Honda Gold Wing 1000 (GL1000) Motorcycles


1975 GL1000K0

Engine

Engine Type 999 cc, liquid cooled, Inline-4 boxer, 4-stroke
Bore and Stroke 72 mm x 61.4 mm
Horsepower 9.2:1
Valve Train 2 valves/cylinder SOHC

Drivetrain

Transmission Five-speed
Final Drive Shaft
Wheels Wire spoke wheels with aluminum rims

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Brakes dual 232 mm discs with 2-piston calipers
Rear Brakes single 250 mm disc with 1-piston calipers 810 mm (31.9 inches)
Front Tires 3.50-18
Rear Tires 4.50-17

DIMENSION

Wheelbase 1545 mm (60.8 inches)
Fuel capacity with reserve 19 litres (5 gallon US)
Dry weight 273 kg (601.9 pounds)

OTHER

Colour:
  • Candy Antares Red
  • Candy Blue Green
  • airings, common on later Gold Wings, were an add-on accessory not supplied by Honda
  • The side cover decal reads “Gold Wing GL1000” The face of the instruments was dark green
  • The exhaust system was black with a solid chrome shield and chrome tailpipe
  • The engine was an opposed four cylinder similar to the BMW
  • Interestingly, it also duplicated the BMW by incorporating a shaft drive
  • The frame serial number began GL1-1000012 while the engine serial number began GL1E-1000001

1976 GL1000’76

Engine

Type  Water cooled, 4-stroke O.H.C. engine
Cylinder arrangement Flat, Four
Bore & stroke 72 x 61.4 mm
Displacement 999 cc
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Valve train Belt driven over head camshaft
il capacity 3.5 lit. (3.7 US qt; 3.1 Imp. qt)
Lubrication system Forced and wet sump
Cylinder head compression pressure 12 kg/cm² (171 psi)
Intake valve opens at 5° (before top dead center)
Intake valve closes at 50° (after bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 50° (before bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 5° (after top dead center)
Valve tappet clearance IN – EX 0.1 mm (0.004 in)
Idle speed 900 rpm

CARBURETION

Carburetor type CV type, 32 mm venturi bore
Setting number 755A
Standard main jet (primary) No. 65
Standard main jet (secondary) No. 125
Standard slow jet No. 35
Air jet (primary) No. 120
Air jet (secondary) No. 60
Slow air jet No. 125
Idle mixture screw initial setting 1 3/8

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio 1.708
Secondary reduction ratio 0.825
First gear ratio 2.500
Second gear ratio 1.708
Third gear ratio 1.333
Fourth gear ratio 1.097
Fifth gear ratio 0.939
Final reduction ratio 3.400
Gear shift pattern Left foot operated return system
Final gear oil capacity 200-220 cc
Wheels Wire spoke wheels with aluminum rims

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Brakes Double disc brake
Rear Brakes Disc brake
Front Tires size and air pressure: 3.50 H 19 (4PR) 2 kg/sq. cm (28 psi)
Type Double cradle
Front Suspension and travel: Telescopic fork, 143 mm
Rear Suspension and travel: Swing arm, 86.3 mm
Fuel capacity 19 liters (5.0 US gal; 4.2 Imp gal)
Fuel reserve capacity 3 liters (0.8 US gal; 0.7 Imp gal)
Caster angle 62 degrees
Trail 120 mm
Front fork oil capacity 195-205 cc (to fill if dry) 170-180 cc (refill after draining)

ELECTRICAL

Ignition Battery and ignition coil
Ignition point gap: 0.3 – 0.4 mm (0.012 – 0.016 in.)
Ignition advance “F” mark: 5° (BTDC)
Ignition advance maximum advance: 5° – 32°
Ignition advance rpm from “F” to max. advance: 1450-2450 rpm
Starting system Starting motor and kick starter
Alternator AC generator, 12 volt, 0.3 KW/5000 rpm
Battery capacity 12 V – 20 AH
Spark plug NGK D8ES-L
Spark plug gap 0.6-0.7 mm (0.024-0.028 in)
Dwell angle 90° ± 2.5°
Condenser capacity 1.4µF

LIGHTING

Headlight (low/high beam) 12V – 40/50W
Tail/stop light 12V – 3/32 cp (No. 1157)
Front turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1034)
Rear turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1073)
Meter light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Neutral indicator light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Turn signal indicator light 12V – 3.4W
High beam indicator light 12V – 3.4W
Oil pressure warning light 12V – 3.4W
Headlight warning light 12V – 3.4W
Tail/stop light warning light 12V – 3.4W
Position light 12V – 3 cp

