In the comments on the post about the 1976 Honda Gold Wing GL1000 Cafe, OMMAG left a note about an early Wing with a turbo back in the 1970s. He sent in a few photos to show us what they did. It’s actually a single unit, not a twin turbo as he first thought, but it’s interesting because no one was modifying Gold Wings back then, or at least, not yet.
His friend at the Honda dealer, took the first Gold Wing they received and fabricated the whole turbo setup, no bolt on kit was available, just some motivated gearheads that thought the Wing was a nice place to start. According to OMMAG, Honda said it was the first turbo Wing they knew of.
The thing is that we were just 20 yrs old at the time this Wing was done. This is the work of a self taught seat of the pants engineer and machinist. Just some good high school shop teachers to be credited with letting him develop that with some guidance.
His friend, Jed, later did a twin turbo CBX. I guess he got the bug.
From the looks of the drag strip photo above, their plan came together quite nicely. You gotta love a Gold Wing with wheelie bars. The photos below show a very clean installation, a great example of answering “What if?” with action. I like it.
More recently, Randakk did a nice supercharger for a GL1000. I like that one, too.