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Model Years 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979
The one that started it all
In 1975 when Honda released the first Goldwing No one could have predicted that this bike would define and dominate the whole touring segment of the market for the next 35 years.
When released in 75 this bike was the biggest most futuristic motorcycle anyone had ever seen features never before included on a bike of this caliber included a horizontally opposed 1000cc four cylinder engine, Shaft drive, gas tank located under the seat for a lower center of gravity and front and rear disk brakes.
The original GL1000’s did not include any faring or saddlebags in 75 all the touring fixtures needed to be purchased aftermarket.
The largest provider was Craig Vetter.
Model years 1980,1981,1982,1983
The GL1100 was introduced in 1980 this was the first Japanese motorcycle produced with a complete touring setup including faring, windshield, hard bags, trunk, air adjustable suspension and adjustable seat. It was produced in three models The standard which did not include any faring or saddlebags, the Interstate with the complete touring kit and the Aspencade with the complete touring kit, electronic dashboard and onboard compressor to adjust the air suspension. The engine was increased to 1085cc, had more torque, ran smoother and had electronic ignition. A host of accessories were made available from the factory including an integrated am/fm/cb radio cassette player able to be operated from the handle bar while driving.
In 1980 the manufacturing of this motorcycle was moved from Japan to Marysville Ohio where it has been manufactured ever since. The dependability, Comfort and popularity of the GL1100 ensured that Honda would produce Goldwing’s for many years to come.
Model years 1984,1985,1986,1987
The GL1200 was introduced in 1984. It was produced in three models, the standard which did not include any faring or saddlebags, the fully dressed Interstate and the top of the line Aspencade. 84 was the last year for the standard. The engine size was increased to 1188cc and had more torque, was more responsive and included hydraulic valves. For the first time on a Goldwing the 85 LTD had electronic fuel injection. The suspension was upgraded. With the new rectangular headlight The look of the whole bike was more integrated with the faring and baggage exposing less of the underlying frame and engine creating a wider look. The front and rear brakes were interlinked to provide more stopping power. The audio system was upgraded to the type III and the electronic dash was upgraded.
This bike was manufactured in Marysville Ohio.
Model years 1988,1989,1990,1991,1992,1993,
The GL1500 was introduced in 1988. The 1500 was redesigned from the ground up. The most prominent feature’s were the 1520cc Horizontally opposed six cylinder engine and a reverse gear. Over the course of its thirteen year run it was produced in three models, the Interstate, the Aspencade and the SE. This monster of a motorcycle tipped the scales at close to eight hundred pounds but handled like it weighed at lot less. The all new bodywork enclosed almost the entire machine. The trunk and bags can all be operated by a single key. This motorcycle lived up to it’s billing as the king of all the touring bikes including such accessories as integrated audio/intercom/CB, cruise control, two tone paint, air adjustable self leveling suspension, lighted handlebar switches, windshield vent, reverse gear, The largest luggage capacity of any Goldwing, adjustable passenger foot boards and a passenger seat the looks more like a throne than a motorcycle seat.
Model years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
The long awaited GL1800 was introduced in 2001. The 1800 was redesigned from the ground up. The horizontally opposed six cylinder fuel injected engine was increased to 1832cc with 118 hp. This motorcycle would actually be lighter and stronger than its predecessor with its one piece welded aluminum frame, Mono Shock and one sided swingarm. The all new bodywork was designed to be more sporty and streamlined. The luggage space was a little less than its predecessor with a capacity of 147 liters. This motorcycle more than lives up to it’s roll as the king of all the touring motorcycles including such amenities as an integrated audio/intercom/CB with up to six speakers, CD changer, XM radio, Integrated GPS navigation system, cruise control, adjustable suspension, ABS brakes, Airbag, Tire monitoring system and reverse gear. The grips and seats could be heated now and are reported to be the roomiest most comfortable touring seats yet.
Model years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,2001, 2002, 2003
In 1997 Honda introduced the Valkyrie also designated as the GL1500C. This Cruiser style motorcycle used a transplanted Goldwing engine. The horizontally opposed six 1520cc engine was modified from the standard goldwing engine with a different cam and six separate carburetors. These changes gave the engine a significant increase in horsepower and torque. Models produced included Standard, Tourer and Interstate. The Tourer included a windshield and hard saddle bags with the Interstate having a faring and hard saddle bags.
In 2003 a limited edition Valkyrie Rune was produced including unique custom styling and the 1832cc GL1800 engine. The Rune was made for 2003 and 2004