Minichamps MIN122161600 1975 Honda Gold Wing GL 1000 Motorcycle - Blue and Green (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest."
- The Motor Pool
The Honda Gold Wing motorcycle had its debut in 1975, and became one of the most popular motorcycles in history. Initially intended as a road bike, it started the new trend in "touring bikes".
The first appearance of the Gold Wing was at the Cologne Motorcycle show in October 1974. It was a flat-4 999cc motorcycle. The bike got immediate attention because of some cutting edge technology for the time. This included a water cooled engine, only the second Japanese motorcycle to have it (Honda's CX500 was a water-cooled V-twin). It was also the first motorcycle ever to have a fuel pump. What appeared to be a fuel tank was actually the electronics bay and radiator overflow. The real fuel tank was placed under the seat. The Gold Wing also sported a shaft drive. German BMWs were noted for using this on touring motorcycles, but it was a first on a Japanese motorcycle. Besides being very quiet, thanks to a one piece silencer box under the motor, the Gold Wing had a transmission underneath the engine (instead of behind it). This is a popular car layout, but first used on a motorcycle (courtesy: Wikipedia).
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1975 Honda Gold Wing GP motorcycle painted in blue and green. Comes with a kickstand and a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.5 inches
Release Date: 2009
Historical Account: "Take Your Bags, Mister?" - The GL 1000 was produced from 1975 to 1979. The bike was listed as a touring bike, but it came as a bare bike. A market developed offering fairings and luggage, including the Windjammer series by Vetter Fairing Company. With only minor differences for different markets, this bike remained virtually unchanged for the 1975–1977 production run. In 1978, there were many changes made: faux tank shape, instruments on the top of the faux tank, seat, camshafts, carburetors, exhaust system, Comstar wheels, deletion of the kickstart and others.
During the final run of the GL 1000 (1979), Honda included their own saddlebags and trunk, but not a fairing. Honda sold more than 97,000 GL 1000's in the United States from 1974-1979.