Honda GL1200 Gold Wing

Honda GL1200 Gold Wing review

The Honda Gold Wing is a series of touring motorcycles manufactured by Honda. It was introduced at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in October 1974, and went on to become a popular model in North America, Western Europe and Australia, as well as Japan.

The GL1200 arrived for the 1984 model year and continued the trend set by it's predecessor. There was the unfaired Standard, the dressed Interstate and the top of the range Aspencade, which had the Type 3 audio system.Carried forward from the previous Aspencade were the now better air suspension controls, linked brakes and the new Aspencade had a more advanced audio system and upgraded LCD dash. The front wheel was a rather unusually small (for such a large machine) 16" and this gave the steering a very light feel.

Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing

The GL1200 brought the Gold Wing to the outer limits of the four-cylinder engine's performance and sophistication. The added power and torque of the larger 1182 cc engine made the Gold Wing the king of its class in 1984, with a combination of smoothness and low-rpm acceleration that couldn't be matched. The addition of hydraulic valve adjustment now made the Wing virtually maintenance-free. At the same time, chassis improvements made the Gold Wing feel amazingly agile, and the open-road comfort was superlative.

Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing specifications

General information
Model: Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Category: Touring

Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1181cc
Engine type: 4-cylinder
Stroke: 4
Power: 94HP (68.6 kW) @ 7000RPM
Compression: 9:1
Bore x stroke: 75.5 x 66mm (3.0 x 2.6 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel control: OHC
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: 5-speed

Transmission type
final drive: Shaft drive (cardan)

Chassis and dimensions
Front tyre dimensions: 130/90-16
Rear tyre dimensions: 150/90-15
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Top speed: 191 km/h (118.7 mph)
Fuel capacity: 22 litres (5.81 gallons)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 333kg (734.1 pounds)

Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing
Honda GL 1200 Gold Wing

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