In 1975, when the American motorcycle market was led by the youth-focused road sports models, Honda introduced the GL1000, the new "King of Motorcycles", which was powered by a liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder engine, quickly gaining popularity among seasoned riders.
Ove the years, the GL1000 has continued to evolve while maintaining the core values of what a "comfortable tourer that even two can ride" should be. New features like the large front cowls and pannier cases were added to further propel the bike and its customers into a new market.
In 1979, the engine displacement was increased to 1100cc, and again in 1983 to 1200cc, while equipment enhancements helped improve comfort even more.
Just five years after that, in 1988, Honda developed and released a model equipped with a high-quality, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder 1500cc engine that became the world's first ever motorcycle with a reverse gear.1 This bike, named the Gold Wing, established its reign as "King of Motorcycles." *1 Based on Honda research
Twelve years later, Honda did a complete remodel of the Gold Wing and equipped it with a newly designed, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder 1800cc engine. This updated model combined sporty rider quality with high levels of passenger comfort. It also complied with new emission regulations and featured an aluminium twin-tube diamond frame. This all-new Gold Wing, the GL1800, defined a new chapter in motorcycling history.
In 2005, a new model featuring a GPS-based navigation system was released.
In 2006, the upgraded Gold Wing featured the world's first motorcycle airbag system2, further demonstrating Honda’s dedication to innovation for improved rider comfort and safety. *2 Based on Honda research
The next redesign came in 2011, with advances in manoeuvrability, audio and navigation technology for even better long-distance riding comfort.
Variations of the Gold Wing arrived in 2013 and 2014, in order to appeal to long-cherished customers and other generations. These were the Gold Wing F6B, a lightweight model with optimised equipment and specifications, and the Gold Wing F6C, a more accessible variation of Honda’s Gold Wing flagship cruiser. 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of this incredible machine, and it continues to create and define a distinct segment of the motorcycling experience. There’s no doubt that the Honda Gold Wing deserves its moniker as "King of Motorcycles", while it promises to thrill riders for generations to come.