Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
The difference between the 1100 Interstate and the 1500 is huge alright. Thing is I much prefer the 1100. Much more motorcycle like. I like motorcycles with some character, and the 1100 has it. The 1500/1800 are just to refined, to sanitized. They isolate you to much from the motorcycle experience.
That being said, I'm about to start looking for a 1500, because my 1200 is falling apart. I would 10 times rather have an 1100 or another 1200, but they are getting to old to be as trustworthy as I would like, and parts availability is becoming an issue.
IMO, Honda has simply gone to far with the Goldwing. Remember the original Honda Civic (car)? Look at the new ones. Same thing with the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra and Altima. They keep making them bigger, fancier, and more expensive, until they have to introduce another model to take the place of the original (Fit, Versa, and Yaris) The Japanese seem to have a problem with that. Honda needs to introduce a new smaller bike (still capable of cross country 2 up riding) to replace the original Goldwing, for those who don't need, want, or can't afford the current one. Something fully faired, with bags and trunk, maybe around 1000cc
"New vehicles move the body. Old vehicles move the soul. Vintage forever"
"Obsolete does not mean it is not any good, it just means it is not made anymore"
"The simpler the better"
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PGR member since 2007