Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer by 85 Speedshop

Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer

“Man-Size” Goldwing Cafe Racer from Denmark!

Rune Kellberg is a 33 year-old single father who spends his spare time in his workshop, 85 Speed Shop, with his 6 year-old son — lucky kid! They love building old cars, but especially bikes.

Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer

When it came time for his fourth build, Rune decided on a 1977 GL1000 Goldwing. The first-generation Goldwing, built from 1974-1979, offered a 999cc liquid-cooled flat-four with 80 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque.  Rune had always wanted to build a custom ‘Wing for himself. After all, at 190 cm tall — about 6’3″ — Rune had to take his size into account. The Goldwing proved the perfect fit — a “man-size cafe racer” for the tall Dane.

Below, we get the full story on this custom Goldwing!

Honda GL1000 Cafe Racer: Builder Interview

Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

33 year old single dad, who spends all of my spare time in my workshop with my 6 year old boy. Both old cars, but especially building bikes. Got the workshop with a buddy of mine for the last three years. This GL1000 Goldwing is my 4th build.

Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer

• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?

It’s a Honda GL1000 Goldwing from ’77.

• Why was this bike built?

The bike was build for myself. I always wanted to build a Goldwing – A man size bike! 😉

Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer

• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

There were no plan to start with. I just took it apart, and then took it step by step and tried a lot of different things before I was satisfied.

Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer

• What custom work was done to the bike?

The bike was lowered both front and back. It got clip-ons, new handles, new seat, the frame got painted and there was made a custom rear-loop, lights, new slashcut exhausts, and the number plate holder is made from an old crowbar. ???

Honda GL1000 Goldwing Cafe Racer

• How would you classify this bike?

I would classify the Bike as a >MAN-SIZE CAFERACER< 😉 (I’m 190cm and it suits me! 😉

Huge credit to Nordic Steel Solutions for making the custom rear-loop ?? (Facebook: Nordicsteelsolutions)

Follow the Builder: @85speedshop



  1. John Simons

    Hi that is a good bike to run I had a 76 gl1000 I have a 78 I don’t know what to do with it no more at the rectifier got chewed up by the squirrels but I got the California fat bags on it mag wheels I just have it sitting here but how is that to make it a cafe racer that how it feels good I love the bike from the spacious seating for your legs and you just can stretch out on and very nice I always love Goldwing I got a tooth 2000 or 89 or 87 but my 78 to me rides better than the 1500 Goldwing

  2. Great I’m 6-2 215 and build custom motorcycle here in central Texas and get tierd of seeing these little 40hp tight pants vape smoking cafe bikes scooting around in town barley reaching 65mph if your lucky sounding like lawn mowers.i built a 78 GS1000 and ride it year round only vehicle I own right now.

  3. Really nice old girl. I have a 79 with Comstar wheels but I love the spokes. I have a Sportster too and the GL is a little neglected but this article may help. Your build is very inspiring. Nice work!

  4. Great look, but as I see it, there “might” be 60mm of suspension travel left on the forks after sliding them down in the trees. That’s really not enough.

  5. Looks Great. I have an 83 GL1100 cafed out.

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