GL1000 VIN Codes, Etc. Explained

GL1000 Engine Restoration

Beautiful GL1000 engine restoration by customer Tom Cox of Loveland, Colorado

Note: the table below is adapted slightly and reprinted with permission from the Classic Wing Club (originally posted here).

Also, engine and frame numbers on these machines were never intended by Honda to “match” exactly.  So long as the numbers are “close” and within the expected numerical range shown below, you probably have the original engine/frame combination as manufactured.

Thanks to Bob Roe and Frank Marx!

HONDA GOLDWING GL1000

1975 Honda GL1000K0 – 1977 Honda GL1000K2

MODELS, AREA CODES AND APPLICABLE SERIAL NUMBERS.

Model
Area code
Type
Applicable engine serial No.
Applicable frame serial No.
Applicable carburetor identification No.
Applicable final driven gear serial No.
GL1000
K0
(1975)
A
U.S.A.
GL1E-1000001

~1020645

GL1-1000001

~1020183

755A
F-1000001

~1023660

DK
General export (kph)
GL1E-1006916

~1019360

GL1-1007088

~1020323

DM
General export (mph)
GL1E-1011857

~1011883

GL1-1011678

~1011687

U
Australia
GL1E-1007562

~1020852

GL1-1007788

~1020691

GL1000LTD
(1976)
A
U.S.A.
GL1E-2033474

~2036896

GL1-2035001

~2037000

763 A
F-1055250

~1058964

CM
Canada
GL1E-2033474

~2036896

GL1-2037001

~2038420

F-1057452

~1058954

U
Australia
GL1E-2033474

~2036896

GL1-2037482

~2038285

ED
European direct sales
GL1E-2035517

~2036772

GL1-2037407

~2038248

755 P
F
France
GL1E-2035517

~2036772

GL1-2037027

~2037386

G
Germany
GL1E-2035517

~2036772

GL1-2037067

~2038362

GL1000 K1
(1976)
A
U.S.A.
GL1E-2001422

~2038639

GL1-2001483

~2032613

758 A
F-1023764

~1060695

CM
Canada
GL1E-2030194

~2038639

GL1-2030951

~2032773

DK
General export (kmh)
GL1E-2011696

~2101086

GL1-2012461

~2041235

DM
General export (mph)
GL1E-2028217

~2101086

GL1-2029016

~2030713

U
Australia
GL1E-2011664

~2101086

GL1-2011867

~2041225

E
England
GL1E-2000001

~2101130

GL1-2000001

~2040080

755 A

755 B

755 C

F-1020556

~1060695

ED
European direct sales
GL1E-2000004

~2101130

GL1-2000004

~2040760

F
France
GL1E-2000003

~2101130

GL1-2000003

~2041225

G
Germany
GL1E-2000002

~2101130

GL1-2000002

~2041275

GL1000 K2
(1977)
A
U.S.A.
GL1E-3000001 ~
GL1-3000001 ~
764 A

764 B

F-1060696 ~
CM
Canada
GL1E-3003871 ~
GL1-3003881 ~
DK
General export (kmh)
GL1E-3000001 ~
GL1-3010001 ~
DM
General export (mph)
GL1E-3000001 ~
GL1-3018501 ~
U
Australia
GL1E-3000001 ~
GL1-3010070 ~
E
England
GL1E-3009148 ~
GL1-3010002 ~
755 C
ED
European direct sales
GL1E-3009148 ~
GL1-3010005 ~
F
France
GL1E-3009148 ~
GL1-3010004 ~
G
Germany
GL1E-3009148 ~
GL1-3010003 ~

This table was created by Frank Marx – from the Netherlands

1975 Honda GL1000K0 – 1977 Honda GL1000K2

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Comments

  1. Jackie L Hagen says:

    I have a 1978 Honda Goldwing VIN GL1-4056673 how will this translate to the 17 digit standard vin code used now? I have a pdf picture of the VIN from the frame. HELP ME PLEASE?!?! It was made in Japan if that helps any. Please let me know what information that you have for me to get a converted 17 digit standard vin code. At present I do not have the title yet because it was not with the bike when I purchased it however I have been told it is in the mail and should be here soon. I’m hoping it has the correct 17 digit vin code on it but I need parts to get it running smoothly again for which I’m in a desperate search for the converted vin. Please and thank you very much.

  2. Duane Johnson says:

    My son bought me a project bike for Christmas. Its goldwing gl1000 vin number is gl1 10000088 this is going to be a fun project.

  3. Don DeWaele says:

    I own three 1976 yellow Honda Goldwings. One is a naked bike in excellent condition. One is in good running condition. The third bike has 14,000 miles and hasn’t ran for a few years. My question is how many yellow Goldwings were sold? I have read only 500 were sent to dealers and because yellow was not a popular color the plating was changed.

  4. Trying to determine if someone swapped some cams from a later model bike into mine. When i bought the bike, it came with a spare head and the previous owner said he go it from the person he bought it from. Are there any identifiers on the cams or heads that will tell me what year bike they came from?