DIMENSION

verall length 2305-2340 mm
Overall width 875 mm
Overall height 1225 mm
Wheelbase 1545 mm
Seat height 810 mm
Foot peg height 305 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Dry weight 265 kg

OTHER

Colour:
  • Candy Antares Red
  • Sulfur Yellow
  • Fairings, common on newer Gold Wings, were an add-on accessory
  • The side cover decal reads “Gold Wing GL1000” The face of the instruments changed to light green
  • The exhaust system was black with a solid chrome shield and chrome tailpipe
  • The frame serial number began GL1-2001483 while the engine serial number began GL1E-2001422
  • The second year for the Gold Wing (GL1000 ’76) was introduced in 1976

1977 GL1000’77

Engine

Type  Water cooled, 4-stroke O.H.C. engine
Cylinder arrangement Flat, Four
Bore & stroke 72 x 61.4 mm
Displacement 999 cc
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Valve train Belt driven over head camshaft
il capacity 3.5 lit. (3.7 US qt; 3.1 Imp. qt)
Lubrication system Forced and wet sump
Cylinder head compression pressure 12 kg/cm² (171 psi)
Intake valve opens at 5° (before top dead center)
Intake valve closes at 50° (after bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 50° (before bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 5° (after top dead center)
Valve tappet clearance IN – EX 0.1 mm (0.004 in)
Idle speed 900 rpm

CARBURETION

Carburetor type CV type, 32 mm venturi bore
Setting number 755A
Standard main jet (primary) No. 65
Standard main jet (secondary) No. 125
Standard slow jet No. 35
Air jet (primary) No. 120
Air jet (secondary) No. 60
Slow air jet No. 125
Idle mixture screw initial setting 1 3/8
Float level 21 mm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio 1.708
Secondary reduction ratio 0.825
First gear ratio 2.500
Second gear ratio 1.708
Third gear ratio 1.333
Fourth gear ratio 1.097
Fifth gear ratio 0.939
Final reduction ratio 3.400
Gear shift pattern Left foot operated return system
Final gear oil capacity 200-220 cc
Wheels Wire spoke wheels with aluminum rims

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Brakes Double disc brake
Rear Brakes Disc brake
Front Tires size and air pressure: 3.50 H 19 (4PR) 2 kg/sq. cm (28 psi)
Type Double cradle
Front Suspension and travel: Telescopic fork, 143 mm
Rear Suspension and travel: Swing arm, 86.3 mm
Fuel capacity 19 liters (5.0 US gal; 4.2 Imp gal)
Fuel reserve capacity 3 liters (0.8 US gal; 0.7 Imp gal)
Caster angle 62 degrees
Trail 120 mm
Front fork oil capacity 195-205 cc (to fill if dry) 170-180 cc (refill after draining)

ELECTRICAL

Ignition Battery and ignition coil
Ignition point gap: 0.3 – 0.4 mm (0.012 – 0.016 in.)
Ignition advance “F” mark: 5° (BTDC)
Ignition advance maximum advance: 5° – 32°
Ignition advance rpm from “F” to max. advance: 1450-2450 rpm
Starting system Starting motor and kick starter
Alternator AC generator, 12 volt, 0.3 KW/5000 rpm
Battery capacity 12 V – 20 AH
Spark plug NGK D8ES-L
Spark plug gap 0.6-0.7 mm (0.024-0.028 in)
Dwell angle 90° ± 2.5°
Condenser capacity 1.4µF

LIGHTING

Headlight (low/high beam) 12V – 40/50W
Tail/stop light 12V – 3/32 cp (No. 1157)
Front turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1034)
Rear turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1073)
Meter light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Neutral indicator light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Turn signal indicator light 12V – 3.4W
High beam indicator light 12V – 3.4W
Oil pressure warning light 12V – 3.4W
Headlight warning light 12V – 3.4W
Tail/stop light warning light 12V – 3.4W
Position light 12V – 3 cp

DIMENSION

verall length 2305-2340 mm
Overall width 875 mm
Overall height 1225 mm
Wheelbase 1545 mm
Seat height 810 mm
Foot peg height 305 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Dry weight 265 kg

