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I just bought a 1980 GL1100. Did this bike come stock with Vetter bags and fairing? Mine has no fairing, it was damaged and since removed but it does have a trunk and bags and they are made by Vetter and branded as such. I thought that the 1980 and later Wings all came with fairings and bags factory installed and would have thought that they would have been Honda branded. Am I wrong in thinking this?

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No they didn't. Vetter is an aftermarket company that made tour packs for many bikes at the time. All the Honda Interstate models and Aspencades came with Hondaline factory made luggage and fairings. Superior quality IMO
 

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That's what I thought. Kinda confused though. This bike is a GL 1100 and it has Vetter saddle bags and a Vetter trunk. Not sure why anyone would replace Honda equipment with Vetter. I do think that the Honda OEM bags look better.
 

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That's what I thought. Kinda confused though. This bike is a GL 1100 and it has Vetter saddle bags and a Vetter trunk. Not sure why anyone would replace Honda equipment with Vetter. I do think that the Honda OEM bags look better.
your bike is a standard 1100 that came from the factory with no bags, trunk, or fairing what we now call a nakkid wing. the po added a vetter package to the bike. omly the interstate or aspencade came from the factory with the honda line package
 

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Below from Wikipedia.. according to this the Hondaline bags didn't start until 1979. It's quite likely the Vetter fairing was added by the dealer in 1980.

The Gold Wing made its debut at the Intermot motorcycle show in October 1974 as the GL1000.[3] It featured a flat-four 999 cc (61.0 cu in) engine, and had a dry weight of 267 kg (590 lb). 13,000 units were sold in the United States in 1975.[4]
Although the GL1000 was listed as a touring motorcycle, it was sold without fairings. Soon, a market developed offering fairings and luggage accessories, including the Windjammer series by Vetter Fairing Company. With only minor differences for different markets, the model remained virtually unchanged during the 1975 to 1977 production run. In 1978 many changes were introduced, including changes to the faux tank shape, instruments on the top of the faux tank, seat, camshafts, carburetors, exhaust system, Comstar wheels, and removal of the kickstart.
During the final run of the GL1000 in 1979, Honda included their own saddlebags and trunk, but still did not offer a fairing. Honda sold more than 97,000 units of the GL1000 in the United States between 1975 and 1979.[5]


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That would explain a lot about the bike then. It was my assumption that all GL1100s (all Goldwings from 1980 on) came with Honda fairings and bags. I was actually looking for a naked Wing as I much prefer that look so it's all the same to me.

I would entertain the idea of a smallish handlebar mounted fairing/deflector. Is there anything like that available for the Wing?
 

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In 1980 the standard Gold Wing came without bags or a fairing, the Interstate model was the dressed model
 
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