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ive come close to buying a 1500 a few times.but every time it gets close to closeing the deal.im not sure if it is as good a ride as my 1100 is.ive only road one 1500 it was a 1994 we had road about200 miles and decited to change bikes.the 1500dident seem like it had as much leg room and felt like a confined space.so i would like to here fromriders that havehad both the1100 and 1500 the good and the bad.i do ride two up alot also.thanks
 

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On the 1500 you have two extra cylinders that need space.
You can make several changes to the 1500 to get more leg room and relieve things a bit but then you also have to allow for what bike actually fits you and your needs better too.

Good example are the many 1500/1800 comfort threads. Some love one and aren't comfortable on the other but it varies which one person to person.

Same for all models but changes can be made to all of them for adjustments as needed.
 

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I have an 83 and a 94 . I rode the 83 four years . The 94 about 2 months . The 1500 may be a little less leg / foot room . But I am only 5'7" so its no problem to me . The other thing I did notice it seems to be a lot warmer behind all the plastic on the 1500 . I added a set of windwings which helped a lot . The torque of the 1500 is awsome . The wife loves the rear seat compared to the 1100 . For me I plan to sell the 1100 and not look back .
 

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I did'nt think much of the cramped up space on the 1500 at first,but as Rudy stated I made a few adjustments for me and I don't think I could ever ride anything else that would soot me more.

I have had my 1500 a year next month and still fall in love with it more everytime I ride her.........
 

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thanks for the info.I think the 1500 would be alot better ride for my wife.some times when were on the back roads and hit a big pot hole.the 1100 bottoms out pretty hard.the 1500 felt like it had a little more travel in it.and rev.would be nice to so looks like im leaning toward the 1500
 

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just besure it has reverse. some 88s did not.
 

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wda-83wing wrote:
just besure it has reverse. some 88s did not.
I thought the only 1500's that didn't have reverse were the Interstates, which were made between 1991-1996? That's what the GoldWinghistory on this site says as well.

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i am not , dead nut sure, but the only year that didnt have a reverse was the 88 . to get it you had to up grade to the next model. after that it was standard issue starting in 89. i maybe all wet in my thinking on this. but thats how the old gray matter rembers it. i`ll do a bit of reshurce.
 

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i am not , dead nut sure, but the only year that didnt have a reverse was the 88 . to get it you had to up grade to the next model. after that it was standard issue starting in 89. i maybe all wet in my thinking on this. but thats how the old gray matter rembers it. i`ll do a bit of reshurce.
In 88 and 89 there only was one model, the GL1500 with no letter designation, and they had reverse. In '90 they added an SE. In '91 they came out with an Interstate and the previously designated GL1500 was now an Aspencade. The only models that didn't have reverse were the Interstates.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/drwCustom.php?page=goldwing_history

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Jluvs2dive wrote:
wda-83wing wrote:
i am not , dead nut sure, but the only year that didnt have a reverse was the 88 . to get it you had to up grade to the next model. after that it was standard issue starting in 89. i maybe all wet in my thinking on this. but thats how the old gray matter rembers it. i`ll do a bit of reshurce.
In 88 and 89 there only was one model, the GL1500 with no letter designation, and they had reverse. In '90 they added an SE. In '91 they came out with an Interstate and the previously designated GL1500 was now an Aspencade. The only models that didn't have reverse were the Interstates.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/drwCustom.php?page=goldwing_history

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i guees i was wrong than. must have had the years mixed up. sorry for any cofusion caused. but 1500 without a reverse ---boy!! thats a lot of bike to back up some times.

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but 1500 without a reverse ---boy!! thats a lot of bike to back up some times.
No doubt about that. My 1500SE is way harder to back up manually than any of my 1200's were. Did I mention I love reverse on my 1500SE. :D
 

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I started with a 1981 1100 with I rode for almost 3 years. It was a great ride and had seveal extras. This summer I came across a deal to upgrade to a 1993 1500 and I couldn't pass it up.

The 1500 has less leg-room, but that is partially because you are going from a 4-cyclinder to a 6-cylinder. The fairing is also fuller and more incorporated into the bike in the 1500.

My Interstate does not have reverse and I guess I would like to have it, but I would not use that as a deal-breaker feature.

All in all I favor the 1500. It is more powerfull and designed for rider and passenger comfort. My wife can ride with me without feeling that she is right on my back.
 
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