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Has anyone ever been at 9,000 ft with a 1200? it starts to get a little weak and unresponsive. I looked for my 1500 a long time and knew which bike I wanted. My wife and I love rideing in the mountains, be it yosemite or vail the views can't be beat. but get to 8-9000 feet with 2 people and gear on a 1200 and it gets a little weak. response slows. It would be nice to have a turbo charger as an option. The Seca 750 had good success with turbo charging. And true it may not be for everyone but why not an option?
 

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The 1800 doesn't suffer to the same extent as the 1200 at altitude.

I just crossed Vail pass on an 1100, following my husband on his 1800, so I know what you feel. The best you can do is to use a K&N air filter and free up the exhaust slightly if you ride at altitude alot, and possibly a custom cam re-grind. To develop a turbo system for an obsolete model probably will never happen unless it is in the aftermarket.
 

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No even parts and aftermarket stuff is starting to dwindle down for the 1500 now that the 1800 is out, but for those who get tired of haveing triumph rockets and cafe racers pull up next to you and grin an optional turbo package on the new goldwings for those with more money than sense or a few extra dollars burning a hole in the pocket would be a nice option. wipe away a few grins and get a few Harleys to turn the corner when they glance down at an Turbocharged Intercooled 1800ccFuel Injected Goldwing engine. After all its not about raceing its about INTIMIDATION right?
 

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Taffy supercharged his GL1500 over in Australia.
Don't know what he used but supposedly it kicked a$$.
 

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Honda, back in the day, put "high altitude compensation" on various bikes that I think were primarily sold over in Europe.Knob operated and,of course, I'm talking about the older and much smaller CL's, CT's and the like, though I don't recall the specific models right now. I think the newer 1500 and 1800's have a circuit for HAC built-in. I would have to say that turbocharging MUST have been looked at by Honda for all model years of GL at some point in the lifecycle of each series.

On the street scene with the big-dog fighters, turbocharging is mandatory!
But hey, If you've got the money...
 

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It's a reliability issue, a turbo knocks that selling point way down.
 
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