6 Reasons Why We Love the GL1000
There’s something timeless and alluring about the original Wing, isn’t there? The same can be said about many different classic motorcycles like World War I and World War II-era Harleys, 1930s Royal Enfields or even the Honda Super Cub. What is it that attracts us to these bikes, particularly the beloved GL1000? I’m sure each of us have our reasons; some we share in common and others that we don’t. In honor of the original Wing, we’ve come up with 1000 reasons (okay just kidding)…6 reasons why the original Goldwing will always hold a special place in our hearts.
Reason 1: It marks the beginning of our Goldwing adventure
Whether your love affair with the Goldwing has been decades, years, or only months, the GL1000 represents the birth of a legendary motorcycle. When it was first released, it was considered to be a huge bike. Today, it looks rather diminutive when parked next to a GL1800. Still, at launch in the mid-70s the GL1000 was a bike like no other. It brought with it a sense of possibility and unmatched adventure that endures to this day!
Do you remember the first time you mounted a Goldwing and took it for a test ride? Share your memory with us in the comments below!
Reason 2: A walk down memory lane
For many of us, the image of the original GL conjures up feelings of nostalgia, youthfulness, freedom, anticipation and excitement. If you actually owned one back then or since, you probably have many fond memories of cruising down some unnamed road with it, making new friends or meeting your future spouse and taking them for a ride on the back! Could it be that the image tricks us, if even for a fleeting moment, into imagining we are young again?
What about you? What feelings or emotions do you experience when looking at or thinking about a GL1000? Do you have any memories you’d like to share about riding one?
Reason 3: It’s visually stunning
The first official Goldwing was designed to be as minimalist and conventional as possible. And it showed! No frills, no pomp and circumstance, just a large bike (by 1970s standards) that was ready to take you where you wanted to go. The lines of the bike were sleek and everything about it was pleasing to the eye. It’s no surprise, really, when you consider that Honda spent two years developing this wholly new concept with clay mockups, diligent engineering and conceptual designs. It was like a roaring 20s Rolls Royce on two wheels!
Reason 4: The allure of rarity
Are you one of those people who love collecting rare items? These days, tracking down the original production year 1975 GL1000 that is still in good shape is difficult. They tend to either be heavily modified which many riders are ok with (think cafe racers) or need to be completely restored which, again, many of us are fine with and welcome the challenge (see Reason 5). Either way, doing a quick search on Craigslist or your favorite classic-motorcycle-selling-site makes it pretty clear that there aren’t many left in the wild. It seems as if we are drawn to rarity like a moth to a flame.
Reason 5: It represents a challenge to overcome
As mentioned above in Reason 4, many of the GL1000s that exist today need to be partially or fully restored. For many Goldwing riders with calluses and grime from years of working on their bikes, it is just the challenge they welcome.
Reason 6: It Was An Engineering Feat
The original Wing was an ambitious endeavor by Honda to create a performance-based grand touring motorcycle unlike any other. In many ways it was their motorcycle of firsts: It was Honda’s first liquid-cooled bike and its first with a horizontally opposed engine with overhead camshafts. The engineers were presented with numerous hurdles and obstacles along the way, but overcame each one to end up with a stunning, iconic bike.
What did we miss? What other reasons do you have for loving the original Goldwing? Let us know by commenting below!