• Jul 30th 2009 at 5:59PM
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2010 Honda Gold Wing - Click above for high-res image gallery

We knew the day would come when the final Gold Wing motorcycle would be built in America after Honda announced last year that it would eventually close its motorcycle plant in Marysville, Ohio. Apparently, that time is now, as Honda has confirmed that the Gold Wing assembly line has halted. Moving forward, all Gold Wings – along with just about every other two-wheeler from Honda – will be imported from Japan.

Finished in 1979, the 330,000 square-foot Marysville Motorcycle Plant that has assembled the Gold Wing since 1981 was the first Honda manufacturing facility in America. Since then, over a million Honda Gold Wing motorcycles have made their way down the assembly line and four additional assembly plants have been erected in Ohio producing cars, SUVs, engines and transmissions.

While we're sure it makes sound financial sense to close the Marysville Motorcycle Plant, it strikes us as odd timing to shutter its first U.S. manufacturing site given that Honda is right in the midst of celebrating its first 50 years in America. Conversely, Honda plans to further expand its automotive manufacturing footprint in the U.S. Currently, about 76 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the United States are produced in North America. Unfortunately, we can now strike the Gold Wing off that list.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm …. Lot’s of stupid comments on here from azzhats that don’t even own or have probably never ridden a motorcycle. My 2005 VTX that was manufactured at the Marysville plant is rock solid and I’ve had zero problems, while my friends who ride American made Harley’s and spent twice as much have suffered many costly issues. Ride On!!!

      Sad to see the plant close, but at least most of the workers were offered positions at their auto / engine plants.
        Jamason Self
        • 2 Months Ago

        I heard Harley and Briggs Stratton are merging.  While their engines will still be air cooled this should provide Harley with an improved, less expensive, engine to maintain.  Personally I wouldn't trade my VTX valve stems for a new Hardly (ho misspelling).  They're great if you want to be like everyone you ride with but personally I'd prefer to make it back home so I'll just keep my VTX.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Am 69 years old. Have owned 25 bikes. My 25th is now a Goldwing. Have ownedamong other bikes, 3 harleys which is 4 to many. Rice burner is the only way to go. Love my wing....
      • 6 Years Ago
      does anyone know where the shot was taken?

      that places looks gorgeous.
      Delores Morgan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am so sorry to see it go..Just making plans to bring a bus load out to see the great Honda Goldwing..Had many bus trips out there in the late 80's & 90's and worked out there on there M/C rallies...THANK YOU .. Sorry you never did make a motorcycle for women (550 Helix) would have been perfect..Being a motorcycle safety Intructor for 20 years..sorry to say but Harley beat you out on the womens bike... Had 3 Goldwing, rode every USA State and had NO trouble with my bikes...Many blessings to the ones that worked in Marysville...now my bus load will go to the auto plant...Delores
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the few bikes Honda made that I actually liked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's too bad. The Marysville-built Accord my father owns seems much better built than my Japanese-built Civic. It could be because of the difference in price, but you shouldn't have to pay for build quality.
        moderate fringe
        • 3 Years Ago
        Different level car. I don't know why people buy Toyota Yaris' for Example. Corolla is a much better car for a couple grand more. I'd save it or buy used. Same with Civic vs. Accord.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't disagree. But not all things are made equal. Especially when it comes to cars. Some have a better fit and finish thanks to the market segment they're built for.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or the decade's difference in years perhaps?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they can sale the factory to Buell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Perhaps in Japan they will finally get decent stators installed to run all that mobile home crap they are laden with.
      Dave Jacobs
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am very sorry to see Honda motorcycles move out of our country. Honda will also be sorry to have made such a move soon as well. With the manufacturing of the Honda line of motorcycles leaving the U. S. their sales will also suffer soon. Dealers will begin to have problems getting motorcycles and parts as our country is going through a period of an economic catastrophe, and the money flows more into the pockets of the very wealthy, and corporate entitiy executives and stockholders that first to the people. This has become a real problem, and is not the way intended. President Abraham Lincoln had said that "What is good for the people is good for the country." He did not say what we hear today from our politicians of "What is good for business is good for the county." That leaves the people out completely, and has brought us the problems we face today. As this continues, it has thus far gotten to the point where people do not have the money for all the price increases from business. This also means that businesses are starting to lose, which again raises prices so as to keep the high pay for executives and the extra benefits for politicians who support business instead of the people. This type of action will also increase prices for import goods, including the Honda motorcycles. Now, when people are starting to feel such a high pressure of cost increases without the equal increase in wages and benefits, even more increases come along, and business and imports lose even more as the people will not be able to buy at prices they are able to afford. What is it that Honda feels they can do more with cars by adding new facilities for more production with this current financial condition all while closing down an already established facility for a product that is currently increasing its sales? They will lose all the way around now. Goodbye Honda!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good riddance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, Why?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seriously.... why do people bother to comment with crap like that. Good riddance? Yea, F the thousands of employees about to lose their jobs and the cities and families this will effect. Who cares.... moron.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a little surprised. Some of Honda's motorcycles were actually nice. My friend who has like 20 motorcycles has a RUNE and a Gold Wing. He loves them both. Well, the Gold Wing is so his fiance will actually get on one. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        go away honda...........die............fold up...........my wish for you and japan.........
      Rick Johnston
      • 2 Years Ago
      The last goldwing I will own 2002. I'm buying american made Victory Vision. Bad move Honda. very sad indeed.
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