This was my first Gold Wing. It was a 1984 GL1200 Aspencade. It was the first year for the 1200 fully loaded Aspencade model. In its day, it was the ultimate cruising/touring bike. It was equipped with an air ride suspension, FM stereo/cassette system with built in audio headsets for driver and passenger and had the first digital dash found on a motorcycle. I was the third owner and did my best to keep the bike as original as possible. At the time of this picture, it had just over 120,000 kms on it, as far as I know.
In the following pages, I have shared my stories of the rides I have taken and about the fantastic places I have been while riding this beautiful bike. Enjoy!
July, 2015 – Update.
After an unfortunate incident while out riding earlier this year, this beautiful bike is no more. Myself and my passenger were pretty banged up, but are still here to tell about it. Never fear!! I found another one – same year, make and model.
February, 2018 – Update.
After almost 3 years of surgeries related to the accident (six in all), physical therapy, and working on my new bike to bring it up to the standards of the old one, I am ready to do some serious touring again.
June 1, 2018 – Update:
After stopping in at a dealer last week to ask about donations for a fundraiser we were having the following week, the salesman tried to sell me a new 2018 Gold Wing. I flatly told him “NO, but if you ever get a 1987 to 1993 GL1500 in, give me a call”. I thought he would never take in a bike that old on trade. Well, two days later he called!!
Here is my new baby!!
Three Falls Ride – Sea To Sky Highway (4/18/2015) - Early spring rides can be a bit cool, but rewarding with the right weather. This was one such ride – totally unplanned, hop on the bike and go! It was mid April and the sun was out. Giselle and I Read More ... Washington/Oregon Coast (7/3/2014) - Last summer at this time, Giselle and I headed south for the Canada Day long weekend. We had 4 days to go as far south down the coast as we could. We rode down to Anacortes, Washington, then headed south on Read More ... Ready for spring…. (2/11/2014) - I picked up my bike from the Honda shop on Saturday. It has been undergoing some minor repairs from a small accident I was involved in back in June! While they were at it, I got it serviced and ready Read More ... Blue Ridge Parkway (10/16/2013) - The Blue Ridge Parkway was built back in the 40’s and 50’s as a government project to create jobs for people in the area. It connects two great National parks – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Read More ... Cherohala Skyway (10/14/2013) - The Cherohala Skyway runs from Robbinsville, North Carolina (just south of the Tail of the Dragon) westward into Telico Plains, Tennessee. Just over 50 miles of smooth, twisty highway along a ridge of the westernmost point of the Smokey Read More ... Tail of the Dragon – US 129 – Deals Gap (10/14/2013) - The Tail of the Dragon is located southeast of Nashville near the entrance to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It is a section of Tennessee State Highway 129 and consists of 11 miles of the twistiest, turniest highway ever Read More ... Vernon Loop Ride (8/11/2013) - In August, the club was supposed to go on a ride that went from Vancouver to Whistler, up to Pemberton, and then over the Duffey Lake road to Lillooet and then back down along the Fraser River Canyon through Lytton Read More ... Kootenay Weekend….. (7/11/2013) - The July long weekend Kootenay Loop Run started out a bit shaky, but ended with lots of memories of a great weekend with good friends. It all started out on Saturday morning with a planned ride starting in Langley with Read More ... Troubles…… (6/3/2013) - Well, July long weekend is upon us. I’m off with the GWRRA (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) Chapter BC-A on a three day ride covering the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. After several mechanical issues with the old wing, Read More ...