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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 06:36 AM
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I say get the newest model you can afford.
I agree wholeheartedly!
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As mentioned above the drive line was upgraded in 1997. Regarding the alternator issues on 1997 - 2000 year Gold Wing's, not all bikes were affected (prematurely) by the inferior alternator construction. I replaced the brushes in my 1999 alternator at 120k miles and the rotor did not fail until 150k miles.

Agree with purchasing the newest year you possibly can.

Just a few things I remember off the top of my head.

Recall on the Bank Angle Sensor on the 1988 - 1993 year bikes.

Off idle hesitation on the 1988 year bikes.

4th gear issue mainly affecting the 1994 year bikes (not necessarily all of them).

Seat height lowered in 1995.

Tears in the universal joint boots on the 1997 - 2000 year bikes. (because of the Valkyrie joint and the Gold Wing boot which was slightly smaller).

CB added on the SE in 1993.

Cornering lights converted to running lights on the SE in 1998.

SE has a spoiler with a running/brake light on the trunk.

The 1996 – 2000 “Aspencade” radio’s are the same as the “SE” radio's. All have a
cassette player.

Note: They use an “audio control switch” on the left handlebar to
control the cassette player.

The 1988 – 1990 Gold Wing and the 1991 – 1995 Aspencade radio’s are the same. All
have a cassette player.

Note: They use piano keys to control the cassette player.

I am sure there may be a few other items.....
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I see right now, that I just may try to advance to the 1800. It's not that I don't like the 1500. I'm starting to notice a strong drop in prices once the bike goes beyond loan value. Which is good for me because I'm doing C.O.B. (Cash on the barrelhead)Maybe I bought that 1800 shop manual for a reason.
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I see right now, that I just may try to advance to the 1800. It's not that I don't like the 1500. I'm starting to notice a strong drop in prices once the bike goes beyond loan value. Which is good for me because I'm doing C.O.B. (Cash on the barrelhead)Maybe I bought that 1800 shop manual for a reason.
Now you're thinking, I was perfectly happy with my 92 1500 Aspencade, until I rode an 1800. SKIP THE 1500!!

Save your cash and step up to best 1800 you can afford.

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I've learned so much from my mistakes, I'm thinking about making a few more.
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Taking the jump to an 1800 is a good move, like fuel injected models. In your research look for one that has had the suspension upgraded to the Traxion System (full monty). The 1800s have an adequate suspension, but it goes soft in approximately 40,000 miles or even less. This was one of the issues that was always commented on, the other was tire longevity. Tires are an issue that has many 1800 riders going to the dark side. Dunlop has apparently stepped up to the plate and advertise the new E4s as being capable of some 30,000 miles. There are some threads on 1800 tires in the various forums.

If you are tall in stature, the 1800 cockpit doesn't have a lot of leg room. I'm 6'2" and initially had about 1" clearance between my knees and the front fairing. Had the seat adjusted at Rich's Custom Seat & Upholstery in Kingston, WA. He has been doing this for some 25 years. He sized me up and moved me up two inches and back 2 inches. The bike now fits me well. Rich is into bike ergonomics and it shows, lots of repeat customers.

Also put chrome rims on mine. Was tired of trying to keep the OEM rims clean.

Other than the above, 1800 is a great bike.

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one thing about the 1800.

you can put a PVT tire on the back of it easy peasy...

I run a Michelin run flat and with 10,000 miles on it, it still looks like brand new.
and those miles are with pulling the trailer in my avatar.

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whats your real budget? that will quickly tell what years/mileage you will be finding
7 8 10 grand?
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Another benefit with the 1800 is that the timing belts have been replaced with a timing chain, should never need to be replaced.

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That 1800 idea is sinking in as a better move. A bit of scrounging, I have one trailer too many, I may sell one of my 1200's, A little corner cutting here and there, I just may hold out for one.

(Anybody wanna buy a 72 Winnebago?) lol!
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My 96 had the heel toe shift on it when I got it. Only trans problem I had during the 225k miles I had it, was it would pop out of first in to neutral at a light or stopped traffic. Did it enough that you watched the "N" light before taking off.


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2013 1800 Goldwing currently heading to 105k miles. New front tire-Trying Elite 4
New rear tire -trying elite 4(first one went 3k before nail took it out and destroyed tire)
1996 1500 Aspencade 225000 miles (Sold for 2000$)
Back from Sturgis trip 5300 miles and 9 days later(2016).
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