It's amazing what some time, effort, elbow grease and eBay will do, but this 1976 Honda GL1000 started out as a well used Gold Wing, just the sort of bike you might find for sale at a great price. Bikes like these turn up everywhere, the owner just gets tired of it, plans are put on hold, it gets dirty and finally goes up for sale. Often, there's nothing really wrong with it that a bit of garage time can't fix and that's exactly what happened here.
This particular bike is the current Bike of the Month (March 2010) over at Naked Goldwings. When the owner bought it, it had a gold engine and showed its age so he began thinking about what he could do with the rest of the bike. A nice black and gold paint job to complement the engine, a new tail section and fairing, some exhaust pipes found for $60 on eBay and of course, lots of time and effort. The other thing to keep in mind is no extreme re-engineering was necessary, no journeyman machining or welding skills, just methodical and persistent effort, the kind of thing many of you can do.
Now he has a comfortable and extremely good looking cruiser. Turned out rather nice, I'd say.
Link: Naked Goldwings
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There are usually some nice Honda GL1000s for sale.