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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