Karel rolled up his sleeves firmly and that led to an unexpected result: a highly sporty Honda Goldwing. The Arnhem poster phenomenon Loesje would ask: "Is that allowed?" We think so. Especially because the first Goldwings were presented as really dynamic naked bikes avant la lettre. The first generation was intended to market the concept. And in a touring market whose top in 1976 consisted of a BMW 100/7 with an Avon fairing and Krauser suitcases, the commotion could not be made. The Honda Goldwing had to score on power, speeds and reliability. The evolution to the ultimate touring mastodon would come afterwards. Karel's approach was to wake up the sports genes from the GoldWing concept. The story started with the purchase of the base of the project.
And then it helped enormously that Karel mastered metalworking techniques
For example, the top triple clamp of the Honda Goldwing is made entirely by ourselves. Just like the brake/shifter set. But the pinnacle of classical thinking is, of course, in the beautiful drum brake. This also required a dose of metal modeling to match the front fork. And those are just the things that immediately catch your eye.
In this type of building and construction work it is of course the skills and taste of the builder that determine the result. And here the job was carried out with craftsmanship and a certain modesty.
Is that allowed?
The argument that it is a mortal sin to renovate a classic does not count for us. At least as long as the very last original example of such an engine is not brought to the slaughter like a lamb. But in breadth, there are so many copies across the brands and types that are simply not 'worth' to restore. Then it is a good option to give them a second life after a makeover.
But there are limits…
We do, however, put our comments on all fantasy bobbers, ratbikes, bratstyle, Zerostyle, trackers and other idiosyncrasies. From our little world we have seen many of those creations that were really dangerous from a construction point of view. While the wiring with terminal blocks were tinkered together. Those life-threatening things were usually spent on trendy Randstad residents who were endowed with an overdose of lifestyle genes without any technical awareness.
For example, we saw magic where, with total disregard for which headset geometry, thick upside down front forks were mounted in bicycle parts that really didn't steer better. A full beard, a checked flannel shirt and well-colored tattoos are no guarantee for making a good handling and braking motorcycle. But hey: what about stupid things we did when we had just finished puppyhood.
Perhaps out of all that trendy novelty, a few people will discover motorcycling for what it is: the most important side effect in life.
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