The Coolest Custom Honda Goldwings From The Big Bike's 40 Year Run

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2015 is the 40th anniversary of the Honda Gold Wing; a comfortable touring motorcycle that's become one of the best-known brands in biking. Stock 'Wings tend to be ridden by mustaches-and-hawaiian-shirts. But when it comes to customization, few bikes are built in so many distinctly different ways. What's your style?

I'm a fan of the stripped-and-simplified retro-style variants like Quentin Hunt's "Bold Wing." Sometimes when I'm stuck on a flight between two crying babies and a neurotic chihuahua I imagine dismantling a Gold Wing's fairing and just the fantasy of relieving the machine of its burden is satisfying enough to calm me down.

But I hear some folks like to put extra wheels on the back and add a person's weight-worth of neon sticks. You keep doing you, moto-ravers. Just don't pop any pills before you park the bike.

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The 1832cc 2015 Gold Wing will hit dealerships this October, with the slightly more aggressively-tuned Gold Wing F6B model coming in out a month later.

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The Gold Wing has packed on a lot of pounds since its first run (above), now standing at just over 900 pounds in its slimmest trim. The 2014 model does 0-60 in about four seconds and gets mid-30's MPG for fuel economy.

Image: Andrew P. Collins (Graphics: Martin Pettitt/Flickr, Quentin Hunt "Bold Wing"/YouTube, Honda)

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It's easy to make fun of the Gold Wing, but after four 300 mile days on a stock Shadow, the Gold Wing made way more sense. I don't know if I would buy one with my own money, but the F6B would make for one sweet ride down through Florida again.