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I own a 93 1500 and a 76 1000. I just rode an 05 1800 that belongs to my brother, rode for about 200 miles. And I know 200 miles isn't enough to make an informed opinion. Some folks say not to test ride an 1800 unless you are prepared to buy one. Well I plan on keeping my 1500. The 1800 is easier to handle, more nimbleand hasbetter acceleration but the comparisons stop there. The 1500 is quiter and much more comfortable than the 1800. For such a large bike it ain't no slouch in the speed department either. The 1800 seat would be the first thing to go if I owned one. Those "wings" that extend to the side of the seatcut off circulation to the legs. Even my wife didn't like the hard seat and noticed the difference in sound "Whine" from the engine and or tranny. The sound system isn't as good as the 1500. The music could barelybe heard thru the speakers at highway speeds. Now my 1000 is another animal. Also quite nimble and easy to handle and yes I know just much smaller and lighter. Except for the initial acceleration from stop she will probably out run the 1800 and oh so much fun to ride. Now for the 1100. I bought an 83 1100 interstate new in 1984 and rode it for 12 years and I have to say that model was my favorite all around rider, in all areas. It was very comfortable, smooth, nimble and quick, almost as fast as the 1000. Never ridden a 1200.

Thought you might be interested in hearing a comparison of the four models.

Hope I don't tee anybody off. I don't mean to. :action:
 

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Very interesting. I like seeing reviews like this.
 

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GSMacLean wrote:
I'm interested in what you think between the 1100 and 1500, in terms of maneuverability and acceleration.
GS.. if I may interject.. I have both also.. initially, I told my wife that I would get rid of the GL1100 interstate when I got the GL1500.. after I got the GL1500 home, and rode it for some time... I couldn't do it (get rid of the GL1100)... yah the 1500 is bigger, smoother, quieter, better sound system, etc... but the GL1100 just gets'r done around town and short trips just so much better... as background, I commute about 70 miles each day (35 each way)and have to go through Terre Haute on SR41 the full 3 or 4 miles twice.. about 15 lights each way.. and never (in 5 years) have I been through the city without being stopped at least several times... The GL1500 is a dream after I can get out on the highway, but is not as comfortable through town.. On the otherhand, the GL1100 is easier to handle start and stop.. less weight to hold up and is much more stable at slow speeds.. (both are on new Dunlop tires.. E2 for the 1100 and E3 for the 1500.. so some difference there maybe.. don't know)... I should also add that I have added the Rostra electronic cruise control to the 1100 so that potential important difference is eliminated (in fact the Rostra out performs the Honda OEM) and less important, but to top that all off.. the 1100 gets 40+ mpg (mostly at 70mph) and the 1500 gets about 35 mpg for the same trip.. I don't think I will ever get rid of the 1100... and finally, my wife will only ride on the 1500 (for comfort, safety, quietness) but still says that the '83 1100 has more passenger space than the 1500.. which she misses.. (earlier 1100s would not have this space)... so you have it.. weekdays it is the 1100 and weekends the 1500... and if I was forced to get rid of one for any other reason than money, it would be a hard choice... I just might keep the 1100.. if it were for money... I'd sell the 1500; it is worth more.... SDB/Jim

and just thought of another difference... I'm already tired of the R and R of plastic.. although, I also say that there is more chrome on the 1100 to polish
 

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can only comment on the 1000 and 1200.... as you know, my 1000 is setup as a tourer not a sport bike like your yellow 1000 (and it is a 78... not as much pep)



the 1200 far outperforms the 1000 (I would put money on beths 1200 with hack beating my 1000 in a zero to 60)... better acceleration, better handling, better suspension.



both have uncomfortable leg positions... both had horrible stock seats (for different reasons.

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dingdong wrote:
Never ridden a 1200.
Well then...

You've missed the best Goldwingof all, IMHO.

I've ridden all but the GL1800, and I still like the GL1200 the best. Not too big, not too small, still looks like a motorcycle, and I can do all of the maintenance myself.

Love 'em all, but I'm stickin' with my 1200 until she rusts and falls apart on the road! It will outlast me, I'm sure! :dude:
 

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I have never ridden a 1500 or 1800. I have ridden a couple of
80 1100's.

I have owned a 78 1000 and now own 2 84 I's.

I have often been tempted to move to a 1500, but both my 84's
run great and they have been faithful rides. Both have the Dupli-tech
alternator conversions, after factory seats, and they handle pretty
good taboot.

(plus they're both paid for):toast:
 

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I have only owned an 1800, so I guess I don't have an opinion. That's odd isn't it?:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:action::action::action::action::D:D:D:D:D:D:D
 

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SETHAN12 wrote:
I have only owned an 1800, so I guess I don't have an opinion. That's odd isn't it?:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:action::action::action::action::D:D:D:D:D:D:D
Bet you do!
 

