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The 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing, shown in Candy Blue Green.
The 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing, shown in Candy Blue Green. (Cycle World/)

Gold Wingers, put your kickstand down and grab a soda from the trunk. It’s time to say goodbye to the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and the annual Wing Ding party they hosted.

After 45 years, the GWRRA is no more. As announced at this year’s Wing Ding 43 event in Shreveport, LA, the GWRRA is closing its doors on July 31st of this year, according to founders Paul Hildebrand and Shirley Stevens-Garcia. In response, American Honda issued this very nice press release commemorating GWRRA’s contribution to the motorcycling community.

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Founded in 1977, the GWRRA was an organic response to the game-changing Honda GL 1000, known as the Gold Wing. In keeping with Honda’s mantra of “growing the pie,” or serving underrepresented market segments instead of fighting for market share, the Gold Wing created a category of new touring riders drawn to the powerful, affordable and virtually maintenance-free Gold Wing. At its height, the GWRRA had approximately 80,000 members across 53 countries, with 800-plus chapters staffed by 4,000 volunteer leaders.

Established with the motto, “Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge”, the GWRRA called itself, “the world’s largest single-marque social organization for owners of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles.” It made good on the ‘60s era ad slogan “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” by creating a non-profit, non-religious, non-political organization that advocated for rider education and safety, motorist awareness, and leadership training. In keeping with this spirit, prorated refunds will be offered to prepaid members.

Related: Bringing An Old Honda GL-1000 Back To Life

It’s hard to overstate the impact the original 80 hp liquid-cooled flat-four shaft-driven GL 1000 made on the motorcycling world when unveiled in 1974. In the early 70s, a touring rider’s choice of rigs was between Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide, BMW’s expensive /6 models, or the Moto Guzzi Eldorado. Suffering aboard a Kawasaki Z1 or Honda CB750 was just as common. While the Gold Wing was initially conceived as a sport model, Honda pivoted to a touring model early in development. Two prototypes actually featured “Hondaline” Vetter fairing accessories, although the molds have apparently been lost. The Gold Wing was presented without fairing or saddlebags at the September 1974 US dealer show in Las Vegas and quickly attracted riders and aftermarket parts entrepreneurs.

The Gold Wing itself is still going strong in 2022. And if you’re worried about what Gold Wing riders will do for company and fun, a cursory audit of Facebook shows about 90 American and international groups dedicated to various Gold Wing models. Unless the name is trademarked, a 2023 Wing Ding is entirely possible with a little DIY spirit. Stay golden, Gold Wing lovers.

The Gold Wing Road Riders of America: helping the nicest people you’ll meet, meet since 1977.
The Gold Wing Road Riders of America: helping the nicest people you’ll meet, meet since 1977. (GWRRA/)
A period GWRRA Wing Ding souvenir t-shirt from 2000.
A period GWRRA Wing Ding souvenir t-shirt from 2000. (eBay (Member: ratracer66)/)

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: The Gold Wing Road Riders Association Closes Its Doors
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/news/gold-wing-road-riders-association-closes-after-45-years/
Published Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2022 17:51:20 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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