Old Bike Barn eats, sleeps, and breathes vintage motorcycles - we strive to keep vintage machines on the road. With that being said, we know buying a used bike and tracing issues previous owners "fixed" can be quite the hassle. We're here to save one lucky person the headache of fixing someone else's problems! The OBB crew has always talked about doing a giveaway with a road ready vintage motorcycle but finding the perfect bike to give away held us up. We wanted it to be something special, something that made a statement in the motorcycle industry... and that special something is the HONDA GL1000!
Old Bike Barn has a pretty wide demographic, ranging from early 20's to 65+. Many of you may know why this specific bike is the special something we were searching for, but many of you may not. We're here to pass down knowledge and give our newly crazed vintage motorcycle enthusiasts all the info they need tounderstand why this model is so special.
Let's hop into the time machine and head back to 1972. Harley-Davidson, Moto Guzzi, and BMW were leading the way in the U.S. with motorcycles built for distance. Long distance riding was a newfound craze here and the 3 big manufactures mentioned above had jumped on the new trend early. Before the GL, there was no great option for a cruiser. The Harley option was high maintenance and high vibration. The Moto-Guzzi and BMW options were much smoother and more reliable compared to the Harley, but the high price point steered people away.
Three years prior, Honda released the SOHC CB750, but that couldn't compete with the current models built for comfort and distance. They hit the drawing board with the sole purpose of designing a long-distance motorcycle built around comfort.
Fast forward to 1975 and the release of the Honda Gold Wing GL1000. Honda did it! It was a purpose-built touring bike that swept the nation. What was originally intended to be a large sport motorcycle was quickly reworked into the touring king, and we're glad they went the direction they did. The 999cc flat four, shaft driven engine was the perfect platform. It offered smooth, reliable power while being a fairly quiet running bike. The folks behind the GL may not have known it at the time, but they changed the motorcycle industry for the better. More than 90,000 GL1000's were sold in the U.S. between 1975-1979, and those numbers kept climbing with the release of new GL models in the coming years.
Today you'll find the early Gold Wings in many forms, ranging from stock to stripped down cafe racers. These bikes have stood the test of time and continue to provide the comfort and power they were built to have back in the 70s.
With that being said, we present to you the OLD BIKE BARN giveaway bikes!
One lucky person will be taking home not one(1) but two(2) road ready GL1000's.
1976 Candy Antares Red GL1000
This bike is in nice looking original condition. It's seen it's fair share of the country in the last 44 years, still run and rides like a dream! The original Candy Antares Red paint still shines bright in the sun, some wear is shown from years of adventure but overall the paint is in great shape. This bike has recently been serviced, fresh oil change, filter, carbs rebuilt (new carb kits), new battery, new tires and much more. This beauty is ready to hit the road for many years to come!
1978 Candy Grandeur Blue GL1000
This bike is in nice looking original condition aside from the mufflers (only non original part on this bike). This bike has also seen it's faire share of the country in the last 42 years, but nothing is stopping this beauty from cruising down the road. The Candy Grandeur Blue is in great shape, some wear from use over the years but overall the paint is great! This bike has also been recently serviced, fresh oil, filter, carbs rebuilt, new battery, new tires and much more. This dreamy GL is ready to lay down some miles with it's new owner!
Why two? because riding alone isn't fun. We hope the winner will loan one to a friend and the two will set out on an adventure together.
For every $5 spent on our curated giveaway section you will receive a FREE ticket. Your tickets will be packed in your order, make sure to hold onto them!
Winner will be drawn Saturday, July 11th @ The Old Bike Barn Crossroads at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Central Ohio.
**YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN**
-The winner is responsible for arranging pickup, or shipping
Alternate Method of Entry
**Due to Covid-19, in the event that the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is cancelled. Old Bike Barn will still draw the winner Saturday, July 11th. We will live stream the drawing on Facebook and Instagram.