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Well as many of you know, I have been looking for a suitable bike to take my Mrs. for rides [she is a cancer survivor but gets easily fatigued and falls asleep on the back of my other bikes, which then worries her in case she falls off].

I started out looking at a range of cruisers, including Valkyrie/Harley/Yamaha/Suzuki/Kawasaki variants.

By accident I found that Goldwings are even better to balance and get off the side stand due to their very low centre of gravity.

After a test ride on a '97 SE my mind was made up to try to find one, money was a big issue as well as finding one that was worth the asking price [what is it with some sellers and their expectations of the value of what they are trying to sell :wtf: ].

A BIG thank you goes out to LloydM who continually sent me links to 'Wings for sale on numerous websites, he has been tireless in assisting me with the pursuit of a suitable bike. :bow:

His most recent "send" resulted in.............. me buying this today.

A '99 Honda 50th Anniversary Edition in immaculate condition with only 40'000 km's on the clock [I negotiated a very good price on it too :readit: ].





 

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That is a gorgeous bike! You will no doubt love the smoothness and power of the GL1500.
I'm not sure it actually has an engine DJ, certainly can't feel it running.

If it weren't for the exhaust noise [which isn't a lot] you wouldn't know it was running.

Very smooth, not sure I will feel the power, but certainly notice the great torque compared to my other bikes.

Around town I think it will be 4th gear and only change if I have to actually stop, the highway and open road is what I'm looking forward to on it.
 

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Nice looking bike! I still miss my 1500. My son has been talking about getting one though, perhaps he'll let me ride his if he gets one.
 

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The Mrs will be riding better then the Queen in her carriage . This is a very comfortable machine . You have done well Sir . Enjoy the many kms ahead .
 

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Very nice ride!! you might look in the swing out arm rest for the passenger had the on my 1500 my wife could sleep, i even went as far has to put a strap to hold them closed to keep her :ROFL: from falling off when she would fall asleep. P.S. change the timing belts........
 

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The arm rest are a must. I have the same bike and take a look at my photos. My passengers love the arm rest!!!!
 

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Good luck with the Chief, 4 more days and I will be riding the Rats Nest in LA..
All the best with your US adventure Ansimp :waving:
I bet it looks nothing like a Rat's Nest now.





Pete (Silverfox) deserves credit for alerting me about your original request Ockerstrom.

He started the ball rolling :bow:
 

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Yes, have a good trip Ansimp [can you bring back a set of passenger armrests in your luggage for me? :ROFL: ].

Well my thanks to Silverfox too then Lloyd. :claps: [thanks Pete :waving: ].

I need to prowl the forum now and work out where to order the armrests from and get them freighted over here.
The other thing I need is the plastic cover that goes over the radio controls on top of the tank, but I might try to find one of those here in Oz.

And I have to find out how to get at the globe on the light on the bottom right hand side of the front lower engine cowl [I have a Haynes workshop manual but many of their photos are taken from to close up and I can't figure out where some of the things they show are actually located on the bike].

I'm sure I will figure it all out within the next 20,000 km's :sadguy:
 

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Very nice ride!! you might look in the swing out arm rest for the passenger had the on my 1500 my wife could sleep, i even went as far has to put a strap to hold them closed to keep her :ROFL: from falling off when she would fall asleep. P.S. change the timing belts........


+ 1 on the arm rests and get yourself a riders backrest.

You do have the fastest colour, and it looks good.

Have fun.


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One word, GORGEOUS!!!

I love the SE 2-tone paint scheme and that red will turn heads. It's no wonder the red ones get more tickets.
 
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