Honda chose the Bike Week festivities in Daytona to show off the “Cool Wing" concept. Based on a 2019 Gold Wing, the challenge was to create something that was stylish but without straying too far from functionality. Following an extensive draft process, designer Francis Clemente came up with a design that could stimulate both customizers and purists. Air suspension and batique-style mufflers were examples of elements that were key to creating the build's silhouette, but a handcrafted leather saddle, bare metal details and scallops in the paint brought the Cool Wing to life.
"Our team was ecstatic to be the chosen company to build a custom Gold Wing for Honda," said Steady Garage Co-founder Kevin Dunn. "The project was very challenging due to the Gold Wing's new design, as there was no guidance from any existing builds or projects that fit our style. Our hope was to build a custom Gold Wing that would be appreciated by riders of all ages, interests and backgrounds.”
The team of Dunn, Duy Nguyen, Jimmy Chen and Ray Tong, of Southern California's Steady Garage had their work cut out for them. “We had to make it look cool without stepping away from functionality. The bike has a lot of attitude, mixed with retro salt-flat inspired discs, scallop graphics and a low seat, and in our opinion the custom colors make it look very cool!"
With a month and a half to take the project from concept to reality, Steady Garage worked with a number of partners to fabricate special parts. Mooneyes built a mold specifically for the disc covers, while Platinum Air Suspension provided air shocks to help achieve the slammed stance without sacrificing the ride height. Onboard air is stored on two Dirty Work stainless-steel air tanks, with air supplied by a Viair 380c compressor. Maxima Imagen painted over 33 individual parts, and Electrical Connection provided dress-up components. Cub Group supplied the industry's first motorcycle blind-spot monitoring system (BSM), and Rogelio's Auto Upholstery did the one-off seat.
"The Gold Wing is one of our halo products," says Honda Motorcycle Shows & PR Manager Chris Cox, “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. Cool Wing has a youthful, creative, exciting spirit, while still respecting the Gold Wing brand and what it stands for.
Didn’t do Daytona? 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 Rally.