Honda USA took the wraps off a custom-built “Coolwing” Goldwing as part of Dayton Bike Week. The special motorcycle was created by Kevin Dunn, Duy Nguyen, Jimmy Chen and Ray Tong, of Southern California's Steady Garage.
Steady Garage's interpretation envisions more modern styling that still pays homage to the Goldwing's robust heritage. The goal was to please both customizers and purists with a stylish but functional design, drafted by designer, Francis Clemente. The final product features air suspension and batique-style mufflers, a handcrafted leather saddle, bare metal details, and scallops in the paint.
Steady Garage worked with partners to machine and fabricate special needed parts. Mooneyes created the disc covers for the front rim. Platinum Air Suspension provided air shocks to help achieve the slammed stance without sacrificing the ride height. The onboard air is stored on two Dirty Work stainless-steel air tanks, with air supplied by a single Viair 380c air compressor. Maxima Imagen painted over 33 individual parts. Electrical Connection provided dress-up components. Cub Group supplied the industry's first motorcycle blind-spot monitoring system (BSM), and Rogelio's Auto Upholstery fabricated the seat. The project took one and a half months from concept to reality.
"Our team was ecstatic to be the chosen company to build a custom Gold Wing for Honda,"said Steady Garage Co-founder Kevin Dunn. "Our hope was to build a custom Gold Wing that would be appreciated by riders of all ages, interests and backgrounds.”
"The Gold Wing is one of our halo products,"added Honda Motorcycle Shows and Public Relations Manager, Chris Cox, "and we wanted to highlight the fact that while it's rightly known for its amazing touring capabilities, it's also a very high-performance machine that can be appreciated by a broad range of enthusiasts. Steady Garage embraced that theme for this project, and we're very pleased with the result."
Besides Daytona Bike Week, the Cool Wing will be on display at multiple events this year, including the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and the Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally.