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I love my 1100 interstate, but I'm looking for a little more power. I want to spend around $5,000. I see I can get a nice 1200 for that price. My question is ,, How is the power on the 1200's. How is the power on the 1500's.

Should I just keep the old trusty 1100.

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Heck, I could get a 1500. I have had many true goldwing fans say they liked the old wings better than the 1500 model.
 

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id keep the 1100 and buy the lates modle 1500 i could find.
 

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throwing the 1500 in the mix is apples and pineapples.....the 6 cylinder 1500 will have lots more power than the 11's or 12's. I rode a 81 and 82 1100. The first 1200 I rode was my Dad's when I delivered it to him after he bought it. I had to have one after that. A noticable power difference, lower RPM's at higher speeds than the 1100's and felt like a more balanced ride. I know I feel better after a long ride on my 12 than I did either one of my 11's.



Make a trip to Tuscaloosa and I will meet you and you can ride my bike if you want.



For 5 grand you can find a 1500, or even a LTD 1200. There is one that is on Craigs list here for around 4500 that looks sweet.
 

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Thanks, I finally fixed the stuck foot brake like you said a while back wda-83wing.
Thanks nightwizard,,
I just had a spurt of the moment thing today. I'll probably forget about it in a week or so.. :).
 

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See, you need to be riding instead of thinking. Riding more will keep you out of trouble:cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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haha,,,, True!!! :)

I'm riding to the gulf coast Thursday. Going to stay till Sunday. Can't wait,,,
 

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nightwizard40 wrote:
throwing the 1500 in the mix is apples and pineapples.....the 6 cylinder 1500 will have lots more power than the 11's or 12's.
Yea 6hp more and the 1500 weighs in at least 100 more lbs than the 1200.



It really depends on what you like in a motorcycle, as for me I like simplicity over high tech modern engineering so I chose the 1200.



I think the next bike I buy will be a nakid GL1000 as Im more in to classic bikes.
 

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It's been my experience that there is a bigger difference in power between the 1100 and the 1200 that there is between the 1200 and the 1500.
 

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A few years ago, my buddy (on a 1500) and I on my 1200 took a little ride in the dessert. Flat out, throttle wide open. He couldn't keep up with my 1200. It seems like the extra weight offset the extra horsepower.
 

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Well then......with all this, I will just keep my 1200 and keep on smiling:cooldevil:



Have a good trip to the beach troutdog!
 

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I love my 1200 Aspy . . . . . . . . great bike . . . . . . .



. . . . . but if you can afford a decent 1500, get it.
 

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I like my 1200...if I can keep my hands off the timing belts!
 

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1200s and 1500s are completely different machines. If you ride 1 up and like to wind it up, the 1200 is a good choice. For 2 up riding, the 6 cylinder can't be beat. The 6 cylinder has much more low end torque, and a lower red line. The 1200 has more low end torque than 1100s and 1000s.

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I wouldn't admit this publicly...but after riding the '84 1200 I just bought a bit, I told Gina that if I'd ridden a 1200 before the '80 1100 I've had for 20 years, I'd have never bought the 1100
 

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Thanks guys, sorry for the late post. I like something I can work on. I may look in to a 1200. Thanks again for the help.
I checked my mechanical/vacuum advance yesterday because it seems to be loosing a little power. I was thinking the timing was off,, they were both fine. All that trouble to find out they work fine. I also sync the carbs a few days ago.
I think maybe the power is fine and it's just me.

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1500s are a little harder to work on, but once you're into it, you will master it. 1200s are easier yes. but depends on your knowledge and abilities
 

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There is a definite difference in power between the 1100 and 1200. I also find that my 1200 runs smoother and quieter, probably because it is turning lower rpms. But my 1100 definitely is more nimble.
 
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