1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

Torque-rich and ultra-refined, Honda's GL1000 Gold Wing transformed the touring market and affirmed Honda's place in engineering history. See more motorcycle pictures.

Introduction of the 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing motorcycle signaled that this Japanese manufacturer had become a world leader in motorcycle technology.

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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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