Older Honda Gold Wings have a pretty devoted following and sometimes their owners just keep tinkering as they try to get their ride to match that idea they have in mind. Phillip Sanford is one of those guys, he has a 1984 Honda Gold Wing GL1200 that has been modified into a cafe racer of sorts with lots of additions, custom made pieces and parts swaps and he may still not be finished. I came across Phillip’s bike as I was walking around Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio and he filled me in on a few of the details.
It’s running a Weber 2 barrel carb with an M60 Magnacharger plus a NOS nitrous fogger. The heads have been ported. It has hand made wire wheels with a front brake from a 1985 Honda V65 Sabre with ABS. Race Tech & Works Performance suspension pieces plus Kawasaki ZX6 rearsets, pedals and pegs with custom linkage. Rear turn signals are from a Sportster, the luggage rack is Honda with a custom gooseneck trailer hitch. The taillight is Harley Davidson, the cafe fairing is by Tracy.
There’s quite a bit more but you get the idea. He just decided the Gold Wing would be a better bike with a few personal touches. It’s another example of how far some of these guys will go. There’s more modification work going on with these old Wings than I was aware of which also shows almost any bike is a good starting point for your own perfect bike. It just takes time and effort.
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