Very long lived bike, I bought mine about 15 years ago, and love it. When the original Gold Wing debuted in 1975, it essentially invented the touring category. He called it the 'contra engine. Other large Japanese motorcycles, such as the and the were cheaper but were not ideal tourers with their small fuel tanks and rear drive-chains needing regular maintenance. Total Motorcycle is my pride and joy and being able to reach out 300 million people has been incredible but I could not have done it without the support of my visitors, readers and members, thank you so much! Others saw it as more of grand touring engine, with a nice, fat power band, tons of roll-on torque and silky smooth power delivery. If all goes well I may be able to afford a 2000 Goldwing in 2012. Though the M1 laid the groundwork for developing the Gold Wing, the M1 was an engineering exercise, not a prototype of any kind.
I soothe my guilt about not riding it by looking forward to the day when I sell it to a very, very lucky third owner. Now, that was very appealing to me! The engine displaced 1,182 cc and produced 94 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 77. The first four-cylinder boxer engine was produced in 1900. Whereas the two previous models both had a two-cylinder boxer unit, this vehicle — developed by Georg Diehl — featured a four-cylinder boxer with a 5,440-cc displacement. Archived from on 30 June 2013.
This is one smooth combination. La saga GoldWing in French. Fuel injection was dropped over concerns of side-of-the-road repair difficulties. The brainstorming team's M1 project was never intended as a production prototype. It is often said that Harley-Davidson is the last American motorcycle manufacturer.
Gold Wings were manufactured in from 1980 until 2010, when motorcycle production there was halted. I promised myself that one day I was going to own one. Thankfully, the electric Reverse system remains a standard feature. The front suspension was endowed with anti-dive forks with an integrated fork brace, and the rear suspension worked even with no air pressure. This led to the decline of aftermarket manufacturers such as the. Pop the top and the sides fall away, revealing all the fuses and electrical paraphernalia, a top-off tank for the cooling system, a tool kit and a kick-starter lever, just in case.
On the other hand, the bike was famous for its smooth, long-distance ride. The liquid cooling keeps engine noise well abated, while a gigantic exhaust system gives a whispery exhaust note, even at 8,000rpm. All Gold Wings had fairings from 1985 on. Fédération des GoldWing Club de France. As the four-cylinder, 1000 cc engine was replaced by 1100 cc and 1200 cc fours, and then the flat-six of the 1500 cc and 1800 cc models, the Wing gained a large array of options. Archived from on 24 March 2008.
The whopping displacement whisked the weight of a pair of riders and all their luggage along endless miles of asphalt with ease and reliability that belayed much of the fear of striking out for a long-haul motorcycle adventure. Scott motorcycles in England had been water cooled for over half a century, right up to the mid-1960s, and Colonel H. Goldwing Owners Club of Great Britain. Archived from on 5 April 2010. The aforementioned Vetter eventually sold his company in 1978, and Honda introduced bags and a trunk the following year when the factory in Marysville, Ohio opened. It took Honda more than a year to settle the internal six- vs. To me, in that time period, it seemed an exercise in excess.
Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan. The only real disappointment is the suspension, with rather stiff 37mm front forks giving 5. The obvious way to deliver power more smoothly as had demonstrated with the M1 engine was to step up from four cylinders to six. Archived from on 24 March 2008. I still consider the bike an exercise in excess, but warmly embrace and respect it as a vital and important part of the motorbike world. The seat was lowered by 0.
Thanks to the addition of a hydraulically actuated clutch and hydraulic tappets for the valves, the new model required less maintenance. I guess if I wanted a Harley I should have bought one. Instead, he wanted to light a new path with a very different motorcycle that would have the cycle-buffs applauding. Its large displacement made several things very possible. This is a big bike, and Honda wanted to reduce any balance issues to their most manageable proportions. This motorcycle is from the second month of production in 1975. .
Today the bike has less than 23,000 miles on it, lives in a temperature controlled garage, is only feed nonethanol gasoline and stabilzer, and has annual routine maintenance whether it needs it or not. More than 13,000 Wings were sold in the U. Both designs had been tried with limited success in the 1930s, with the Matchless Silver Hawk V-four and the Zundapp K800 boxer four. Honda Gold Wing : the complete story. Archived from on 5 February 2013.