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REVER is the leading name in motorcycle trip planning. And they’re working with us to bring you eight inspired rides, highlighting the best routes and stops along the way for an experience you’ll never forget.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE (210.56 MILES)

THE LACONIA FIGURE EIGHT

This figure-eight loop starts in Laconia, NH, and heads along Lake Winnipesaukee before venturing into the beautiful White Mountain National Forest. Amazing roads and stunning views await, especially in the fall. The loop then heads down the valley between Mt. Lafayette and Mt. Moosilauke before backtracking to Tamworth, into Hameway State Forest and then southwest along Squam Lake on your way back to Laconia.

 

OHIO (202.47 MILES)

WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST LOOP

Nestled in the heart of Ohio’s most lush and forested region, this scenic loop begins in Lancaster, just southeast of Columbus. It weaves in and around the beautiful Wayne National Forest, and then runs along the Ohio River toward Reedsville on the southernmost section of the route. The loop then works its way northwest through towns like New Plymouth, Gibisonville, Rockbridge and Sugar Grove before heading back into Lancaster.

 

WASHINGTON (143.92 MILES)

FROM KAPOWSIN TO YAKIMA

Beginning just south of Tacoma – and east of Olympia – this route heads along the National Park Highway into beautiful Mount Rainier National Park. It winds through amazing twists and turns just south of Mt. Rainier, before continuing east along Highway 12 toward Rimrock Lake, where the road hugs the northern coast before following the Tieton River, and moving on southeastward into Yakima.

 

NORTH CAROLINA (244.81 MILES)

FROM ASHEVILLE TO GATLINBURG LOOP

A truly epic ride, this loop begins in Asheville, NC, and heads south along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, right into Nantahala National Forest. It then picks up Highway 441, following the Oconaluftee River before crossing into Tennessee through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and on toward Gatlinburg. After bearing east on the 321, it picks up the 32, winds along to Highway 40, follows Pigeon River and Waterville Lake, before meandering back into Asheville.

 

ARKANSAS (186.91 MILES)

OZARK NATIONAL FOREST LOOP

If Arkansas isn’t on your motorcycle-riding radar, you’re missing out. This loop starts in the small town of Clarksville (population 9,000), and shoots northward into the Ozark National Forest. Stunning scenery is in store as you make your way through towns like Sand Gap and Mt. Judea, along the Arkansas Grand Canyon, and into Mt. Sherman. The route then works its way south through Pettigrew and Arbaugh, before delivering you back into Clarksville.

 

TEXAS (207.20 MILES)

AUSTIN BBQ & THE HILL COUNTRY LOOP

Beginning in downtown Austin, this loop heads northwest along a fantastic road hugging the Lake Travis shoreline. It then continues into the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Park, before passing Buchanan Lake on the way to Llano, where you can grab lunch at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Not hungry yet? Then turn southeast along 71 and make a detour onto Cypress Mill Road into Spicewood, where there’s another great lunch spot: Opie’s BBQ. From here you’ll head back into Austin, through Barton Creek and into the trendy South Congress neighborhood.

 

CALIFORNIA (221.48 MILES)

THE EUREKA LOOP, DAY 1

This route has some of the best scenery and roads that Northern California has to offer. Starting out in the funky town of Eureka, it plunges east into the Shasta-Trinity National Forest along some amazing pieces of tarmac before heading north along Trinity Lake. Mile after mile of breathtaking views are in store as you make your way south toward Mount Shasta. Here, you’ll find plenty of places to lodge for the night, and plenty of character in this little town with a history going all the way back to the early 1820s.

 

CALIFORNIA (239.28 MILES)

THE EUREKA LOOP (FROM MT. SHASTA), DAY 2

Starting in the beautiful town of Mount Shasta, and at the base of the mountain bearing the same name, this route heads north into the Klamath National Forest. You’ll encounter stunning vistas and spectacular curves as you work your way across the Pacific Coast Range. The route then cuts south into the Six Rivers National Forest, before finishing on the amazing Trinity Highway back into Eureka.

