Thursday, 1 March 2018

Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

The most luxurious motorcycle ever made? Gotta be the Honda Gold Wing! Whichever 'Wing' you choose, there are always a few constants. It will be big, it will be heavy - and, surest of all, it will be comfortable. So comfortable, indeed, that care may be called for. When riding a motorcycle, it pays to be alert - and on a bike as relaxing as the Gold Wing, that could pose a problem!

Not that such concerns hindered the Wing's sales figures. Sumptuousness came as standard for over 20 years. Given its gargantuan girth, the Wing was a surprisingly smooth and compliant mount. A dry weight of 571lb was a lot to coax through corners ... and more than a handful to haul up. But, on both counts, the Wing scored well. Indeed, the 'Aspencade' came with a compressor ... for on-board suspension adjustment!

The Gold Wing is a cult machine. For an owner, the 'season' is a long one. Motorcycle rallies cascade like confetti, for those married to a Wing! The bike has always been big in the US - but Europe, too, has hosted many a Gold Wing get-together. In fact, the Gold Wing has gone global! Wherever there is a road, there will be a Wing flying up it, sooner or later. And with a top speed of 122mph ... it will not take long to traverse it!

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