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The GL1000 is more suited to cruis­ing in comfort than back­roads bend-swing­ing. Al­though the en­gine is renowned for long-term re­li­a­bil­ity, this may be run­ning out on high-mileage ex­am­ples. The ear­li­est US market ver­sion, with blue back­grounds on the cam­box badges, re­put­edly has hot­ter cams and a top speed nearer 130mph than 120mph. Chris Hunter of the Gold Wing Own­ers Club of GB Clas­sic Sec­tion, says: “It’s very reli­able and can cover 100,000 miles, al­though some­times the clutch can’t cope with the power. Cam belts are good for 25,000 miles and can be cheaper if bought as Honda car spares; check the part se­rial num­bers.” Prices range from £900 to £7000-plus for a real stun­ner.

In Fe­bru­ary’s Vil­liers Star­maker en­gine strip, we printed an in­cor­rect phone num­ber for Paul Pow­ell’s com­pany, cot­tonvil­lierss­ – the cor­rect num­ber is: 07831 421455. Apolo­gies for any in­con­ve­nience caused.

Gold Wing makes for reli­able cruis­ing

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