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So after a bit of searching for my next bike I find myself looking at Gold Wings a lot. I have never ridden one so all I have is what I've read. Here is the problem with any bike I look at. I am 5'5" with a 29" inseam. Can a late nineties GW accommodate a short rider without too much fuss, or should I be looking at the latest generation only? Money of course is the factor between the two gens.
The type of riding I'll be doing will consist of daily commutes (27 miles each way) and spring/summer trips of unknown miles. My main objective is comfort and maybe that's because I've been on a Bandit 1200s for a year.
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Too bad your so far away. You could pop by and sling a leg over a 1200, and a 1500.

I'm 6'-2", so I never noticed which had the lowest saddle height. Try to find the specs online - or maybe look up members by state, and see if a 'Winger is close by.

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Depends on how much you have to spend too.
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if you could swing it i would go for the 1800. i believe they are the lowest ones built and the funnest ones. jmo
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Mainly just want to say welcome to the forum. Have owned my 86 1200 since new. Im 6'1" but have shorter legs 31" inseam.But as #1 said, any Wing is rock solid and you will fall in love with.If i had the jingle i'd go for a 1500.


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Welcome to the forum!

You can get shorter progressive shocks anda shorter tire, shave the seat. There have been women your size riding the 1500. I have a 31" inseam and flat foot w stock seat, shock length& tires. You could do it.

Rudy is running a car tire on the back, getting him another 5/8" closer to the ground. He is verticlly challanged as he says, don't know his size.

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I also have a 29" inseam. I run an 89 GL1500 and it was one foot flat and one on the toes until I went to a car tire on the rear. Now I can flat foot both sides, just right.

The 1800 is good for shorter riders unless they are short on cash too.

1500 is the best for me.


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