World’s first sexy Goldwing?
Custom & modified bikes
01 June 2009 15:52
Yes, it’s a Honda Goldwing – stripped-back, straight-barred and oozing a purpose and poise Honda never intended for it.
Danish film production designer Lars Nielson set about a 1976-model GL1000 to see if a sportier, lighter, faster ’Wing lay within, and boy did he find it.
“I also found great joy in pissing-off my Brit-bike riding friends by building a Honda café-bobber-whatever bike” he says.
The transformation entailed junking the colossal seat, car-like exhaust system, wrap-around mudguards and indicators the size of oranges.
Nielson sleekened the back end with a Triumph Speed Triple seat, dropped the front by an inch and completed the bulk of the ground-hugging effect with smaller 16” rims (down from 19” front and 17” rear).
Nielson consulted with other naked ’Wing-lovers on the nakedgoldwings.com forum throughout the build and says it made him realise the GL’s a bike to cherish:
“Working on the bike you discover it’s engineered absolutely brilliantly in every detail. As much as I love Brit bikes working on this bike I can understand why the whole industry died a painful death.”