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The biggest bike I had before my wing was an 1100 shadow ace tourer. Before that it was 650, 450, 250. none of those compare to my wing. Kind of wish I would have owned a couple of the wings through the years but really could not afford one until the kids were raised, educated, and out on their own.
 

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GSMacLean wrote:
I'm interested in what you think between the 1100 and 1500, in terms of maneuverability and acceleration.
As far as manuverability the 1100 far outperforms the 1500. The 1500 is very clumsy at slow speeds and doesn't handle the twisties as well as either of the others. The 1800 is even better that the 1100 as far as manuverability. The 1000 probably beats them all but that's to be expected asit'sa smaller bike.

Speed wise the 1100i accelerates faster than the 1500 but it's not quite as fast as the 1000. I haven't ridden an 1100 standard so I can't compare.
 

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I recently upgraded? from a 1200 to a 1500. In my case the 1200 was not cared for before I got it and the 1500 is in excellent shape. But if both were in perfect shape I'd go with the 1200.
My comparison is That the 1500 is like a Lincoln or Caddy, while the 1200 is more like a sports car. For pure fun of riding the 1200 is the winner. For saftey comfort and pleasing the wife, go with the 1500. Never ridden an 1800.
 

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I have ridden an 1100, 1200, and 1500. The 12 has quite a bit more power than the 11. The 15 has slightly more power than the 12. 15 is by far the smoothest, and is my favorite of the three, although the '83 is the best looking Wing of all (IMHO).
 

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I really liked the comfort of my 83 interstate but that's where the comparison ends with the 1800. The 1800 handles better at any speed, slow parking lot to fast curves. Power, I thought the 81 std was fast compared with the 83 but the 1800 would flat out embarrass it with 1/2 the cylinders missing. The 1000 might keep it in sight until I hit 3rd at about 70, then it's over. Stereo, I don't know about the 05 but my 08 will bust your ear drums at 100mph.
Yes the 1500 is very nice and a more comfortable long range bike, I'll keep my 1800 and suffer a little.
 

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I will jump back in,,,, I bought my "new" 1200 in 88... honda had come out with the 1500 and was clearing the wherehouses....

tank vs svelt

$$$$$ vs .... you get the point.... still love the bike (and I know the 1500 is a great bike as well) just wasn't ready for a wingbago
 

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Jeff M wrote:
I have ridden an 1100, 1200, and 1500. The 12 has quite a bit more power than the 11. The 15 has slightly more power than the 12. 15 is by far the smoothest, and is my favorite of the three, although the '83 is the best looking Wing of all (IMHO).

I've had my 82 1100 since 1985 and it is my favorite. BUT - AsI do tour a lot, my 1500 is awesome.



The 82 is semi retired. I start the season off with it and within weeks of our tour, I insure the 1500. As it gets to the end of the season, I'm back on the 82. Best of two worlds.



I'll upgrade from the 1500, butI shan't part ways with my 1100



The 1100 is so much easier to work on and I love the look, but does not handle or is as comfy as the 1500. I hate all that damn tupperware.



Off to the coast of the Carolinas this year.
 

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I've only ridden the 1000 which I own, and an 1800 that I borrowed. I'd trade my 1000 for an 1800 in a heartbeat. Only things I didn't care for on the 1800 were all the plastic and the seating position being so low.

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When it comes to the 1200 I love the way it feels like a bike half its size for handling and the soul of a crotch rocket at its heart.The 1800 is nice but its definitely a Wingabago compared to the earlier models.
 

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i've ridden the 1100, several 1200 and the 1500. personally, i'd ride the 1500, everyday, and twice on sundays.

not even interested in a 1800. to me they are ugly.and cost way too much

happy riding with whatever you ride. stay safe.



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DaveO430 wrote:
I really liked the comfort of my 83 interstate but that's where the comparison ends with the 1800. The 1800 handles better at any speed, slow parking lot to fast curves. Power, I thought the 81 std was fast compared with the 83 but the 1800 would flat out embarrass it with 1/2 the cylinders missing. The 1000 might keep it in sight until I hit 3rd at about 70, then it's over. Stereo, I don't know about the 05 but my 08 will bust your ear drums at 100mph.
Yes the 1500 is very nice and a more comfortable long range bike, I'll keep my 1800 and suffer a little.
To save space I'll just post the stats instead of the entire spec sheets.

06 gl1800 1/4 mile ET: 13.138 / MPH: 99.84

80 gl1100 standard 1/4 mile ET: 12.4 / MPH: 107.

76 gl1000 1/4 mile ET: 12.92/ MPH: 104.52

The other observations (opinions) I only hav the 05 1800 to compare.
 
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