1975 Honda GL 1000 – $17,500

SELLER SAYS: 1975 (1974 Model) Honda GL1000 for sale. I rebuilt this bike over a two year period and almost everything has been changed or upgraded. Upgrades include: Blasting and powder coating of frame and tank. New paint on tank covers . New suspension. Re-spoked wheels. New electrics including loom, electronic ignition, coils, reg/ rec, lights, Motogadget Munit and Motoscope Pro. Radiator has been re-cored. New radiator guard. Rear sets. New bearings and seals. Engine has new fuel pump, water pump, cam belts and tensioners etc. A full list of all upgrades can be provided. Original finish on the engine and fasteners have been left for a more vintage look and feel. Licensed until 02/2022. Bike is in excellent condition. Contact Karsten at karsten.bojesen@gmail.com (North Coogee, Perth WA)

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: It’s hard to imagine Honda’s iconic Gold Wing as anything other than a fully-dressed open-road heavyweight tourer, given that it virtually invented the tourer genre as we know it. But the Gold Wing could well have evolved into a town bike. When first released as the GL1000, there were no panniers — no luggage at all — and not even a fairing. In fact, the bike looked a lot like a potential replacement for the CB750 and some folks at Honda wanted to develop it as a hot-rod muscle bike. It was only after feedback from riders and the emergence of an entire industry of touring-inspired accessories — along with disappointing sales figures in its first year of production — that Honda decided to steer the GL towards the highway instead of the boulevard. But if Honda had developed its then-biggest-ever motorcycle as a muscle bike, it very likely would have looked a lot like this cafe’d GL1000 selling from Western Australia, with an impressive list of recent upgrades. (Interestingly, early GL Hondas are becoming increasing popular as starting points for custom bikes, ranging from mild to wild. Click here to see a few more.)