Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Wasilla, Alaska and Adelaide,South Australia
Year: many years, two different continents.
Model: 2035 GL3500 Intercontinental
Buy a 2014 or the 2015?
I have the WingBug, been working on my 95 GL1500 the last month going through everything possible from front to rear, only thing not being taken apart is the engine as its trouble free, bike has something like 135,000 miles on, no major issues just a lot of minor stuff, radio lamps, dash lamps, no cruise control, broken body tabs, scuffs and dings.
But I recently was forced to make a decision, my wifes 2005 Aztek lost its head gaskets, the AWD stopped working during the summer, its Alaska, its winter, she needs transportation, so I bought a really nice 2012 Equinox AWD.
Found out I had a pretty good credit rating, I have not had to finance much in the last couple of years, last new purchase was the Star 1300 in 2009.
So even though I am currently seasonally laid off I make a good wage driving a concrete mixer, been doing it going on 19 years. I worked all through last winter, but in years past I usually get at least a month off, and I need at least one or two months off. But I want to be AWAY from Alaska next winter, and I want to ride in FL.
What I want to do is to hop on a bike, ride on through Canada all the way to Florida, rent a vacation home, ride down to the keys, just enjoy the moderate winter temps and sun, the Alaska winters are just too darn long. I have a lady friend but she will meet me in FL by air travel, I can ride forever and sleep on the side of the roads, she cannot.
In Anchorage they have the new 2014 GL1800's, all levels, but the scuttlebutt I am seeing is a fair amount of the GL1800 owners are not terribly satisfied, and furthermore is rumors the 2015 which is an anniversary year may hold a surprise or two.
I can afford a fully loaded new Goldwing, problem is I made poor buying decisions before, my gut tells me to wait for the 2015.
So tell me pretty much the gripes of the GL1800 compared to the GL1500, Thats a 10,000 mile plus round trip I believe from AK to FLA and back, makes me kinda wonder is the 95 GL1500 will hold up.
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