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Is it possible to turn the Honda Gold Wing into a dual sport? Check out this 1979 Honda GL1000 converted by RH Motorcycles of Holland.

A Dual Sport Gold Wing Is Not As Crazy As You Think

Adventure bikes are getting bigger by the day. And although we question the wisdom of taking a machine weighing more than 500 pounds off road, we do see the appeal. Big dual-sports are comfortable over distance, with tons of packing space and a strangely appealing aesthetic. But we like them even more when they’re oddball…

Big, brazen and beautiful: a custom Honda GL1000 Gold Wing from France.

Kaleidoscopic: The Honda GL1000, à la française

In a world where we throw around words like ‘svelte,’ the chunky Honda GL1000 hardly seems like a suitable prospect. Honda’s designers were clearly aiming for mile-munching comfort, rather than short runs to the local café. Still, custom builders occasionally take a crack at it. And once in a while we strike gold—like this GL1000…

This stunning Honda GL1000 Gold Wing is a 1975 model customized by Slovenia's ER Motorcycles.

Honda GL1000 by ER Motorcycles

When I hear that a shop has torn into a Honda Gold Wing, my curiosity is immediately piqued. As clichéd as it is, “less is more” is a maxim for many builders—and Honda’s legendary tourer is the exact opposite. Thankfully the bike in question is a 1975 GL1000—the first production model ‘Wing. That means less…

1975 Honda Goldwing custom

At face value, there’s nothing unusual about Paul Dutra’s taste in motorcycling. He owns a heavyweight tourer—a Goldwing, natch—and he likes to make a big…

Honda GL1100 Gold Wing custom

I’m fascinated by custom Gold Wings: it’s strangely appealing to see these heavyweight tourers stripped of all excess, and they invariably have good bones. This…

Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

The custom motorcycle scene is driven by fashion as much as any other. Over the past couple of decades we’ve seen the rise of the…

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…

Honda Gold Wing Bobber

You might think that the average Honda Gold Wing is a ponderous tourer designed for cruising from one end of the USA to the other,…