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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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Members of this forum have reported that the 1500 has more storage space and has more comfortable seating considering leg room. I have only owned the 1800, and can report that it is a rocket ship on wheels, and handles great. My advice would be to test ride an 1800 to see how it fits you. I cannot guarantee that there will not be big changes in the 2015 model, but I doubt it. Honda has gone about as big as it is going to get with the 1800, and they brought out the F6B as an alternative to the tourer. Enjoy your trip from Alaska to Florida. It should be a great ride. Would the 1500 make the trip? No doubt in my mind.

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If it were me I'd wait for the 2015's to come out, compare the 2 models and go from there. I've never ridden a GL1800 but, from what I've read, I wouldn't have a problem adding one to my garage as the handling, performance and looks are THERE!!




Except for those slanted headlights.... That I have a problem with....

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Its a bike being an anniversary model that has appeal, my 95 is the 25th and all that people look at is the 25th badging and emblems.


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I would finish up that 1500 and ride it to Florida.

Wait until 2015 and then review the new 1800 to see if it still has enough appeal to make you replace the 1500 as your touring machine.

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Not to debate the issues or reliability of the 95 for such a trip, its the debate of investing around $30k for a new Goldwing.


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Not to argue, but wouldn't a '95 be a 20th. anniversary edition?
Also, an Aspy should have a cruise control.

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Not to argue, but wouldn't a '95 be a 20th. anniversary edition?
Also, an Aspy should have a cruise control.
you are correct my friend, the 99 is the 50th anniversary and the 2000 is the 25th

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Check out the price on an 1800 in Florida. Maybe it would less than in Alaska. You could ride down, buy the bike, have a month to get used to it before you head home. You might not get much in trade for your 1500, but it would be a fun ride. As far as waiting for a 2015 vs the 2014, the sooner you get the new bike the sooner you can start riding it. And if there are major changes for 2015 do you want that over the proven reliability of the current model.

Good luck on your decision and enjoy the ride!

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