Minichamps MIN122161601 1975 Honda Gold Wing GP Motorcycle - Red Metallic (1:12 Scale)
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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 a red metallic finish. Comes with a kickstand and a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.5 inches
Release Date: July 2010
Historical Account: "Carry on Bags" - The Gold Wing made its debut at the Intermot motorcycle show in October 1974 as the GL1000. It featured a flat-four 999 cc (61.0 cu in) engine, and had a dry weight of 267 kg (590 lb). 13,000 units were sold in the United States in 1975.
Although the GL1000 was listed as a touring motorcycle, it was sold without fairings. Soon, a market developed offering fairings and luggage accessories, including the Windjammer series by Vetter Fairing Company. With only minor differences for different markets, the model remained virtually unchanged during the 1975 to 1977 production run. In 1978 many changes were introduced, including changes to the faux tank shape, instruments on the top of the faux tank, seat, camshafts, carburetors, exhaust system, Comstar wheels, and removal of the kickstart.
During the final run of the GL1000 in 1979, Honda included their own saddlebags and trunk, but still did not offer a fairing. Honda sold more than 97,000 units of the GL1000 in the United States between 1975 and 1979.