Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Castrol Goldwing

Honda Goldwing GL1000 '76.
Classic Touring turned Rally.
The Castrol Goldwing.

I bought the bike with practically no idea of what had been done to it earlier on, so it made sense to give it a pretty good overhaul before taking it out on the road: A change of timing belts and an total overhaul of the 4 carburetors was enough to get it safely started and confirm that the engine sounded just fine. A quick trip around Copenhagen also confirmed that there was indeed something like the 82 bhp still in the engine.

New enduro tires helped get rid of some of the Touring Mom&Pop look, as well as a new smaller custom seat (glassfiber shell) with new foam so it still has some comfort for the long hauls. The dash, wiring, fuses, starter-relay was all worn or shot - but it all came nicely back to life after have chased a few mice in the system or replacing the parts. The bike is mounted with 3 disc brakes which have all been overhauled as well so there's a pretty good chance of stopping the 295kg bike. 

A few facts from the 1976 Honda GL1000, Goldwing: 999.00 ccm (60.96 cubic inches). Four cylinder boxer, four-stroke. 82.00 HP (59.9 kW)) @ 7500 RPM. Top speed: 196.0 km/h (121.8 mph). Compression: 9.2:1. Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 61.4 mm (2.8 x 2.4 inches). Valves per cylinder: 2. Fuel control: OHC. Cooling system: Liquid. Gearbox: 5-speed. Transmission type, final drive: Shaft drive (cardan). Front tyre: 3.50-19. Rear tyre: 4.50-17. Front brakes: Dual disc. Rear brakes: Single disc. Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 295.0 kg (650.4 pounds). Fuel capacity: 19.00 litres (5.02 gallons)

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  1. Awesome bike! Did you have to re-jet with the short open pipes?

  2. Hi!, No, I didn't rejet, as it wasn't an issue with this massive engine as far as I could gather from the forums and friends who've also done some naked gold wing variations. Runs very good like this, so wouldn't be worried about it.

  3. I love it! Got to be the best looking 'Wing I have ever seen.