Making a customized out of a Gold Wing looks like a frightening problem irrespective of the way you slice it. Simply wading by all that bodywork alone seems like a weeklong mission. However when Southern California’s Regular Storage bought the decision from American Honda for a cool customized based mostly on the long-haul tourer that may be unveiled at Daytona Bike Week, the parents there knew they needed to reply—although that they had simply 45 days to do the deed.
The problem was doubly troublesome as a result of with the Wing’s new design there’d be little steering from current builds. The Regular guys—Kevin Dunn, Duy Nguyen, Jimmy Chen, and Ray Tong—wished to create a motorcycle with trendy styling whereas nonetheless giving a nod to the Gold Wing’s legendary heritage. “Fashionable however purposeful” doesn’t at all times turn into as straightforward because it sounds.
Fortunately, these guys have mates. Designer Francis Clemente got here up with a design that appealed to each customizers and purists, utilizing the air suspension and contrasting mufflers to form the silhouette. A handcrafted leather-based saddle, uncovered metallic particulars, and scallops within the paint offered the “Cool Wing” these quirky design parts that immediately gave it a brand new id.
It then grew to become a workforce challenge, with Regular Storage calling on a number of different prime professionals to assist out. Mooneyes constructed a mould particularly to make the retro disc covers for the Wing’s entrance rim, and Platinum Air Suspension chipped in air shocks to get that slammed stance however with out utterly trashing experience peak. Onboard chrome steel air tanks from Soiled Works retailer the wanted air, which is then delivered by a single Viair 380c air compressor.
Paint is commonly the primary attraction on a customized construct, and on this case, Maxima Imagen utilized coloration to 33 particular person components. However don’t assume this Gold Wing ditches its high-tech DNA; you’ll additionally discover the trade’s first motorbike blind-spot monitoring system (BSM) right here, because of the Cub Group. Including the icing on this cake was Rogelio’s Auto Upholstery who customary the ribbed leather-based seat.
It looks like a win-win for everyone on this one; “The Gold Wing is one among our halo merchandise,” says Honda Bike Exhibits and Public Relations Supervisor Chris Cox, “and we wished to focus on the truth that whereas it’s rightly identified for its superb touring capabilities, it’s additionally a really high-performance machine that may be appreciated by a broad vary of fans. Regular Storage embraced that theme for this challenge, and we’re more than happy with the end result. Cool Wing has a youthful, inventive, thrilling spirit, whereas nonetheless respecting the Gold Wing model and what it stands for.”
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