Express Wheels – 2002 Honda Goldwing GL1800


Name: Stephen and Vicki Hackett

From: Invercargill

When and why did acquire it? We bought the bike in 2019 in California, USA, so that we could ride it to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and tour 14 states. Somehow, it followed us home.

What is the vehicle’s history? We are the second owners; the bike had already toured the United States extensively.

Has it been altered in any way? The previous owner put a lot of aftermarket bling on it. Kitchen and bathroom in the left-hand saddlebag; spa pool in the right-hand one; bedroom and lounge are accessed from the top box.

What’s it like to ride? Smooth and comfortable, like a big armchair.

Where’s your favourite stretch of road? From Kingston to Glenorchy.

Top speed? Unknown to us. Just set the cruise control to 62mph and we are legal.

Best riding experience? Riding with a group of like-minded friends.

Worst riding experience? Being blown off the road on the West Coast and taking an hour in the rain to get the bike back on the road.

What other vehicles of note have you owned? 1964 EH Holden — slow rebuild at
the moment.

Best music to drive to? George Thorogood, Dire Straits, Meatloaf.

Describe your driving style: Careful, must keep the body in one piece.

If you could go for a drive in any vehicle, what would it be? 1963 Rolls Royce Phantom.

What was the first vehicle you ever bought? First bike — a brand new 1980 Yamaha
DT125G. First car — 1974 Hillman Avenger.

Do you belong to any clubs? Grover Chaser’s Touring Bunch and Southern Motorcycle tag on Facebook.

Engine: Six-cylinder 1832cc, 88kW (118hp), shaft drive.

Transmission: Six-speed manual, plus electric reverse.

Colour: Illusion blue

Event: Easter Egg Run
Grover’s 25th annual motorcycle Easter Egg Run. Easter eggs are given as an entry fee
and are passed on to the Southland Foodbank Charitable Trust which distributes them to families in need for Easter.
Sunday, March 28. Departs: Woodlands Tavern, 12.30pm and Ascot Park Hotel, 1pm. All motorcycles are welcome. Entry fee is an Easter egg. A souvenir badge is available for $10 while stocks last. Approx 100km free poker run to follow.

Photos: Jenet Gellatly