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I'm looking for my first Wing and need to know what I want. Probably going to go w/ a 96 or later 1500. Can someone please direct me to a website or explain the differences in models? Which one is more desireable? I thought I read that the SE was the best model. TIA. :?
 

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:waving:Hello and Welcome Spend a bit of time reading at this link here on the forum :

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The SE is the top of the line in the 1500 family . I would recommend purchase as new as you can afford . There were incremental improvements over the years. I think 97 may be the last upgrades made .



My personal 94 SE has 170,000 miles and still runss fine . I wouldnt be concerened to much with milage . Expect 38 -42 MPG . Your riding style may be better or worse on MPG .



I wish you the best in finding a nice bike your happy with . Please visit often . There is a wealth of knowledge here . These fine folks are all willing to offer assitance.



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Decide if you want reverse.. The SE and Aspencade have it.. other models (e.g., Interstate)don't.. Likewise differences in sound option packages that were included..

There are several threads that compare the various models.. they all have their strengths.. I actually ride my GL1100 abouttwice as muchI do my GL1500... and my wife will only ride with me on the 1500 (go figure??)... It is the most comfortable on long trips..

Best if you can find something to ride to compare.. but that is tough too in the used market.. and if you are buying the newer 1500 (97,98,99,00), you are not a big step in $$ from the 01,02 1800.. you may want to try that.. I only tried the 1800 for a short time.. not ready to trade my 1500 for it, but it did handle extremely well..
 

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I have an SE also (1990) and has all the goodies. 75k miles and she runs great.

As said above, the newer the better with the minor upgrades/fixes. But as a general rule of thumb...they are all the same (except options).

Interstate....This is the basic model. Entry Level into the Wing world. The main thing is that it does not have Reverse and from what I understand, cannot be added cheaply. No Cruise either I think.

Aspencade....The mid-level model. Has Reverse and cruise.

SE....Top of the line. Has Reverse, CB, Cruise, Rear Spoiler Light option and some upgrades to the stereo, such as rear speakers. The earlier SE models (90-93) had to have an aftermarket fader to use the rear speakers, but the later models, Honda incorporated a Fader either on the ignition cover or the left handlebar.

I prefer the SE as I like theReverse,CB and Spoiler options. Some Aspy's have a CB also that was installed usually when new. The Spoiler can be fitted on any level model from what I understand.

For parts...Most everything interchanges between levels.
 

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I got a '97SE not just because it has all the fancy dodads but also for what's underneath. Most of the significant upgrades had been accomplished and weak spots beefed up. The only real issue with the 96/97s was the Chinese alternator, which can be remedied with a Compufire upgrade. Everything from the 96/97 on up that changed was mostly cosmetic. I think you're on the right track. Just find one that appeals to you and has been well cared for. That's the key thing.

Happy hunting!
 

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my new to me 97 SE

Not to rehash this thread, but I literally just got my [ new to me ] SE . I mean like a couple of hours ago. And thought good lord what is the diff between these 3 bikes. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, look at the Steve Saunders Forums, :bow:. As usual I fine what I am looking for. It is nice to know that I got the TOP of the LINE, bike. And it only took me 8 years after getting my 81 GL 1100. It is a beast though. I mean after riding the 81 for so long, to jump on the SE, wow, what a diff. I felt like a noob learning to ride. I looked at it in the day light yesterday but bought it and drove it home in the dark some 100 miles. when I test rode it, it seemed stiff, and when I asked the owner he said the suspension was set for him and his wife. So I went ok and bought it. My wife climbed on and away we went. It became apparent that it was way out of adjustment as we felt like we was on the open seas bobbing around :sick:,so I made several stops to adjust it but, to no avail. we got off i and set it on the center stand. so what am I missing? Together we weight 300 lbs, no luggage. :confused:
sorry it is an 94 not the 97.
 

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My first stop would be to drain & fill the forks.... Its really simple & will help set a baseline for tuning.

The other bit would be to set your rear suspension pressure to where you have about 60% of your travel available as compression (wheel can move upwards 60% of the full suspension travel).

It'd also be handy to know if your rear shocks have been replaced with aftermarket units (Progressive Suspension, etc), so that your fine-tuning won't have you causing damage by over pressuring the OEM shocks or other surprises...
 
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