Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
The '80-'83 Interstates are my favorite Goldwings, and for good reason. They just oozed class. From their 19" front wheels, to their non integrated fairing/tank, two tone seats, chrome parts, and hand painted pinstriping, they were just beautiful machines. I especially like the burgundy with gold emblems and pinstriping. I have a picture I believe I got from this forum, of such a bike sitting next to a blue/gray 1500. The looks of the 1100 were absolutely stunning compared to the dull boring 1500.
It's not just motorcycles though, cars went down the same road. Remember the big chrome cars of the '50s and '60s, with two tone paint and swoopy lines? Remember big chrome bumpers and whitewall tires? Even in the '70s, remember RWL and whitewall tires, 2 door luxury cars with vinyl landau roofs and opera windows, with long hoods, like the Monte Carlo, Grand Prix, Thunderbird and Lincoln Continental Mark V? Those cars had class. Todays cars don't, and most of todays bikes don't either. They have become bland and boring. The classiest looking Japanese bikes are mostly Harley copies. You can still get them with leather seats with studs, lots of chrome, wire spoked wheels, whitewall tires, and deep metallic paint with pinstriping. Sportbikes are just drop dead ugly to me, and Honda seems to have turned the Goldwing into a huge sportbike. I almost bought a Valkyrie Interstate when they first came out, but just couldn't handle the price.
"New vehicles move the body. Old vehicles move the soul. Vintage forever"
"Obsolete does not mean it is not any good, it just means it is not made anymore"
"The simpler the better"
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