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Ha!

The wife and I stopped at the local Honda dealer just to have a look around.

They had a 95 1500 for sale that they let us take for a spin.

We both fell in love with it immediatly. It is SOOOO comfortable.

I was wondering what year I should be looking for.

Were there any years they had problems?

Any years that they had better features?

Thanks!
 

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They are all pretty much the same except for the Interstate model. This was a cheaper version and didn't have a reverse gear. The SE version USA spec has all the goodies.
 

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My 1990 1500 is neither an Interstate, Aspencade or SE, but it has everything but the CB radio.
 

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So what was the difference's the both of you found from the 1100 & 1500?
My brother-n-law is thinking of moving on up too.
 

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The SE versions have more factory-fitted accessories and don't cost a lot more than the Aspencade and non-SE. You will often be lucky and find SE versions selling for less than the other ones.
 

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In 1988 and 1989 they were just called Gold Wing's.

In 1990 they were Gold Wing's and Gold Wing SE's.

In 1991, they were Gold Wing Interstate's, Aspencades and SE's.

The last year of Interstate was 1996.

The 1988 - 1990 Gold Wing's had the same features as the later called Aspencade's.

In 1993, the CB was added as standard equipment on the SE.

In 1995, the seat height was lowered just over an inch.

In 1997, quite a few technical/mechanical upgrades were made. Some of those included using beefed up parts that were used for the Valkyrie's.

In 1998, the headlight assembly was upgraded with the newer modern look. And the former cornering lights on the SE's were turned into full time running lights.

Just a few things that happened throughout the years of production.
 

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What mileage and model? What is the asking price and will they warranty the bike for say 90 days? Was bike serviced correctly for re-sale? Timing belts, drive-line serviced with Moly 60? New antifreeze? New brake pads? Air and fuel filters? ETC. ??

I have a 92. red, that is for sale with all of this and more done within last 12 months and 12K miles. Has 94K on it. [email protected] if interested, drop me a line.
 

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From my experience I would say buy the newest model you can afford, with several caveats:

1. Bike must have been well-maintained. This is THE most important consideration. I don't even understand why Goldwings have odometers, other then to satisfy us mileage junkies. It's immaterial to the longevity of the bike. Maintenance is the major factor.

2. If your budget only allows you to buy the 1st, or sometimes 2nd, year of a particular model you may want to consider buying the last year or two of the previous model. As with most vehicles, the first few years of any model have quirks that need to be worked out. Goldwings have not escaped this tendency. Check the Goldwing Buyers Guide ( http://www.goldwingfacts.com/usedgoldwing.htm ) and you'll see that each model had its "thing" initially that Honda improved on as time went buy. Whichever year you decide on, check what problems it may have had and whether they've been taken care of by the PO or what it will cost for you to do it. I factor that into the asking price.

Everyone has his/her own tolerance level that will determine what bike they purchase. There is no such thing as a "bad year" for Goldwings. But there is also not a "perfect year" either. Do your research, know your prices and what future costs you may incur and go from there.

Good Luck hunting and know that there are lots of us here to support you. Might even be someone more knowledgeable close by that would be willing to take a look at a bike with you. I know from experience that guys on this forum have gone out of there way for me (MikeF, Cody, SB in SC, Creekwalker :bowing:) and I'm sure there's someone that would for you.
 

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The difference between the 1100 and 1500is dramatic. The 1500 rides very high. You feel like you are towering over theroad. Also the 1500 rides heavier than the 1100 because they are. I love the reverse on the 1500 and the cruise. The 1500 is a better highway bike, IMO, and the 1100 is a better in-town bike, IMO. I love both but I am giving my 82 up. To many toys. Ride the 1500 you may love it or hate it. It is totally up top you.
 
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