A SCROLL THROUGH HISTORY

THE MAKING
OF A KING

The Gold Wing was born of vision, a wild step into imagination where unparalled power blends perfectly with next-level capability. What started as a top secret project intent on building the King of Kings, has resulted in a legendary machine that journeyed straight into the hearts of countless thousands. A lot has happened over the past 43 years. So we’ve created this interactive timeline for you, tracing the path taken by one of the industry’s greatest achievements.

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1975 | GL1000 GOLD WING

Touring is born. And no one saw it coming. Powered by a 999cc liquid-cooled, horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine, the GL1000 marked a significant shift in motorcycle culture, inspiring an entirely new way to ride.

1976 | GL1000 GOLD WING LTD

A special bike got special details in Year Two. The GL1000 Limited Edition featured gold striping, wheels and spokes, as well as LTD sidecover badges, a quilt-patterned seat and a chromed-out radiator shroud and screen.

1980 | GL1100 GOLD WING

Five years of consumer use and feedback resulted in the GL1100. Offering more than a boost in displacement, this latest iteration focused on torque and rider comfort, firmly establishing itself as a pure touring machine.

1980 | GL1100 GOLD WING INTERSTATE

Seeing the boom in aftermarket touring components, Honda released the first fully-dressed tourer and gave it the Interstate name. Factory-installed saddlebags, trunk and fairing prepared this new GL for the long haul.

1982 | GL1100 GOLD WING ASPENCADE

The ‘82 Aspencade ushered in a level of luxury new to touring. With LCD instrumentation, stereo and CB, an on-board air compressor and even handy storage pouches in the passenger backrest, riders hit the road in style.

1984 | GL1200 GOLD WING ASPENCADE

The bar was raised even further out of reach with the impressive GL1200. Sporting a new 1182cc engine, improved chassis and new hydraulic-valve adjustment, this Wing stood unmatched in power, agility and sophistication.

1985 | GL1200 GOLD WING LIMITED EDITION

The Wing’s 10-year anniversary saw the end of the unfaired GL. And the luxurious Limited Edition arrived, with fuel injection, cruise control, auto-leveling suspension, metallic gold paint and comfort features galore.

1988 | GL1500 GOLD WING

Four years, thousands of testing hours and 60 prototype stages later, the 6-cylinder GL1500 was born. Loaded with new thinking, like an innovative reverse gear, it set standards that would go unmatched for over a decade.

1990 | GL1500 GOLD WING SPECIAL EDITION

Anniversaries call for something special. Like a 15th Anniversary Special Edition model, complete with an upgraded sound system, new lighting and a vented windscreen, as well as adjustable floorboards with foot heaters.

1995 | GL1500 GOLD WING 20th ANNIVERSARY

The GL did more in its first twenty years than any other bike. And Honda celebrated this milestone with the release of three commemorative models, and a special hard-cover book detailing the entire Gold Wing history.

2001 | GL1800 GOLD WING

New millennium. New bike. The Gold Wing underwent a full redesign for 2001, and saw its displacement increased to 1832cc. New marks in power, luxury and technology were set, placing this latest GL in a class all its own.

2005 | GL1800 GOLD WING

For the 30th Anniversary, the Gold Wing received multiple new colors with color-matched badging and key. Yet there was one other milestone deserving of celebration: at this point, over 500,000 Gold Wings have been built.

2006 | GL1800 GOLD WING

The 2006 Gold Wing brought a technological first to market: Honda’s own Motorcycle Airbag System, designed exclusively for the GL. In addition, an onboard GPS-based navigation system became available on select models.

2009 | GL1800 GOLD WING

Honda engineers continued fine-tuning the Gold Wing, giving the ’09 model a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which alerts the rider when tire pressure gets low. Also new: XM radio with live traffic and weather updates.

2012 | GL1800 GOLD WING

In 2012, the Gold Wing got new styling and loads of user-friendly details, like a USB port that allows you to upload pre-mapped routes to the onboard navigation system, and link your iPod/MP3 player to the audio system.

2015 | GL1800 GOLD WING 40th ANNIVERSARY

Back in 1975, no one predicted the Gold Wing would inspire a following that spans the entire globe. To celebrate the 40th anniversary we gave it special badging and a luxurious two-tone paint scheme to signify this crowning achievement.

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