OTHER

Colour:
  • Candy Antares Red
  • Candy Sirus Blue
  • Black
  • Fairings, common on newer Gold Wings, were still an add-on accessory
  • The side cover decal reads “Gold Wing GL1000” The face of the instruments changed to black with green KPH markings
  • The exhaust system was black with a solid chrome shield and chrome tailpipe
  • The handlebars were higher and recontoured than in the previous two years
  • The saddle had a dual contour
  • The frame serial number began GL1-3000001 while the engine serial number began GL1E-3000006
  • The third year for the Gold Wing (GL1000 ’77) was introduced in 1977

1978 GL1000’78

Engine

Type  Water cooled, 4-stroke O.H.C. engine
Cylinder arrangement Flat, Four
Bore & stroke 72 x 61.4 mm
Displacement 999 cc
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Valve train Belt driven over head camshaft
il capacity 3.5 lit. (3.7 US qt; 3.1 Imp. qt)
Lubrication system Forced and wet sump
Cylinder head compression pressure 12 kg/cm² (171 psi)
Intake valve opens at 5° (before top dead center)
Intake valve closes at 50° (after bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 50° (before bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 5° (after top dead center)
Valve tappet clearance IN – EX 0.1 mm (0.004 in)
Idle speed 900 rpm

CARBURETION

Carburetor type CV type, 32 mm venturi bore
Setting number 755A
Standard main jet (primary) No. 65
Standard main jet (secondary) No. 125
Standard slow jet No. 35
Air jet (primary) No. 120
Air jet (secondary) No. 60
Slow air jet No. 125
Idle mixture screw initial setting 1 3/8
Float level 21 mm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio 1.708
Secondary reduction ratio 0.825
First gear ratio 2.500
Second gear ratio 1.708
Third gear ratio 1.333
Fourth gear ratio 1.097
Fifth gear ratio 0.939
Final reduction ratio 3.400
Gear shift pattern Left foot operated return system
Final gear oil capacity 200-220 cc
Wheels Five spoke “silver” Comstar wheels

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Brakes Double disc brake
Rear Brakes Disc brake
Front Tires size and air pressure: 3.50 H 19 (4PR) 2 kg/sq. cm (28 psi)
Type Double cradle
Front Suspension and travel: Telescopic fork, 143 mm
Rear Suspension and travel: Swing arm, 86.3 mm
Fuel capacity 19 liters (5.0 US gal; 4.2 Imp gal)
Fuel reserve capacity 3 liters (0.8 US gal; 0.7 Imp gal)
Caster angle 62 degrees
Trail 120 mm
Front fork oil capacity 195-205 cc (to fill if dry) 170-180 cc (refill after draining)

ELECTRICAL

Ignition Battery and ignition coil
Ignition point gap: 0.3 – 0.4 mm (0.012 – 0.016 in.)
Ignition advance “F” mark: 5° (BTDC)
Ignition advance maximum advance: 5° – 32°
Ignition advance rpm from “F” to max. advance: 1450-2450 rpm
Starting system Starting motor and kick starter
Alternator AC generator, 12 volt, 0.3 KW/5000 rpm
Battery capacity 12 V – 20 AH
Spark plug NGK D8ES-L
Spark plug gap 0.6-0.7 mm (0.024-0.028 in)
Dwell angle 90° ± 2.5°
Condenser capacity 1.4µF

LIGHTING

Headlight (low/high beam) 12V – 40/50W
Tail/stop light 12V – 3/32 cp (No. 1157)
Front turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1034)
Rear turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1073)
Meter light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Neutral indicator light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Turn signal indicator light 12V – 3.4W
High beam indicator light 12V – 3.4W
Oil pressure warning light 12V – 3.4W
Headlight warning light 12V – 3.4W
Tail/stop light warning light 12V – 3.4W
Position light 12V – 3 cp

DIMENSION

verall length 2305-2340 mm
Overall width 875 mm
Overall height 1225 mm
Wheelbase 1545 mm
Seat height 810 mm
Foot peg height 305 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Dry weight 265 kg

OTHER

Colour:
  • Candy Limited Maroon
  • Candy Grandeur Blue
  • Black
  • Fairings, common on newer Gold Wings, were still an add-on accessory
  • The side cover decal reads “Gold Wing GL1000” The face of the instruments were black with red KPH markings
  • An instrument panel was added to the center pod
  • The exhaust system was new and solid chrome
  • The frame serial number began GL1-4000001 while the engine serial number began GL1E-4000001
  • The fourth year for the Gold Wing (GL1000 ’78) was introduced in 1978

