1979 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing from United States of America
Sort of a BMW M5 on two wheels
Two tires replaced due to age, finest rubber available ran $200 for parts.
Timing belts serviced by me, involving but not very difficult. Performed as preventative maintenance (recommended at 15k I believe). About $100 for parts.
Speedometer cable broke on a long, fast trip that stressed the part, had not noticed dry rot (natural wear from age) already there had let the lubrication leak out and the cable was rubbing inside the sleeve. Genuine Honda part was $12.35 plus $5 shipping. Extremely easy to replace. Probably not a common problem though.
This bike, and all GoldWings from 75-79, has mechanical ignition which needs to be kept in tune. Maybe once every two years, or once a year if you're fussy. This involves no parts replacement normally, just labor.
I've ridden this bike 170 continuous miles, keeping between 85-90 indicated mph, in the middle of the night, and I'd do it again in a second.
This is one of the finest highway bikes you'll ever find, regardless of its age. I wouldn't consider myself very tough or into the hardcore biker lifestyle, but it amazed me how easy it was to remain comfortable and without fatigue for the entire ride. I attribute it not only to the ergonomics, but the tremendously capable engine; in the first generation, it was just as smooth as the newer Wings, but had a more racy, visceral quality that brings out the monster in your right wrist.
This is not the hundred thousand-mile royal throne that later Wings are, though it can certainly do that well, it's more of a highway Q-ship for when you want to show the sport bike riders that in order to finish first, first you have to finish.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th June, 2008
15th May 2009, 01:09
Hi, I´m in Mexico.
I got a 1975 GL1000 after the bike spent 15 years in government storage due to legal entrance problems to Mexico.
It was in poor condition after all that time under the sun.
This was my first bike, so I took time and patience (2 years) for re-conditioning.
Now the bike runs so well and have given me so many good times, that is my second wife (if the first one hears this... uuuppaa).
I replace the mechanical timing system for an electronic one. Other than that the, bike is just great...
It's the first generation of Gold Wings, and it has some design problems like the cooling system, but I love it.
Sorry for my english... Thanks.