    Thanks,

    -Matt

  5. Paola Zago says:

    Hi Mr. Randakk, my name is Paola and I am writing to you from Italy, I have two GL 1000s, one LTD from 1976 and one yellow from 1976, I ask you that I see from everything you write, that you are a true enthusiast and expert of this model, is it possible to know, perhaps year by year, how many GL units have been built?
    in Italy it is impossible to know
    Thank you in advance
    Paola

  6. have 2 sets of carbs for 77 vin# 764A, 755A from 75 & a parcel set from 78 vin# 771A from Canada will 764A which U.S. 764a or 755A will work best on my 76 GL 1000 K1

  7. hi there Randakk…i have a ’78’ apparently that has GL1E-4061246 and GL1-4061303…
    do you know what they correspond to please?..

  8. Philip Anstey says:

    Hi. I’m having a problem identifying my GL1000 that I have owned from 1 year old. It was registered in the uk in 1976. Engine No GL1E-2012557. Frame No GL2012276. I guess it is an early one as the chrome carb strips don’t cover the linkage.
    I’d really appreciate your help identifying it as I can’t match it with the table above.
    I’m currently restoring it after 25 years in storage (peskie kids)
    Many thanks.
    Phil

    • VIN numbers of this vintage are always a bit “iffy” but based on what I know, those are !976 frame and engine numbers.

      • Hi Randy, I just picked up an LTD “Parts Bike” complete, Frame # 2038696. I am in the Vancouver BC area. So it looks like maybe Honda made a few more after their initial run. The bike has all of the LTD bits and a short owner history so I am sure of its provenance.
        Still riding daily ’75 CB400F, ’75 GL1000, ’76 GL1000 LTD, ’62 CA105T. Thanks for helping to keep them going.

        Best Regards

        Bill

    • Dirk Wouters says:

      Dear all at Randakk

      I’ve been studiously working and tinkering on my GL1000 of which I thought it to be a 1977 K2, European model. Living in Belgium (Europe) must have made me believe so. All of a sudden I realize: it has comstar wheels & miles per hour clock readings (clocks were safely stored from the off that is why I never payed attention in the first place, shame on me).
      I am confused now as the number on the carbs says 755C. According to my well used Honda Parts List #4, 1977 (covering GL1000/LTD/K1/K2 models) such carb numer means: E (England) or ED (European direct sales), or F (France) or G (Germany). Engine serial number says 3026791, final drive number says F-1060696.
      Where did I go wrong?

  9. Fredy Ongerborg Coronas says:

    Hi I have a Honda Goldwing GL 1000, The Motor number its: GL-1E 1006742, and de frame number its: GL1-1006595 Dont have the original documents and the factory plate its losse. And I dont know the model year.
    In the paper read 1974 ( non original)

    Any help its wellcom and gread to me.

    Tanks

  10. Chuck Olson says:

    Is there a way of “knowing” that a yellow bike actually came with the correct bodywork, (by the VIN)??? I read somewhere that there only 500 yellow bikes produced? Thanks Randall….See you at Barber in 10 days.

    • Yes, the generally accepted number is that 500 yellow bikes were made for the 1976 model year. Unfortunately, there is no coding in the VIN# for body color, so there is no sure way to know if a bike was originally yellow other than good owner documentation. Sometimes color is listed on the original Bill of Sale or other dealer paperwork. Also, many yellow bikes were considered hard to sell by dealers and were changed to other colors before they were sold.

  11. Terje Treff says:

    I am looking at one listed as a 1977 model, but it has the comstar Wheels, not wire Wheels. VIN GL13021058. Is it possible this is actually a 1978 ?

    • VIN number plate will answer your question with complete accuracy.

    • Terje Treff says:

      I see now it`s not a 1978, as it has different body work. Is it possible the ComStar Wheels were delivered on some 1977`s ?

      • Terje Treff says:

        OK, someone is telling me those are not ComStars. It has been suggested they might be aftermarket wheels from Lester, which might make sense since the 77′ should come with spoke wheels.

        • Letters are fairly rare but a great period correct aftermarket upgrade. I’ve run them on several GL1000s and like them a lot. Most Lester rear wheels for the GL1000 are 16″ but I”ve managed to snag a few very rare 18″ rears.

  12. Richard Loehnig says:

    What does it mean for the VIN’s to “match”? Meaning numbers are exactly the same? I recently bought a ’75 GL1000 with an engine VIN around 1005574 and frame VIN around 10005670. Does this mean they are from separate bikes?

    • Engine and frame numbers on these machines were never intended by Honda to “match” exactly. So long as the numbers are “close” and within the expected numerical range shown in the table above, you probably have the original engine/frame combination as manufactured.

  13. Bernard Dubuc says:

    Hi
    I am a citizen of french Canada, I own 2, 1979 GL1000 one which is an original restauration and the other that is being modified to be lighter, more of a sport touring. here is my question my restauration vin is GL1 410680
    and the other is GL1 4110552. On the restauration all stickers are in plain english, But the other has all french stickers, can you tell me the origin of these 2 bikes?
    Thanks

  14. Gaston Duran says:

    we are lokking to purchase a rebuilt complete engine plus all the electrical arnesses please let us know if possible and send a quote on the engine

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