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.
Owning this beautiful bike encouraged me to get out and ride as often as possible. I have upgraded since then and currently ride a 1989 GL1500 Gold Wing. A huge improvement in comfort and power.
In the following pages, I share my stories of the rides I have taken and about the fantastic places I have been while riding these beautiful bikes. Enjoy!
You may have noticed a time gap since 2015 and 2019. Giselle and I were in a very serious motorcycle accident in May of 2015. After 4 years of surgeries, physio, and legal matters concerning the accident, we have both settled with our insurer and I now feel it is OK to post more stories.
Vancouver Island Ride – July 2021 (7/30/2021) - Near the end of July in 2021, Giselle and I got together with good friends Doug and Kathy Wilkins for a two night trip over to Vancouver Island and then return back down the Sunshine Coast. We didn't take a… Read More ... October Falling Leaves Ride (10/4/2020) - In early October, we planned a Falling Leaves Ride for the Chapter. Normally, we would head down into Washington State for this because there are so many beautiful roads along the west side of the mountains to get lost on. … Read More ... Rock Hard Buns Ride (8/23/2020) - In August the GWRRA North West Coast District sponsored a three day ride out to the Kootenays. Here is my story. The weather was cool and cloudy in the lower mainland on the 21st of August. Six of us gathered… Read More ... June – July 2020 Vacation Ride…… (7/24/2020) - At the end of June, Giselle and I were supposed to ride down through the States to attend Wing Ding 42 in Springfield Missouri. Well, that didn’t work out but we still had our vacation time booked off, so we… Read More ... Iron Butt – 2019 (6/24/2019) - After attending a seminar at the Ducati / BMW dealer in Vancouver in May, I decided to sign up for one of their sponsored Iron Butt Association rides. My plan was to do it two up with Giselle and some… Read More ... 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 ...