Not The Joke Of The Week

Custom motorcycle builders receive strange and funny requests. I decided to share with you one of them I just received. I still didn’t reply, but you can write in comments the reply you would like me to send back to him. I will email your best (funniest) ones…

From:  Thomas M. Hirschmann (email address removed for privacy)
Subject: Goldwing Engine on a Harley Ultra Classic?
Date:  April 2, 2011 2:01:52 PM EDT
To:  Cyril Huze <>

Hi Cyril. Found your link on the www. Been a Harley fan here in the USA for years. In Europe I ride a Honda Goldwing. Love that bike for the power climbing the mountains there. I’m doing rather long excursions like San Diego to Palm Beach or yearly San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and back. Problem is that my wife – on long trips – can’t take the heat on the right hand aft side of the Harley anymore. Installed heat deflectors and such but nothing really works… especially in 110°+F outside temperatures like in the Baja de California! So here is my question: Could you install a Goldwing Engine on a Harley Ultra Classic? Sort of mend the best of both worlds? Looking forward to hearing from you I remain. With best regards. Thomas.

30 Responses to “Not The Joke Of The Week”

  1. 1 deacon Apr 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 am

    here’s any easier solution…buy a goldwing…

  2. 2 Boomer Apr 3rd, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Apparently the author doesn’t know about fuel controllers and how they can re-map the AFR and timing to make the HD engine run much cooler. An oil cooler will help as well. Couple these with a freer flowing air filter and mufflers and he will have exactly what he seeks with more power and nicer sound as an added benefit. I would suggest he call Jaime at for an all in one solution.

    Or just get a Goldwing as previously suggested…

  3. 3 zyon Apr 3rd, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Leave the wife at home…. issue resolved.

  4. 4 fluke Apr 3rd, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Just buy a Goldwing, add a few tassles and sprinkle the ground with oil drops from an on-board can every time you stop.

    Few onlookers will be able to tell you are not riding a real Harley.

  5. 5 Grey Beard Apr 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Being’s your a Goldwing rider, you know all about pulling a trailer. Use your imagination with your sweet loving little lady in mind.

  6. 6 bodyman Apr 4th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Tell Him yes I of course I can put a Gold Wing motor in you Harley frame. It would probably be cheaper to leave the old wife and get a young hotty that does’nt mind the hot cylinder heat.

  7. 7 dragon Apr 4th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    let her drive the cage with air in it

  8. 8 Calif Phil Apr 4th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    An UltraWing sounds like something in the femine products isle.

  9. 9 Calif Phil Apr 4th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    An ULTRAWING sounds like something in the feminine products isle

  10. 10 Dave Apr 4th, 2011 at 8:36 am


  11. 11 leston Apr 4th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    this cant be serious….

  12. 12 Jeff Nicklus Apr 4th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Divorce the bitch ….. problem solved! DUH!

    Over & Out,


  13. 13 Miami Chopper Shop Apr 4th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Hey Bro!

    The best of both worlds would be a Harley trike with a solid canopy……THAT is the best of both worlds. Forget the Honda please.

    Good Luck

  14. 14 martin Twofeather Apr 4th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This ain’t right,try letting someone else where the pants….

  15. 15 Blackhawk Apr 4th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Just buy a Victory problem solved and no shutting down cylinders due to the heat. Also no maintenance costs and support the USA most American made bike!

  16. 16 Rob Apr 4th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Doesn’t he know you can’t put 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag!

  17. 17 Dr. Dave Apr 4th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    The problem as I see it: That Goldwing flat six (made in Marysvile, Ohio. USA) has too much horsepower and torque for that platform, and not near enough vibration. (:

  18. 18 cyclereckr Apr 4th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Dr. Dave
    You might recheck the made in Ohio for the Goldwing, the plant space was takin to build them little Honda cars.

  19. 19 Iron Horse Apr 4th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I agree with Zyon and Jeff…Either leave the bitch at home or divorce her happy ass!

  20. 20 craig Apr 4th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Why not just run a 2-1 pipe. My wife had the same problem when we rented an 08 road king in Hawaii. I thought she just wasn’t used to the heat. But when we returned in 2010 we rented a 2010 road king with exhaust routed under the frame and she had no issues at all.

  21. 21 Chief Waldo Apr 4th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Could you do it? Yes. All it takes is money…

  22. 22 Dr. Dave Apr 5th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Cyclereckr, you are correct that Honda has changed the mission of that plant.
    That being said; the vast majority of the wings on the road, were built at Marysville.

  23. 23 Doug Apr 5th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Dear UltraWing Dreamer,

    Yes, technically, it can be done….but it comes with a free dress and purse for the rider wear and a free strap on for the passenger. Happy Baja-ing.


  24. 24 Chris Apr 6th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I think that sounds like a marvelous idea!

  25. 25 Delski Apr 7th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Take the Trip in the winter !

  26. 26 Delski Apr 7th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Ride naked

  27. 27 gtlover Apr 7th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Goldwiing motor in a cruiser frame…wouldn’t that just be a Valkyrie?

  28. 28 toby Apr 11th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Jokes aside, a bagger (new frame) with a revolution engine (V-rod) is a real possibility if the EPA folks keep tightening the screws.

  29. 29 Marc May 4th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    You want to know the funniest part about all this? I came across this post and it was actually my father who wrote this email. He was serious about having this bike built simply to try it but I guess now the joke is on the builder. Lost business for the builder if you ask me…..

  30. 30 OneWheelDrive Jun 18th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I found this looking for ideas for a revolution powered chop/bobber I want to build has anyone ever seen it done other than that abortion done on “biker build off” if I can’t come up with a good idea I’m also kicking around a “streetROD” revolution bagged idea I’ve seen mostly stock VRODs in the mid 9s at the strip and a high 9s low 10s bagged would be killer no?

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