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Honda Gold Wing cafe racer

Honda Gold Wing cafe racer
One of the last bikes you’d expect to get the café racer treatment is the Honda Gold Wing. It’s hardly a nimble machine, and for most owners, the customizing stopped after fitting saddlebags and a Vetter fairing. But now a whole subculture has built up around ‘naked Gold Wings’, with the odd bobber showing up and the occasional successful café racer conversion. This is a 1976 model—a GL1000—with a flat-four motor and almost 600 lbs to haul around. I’m inclined to think the conversion works, and a lot of other people do too: it’s one of the most popular bikes on the curiously addictive Naked Gold Wings forum. The bike has been lowered, fitted with a bikini fairing and café seat unit, and painted ‘Trans Am’ style—including gold for the motor and brake callipers. Strangely enough, it works. (I think.)

Honda Gold Wing cafe racer
Honda Gold Wing cafe racer