The facts below were gleaned from a USA site so some models may differ
in detail from what was available in Australia. However, with many
imports finding their way to our shores, it is helpful to know what is out
A more comprehensive history of the GoldWing can be found on Steve Saunders'
The original Gold Wing, and a new standard-setter from the moment
it arrived. Long-distance motorcycling would never be the same.
Colours: Candy Red, Candy Blue.
1976 GL1000 LTD Edition
Gold Wing enters its second year boasting a special model dubbed
the GL1000 LTD Edition, with Candy Brown paint and gold pin striping,
special LTD badges, chrome galore and gold spoked wheels. Colours:
Candy Red, Yellow (GL1000).
Entering its third season, Gold Wing ups the long-haul comfort factor
even further, adding higher handlebars and a plush, contoured dual
saddle. Colours: Red, Black.
A redesigned exhaust, five-spoke Comstar wheels and a tank-mounted
instrument pod highlight the luxo-tourer as it turns four. Colours:
Maroon, Blue, Black.
Late '70s styling accents include rectangular turn signals and
a larger, twin-bulb taillight out back. This year also marked the
start of Gold Wing manufacturing in America. Colours: Black, Candy
Blue, Candy Burgundy.
New decade, two new Gold Wings: the GL1100 and GL1100 Interstate.
Both featured a larger, 1085cc flat four engine, a longer, roomier
wheelbase, and all-new air-assisted suspension, while the Interstate
came fully dressed (saddlebags, trunk, fairing and windscreen) right
off the showroom floor. Colours for both: Candy Burgundy, Black.
1981 GL1100 Interstate
A huge hit with long-distance lovers everywhere, the Gold Wing Interstate
continues to evolve — a little sleeker, a little more polished —
as it enters its second year. Also available: GL1100. Colours for
both: Candy Burgundy, Metallic Blue Black.
1982 GL1100 Aspencade
A third Gold Wing joins the family — the GL1100 Aspencade — upping
the luxury touring ante even higher with a larger passenger backrest
and handy passenger storage pouches. Also available: GL1100, GL1100
Interstate. Colours: Metallic Black, Wineberry Red, Black; Metallic
Silver/Gray, Metallic Brown/Gold (Aspencade).
1983 GL1100 Aspencade
New cast wheels stand out on the '83 GL1100, a year that also
saw the Gold Wing's front forks get suspension-enhancing TRAC
anti-dive control. The Aspencade here also featured all-new digital
instruments. Also available: GL1100, GL1100 Interstate. Colours:
Black, Candy Regal Brown; Metallic Gray/Black, Candy Wineberry Red/Red
1984 GL1200 Interstate
The '84 Gold Wing arrives with a new SOHC, 1182cc opposed four
engine (with virtually maintenance-free hydraulic valve adjusters)
mated to a smooth five-speed, shaft drive set-up. Also available:
GL1200, GL1200 Aspencade. Colours: Black, Wineberry Red; Metallic
Gray, Pearl Blue, Wineberry Red (Interstate); Pearl Blue/Black,
Burgundy/Brown, Metallic Beige/Brown (Aspencade).
1985 GL1200 LTD Edition
The King turns 10 and celebrates with the all-new, ultra-deluxe
GL1200 LTD Edition featuring computerized fuel injection, four-channel
stereo, cruise control and an on-board travel computer. Also available:
GL1200 Interstate, GL1200 Aspencade. Colours: Wineberry Red, Metallic
Silver, Metallic Blue (Interstate); Vintage Red/Red, Satellite Blue/Blue
(Aspencade); Metallic Gold/Brown (LTD).
1986 GL1200 Aspencade SE-i
The standard-bearer of long-range luxury rolls into the new year
boasting many of the same leading-edge features as its 1985 LTD
predecessor, including cruise control, fuel injection and dash-mounted
travel computer. Also available: GL1200 Interstate, GL1200 Aspencade.
Colours: Wineberry Red, Black (Interstate); Metallic Beige/Red,
Metallic Blue/Blue, Metallic Silver/Gray (Aspencade); Pearl White/Beige
1987 GL1200 Interstate
A plush new dual seat, tapered and form-fitted to provide the ultimate
in coast-to-coast comfort, adorns the '87 Gold Wing. Also available:
GL1200 Aspencade. Colours: Metallic Beige, Amethyst Silver (Interstate);
Black/Gray, Wineberry Red/Red, Metallic Silver (Aspencade).
Completely redesigned nose to tail, the GL1500 marked a new era
for the Gold Wing, starting with its silky smooth, powerful new
1520cc flat six-cylinder powerplant, reverse gear and ultra-sleek
styling. The result: A touring benchmark unlike any ever imagined.
Colours: Blue, Gray, Beige.
The GL1500 celebrates its sophomore year, continuing to be the
full-dress luxury tourer of choice and class standard. Colours:
Blue Green Metallic, Wineberry Red, Beige.
The SE model joins the standard GL1500, bringing with it all the
styling touches and creature comforts — vented windscreen, rear
spoiler with integrated brake/taillight, foot-warmer vents — riders
had come to expect from a Gold Wing. Colours: Wineberry Red, Light
Metallic Blue; White/Silver/Gray (SE).
