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Hello y'all! Newbie with questions

Needing some guidance with 2 possible candidates for my first wing. The first is a 1993 GL1500 and the second is a 1997 GL1500SE. The 93 has 69,000 and change on the odometer and the 97 has 59,000 and change. The wing will not be my everyday bike as I am buying this to be my long distance runner. As I posted in the newbie section, I will be using this bike to go from the Raleigh NC area to Northen NJ, Tuscaloosa Alabama, and Cincinnati Ohio..................quite often. As with anything used, I know nothing will be perfect, however, I am looking for some help in deciding which model would be best. Additionally, if anyone knows of another bike out there that has a good pedigree that's for sale or one that could be for sale 🤑 then absolutely let me know. Not looking to buy new or fairly new yet. College payments made that decision for me. I'll be putting around 20,000 per year on the bike I end up with so I want to make sure I get in the least amount of trouble for my first wing right off the bat. Thanks for any and all help.
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Hello and Welcome. Of these two bikes , I would choose the 97. Not because of the lower mileage but because it has several production upgrades over the 93. I would ask for service history on both bike and compare that an price value . Be sure to look/ consider the rubber goods on any bike. Tires have date coding. The GL1500 has 2 timing belts . Check if they have ever been seviced, consider replacement if they have not. this is an interference fit engine. You dont want a timing belt to fail.

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Good ideas. Thanks for the advice. I am leaning toward the 97 anyway. What's the approximate cost for replacing the timing belts?
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Hello and Welcome. Of these two bikes , I would choose the 97. Not because of the lower mileage but because it has several production upgrades over the 93. I would ask for service history on both bike and compare that an price value . Be sure to look/ consider the rubber goods on any bike. Tires have date coding. The GL1500 has 2 timing belts . Check if they have ever been seviced, consider replacement if they have not. this is an interference fit engine. You dont want a timing belt to fail.



having owned a '94 and a '98,


I am going to have to say +2 on going with the '97


the miles really won't matter, you want the better tranny and running gear.
not sure if the 97 has the newer style headlights or not, but the '98's lights were better than my '94

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Agree with John, purchase the 1997 Gold Wing SE to get the upgraded drive line and other features that are not on the Aspencade.

Upgraded radio/sound system, Adjustable passenger floorboards, Spoiler with light on the trunk, toe warmer vents, cornering lights, rear speakers, two tone paint, etc.

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having owned a '94 and a '98,


I am going to have to say +2 on going with the '97


the miles really won't matter, you want the better tranny and running gear.
not sure if the 97 has the newer style headlights or not, but the '98's lights were better than my '94
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Timing Belts: From Honda about 100.00. From Amazon about 35.00. They are Gates T275 belts.

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Good ideas. Thanks for the advice. I am leaning toward the 97 anyway. What's the approximate cost for replacing the timing belts?
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I really appreciate the replies. This is the kind of help I was looking for. Hopefully soon I'll know if the owner has accepted my offer on the 97 and if so, I'll post the pics as well as the ride home after we inspect the bike. Really looking forward to getting my first wing.
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Wasn't '97 the year Honda switched alternator suppliers? If so the alternators are a little more failure-prone than earlier years, but overall the '97 upgrades over the '93 far outweigh that consideration.

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Well, the 93 AND the 97 are out. The 93 sounded like a bunch of muffled steel drums when I started it and the 97 (which I was really excited about) had a lien on it for $6877...............pass. So, I am back on the hunt and I am looking at a 1998 thats only 33 miles from my shop tomorrow morning.
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