing  
    2001 Honda GLX 1800 Gold Wing Honda GLX 1800 Gold Wing The Gold Wing is one of the longest-running models still on the market: the original model was the GL1000, launched in 1975. The engine has since increased in size to this 1800cc model of 2001. The engine layout has also changed, from the original flat-four to a flat-six, and features Honda's PGM-FI fuel-injection system. The GL1800 is perhaps the ultimate touring machine, with an equipment list more like a luxury car. From the CD sound system, 147-litre (32 gal) luggage space and reverse gear to cruise control, heated grips and trip computer, the Gold Wing is simply the best-equipped bike available. Its chassis is based on a twin-spar aluminium frame, with 45mm (1.8in) front forks and CBS linked brakes.
    2003 Honda GLX 1800 Gold Wing 2003 Honda GLX 1800 Gold Wing  
    2005 Honda GLX 1800 Gold Wing 30th Anniversary Honda GLX 1800 Gold Wing 30th Anniversary  

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