Introduction of the 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing motorcycle signaled that this Japanese manufacturer had become a world leader in motorcycle technology.
After showing the world what it could do with the CB750 in 1969, Honda did it again in 1975.
Besides the unusual water-cooled "flat four" engine that displaced 999 cc, the 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing motorcycle came equipped with shaft drive.
The "fuel tank" was nothing more than a cover for the electronics; the real tank was located between the two side covers for a lower center of gravity.
The price to be paid for all these features was weight, as a bare-bones 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing motorcycle tipped the scales at a hefty 584 pounds. And being a touring mount, most riders added a fairing, saddlebags, luggage carrier, and other options that hiked the total up even further.
In the first five years of production, Honda sold just under 100,000 copies of a motorcycle that would become a legend.
The original Gold Wing has since grown into a six-cylinder, 1500-cc behemoth that comes complete with a reverse gear and more electronic amenities than the space shuttle.
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