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I'm looking at a 1500 SE. Any particular idiosyncrasies or problems with that year I should be on the lookout for? I checked the buying guide which was helpful but nothing beats personal experience.
 

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Mine's an 89 and it has been bulletproof so far. There were a few improvements in 90, 94 and 97 but none of them were major. The 1500 series is the best for reliability proven over time of all of them, IMO. A few bank angle sensors and some of the alts need work but all in all, pretty tough to beat. No broken frame recalls or anything like that at all.

Main thing is how well has it been maintained, is the big question.
 

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flashya2 wrote:
Hi Randy.......what year is it?
Oops, meant to put that in. '93.
 

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Rudy wrote:
Mine's an 89 and it has been bulletproof so far. There were a few improvements in 90, 94 and 97 but none of them were major. The 1500 series is the best for reliability proven over time of all of them, IMO. A few bank angle sensors and some of the alts need work but all in all, pretty tough to beat. No broken frame recalls or anything like that at all.

Main thing is how well has it been maintained, is the big question.
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Hi Randy

As has already been pointed out pretty much all the GL1500's are bomb-proof.
One of the main issues tends to be niggly electrical faults, these are very complex bikes with lots of switches,sensors and connectors although this may not be quite such a problem for you in Texas as they do quite often seem to be damp related.
Are you a competent home mechanic?? If so you will save a small fortune on repair bills (lots of great advice and how to do's on the forum).
Hope you decide to buy the Wing and enjoy it.

Regards Steve
 

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I would prefer a SE over an Aspencade and definitely over an Interstate.

Askif everything works mechanically and electrically.

Hopefully, you are getting this at a good price. Offer less, since it is the wrong time of year. Insult them now, and wait a couple of months, ha. Spring is a long time waiting.
 

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I think the only negative thing I have heard about was the lack of room if you are fairly tall. Cant remember anything about passenger comfort.
 

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Its a Wings, there is nothing left but to get er done!

Keep on Winging:bat:
 

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Long legs are a plus for the 93..
Check the cruse control and air shocks.......
 

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my 88 has been about bullet proof, 138,000 miles and 1 fuel pump. every once in a while you do need to do some heavy maint. Mine is up on lift right now, replacing both tires, resealing the forks, fluid change on the brakes. Will be done this afternoon.
 

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The 88 Gl1500 sounds very much like the one you are looking at. It was dealer maintained by the previous two owners. Since I had the dealer replace the timing belts on it this last spring/summer the mechanic commented on how good it looked and the excellent shape it was in. The only glitch since purchasing the bike has been the lcd has started to delaminate a bit on the right side. I just ignore it.
Purchased with 81k on the clock, now has 93k. Would ride in anywhere.
 
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