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Friday, 13 April 2012

Friday bike

This week I thought I'd feature a bike you'll all be familiar with, but not in these guises. The Honda Gold Wing has been very successful during its production run, first appearing in 1974. Although it was originally promoted as a 'sport tourer', it quickly found its niche as a heavyweight tourer. It was built in both Japan and the US, and the US plant built over 1 million Wings between 1979 and 2009.
However, there's always someone who wants to do something 'different' with one. Back in the 70s, the Swiss Honda importer used Wings for endurance racing.

And there a website full of privately owner modified Wings.

Don't think I'd like to try riding that off road!

It does rather suit the 'Adventure Sport' look.

I first saw this as a thumbnail and thought it was a Moto Guzzi Le Mans. I think that was the idea!

This one was built by Dresda for Honda UK and raced at one time. Typical 70s 'doesn't quite fit' bodywork!

1 comment:

  1. A good sidecar tug. Pity that the more modern offerings from the factory were kitted out with more bling and knick-knacks than a tarts convention.