Passed On, R.I.P.
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Marblemount, Washington.
Model: 75 GL1000, 81 GL1100i
Interesting GL1000 facts
I recieved this from pistol Pete,
I can tell you that Honda began the sequence with GL1-1000001 and ended around GL1-1024500.
Also from what I can find out through reasonably good sources and my own personal deductions GL1-1000001 to GL1-1000011 were used to extreme test to find out what would break or wear for warranty considerations and accurate service manual printing. I also believe that some of these may have been sent to various road testing magazines for flat out hard testing. Each of these were disassembled by Honda technicians after the mags finished with them. Probably most or all of these 11 were destroyed or disassembled down to the frames.
Number GL1-1000012 to around GL1-1000045 plus or minus; were made by hand to establish how the production line was to be structured for quick assembly.
'001 thru 045 + - were pre-production units and all were made in December of 1974. I believe that all of the pre-pro's after 011 were sent to the USA or Europe to be used by Honda executives or field reps of those countries until their warranties ran out and then allowed to be sold to the public. Full line production for the GL1000 began about the middle of January 1975 with the next number.
Based on some research of my own, the color for most or all of these pre-pro's were Candy Blue Green.
I own one of these and it is B/Grn and the three others that I have heard of were also B/Grn. It also looks like all of the test mags bikes were B/Grn as well.
Thanks for the inquiry and let me know if this helps.
As a post script, please note that Honda never called the unit produced during that time as a 1975 GL1000 but just GL1000.
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1975 GL1000 48000 mi
and 1981 GL1100i 42500mi