Craig Rodsmith is one of the elite few that truly deserves to have an ego…but doesn’t. According to photographer Grant Schwingle, the Australian metal-shaping guru has a tendency to sell himself short, and had to be pried for details on this stunning Honda Gold Wing.
Based in Illinois, USA, Craig calls this the ‘X-Wing,’ and casually dismisses it as a ‘quick’ build. “It started off as a bone stock 1980 Honda GL 1100 that had been sitting in my shop gathering dust for a year or two,” he says.
“I decided to do a quick build as a daily rider—why not? They’re smooth, comfortable and ultra reliable. I thought I’d just do a quick replacement aluminum tank cover to give it a little character, which lead to a matching seat, and it soon got out of hand.”
Out of hand is an understatement: by the time Craig was done, there wasn’t an inch of the Gold Wing that hadn’t been seen to.…