The Gold Wing was like some­thing from an­other planet in 1975. Me and the old man nipped into Chel­tenham to buy plugs for his Yamaha AS3 and when we pitched up at Wil­liams bike shop, the old boy couldn’t be­lieve what he was see­ing. ‘It’s a bloody flat four,’ he kept re­peat­ing. This was some­thing else. And it still is… No in­di­vid­ual model has a fol­low­ing like the Gold Wing’s. With 795,000 sold since 1975, there is no short­age of own­ers. And they like to get to­gether. A lot. At the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion Tr­ef­fen in Slove­nia, there are 1000 bikes, trikes, com­bos and what have you. We run into Jeff Shep­pard from Gloucester. Jeff is 72 and bought his Wing in 2011. ‘I had some pen­sion money so I in­vested it in a 1500 Gold Wing,’ he says. ‘The ca­ma­raderie is sec­ond to none. If you need help you just look up the near­est peo­ple in the Help Guide and you’re done.’ Oddly enough we met Wingers Dave And Mar­garet from Deal at a petrol sta­tion in Ger­many and be­fore the chat had gone two min­utes they’d of­fered to put us up if we ever needed it and gave us their num­ber. So if it’s ca­ma­raderie you’re af­ter Jeff’s not jok­ing.

Here for the beer

Je„ from Gloucester en­joy­ing ca­ma­raderie

There’s room on the Wing for three

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