Clymer Manuals took a good long look at this 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing custom cafe racer by Past in Time Cycles at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts rally. The Gold Wing was never meant to be a sporty performance bike, even in its younger naked days, but in 1975 the GL1000 was one of the fastest stock bikes you could buy. With the addition of the dual throat down draft Weber carbs, this one must really move out, despite its touring bike weight penalty, and it probably sounds better too, with a free breathing four into one exhaust.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, well worn bikes daily riders, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. Also on display were vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and right outside the hangar was a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
If you are building a custom based on an early Gold Wing, you’ll want to pick up the Clymer 1975-1983 Honda GL1000 and GL1100 manual.