1979 GL1000’79

Engine

Type  Water cooled, 4-stroke O.H.C. engine
Cylinder arrangement Flat, Four
Bore & stroke 72 x 61.4 mm
Displacement 999 cc
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Valve train Belt driven over head camshaft
il capacity 3.5 lit. (3.7 US qt; 3.1 Imp. qt)
Lubrication system Forced and wet sump
Cylinder head compression pressure 12 kg/cm² (171 psi)
Intake valve opens at 5° (before top dead center)
Intake valve closes at 50° (after bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 50° (before bottom dead center)
Exhaust valve opens at 5° (after top dead center)
Valve tappet clearance IN – EX 0.1 mm (0.004 in)
Idle speed 900 rpm

CARBURETION

Carburetor type CV type, 32 mm venturi bore
Setting number 755A
Standard main jet (primary) No. 65
Standard main jet (secondary) No. 125
Standard slow jet No. 35
Air jet (primary) No. 120
Air jet (secondary) No. 60
Slow air jet No. 125
Idle mixture screw initial setting 1 3/8
Float level 21 mm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio 1.708
Secondary reduction ratio 0.825
First gear ratio 2.500
Second gear ratio 1.708
Third gear ratio 1.333
Fourth gear ratio 1.097
Fifth gear ratio 0.939
Final reduction ratio 3.400
Gear shift pattern Left foot operated return system
Final gear oil capacity 200-220 cc
Wheels Five spoke “silver” Comstar wheels

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Brakes Double disc brake
Rear Brakes Disc brake
Front Tires size and air pressure: 3.50 H 19 (4PR) 2 kg/sq. cm (28 psi)
Type Double cradle
Front Suspension and travel: Telescopic fork, 143 mm
Rear Suspension and travel: Swing arm, 86.3 mm
Fuel capacity 19 liters (5.0 US gal; 4.2 Imp gal)
Fuel reserve capacity 3 liters (0.8 US gal; 0.7 Imp gal)
Caster angle 62 degrees
Trail 120 mm
Front fork oil capacity 195-205 cc (to fill if dry) 170-180 cc (refill after draining)

ELECTRICAL

Ignition Battery and ignition coil
Ignition point gap: 0.3 – 0.4 mm (0.012 – 0.016 in.)
Ignition advance “F” mark: 5° (BTDC)
Ignition advance maximum advance: 5° – 32°
Ignition advance rpm from “F” to max. advance: 1450-2450 rpm
Starting system Starting motor and kick starter
Alternator AC generator, 12 volt, 0.3 KW/5000 rpm
Battery capacity 12 V – 20 AH
Spark plug NGK D8ES-L
Spark plug gap 0.6-0.7 mm (0.024-0.028 in)
Dwell angle 90° ± 2.5°
Condenser capacity 1.4µF

LIGHTING

Headlight (low/high beam) 12V – 40/50W
Tail/stop light 12V – 3/32 cp (No. 1157)
Front turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1034)
Rear turn signal light 12V – 32 cp (No. 1073)
Meter light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Neutral indicator light 12V – 2 cp (No. 57)
Turn signal indicator light 12V – 3.4W
High beam indicator light 12V – 3.4W
Oil pressure warning light 12V – 3.4W
Headlight warning light 12V – 3.4W
Tail/stop light warning light 12V – 3.4W
Position light 12V – 3 cp

DIMENSION

verall length 2305-2340 mm
Overall width 875 mm
Overall height 1225 mm
Wheelbase 1545 mm
Seat height 810 mm
Foot peg height 305 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Dry weight 265 kg

OTHER

Colour:
  • Candy Limited Maroon
  • Candy Grandeur Blue
  • Candy Burgundy
  • Fairings, common on newer Gold Wings, were still an add-on accessory
  • The side cover decal reads “Gold Wing GL1000” The face of the instruments were black with red KPH markings
  • As in the previous year an instrument panel was added to the center pod
  • The exhaust system was solid chrome
  • The turn signals were rectangular rather than round
  • The tail light had a ribbed lens and two bulbs
  • The control levers were black
  • The frame serial number began GL1-4100001 while the engine serial number began GL1E-4100001
  • The fifth (and last) year for the 1000cc Gold Wing (GL1000 ’79) was introduced in 1979

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