1991 GL1500 SE
A touring trifecta comprises the '91 Gold Wing line-up, with
the Interstate and special-edition 10th Anniversary Aspencade rolling
up alongside the SE. First-class features abound, including illuminated
switches, AM/FM radio and a chrome front brake disc cover (Aspencade
only). Colours: Beige (Interstate); Black (Aspencade); Gold/Brown
1992 GL1500 Aspencade
This year's 'Wing featured a fully integrated 25-watt AM/FM
audio system, complete with an output jack for headphones. Also
available: GL1500 Interstate, GL1500 SE. Colours: Candy Red, Metallic
Blue; Metallic Teal (SE).
1993 GL1500 SE
Fine-tuning of the GL1500 trio continues, with an upgraded cruise
control system and, in the top-of-the-line SE's case, an all-new
CB radio and dual rear speakers. Also available: GL1500 Interstate,
GL1500 Aspencade. Colours: Candy Red, Metallic Blue, Black (Interstate,
Aspencade); Metallic Blue/Teal, Pearl Blue/Blue, Pearl White/Blue,
1994 GL1500 SE
Styling accents are the highlight this new season, reflected in
the all-new colour-matched lower bodywork panels. Also available:
GL1500 Interstate, GL1500 Aspencade. Colours: Candy Red, Pearl Teal,
Black; Pearl Green, Pearl Teal, Candy Red, Pearl White (SE).
1995 GL1500 Aspencade
A motorcycling milestone is reached heralding two decades of the
Gold Wing. Honda celebrates with three commemorative Gold Wing models
sporting 20th Anniversary badging to go with a special hard-cover
book detailing the GL's 20-year legacy. Also available: GL1500
Interstate, GL1500 SE. Colours: Candy Red, Pearl Green (Interstate);
Candy Red, Pearl Magenta, Pearl Green (Aspencade); Pearl Magenta/Purple,
Pearl Green/Green, Candy Red/Red, Pearl White (SE).
1996 GL1500 SE
While an all-new full-logic audio system further enhanced the '96
Gold Wing's touring package, the new year ushered in even bigger
news. One million Honda motorcycles had rolled off American assembly
lines, and appropriately enough, that millionth model was a Gold
Wing. Also available: GL1500 Interstate, GL1500 Aspencade. Colours:
Candy Red, Pearl Green, (Interstate); Candy Red, Pearl Magenta,
Pearl Green, Pearl Blue (Aspencade); Candy Red/Red, Pearl Magenta/Purple,
Pearl Green/Green, Pearl White/White (SE).
1997 GL1500 SE
Popular as ever, the Gold Wing continues to burnish its luxury touring
legacy as the new millennium draws near. Also available: GL1500
Aspencade. Colours: Pearl Red, Pearl Green, Pearl White; Candy Red/Red,
Pearl Green/Green, Pearl White/Silver, Black (SE).
1998 GL1500 SE
New-design cylinder head covers and white-faced gauges highlight
aesthetic touches to the latest Gold Wing. Also available: GL1500
Aspencade. Colours: Candy Red, Black; Black, Candy Red/Red. Pearl
Beige/Beige, Pearl Silver/Silver, Pearl White/Gray (SE).
1999 GL1500 SE
Honda Motorcycles pops the cork on its 50th birthday, commemorating
this major milestone with special 50th Anniversary badging on all
three Gold Wings. Also available: GL1500 Aspencade. Colours: Candy
Red, Black; Candy Red/Red, Pearl Green/Green, Silver/Silver, White/Gray,
2000 GL1500 SE
The history-making revelry continues into the new season as Gold
Wing enters its 25th year, memorialized with 25th Anniversary badging
on the entire line-up. Also available: GL1500 Aspencade. Colours:
Candy Red, Black; Black, Candy Red/Red, Blue/Blue, White/Green (SE).
2001 GL1800 Gold Wing
Enter the all-new GL1800 Gold Wing, a completely-redesigned-from-the-tires-up
showcase of Honda engineering and styling. Featuring a massive new
1832cc flat six engine and lightweight aluminium frame, this new-generation
giant is as powerful as it is agile. Optional Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
merely upped an already potent performance package. The touring
class had once again been turned upon its ear. Also available: GL1800
ABS. Colours: Illusion Red, Blue, Yellow, Black.
2002 GL1800 Gold Wing
Drawing rave reviews and universal praise from industry experts
and enthusiasts alike, the GL1800 enters its second season at full
throttle. Also available: GL1800 ABS. Colours: Illusion Red, Orange,
Illusion Blue, Silver, Yellow, Black
2003 GL1800 Gold Wing
The '03 Gold Wing continues its dominion over the luxury touring
class with its perfect balance of high-performance and first-class
features. Also available: GL1800 ABS. Colours: Red, Orange, Illusion
Blue, Silver, Yellow, Black.
2004 GL1800 Gold Wing
Seven brilliant colours highlight this year's Gold Wing line-up,
offering perhaps the broadest palette yet. Also available: GL1800
ABS. Colours: Black, Red, Candy Black Cherry, Candy Red, Magenta
Metallic, Titanium, White.
2005 GL1800 Gold Wing
Happy 30th birthday to you, Honda Gold Wing! Three decades of peerless
luxury touring excellence are embodied in this year's specially
badged 30th Anniversary commemorative edition. Also available: GL1800
ABS. Colours: Metallic Silver, Pearl Yellow, Bright Blue Metallic,
Candy Black Cherry, Dark Gray Metallic, White.